Sunday, November 30, 2014

How To: Decorate for the Holidays

The weekend after Thanksgiving traditionally marks the time when my family will begin to pull out all of our Christmas decor and start sprucing up our home for the holidays. For the most part, my mom gives my sister and me free reign when it comes to the decorating because we both love to do it and she seems to like what we come up with {or so she says...}.

While we purchase new items and update our decor from year to year, there are always decorating staples that my sister and I put up first. Pottery Barn and Target are my go-to's for Christmas decorations, but you can also find some of the best things when you shop around at small, local boutiques. There's nothing groundbreaking, but below are some of my essentials:


Garland: Garland is one of my favorite decorations and an instant game changer for your home. Throw some around your front door and banisters and on top of your mantle for a put-together and elegant look. 

Ornaments: The obvious use for ornaments is on the Christmas tree, but they can be used for so much more. I like to add them as filler for bowls and vases, nestled into garland or clustered on top of  the mantle. It's always a good idea to have plenty on hand in a variety of sizes and colors. 

Glitter Snowflakes: Speaking of having plenty on hand, these little suckers can be used for everything. Stick them anywhere that looks a little sparse in your garland, tie them on top of gifts or cards or hang them from the tree.

Stockings: I love the clean look of matching stockings hung on the mantle, and of course they are beyond necessary for a place to hold stocking stuffers ;). 

Christmas Tree: A given for this time of year! Artificial trees are easier to deal with and some come pre-lit, allowing you to avoid the hassle of stringing lights, but in my opinion those struggles are worth it in order to have the smell of pine wafting throughout your house. My family and I just bought our tree today, and I am looking forward to bringing it inside and filling it with lights, ornaments and ribbon. 

Holiday Candles: I used to be obsessed with candles to the point where I purchased an obnoxious amount, but I'm now very particular to the scents that I buy and find that a lot of them are too over powering and disgustingly sweet. Holiday candles are my one exception. I love candles with the warm aromas of pine and spice, and this diptyque candle subtly spreads amazing scents throughout your home. I'm currently burning the Winter scent in my bedroom as I write this. 

Fur Throw: There is nothing better than snuggling under one of these in front of the fire place with a hot latte while watching Christmas movies. Absolutely nothing. I also keep one in my bedroom and throw it on top of my comforter for extra warmth during chilly winter nights. They are the best!

What are some of your favorite holiday decor items?

With Love,
Ellyse

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