Small spaces come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it be a petite condo or cottage, or a cozy corner in a room, adding function and decor to these spaces can sometimes be a challenge during the holidays.

One of the most popular trends in holiday decor is of course the use of natural elements from the outdoors. Twigs, branches, and pincecones can create a beautiful focal point in a small room.

As most of my guests gather around the kitchen I wanted to spruce up my eat-in-kitchen area with some simple and earthy holiday decor. With little space to accommodate a large tree, I purchased a small potted pine from a local nursery. Wrapping the plain pot with some burlap before dropping it into a rustic copper bucket added texture and interest to the base.

Since I am a minimalist at heart, I added only a few ornaments to the tree, including some natural pinecones and gold & brown bulbs. A single string of LED lights provided just the right amount of twinkle and holiday ambiance.

I took the opportunity to bring some of the natural elements to the table as well, dressing simple white pillar candles with evergreen branches, pinecones, red berries and gold deer antlers. The pop of colour from the napkins really helps to bring the whole look together in a setting that doesn’t scream holidays, but subtly suggests it.

Since the kitchen is a room where guests often convene, opting for holiday decor that doesn’t overwhelm the space or create obstacles for your guests is always smart. Sometimes less is more… and it can be just as beautiful!

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