Traditions are formed and broken to give way to newer traditions. Some traditions, however, get transformed according to the new age. When we approach November festive traditions come back into our daily lives. That time of the year is here again an entire month of collecting ideas, shopping baubles, wreaths, garlands, decking halls and turning your home into a magical warm abode with hopefully a crackling fire under an adorning mantle. It is undoubtedly this lead up to the holiday season that has me in a cheerful mood. While planning and shopping for Christmas it is best to categorize the spaces and the decorations for clarity. The entrance and hallway make the first impression while the living room alone would have a fireplace mantle, coffee table, console table or a feature wall, windows and the tree. The outdoor is another area that needs creative decorations with the theme of Christmas. Then there are categories among the decorations that will help in visualizing the decor and ease of shopping. I have enlisted below some categories that are essential while shopping for decorations and also planning a theme.
Front Porch and Yard
The very moment your guests stand before your driveway what would they notice about your decorations? Wreaths or bells on the windows, front door wreath, front yard people greeters, fawns or reindeers grazing, snowman or Santa’s sleigh? Garlands plaited with tube lights deck the stairs and front porch beautifully. Some wrapped gifts by the front door with a small potted Fraser or douglas fir plant with winter animals or elves add fun to your porch decor. Here are some of the decorations for the front porch and your garden or yards.
Entrance and Hallway
To be received to a warm and welcoming home is what everyone looks forward to visiting family or friends and especially during Christmas. A home is an obvious reflection of the care and love showered by its residents, unlike a well-decked house. As the year draws towards the end we have a month to cherish all the fond moments enjoyed and the storms braved by the family. A wall of framed moments or a few on the entry hall console would do well with some frosty garland of pine cones and spruce and led candles or string lights. The entrance way console table could also have a Christmas cheer plaque of wood with holly or smaller wreath or garland and lights. Frosted branches with holly berries, stuffed elves or reindeer or a poinsettia plant too would add to the decor as a feature before you step inside the house.
Decorating the living room tree and furniture with a variety of winter-themed ornaments is a cherished memory from our childhood. Favorites like candy canes, gift boxes and baubles are always a regular feature of our decoration shopping list. Ornaments are a way to theme your decorations with forest creatures, Christmas confectionary, winter goodies like tea and cookies or even better carry travel souvenirs from the years gone by. In the living room coffee table or side tables centerpieces of candles, baubles in a jar or bowl, pine cones, silver or gold reindeer or Santa would accentuate the otherwise minimalist decor. You could even throw some holiday-themed cushions on the couch with a minimal centerpiece on the coffee table. A warm throw on the couch is quite inviting to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and watch some holiday movies. Dress up your living room windows with bells and bows and the curtain rod draped with a frosty garland with lights. You could run a string of lights on your curtains to add to the festivity during the holiday party or dinner. For more details visit West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma.
Fireplace & Mantle Decor
This year my fireplace is going to have a dramatic makeover going from a red brick fireplace to an ivory fireplace and I cannot wait till the day arrives when I can finally decorate it with my Christmas decorations. I definitely see a snowman, an old white beard man, reindeers, baubles in glass jars/bowls and a garland of some sort to decorate the mantle in my home. If you don’t have a traditional or any type of mantle you could decorate your TV console or any feature furniture in your living room with the holiday decor. The thing about mantle decor is that it sets the tone for your house decorations. It is the centerfold of your home where guests usually huddle with a glass of wine chatting among themselves. Have a Christmas board that spreads the cheer, stockings stuffed with gift boxes and some hamper goodies or Christmas crackers to give the Santa some feelers of your wishes. If you don’t have a tree you could place the potted fir plant near at the foot of the fireplace decorated with ornaments and gift boxes.
A centerpiece with elegance or statement should be all that it takes to deck the dining table. On the evening of your Christmas party or dinner place napkins on the dishes tied with burlap ribbon or silver or jute string and some fir or pine decorations. You could even add tags to the string with scribbles of ‘joy’, ‘jolly’, ‘jingle bells’, ‘sleigh ride’ to add to the cheer. Candles are a must on the dining table or the console near the table. Dress the chairs in bows or ribbons for a get together during Christmas or winter. The theme should run along the house from the entrance to the dining. During the daytime especially closer to the festive day have a cake stand filled with festive goodies like cookies, mini pies, cupcakes for visitors or family to grab a piece of indulgence every chance they seek. It’s all about sharing the cheer and joy. For more details visit Crate and Barrel, Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma.
Have the kids decorate their room their way and take some inspiration from the youthful energy. Dress up the bedroom windows with yellow tube lights and garlands or fairy lights falling from the curtains. If all your bedroom windows face the driveway add bells and bows to the window panes or wreaths with bows or bells, Three windows facing the front yard can have J – O – Y been lit up on respective panes. The dresser in your bedroom could use a touch of festivity preferably understated decor. Stay true to the theme below or have a fun world upstairs or a romantic one than the main living area. Throw some winter pillow covers and duvet covers on the bed with shades or reds, icy blue, frosty muted tones, whites. Add multiple cushions to the bedroom chairs or small couch or seating bench by the bed. For more details visit Crate and Barrel, Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma.