Seasons Greetings! Welcome Friends, to our first Home for the Holidays Blog Tour! If you arrived from Amy’s at Crazy Chic Design a special welcome. Isn’t her style amazing? A huge thank you to our sponsor King of Christmas for sponsoring our tour. At the end of the tour look for details how you can enter to win your own tree! Well, Julie and I are thrilled that you are here so let’s get decorating!
This year I took a different approach to decorating for Christmas. I took inspiration from different design elements all around me…. from interior decor, from fashion, from details in my every day life that were appealing to me. These ideas helped me create an inspired Christmas decor theme and create my own personally inspired Christmas. Here are some good reasons to create YOUR own inspired Christmas decor theme:
With so many gorgeous Christmas decor ideas out there it is very easy to get distracted and confused….and spend a lot of money. White Glam, Silver & Gold, Pink Modern, Silver Blue, Neutral Rustic, Old Fashion Vintage, …..ok, you get the idea. Each one of these decor themes is stunning! If you head out shopping without a clear vision of what you want to create you are likely to get lured into buying something from each of these because they are all so alluring. Defining your decor theme early on can stop you from buying items that won’t fit your theme and will save you a lot of money, trust me.
I’m sure if you’re like most families, over time you have accumulated a MONSTER collection of Christmas decor. Once you pick your theme you have a very systematic and justified reason to sort through what you own and put HALF of it back in storage!! Seriously, you have my permission and you don’t have to feel guilty.
Honestly, with just a bit of focus, inspiration and planning you will be able to create a more cohesive and more beautiful outcome!
Confession: Ok, believe it or not, this is the first year I have decorated for Christmas with a “theme” in mind. In the past I haven’t given my decor very much thought besides just opening up the boxes and spreading out whatever I discovered inside. I knew I was going to need to put some more thought and planning into it this year! And I’m so glad I did for all of the reasons listed above. In the end I saved a lot of money, was able to keep things simple, and I LOVE the end result (and so does my family!) And I hope you will too!
What inspired me…..
Everywhere I looked I was really drawn to everything plaid. I had been collecting plaid shirts and plaid blanket scarves for several years but I had never focused much on plaid in my decor until this fall. Additionally, I had never used plaid in my Christmas decor. This was good. “New” was good, and I knew I was headed in the right direction. Shop this pillow and throw from Pottery Barn.
Rustic, natural/neutral decor.
Rustic and neutral is not new for me. I love to decorate with neutrals year round and have a very casual style….so natural with a bit of rustic thrown in fit perfectly with what I love. Still, I had never applied this idea to my Christmas decor, so this would be a new take on Christmas. I didn’t know how I was going to interpret it for Christmas yet but it was a start.
I chose a tradition color palette with red and green. I wanted to create something I hadn’t ever seen before…but how would I make “traditional” feel new? And then it happened…that epiphany that comes around every so often…when you really put thought into something…and it all came down to this wreath! (And how special since this wreath was hand made for me from my friend Erin at her Etsy shop, Peaches and Polish.)
It was a fall wreath that was still hanging on my fireplace. I didn’t think I would be keeping it up for Christmas. And then I saw how beautiful it would look to incorporate the creams and the same greens I had been loving for fall!! In a flurry of excitement I started pulling greens from the fall decor vignettes which were scattered around the house. I began sticking them in the tree. (Yes sometimes decorating can be crazy, fun, spontaneous and totally random!!) I also found wheat pieces and stuck those in there too. (Why not??) I started filling the tree will all kinds of different textures and colors of greens. My Christmas decor was off and running!!
I wanted to incorporate some vintage treasures I had recently found. Specifically, I wanted to highlight an antique silver punch bowl, some silver trays, a vintage plaid blanket, some pewter dishes and an antique step ladder. These elements, coupled with my colors, helped me imagine the overall picture.
My theme appeared:
- Rustic, Natural/Neutral
- Colors of red and soft green
- Vintage pieces
Let’s begin the tour….
The Tree and Fireplace
Can we talk for a minute about my tree? And I don’t mean the decor, just the tree! I got my tree this year from King of Christmas and I couldn’t be happier. We’ve always had a real tree and this is a first for us. I honestly love it so much I don’t know if we’ll ever go back! What I love? How easy and quick it was to put up. I single-handedly put up the whole tree in less than 15 min. And, it came pre-lit so I was ready to start decorating in no time. I also love how realistic it looks. Even up close the branches look so real. Did I mention I’m in love?
The Dining Room
The dining room decor theme was inspired by an antique silver punch bowl and three antique silver trays that I found at yes, an antique vintage market…go figure! I wanted the decor to feature these new special treasures…and everything fell into place after that. The trays provided the perfect balance for my tobacco baskets. Done! Check out my blog post about How to Create a Plate Wall or in this case, trays, using simple items you have in your home.
Balance & Flow
I wanted my dining room to flow with the rest of my Christmas theme but I also prefer to keep it a little more formal and elegant. Therefore, I kept the decor to a minimum and chose not to incorporate any plaid. Finding a balance between rustic and elegant: sliver platters next to old chippy farmhouse windows. The chandelier adds elegance but the antler candelabra says rustic. Finally, this beautiful farmhouse linen runner balances these contrasting styles effortlessly.
I kept things very simple adding faux evergreens around the antlers and the punch bowl. Next, I filled the punch bowl with faux flowers I found around the house. And lastly, two little table-top pine trees add symmetry to the buffet! Voila!.
The Kitchen Table
This kitchen area is connected to the Great Room so it’s all about family, kids and casual living! Decorating the kitchen table fell into place using a plaid scarf I found at Target. I reused some favorite neutral placements that are all about adding texture. I employed vintage pewter plates recently acquired at an Antique Market as well as my Grandmother’s silver (my grandmother would be so happy!) A couple of small wreaths and greens tied to the chandelier with gingham ribbon add the final touches.
The Family Room
The family room (or Great Room) is the heart of our home and the center of my decorating focus. I love how light and bright it is in here year round! With two black labs and two young boys I like to keep things very casual, especially in here. But the basics of my Christmas Theme stayed the same. Let’s review the elements:
- Neutral/Natural elements
- Rustic decor
- Traditional reds and greens
I love mixing family photos with personalized wood rounds and seasonal details. The rustic wood ladder is fun to decorate. I added a vintage plaid throw because, well, my obsession with plaid is real! Shop Target for these fun JOY pillows.
My Industrial pipe shelves are a fun mix of rustic and urban styles. Read our DIY Industrial Pipe blog post to see how you can build your own shelves with simple pipes and wood from your local hardware store. Then have fun every season changing up the decor like I do!
The Master Bedroom
Christmas decor in the bedroom is so special because it feels very personal. No one is likely to see it, it’s just for your own enjoyment. You don’t have to do anything in your bedroom so simple touches make a big impact! All I did was add this garland of greens over my headboard and immediately the whole room felt updated and festive. Adding a few Christmas farmhouse pillows was easy. Then I pulled in a few seasonal items to add detail on a tray. I kept to my traditional rustic theme by adding natural elements such as the birch candle, antlers and wire basket. Even the little burlap wrapped tree fits the mood.
The master bedroom came together when I added the garland. I chose a garland that didn’t scream Christmas but was more of a seasonally neutral variety so I can use it year round. It also helped the decor feel more natural.
The Guest Bedroom
I recently found the perfect frame for my magnolia wreath. From the moment I saw it I had a vision of exactly where it would go. Remember my Inspired Christmas Decor Theme? Plaid, rustic, natural/neutral colors of red and soft green, and vintage pieces….check, check and triple check!
Our Big Surprise: For our Home for the Holidays Blog Tour, King of Christmas is kindly giving away one 7 foot flocked unlit tree to one lucky winner. Here is how you enter the giveaway. Each comment (one per blog) qualifies as an entry. So, the more blogs you comment on in our tour the more entries for you. Also, if you subscribe to our blogs each subscription gives you two more entries. This giveaway is for US residents and you must be at least 18 years old. This King of Christmas tree giveaway ends on December 11th at 8:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. The winner will be announced that week.
Next up on our tour is our amazing friend Lizbeth, Home and Fabulous who we know you are going to LOVE. Enjoy!
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