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.

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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!

Christmas Tree Tips & Staying on Trend

Thanksgiving has come and gone so y'all know what that means... it's time to bust out the vacuum because my house is about to be covered in glitter from my obnoxiously sparkly Christmas tree. Maybe it's only Chris (the hubs) that thinks it's obnoxious since he's the one who actually assembles it, and he usually rocks a sparkly beard for a few days afterwards. Anyways, sparkly beards are a super riveting conversation topic, but I'm sure you guys would like me to get to the point and talk about some fun holiday decorating tips and ideas!

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Image from los40.com

I think today we should talk about the most important holiday decoration, which is obviously the tree. Christmas trees have been around since the 16th century so I think they deserve first dibs. Here we will talk about how to determine your perfect tree size, whether faux is the way to go, and going old school vs. shaking it up a bit with your holiday ornamentation. 

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Image from lifehacker.com.au

I feel like a lot of people struggle with figuring out what size Christmas tree they need for their home. I know I had no idea when we first decided to get our first tree. A good rule of thumb is to to allow 1.5 feet to 6 inches minimum between the top of the tree and the ceiling. Also, make sure to factor in the height of your tree stand and the tree topper you want to use since they will be included in the overall height. As far as width goes, you can gage that based on the area where you will put the tree and what's around it. You want to make sure the tree isn't encroaching on your furniture or rubbing against the walls. Generally, you will need 5.5 feet of depth for a 7.5 foot tree, 6 feet of depth for a 9 foot tree, and so on. Another good rule to remember is to leave 3 inches between the tree and the wall to avoid any tree to wall contact. 

I personally am a huge fan of faux Christmas trees. We got our faux tree from Home Depot 2 years ago and it's super easy to assemble with minimal messiness, give or take a few thousand sparkles. I am a tad bid OCD (I think most interior designers are) so the idea of a real tree inside my house shedding needles everywhere gives me the heebie jeebies. I do however really enjoy them in other people's homes and places like the Driskill Hotel where they immaculately decorate a giant fir tree carted in from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. 

For years there were two options for your Christmas tree ornament style. You either went the traditional route with red and green along with emotionally significant family ornaments or the more design conscious metallic look. As beautiful and organized as the metallic look is I personally love putting up our ornaments each year that bring back specific memories with each one. Chris and I have tried to make it a point to buy a Christmas ornament every time we go somewhere new together. This little tradition has made decorating the tree really special for us. Sappy I know! So while our tree currently leans more toward the traditional look, I have been getting inspired by the increasingly more funky, daring Christmas tree styling going on lately. Also, my personal design style is definitely transitional, so I would like my tree to reflect that as well. I think the tree below is a little over the top for my taste, but I love the idea of incorporating some brighter, colorful ornaments like these in with metallic ornaments and the ones we find together over the years. Pink has been all the rage lately, so I'm thinking about adding some pink ornaments into the mix this year and investing in some more contemporary metallic ones... Maybe some turquoise and black and white as well. 

Image from the Glam Pad

Image from the Glam Pad

If you know me you know I have an obsession with statement earrings. So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across these super cute ornaments at Lulu & Georgia (click here). It only makes sense that I expand my collection of fabulous tasseled and fringed accessories to include Christmas tree ornaments. You know I was thinking, I love my home decor, clothes and jewelry to be on trend, so I should probably make an effort with my Christmas tree too! 

Image from Lulu & Georgia 

Image from Lulu & Georgia 

Stay tuned to see our Christmas tree makeover!