Happy December Ya’ll! On Friday, way back in November, we talked about the
The Traditional Tree
There are lots of ways and color schemes to choose from when decorating a Christmas tree. But there is something truly wonderful and extremely nostalgic about a traditional red and green color combo.
Now, in terms of ornaments, both of them evenly spaced out sizes, colors and textures to make sure the tree felt visually balanced. Man, I would love to come home to either of these Christmases.
The Modern Tree
I’m sure it’s no surprise (if you know my general aesthetic) but this is the type of tree that speaks to me…the modern tree. Nothing too crazy here, just three different color schemes that don’t involve red but still knock your holiday socks off.
The White Tree
I wouldn’t say I’m a white tree kinda gal but when they are done right, they are pretty undeniably wonderful. They call for happy colors and a big dose of playfulness and that is exactly what Emily and team did for these two beauties in her old house.
***Side note Emily prefers the “warm light” color for her string lights. It just makes everything feel cozier.
Green garland is probably one of my favorite Christmas decor accents. It makes such a big and luxurious statement in a room. So aside from a classic mantel look, Emily and team mainly use them to frame a doorway or a window. I mean look at how amazing they all look. Also, don’t be afraid of faux garland either. The top two photos (from Ginny and Brady’s homes) are faux and look incredible. Then in the bottom two photos from Emily’s past two Christmas’, we have some real greenery. HOT GARLAND TIP: On Em’s stories on Friday, while at the flower market, she said that getting garland that has mixed greenery in it not only looks textural but also gives you leeway to pepper different types around your room/house instead of feeling like you have to stick to one kind. ANOTHER HOT GARLAND TIP: Mix some real greenery in with faux (like eucalyptus) to add more dimension and fullness.
Adding Cheer To Kids’ Bedrooms
I grew up always having some kind of holiday decor in my room (and stocking on my door handle, of course). So I know first hand the positive effects on a kid’s mood. Now, I didn’t have Emily Henderson adding in that cheer (what a dream) but here are some great ways to bring Christmas from the living room into the bedroom courtesy of Emily Henderson herself.
Adding Cheer To Adults’ Bedrooms (and Bath)
Now just because we aren’t kids anymore doesn’t mean we shouldn’t throw some holiday spirit into our rooms, right?! Sure we’re the ones decorating but let’s take Ginny’s room (top two) as proof that a simple wreath, some twinkle lights and maybe even some stockings can bring A TON of holiday spirit into your room. But we don’t have to stop at the bedroom because if Emily’s mountain house master bath is any indication, then a wintery bathroom is magical and now I think necessary?? A wreath and a little tree can, once again, go a long way. Give yourself this little but effective gift.
There are a bunch of ways to style a mantel for Christmas as exhibited above. In the top row, they all have a little “scene” to bring in some fun personality. The top left has an adorable lumberjack scene, the top middle has reindeer and pinecone set up and the top right has that super cute but neutral snowman scene. Play around with what you have and see what happens. HOT TIP: We like to style in groupings. Notice the assortments of three’s and two’s.
Then for the bottom three photos, it’s obvious we are fans of the garland and candles look (we recommend faux candles to avoid any potential fires). We like to keep it simple and let the garland be the showstopper and then lightly sprinkle in a small amount of candles…and of course stockings. ANOTHER HOT TIP: If you have three or less stockings then hang them on one side. It looks cool and intentional.
Styling out shelves can be tricky but it doesn’t have to be. Remember that you are probably going to need to take some things off to add in the holiday flair. That way it doesn’t look like you crammed a bunch of Christmas decor into every open crevice (HOT STORAGE TIP: stash anything away you remove in the boxes/containers you keep your Christmas decor, that way you can swap everything back when it’s time to take down the festive stuff). Remember to stick to your color palette, add in a hint of greenery and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. For instance. Emily used ornaments on her shelves last year (far left photo) and Ginny put little bottle brush trees in a glass display box (far right photo). So stinkin’ cute, right?
Non-Mantel Stocking Hanging
For those of you like myself (fireplace-less), you have to get creative with the stocking hanging situation. But fear not because the EHD team has come up with some fun ideas over the years. Essentially you either need to find a tall enough surface or make one. Sounds easy right? Well, that’s because it is. I really love the stockings on the credenza from Emily’s living room last year. So simple and gives a very similar aesthetic to the fireplace look. But if you don’t have a credenza then using some sort of railing or stair rail are other great alternatives (they are sturdy enough for heavy filled up stockings). Our last (but probably most creative) is the present tower. Just wrap up some boxes, make sure they are weighted and tall enough to hold the stockings up and then BOOM you have yourself a hanging surface.
Non-Set Dining Tables
Usually there is really only one (maybe two) big family dinners that happen after Thanksgiving…Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day dinner. Basically your dining table is most likely going to remain fairly casual for a majority of the season. But what if you want to decorate it so it looks festive all season long? That’s where we come in. Nothing quite says winter wonderland like little tree figurines. They are the perfect dining table decor piece. Always choose an assortment of sizes and even colors if that’s the look you want. Then from there, add in candles, or a small pelt (like in the middle photo) or a long table runner (like in the far right photo). Lastly, throwing in a few other little items like house figurines, ornaments or even winter animals will help to round out the whole look. Just remember to keep it simple.
Last but not least let’s talk about general surfaces like consoles, cabinets, credenzas etc. First, you want to think about the rest of your space and how “decorated” it is. Why? Well you want to avoid going ham on every surface. You want your eye to be able to dance around the space (hopefully to a jazzy Christmas playlist) and feel like it can rest in certain areas. BUT with all that said, a larger surface is a super fun place to play. Each of these photos gives a different look to be inspired by. But what they all have in common is that they live within a tight color palette, they all have varying scales of objects and most of those objects repeat. Just make sure that the overall look is visually balanced. Unless it’s on purpose (and you are a rule breaker) don’t put everything on one side. Group like a champ and spread the love.
December is here, joy is hopefully feeling more abundant by each passing minute and you feel even more confident in decorating what will undoubtedly be a beautiful holiday filled home. If you have any burning decorating questions, let us know in the comments and we will do our best to help. xx
Love you, mean it.