You know what entitles me to gives pointers on Christmas decor? The fact that I am absolutely not an interior designer. You can look at me and say “Hey, if she can do it, I certainly can, too!” Yep, probably much better, actually.
Seriously, I live in this strange world where the bloggers I admire so much create these looks that just make my jaw drop. But then my friends come by and are full of praise for how I decorate, and I’m like “Ya, okay, I got this.”
So, really, forget the comparisons. Find what you like, then turn off Pinterest and get to work.
When I decorate a room, be it for Christmas or whatever I first think about what kind of mood I’m trying to create. Last year I really wanted to bring out the bling. I let myself purchase a few new things each year, and last year that was mostly sparkly things and lights. This year I wanted to throw in an element of coziness and comfort. I did that by purchasing red elements, which it seems to me grounds and integrates with the white and silver pieces.
We went away for Thanksgiving this year, and boy it felt nice to return to this:
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Don’t you just love turning off the lights and enjoying the glow of the Christmas lights? We added bench seating with the fireplace redo this past year, so our traditional tree space is a little different. This year we moved it right in front of the window instead. I love seeing the glow of Christmas trees in the windows of homes as I pass by, so this is me returning the favor to the universe.
This year I flocked our Christmas tree, which is a simple, albeit slightly messy process. The easiest way to achieve a nice looking tree is to start by wrapping the lights, then any ribbon or beads you are adding, and finally the ornaments. I stick with a more limited color palette, in this case red, white, silver, and some burlap. I’m not sure if we forgot the star or got tired, but right now it’s sitting on the piano. Because I’m nothing if not honest, folks. Also, lest ye fear that in my need to have a nice room I don’t let the kids do their thing, check out that ornament at the very bottom center.
No, I am not against my kids adding their own ornaments. They are just too young to have made their own yet. Grandma and Grandpa made some gingerbread people with them, but they apparently grew legs and ran away and I’m still trying to track them down. We did, however, do a kid Christmas tree this year. Because my kids wanted a tree their size so they could “reach to the very top.”
Aren’t those ornaments just the cutest thing ever? Target has this amazing collection. You can see the santas here, the reindeer here, and the little dressed up guys here. Ornaments from the big tree continue to mysteriously migrate to this tree.
Not sure what to do with a long wall in your house? Gallery walls out of winter and Christmas themed objects are great. Or go with a simple theme. We brought in a branch from a birch tree that came down a few months back and has been drying in my garage ever since. That was a terrible sentence. I hung garland from the branch and tied snowflakes to it. The big snowflakes are from Walmart and the small from Magnolia. I added faux lit birch trees to make it a sort of winter wonderland look and light it up a bit back there. Garland was 70 freaking percent off at Michaels. I kind of regret not purchasing more.
When I am decorating a room I have a general idea of the overall feel, and then I think in zones. I don’t know if that is how real interior designers work, but it simplifies it for me. So this is my piano zone. That garland was $5 guys. The Fa la la la sign came from the dollar spot area at Target, which is pretty well the greatest place ever.
The mantle is a great place to start when decorating for the holidays. Not only is it thee place to hang your stockings with care, it is often the focal point of the room. I use that spot to feature what I believe to be the most important part of Christmas decor, the nativity. I have to tell you how incredibly in love I am with this set. They sell them at this little store in my home town. I had my parent’s pick one up for me a couple years ago. I don’t know where you can find them, sorry. What I love is the focus on just Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. For me, the most sacred part of childbirth is that time my husband and I had with our babies right after their birth and before family arrived. So I like this moment.
I’m not talking about the star behind the nativity yet. But you should definitely visit again here again on December 7th…
Oh, the garland. Real garland is expensive, and I don’t like to pay a lot for things that I cannot reuse. So I stole those from the Alaskan Weeping Cedar in our backyard. Two years ago I did the same thing from the massive overgrown plant that my neighbor had growing over our driveway. She may or may not have known. The stockings were my Christmas decor splurge two years ago. They are from Pottery Barn, they are gorgeous, and I love them.
There are other little “zones,” but I ramble. So just one more.
Our dining nook/area is just off the living room. A magnolia garland, some wood houses, and a quick change up of the chalkboard were about all this needed on the sideboard. I’ll show you how to make those houses, and even include a free template, later this week. I’ll also show you how to throw together a super quick, easy blackboard sign.
There are all sorts of good reasons to visit again this week. Consider this an open invite to my home. Come on in, make yourself comfortable, and let’s build some things together! Here’s a preview of a few things I’ll be sharing this week on the blog:
But wait, there’s more! Tomorrow I’ll be making an announcement about a very exciting collaboration starting December 1st. So get ready to make some sawdust and some holiday magic, because there is a whole lot of awesome coming your way! And I don’t even care how chintzy that sounds, because I’m pumped, and you should be, too.