Red and White Cottage Christmas Bedroom

A guest bedroom is infused with cottage Christmas charm with a red and white vintage quilt, cottage green dresser and other handmade accessories
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When my youngest headed off to University this Fall, I asked her if I could make a few changes in her bedroom. She enthusiastically said I could do whatever I wanted, and so I took that permission and ran with it to create a charming Christmas cottage bedroom in red and white, my favorite Christmas color palette!

Welcome to the Celebrate Christmas Home Tours, hosted by my friend Leen at Sand Dollar Lane. If you hopped over here from Cottage in the Mitten, welcome! Kim is such a sweetheart and I love seeing her seasonal decor! We're kicking off the holiday season with a week filled with Christmas inspiration! You'll find all the links below, here's just a peek at what you'll find! So many great ideas and something for everybody!
In complete disclosure, I am decorating for Christmas very slooowly this year! I normally have my trees up at the beginning of November, but I have yet to put up one yet. In all honesty, I am tired! Physically tired. If you're new here, we relocated ourselves from south Texas to north Mississippi this summer. It's been months of packing, moving and unpacking and setting up home in a temporary rental. Fall was filled with lots and lots and lots of new projects and crafts ( you can see my Fall decor and DIYs here to see just what I mean!).

Don't get me wrong, I am always excited to decorate for Christmas, it's just taking me a little longer this year to really get into it.

The exception is our guest bedroom. It is decked out as much as it can be, for such a small space lol! We've even had our first guests; Mr DIY's parents stayed for a few days after our oldest son's wedding in October.

Today I'm excited to share some tips with you for decorating a small bedroom for the holidays. Specifically, adding vintage cottage charm with red and white Christmas decor.

How to add cottage Christmas charm to a small bedroom

Pick a color theme

I always love when a special piece gives me inspiration for a whole space. I found this vintage red and white cross stitched quilt online this summer. It was a terrific price for a piece that took someone hours and hours to make! I love it so much and it really did inspire this whole Christmas bedroom!

We haven't purchased any new furniture for this home, as it's a rental and we won't be here for more than a year or two. This bed was one we purchased in Texas and it was in our son's room (totally not his style, but the price was right!). So we're playing a little bit of musical furniture in this home, and we paired our daughter's mattress with this bed. I think it all looks like it was meant to be together!

Lots of pillows

Using lots of pillows is one of my gifts lol, but it really does make a vintage style room feel extra cozy, squishy and inviting! I loaded up the bed with lots of pillows, including two Euro pillows I found at Goodwill. I washed the pillows in hot water with a little bleach because I normally do not recommend purchasing pillows from the thrift store. However, the price of a Euro pillow insert is expensive, so this was a great way to save some money. The ruffled white pillow cover is from Antique Farmhouse, and the little red velvet pillow cover is from Piper Classics.

The bed was looking a little bit funny because we store our full size futon mattress underneath it, and you could see the futon peeking out. I found a ruffled white bed skirt on Amazon, and it disguised that perfectly!

Add something chippy

I brought in the DIY chippy white spindle tree that Mr DIY and I made last year from an old chair and crib rail. It just wanted to be in this room!

And the old fence board Christmas sign that I made for our Texas front porch ( see that here) was hung above the bed.

Add something handmade

This is a small room, with limited space to hang much on the walls, so I took advantage of that large wall space beside the bed. Mr DIY and I recently made this vintage style wood shelf with hooks, and it was designed for this space. I hung the fresh cedar rosemary wreath that I recently made as well as a red ticking stripe jumbo DIY candy cane. Be watching for that tutorial soon! I love how this collection adds interest to this wall.

Across from the bed is the cottage green dresser that I just painted. You can click here to see how it looked before, and how I custom mixed this perfect cottage green color. Whenever I'm working in this space, Millie gets all snuggly on the little faux sheepskin rug ❤

I was thrilled to find this antique ice cream wood churn in a local antiques shop. I love the original color and it was the perfect vessel for a little tree.

Hanging on the front of a dresser is a large chippy wood stocking that Mr DIY cut out for me. I made 5 of these and can't wait to show you how I'm using the rest! This is another DIY I'll be sharing this season.

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To give more weight to the wall above the dresser, I propped up two white shutters and a mirror. Above the shutters I placed the decorative top from our primitive pine china cabinet. It's been used in several different ways in our home (see how I used it for Fall decorated bathroom here and how I decorated with it for July 4th in the kitchen here) The warmth of the wood is a great contrast to all the cool tones in this small bedroom.

On the dresser top I added an ironstone bowl filled with red ornaments to  this round willow riser, and one of the vintage doily sheep I recently crafted - another Christmas DIY I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks!

We're almost finished working our way around this vintage Christmas bedroom! I've had these ruffled country curtains for many years and they were ideal in this vintage cottage space.

You might recognize the little side table that I rescued from the trash in Texas. I painted it pink and then white. You can find all my furniture DIYs here if you're interested!

To carry on the red and white vintage Christmas theme, I tucked a little patchwork quilt into a basket. This little quilted throw is reversible and only looks vintage! Send me a message if you'd like my source!

I had to add a couple of Santa mugs to the side table that is doubling as a night stand. The drawer is filled with Christmas magazines for inspiration and I added this striped candy cane candle on a timer to a milk glass vase. I love the soft glow that comes on automatically each evening!

I love the charm in this sweet space and I confess that I've spent a couple nights in here when Mr DIY's snores were keeping me awake! ;)  

If my cottage Christmas bedroom inspired you, I'd love to hear your comments and have you share this with a friend!

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My friend Michelle of Thistle Key Lane is next on the tour, she has such great taste and style and I know you'll love her old fashioned Christmas! You'll find the rest of the Christmas tours below, I know you'll have fun visiting them! 

Sand Dollar Lane  //  2 Bees in a Pod  //  At Home with Kristy  //  Exquisitely Unremarkable  //   Our Crafty Mom  //  Hearth and Vine

Zucchini Sisters  //  Postcards from the Ridge  //  Southern Crush at Home  //  Amy Sadler Designs //    Pasha is Home  //  Simple Nature Decor

Worthing Court  //  The Tattered Pew  //  Cottage in the Mitten  //  DIY Beautify //  Thistle Key Lane  //  At Lane and High  //  Feet Under My Table

My Family Thyme  //  Southern Home and Hospitality  //  Songbird //  Shiplap and Shells //   Chalking Up Success  //  Pure Happy Home

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  1. Cindy - the guest bedroom is beautiful. We would sleep in here every night haha. The red and white definitely set a festive tone. Your antique and vintage touches are perfect. We can relate with the tiredness of the year...but Christmas decorating definitely brings a lighthearted joy to the house. We are ready to enjoy the season. Merry Christmas dear friend!

    1. Thank you sweet friend! I am tempted to just move in LOL! I'm moving a bit slower but still have lots of projects planned, as I'm sure you do as well! Enjoy the season!

  2. Oh wow Cindy, so many beautiful finds and creations. I love that shade of red and true to your style everything is so light and bright.

    1. Thanks for those sweet words Patti! So fun to hop with you!

  3. Gorgeous, Cindy! I love the brightness of the red and white and how you use pieces you've made and treasyou've found found to create such a beautiful space.
    And that bed is beautiful! I'm still waiting for my son in college to clean his room so I can redecorate it. He'll graduate in May!

    1. Thank you Leen! The bed is finally being appreciated LOL! If your son is like mine, you'll be waiting a long time haha!

  4. Cindy you had me at cottage! And goodness this bedroom turned out so cute and cozy! Love all of the red and white touches. Pinned!

  5. Cindy, your guest room looks beautiful! I love all the red - it's my favorite to use for Christmas! The red and cream ticking fabric candy cane is perfect! I am moving slower than normal, too, when it comes to decorating this season!🎄

    1. Thanks so much Kim, I adore red ticking fabric and try to craft with it as much as possible! Hope you enjoy this season and take it easy! xx

  6. It's beautiful, Cindy! That red quilt is stunning. I can't take my eyes off it and I totally get it, we didn't move, we just renovated a lot and I'm exhausted and moving slower, too!! I hope you a have a restful season in your new home!!

    1. Thanks Kim, I love the quilt too! I guess we're getting older, eh? Hope your holiday season is restful and magical! xx

  7. Great minds think alike. I love your red festive theme in your bedroom and the spindle tree is so unique.

  8. So perfect! When can I make my guest reservation to stay here? I am in love with that quilt, that spindle tree and all of the little details that make this room so inviting. Great job!

  9. Cindy ~ Everything you do is amazing and I love red and white--such a classic. I'm so honored to be doing this blog tour with you! Thank you for sharing your talents! Merry Christmas my friend!

    1. Thanks so much Melanie, you are the sweetest! Merry Christmas!

  10. Oh Cindy, I adore your red and white cottage bedroom. It is so beautiful. You had me with that gorgeous quilt. Love it!

  11. Looks so festive!! Oh, I love that spindle tree so much!!!

  12. Cindy, this is the sweetest cottage bedroom ever! So many things to adore such as your cranberry wreath and the spindle tree. I could go on and on. You really know how to make it feel like home!

  13. Cindy what an adorable cottage bedroom! I love that bedding! Merry Christmas! xoxo

  14. I'm so in love Cindy! I have a red and white patterned quilt that I can't wait to show off in my guest room for the holidays. Every single detail in this room was displayed with love. The wreath, the Christmas tree in a vintage container sitting on a chair, the green dresser...they are all so beautiful. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Kim for those sweet comments! So appreciated!


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