I love decorating Christmas trees but you can also add little touches throughout the house to bring Holiday Cheer.
Starting with the outside, lights, fresh garland and changing out the wreath on the front door. I also love the simple elegance of candles in the windows but our plantation shutters make that difficult.
The Entryway door with the very first poly-mesh wreath I made three years ago.
The little details can bring color and joy to a room, a few holiday items on a built-in or a vignette with a grouping of items together, switching out the color of pillar candles to match the seasons. All simple and if you use items you already own very inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays.
For the stairs I have the mice silhouettes from Martha Stewart that I use for Halloween, I bought a few packs a few years ago and I have fewer stairs now so I made some of them Christmas mice instead. The Large Ball Mason Jars are filled with Epsom salt to look like snow, the top layer is Teals epsom salt-it is scented and it has a glistening shimmer to it, but at twice the cost of regular Epsom salt I only use it for the top layer. The lights are battery operated flameless candles, and the greenery is small swags that I got from Michaels years ago and have just slightly bent to curve around the candle jars.
Front entry tablescape.
I have a much more open kitchen and with that comes less counter space. Some of the holiday items I would have normally had out on the counters I know have tucked into my hutch. This allows me to still keep them on display, save precious counter space and give fun pops of color in the hutch.
I think having a simple table-scape can completely reinvigorate the look of the room. We keep our formal dining room set every day; it is the first room you see when you come through the front door.
Adding a few picture frames with past Christmas pictures is a great way to add color, bring the holidays into a space and remember fond memories of Christmas past.
If you have holiday decor items, perhaps past gifts creating small vignettes on accent tables is a great way to have them out on display. My husband surprised me one year with these little gifts because he knew I would be all over the fact that the house in the snow globe is the same as the candy jar.
I love fresh flowers the colors, the fragrance and to me that includes fresh greenery at Christmas, Pine, Magnolia whatever you prefer.
I have had formal, whimsical and everything in between as the theme and decoration of our mantles. Right now even the two I have are completely different. The only thing they have in common is natural elements as the base of the garland. The formal living room I am using Burlap and fresh pine and in the keeping room I kept the cotton I had up during fall and just added a few Holiday touches.
So most people know I am a big PotteryBarn, Ballard Designs, Front Gate fan and quite a bit of my inspiration comes from pages of their catalogs. I love the Pottery Barn Birch Candles but I wanted six and I didn’t want to pay up to $20 a candle, so I got on Amazon and found Wilson Evergreens They are natural birch logs with drilled centers that will holda glass votive candle(the candle IS included.) For less than $37 you get 3 logs and 3 candles and they can be used year after year only having to replace the same candle inside.
I have these two lanterns that sit at the base of my fireplace all year, by throwing in some jingle bells, pine-cones and an ornament I was able to give them a little Holiday Sparkle.
Every room has a little sparkle but there was some continuity on the first floor that the extra touches were all natural in their elements, burlap and jute, that helped tie all the items together and make the decorations more flexible to move from room to room if needed.