Knowing where to start when it comes to decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming, so let's touch on the big impact moments!
Stockings | Menorah
Stockings and a Menorah are essentials in decorating for the Holiday Season. For hanging stockings, you can hang them over a fireplace, down a staircase railing, or with festive hooks hanging off a prominent sideboard. I love a classic Christmas stocking (think red, green, with a little plaid), something more neutral for a monochromatic look (faux fur for the win here!), or a fun embroidered look to add a playful element (oh hello, Santa!). For a Menorah, I love a classic heirloom piece (carved stone to polished brass or silver -- CB2 and West Elm have some beauties!) for the main living space, but also bringing in a kid-friendly version for a playroom or kid's bedroom.
Nutcrackers | Gnomes
This is a fun way to add some personality to the Holiday styling of your home. I love a classic looking nutcracker, or something more modern like an all-wood nutcracker (there is a perfect one from Pottery Barn right now!). I also style with soft gnomes for my kiddos, and I love the playful personality they bring to any styling moment.
A Christmas tree is a no-brainer, but there are so many ways to decorate your trees to fit your personal style. Go all out with metallics to create a silver and gold sparkling tree, or keep it traditional with classic reds, greens, and golds. Multi-colored trees are perfect for the more adventurous, or go minimal with a Nordic inspired tree with wooden garland and neutrals. Don't forget a tree skirt/basket to finish the look! For those celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah, there are some gorgeous tree ornaments celebrating Judaism in the market, ranging from etched glass to polished silver.
Seasonal Pillow Covers | Throws
Instead of buying stuffed holiday throw pillows to decorate your sofa, I suggest getting seasonal pillow covers that you can easily slip over the pillow inserts you already have (check the sizing before you order!). Pillow covers then store flat for storing year-round, instead of taking up serious space in a bin! Add a plaid throw, or a faux fur blanket to your sofa- and boom, you are set to go!
When it comes to styling your mantle, there are so many ways you can go! I love to use live garland if possible (the smell is just so good!), surrounded by candle holders, decorative tabletop trees (carved wood or mercury glass!) and stockings. Whatever theme you choose for your tree can then be seamlessly integrated into the style of the mantle.
Front Door Ideas
My favorite holiday doors have garland draped over them, a festive wreath (go live if you can!), and a new seasonal doormat. For my Jewish faith friends, I love a live wreath decorated with a blue & silver plaid bow! Taking your seasonal decor outside makes your home feel so warm and inviting when you come and go!
The Extra Mile in Decor
If you want to go all-out, there are several add on's to dial up the Holiday styling! The more candles (votives to hurricanes for varying height) the better. For those with kiddos, flameless candles look GREAT in tall candle holders...you can't even tell they are faux! I also love adding metal bells, decorative brass reindeer to angels, and a large bowl of mercury glass ornaments or Dreidels to style the coffee table. For dining purposes, I also suggest to have a go-to Holiday table runner, complimentary holiday napkins and handful of seasonally relevant serving platters or cheese knives-- dresses up your entertaining spread immediately!
And that's a wrap! Wishing you and your loved ones a magical Holiday season! It is not about the perfectly styled home but instead about the perfectly imperfect memories we make in our homes. Sending love, peace and good health to you and yours. xoxo Kara