When do you start decorating for the holidays? I love this time of the year when it comes to the decor, the entertaining, and the joyousness. I also get excited because every year I switch up my Christmas decor theme and layout within the house. Now, I do not go out and buy brand new things every year, please, but I do rearrange where I put items, add new ribbon or colours, and pull out pieces that I haven't used in a while. And I do buy a few new things to help set the stage.
I love mixing in live greens, old and new and a bit whimsy whenever I can!
As most of you know, I am a huge advocate for shopping local and supporting Canadian companies. I try to add new pieces from stores around my neighborhood. Either with the greens I purchase, wrapping paper, or a ribbon store, it is always great to support your community where you can!
This year, I kept my holiday décor simple with ideas inspired by Scandinavian design. Here are my four tips for creating a cozy Christmas:
Green Christmas – The holidays are iconic for having some of the most beautiful greeneries of the year. Cue the fresh scent of pine and luscious magnolia. This holiday I incorporated lots of greenery – displaying it on our table scape, along our banister, and throughout the different vignettes.
These beautiful window wreaths were designed with metallic ornaments, live greens, and natural textures. I also used trimmings of garland to decorate my candle holders and vases for added holiday flare.
Holiday Trees – One of the best childhood memories I have is growing up with a Christmas tree in every room. For our main tree, I needed a slim profile as I don’t have much floor space to give up. It was also important for me to have a tree that looks natural. On the tree, you can see that I used shiny metallic ornaments and contrasted them with natural textiles such as burlap and wood accents, which fits perfectly with my Scandinavian theme. I finished the look off with magnolia leaves. For the girls’ room: I wanted this year to feel extra special, and a cute little pink tree was just the trick!
Table Scape – On the dining table I used peel and stick wallpaper as a playful take on a table runner. By adding texture through natural elements such as pinecones and wood, it really feels like I’ve brought the outdoors inside. I love a stunning holiday table and how it makes eating together a more joyful and memorable experience. Why not make every meal special this year!
Fun and Games – Since we’ll all be cozied up at home this holiday season, I wanted to create “fun zones”. Why not consider bringing back a good old-fashioned game night with the family? It’s a great way to connect and be present with those you love. Another fun idea is hosting a movie night! I set up a popcorn maker, cute hockey-themed glasses, and all the fixings – making another night at home feel more exciting. It’s all about the special moments these days, and I can’t wait for each and every one of them this holiday season!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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