How to Decorate for the Holidays like a Pro

It’s now officially December and time to bust out holiday decor!!! There is just something about this time of year that makes me giddy. How can you not enjoy a month full of sweater weather, beautiful lights & greenery, and making memories with family?! Did I mention greenery? I’m a little obsessed… which brings me to my first decor item!

Wreaths

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Wreaths aren’t just for the front door, y’all. You can hang them above your mantel, on a back door, or on a wall! And there are so many great DIY instructions online so you can create the wreath of your dreams and save a buck or two. Definitely check out this tutorial on how to create your own Advent-Style Olive Branch Wreath like the one below! Or if you’re looking for a more traditional holiday wreath style take a look at this tutorial by the Fresh Exchange.

Image from  monikahibbs.com

Image from monikahibbs.com

Mantel

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BRB have to go get a towel because I just drooled all over my keyboard. How fantastic is this mantel decor!? It’s a mix of faux garland, fresh eucalyptus and winter flowers, as well as snowberries placed in silver chalices. Fabuloussssss! If greenery and chalices aren’t quite festive enough for you, then add some candles, wood bead garland (this is one of my new favorite things) and some cute stockings like the ones below! ‘

Stairwell

Image from  Craftberry Bush

Image from Craftberry Bush

Your stairwell is another fantastic place for garland! I also love using ribbon to help fasten it to the railing. So festive and just GORGE! If you’re considering making your own garland, take a peak at this wonderful tutorial by Austin local Love, Alfa.

Christmas Tree (duh)

After scouring Pinterest last night and not finding a photo of a Christmas tree I absolutely loved for this year’s decor inspiration… I’ve decided to just show you guys a sneak peak into my tree! As most of you know, Chris and I are moving into our new house on the 15th sooooo no decorating for me until then. Sigh.

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The fabulous tassel ornaments from Lulu and Georgia on the bottom left are from last year, as well as some faux floral stems I snagged from Hobby Lobby. I don’t know about y’all, but I have been using Etsy more and more to find unique items for clients and myself! I found these adorbs macrame ornaments, vintage brass bell garland, and wood bead garland all on Etsy. Can I get a hand clap! Then we have a set of mini retro ornaments from Anthropologie on the bottom right. How freakin’ cute are those?!

Keep an eye out for next week’s post all about holiday entertaining essentials and decor! If you’re gearing up for a holiday gathering, but need a little help with decorations, give me a call. I’m offering discounted holiday decorating packages now through Dec. 21st!

3 ways to get Christmassy with your mantel & my favorite stocking picks

Guys it's Friday!!! AND all of the decorations I ordered for our tree are supposed to be here tomorrow so y'all know what I'll be doing this weekend. On my last post we just talked about all things Christmas tree so I figured today we could take a look at a few ways to decorate that beautiful fireplace mantel you have in your home. Here are the top three things you can use (maybe just a couple if you want to keep it simple!) to bring a little Christmas cheer onto your mantel:

1. Greenery

2. Candles

3. Stockings *don't forget hooks/holders*

You can find faux greenery (garland) at several stores around town like Home Depot, Target, Hobby Lobby, just to name a few. OR you can go to any local nursery and buy the real stuff. Real greenery looks absolutely gorgeous, especially if you have a real tree in your home to compliment it. If you go the live greenery route, there are a few steps you can take to make sure it lasts throughout the holiday season. You will want to spray the greenery with water and then treat it with an anti-desiccant spray, which is usually sold at nurseries. This seals the pores on the leaves and bark and helps the foliage retain moisture (thanks for the tip Martha Stewart). Check out this mantel with real greenery and candles.. simple and timeless!

Image from Lonny.com

Image from Lonny.com

Candles are a must for holiday decor and luckily you can find them for pretty cheap. Heck you can go to any discount store and buy candles... No one would know the difference! Whether you actually light them or not, candles can add elegance to any mantel decor style. I personally love to grab a few in different heights to bring a little dimension into the overall look. You can also use candle holders with varying heights like this next mantel. 

Image from randigarrettdesign.com

Image from randigarrettdesign.com

I love the metallic accents of this mantel decor and the varying textures of the stockings. You can't go wrong with linen and fur! This is also a great example of how beautiful faux garland can be. 

This next mantel sports real greenery, more fur (duh) and BLUSH accents. I'm in love! The little village houses are super fun too, but I think I would have gone with some big chunky candles with different heights. It's beautiful nonetheless!

Image from @monikahibbs Instagram 

Image from @monikahibbs Instagram 

So in my last post I told you a little about how I want to shake things up a bit with my Christmas tree decor by adding metallic, pink, and black & white accents. Sadly, we don't have a mantel and the only place to put our tree without moving furniture around is in front of the fireplace. BUT if we actually had a mantel I would want some super fun stockings to coordinate with my tree decorations. So I put together a little group of stockings I found on Etsy... And I put the links below in case you guys decide you want any of them :)

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Gold Polka Dot

Pink Fur & Minky

B&W Gingham

Silver w/ White Fur

Next week I'll post the before and after pictures of our Christmas tree! Until then.. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend full of decorating and holiday parties!