Sprucing for the Season

Welcome to my Winter Wonderland

Even though Jack Frost and I are not friends, I will always LOVE and look forward to the joyful Christmas season! First and foremost I love to remember what the season truly means, like keeping the celebration of Jesus alive and always keeping the “Christ” in Christmas! Secondly, even though presents can be fabulous, the best gift I am given at this time of year is time with my family and lots of festive get-togethers with our friends (just think of all the mulled wine we will drink this month!) There really are so many traditions to look forward to such as, the girls building a snowman, baking delicious treats or Chad and I finding a quiet moment under the mistletoe.

Is Santa Hiring?

Now, back to the gift giving for a quick second. I wouldn’t be staying true to myself if I didn’t admit that holiday shopping for my loved ones is a real treat! In fact, I wonder if Saint Nicholas is hiring for a personal shopper? Before I get to all of those wonderful presents there is something I have been working on for a few weeks now and I am ready to share my Christmas décor tips all wrapped up in a pretty bow, just for you!

I have to admit I have been a little TOO consistent with my holiday decorating in the past. In fact, for the last 12 years I adamantly stood by decorating purely in winter white! Strictly no other colours were allowed – even when my girls begged! Haha. Needless to say, I've thrown my friends and family off this year by opting for some colour! And not just any colour, RED!! ...  now THAT is really going out on a dramatic-colour-limb for me...

24324148_10155261726185885_1250197542_o.jpg

Thanks Shelly for the inspiration!

Needless to say, the girls are ecstatic, and I think Christmas may just have to include some colour from now on…

Fortunately for me, plaid has made a huge comeback, and particularly red and black buffalo plaid! I certainly didn’t lack for options when choosing my holiday décor! Black, red, and white (of course!) is scattered throughout my home and I’m excited to share my photos and tips with you all!

 

       

 

 

 

But First - The True Meaning

24323978_10155261726135885_2120827907_o (1).jpg

Have you 

 

noticed?

I absolutely love all of the Christian signs that I have been seeing this year. I feel like we are surrounded by the true meaning of this holiday and it warms my heart to know that it hasn’t been forgotten!

Bark, Pinecones & Foliage

As for decorating your home, I love that you can have fun with the holiday season and bring the outdoors indoors! Go on an adventure, or take the kiddies outside and forage! Have the kids hunt for various sizes of pinecones, bark, and pieces of fresh greenery such as pine and fir tree branches. These items can be added in throughout your home whether it’s added to a decorative bowl, on top of your fireplace, around your festive family photos, etc.! Get creative with it! Real greenery is easy, visually appealing, and bonus - it’s free!

And if the kids end up going overboard with the collecting and you have bags and bags of leftovers the BONUS is that there are a ton of incredible Christmas craft ideas that will solve that problem! Leftover greenery can be used for gift-wrapping, a foliage wreath, candle decoration, and so many more that you can check out on my Pinterest!

Click here for my favourite Christmas crafting ideas for extra foliage!

If you’re like me and like to decorate at least a month before Christmas, use these tips to keep your greenery looking and smelling fresh – all season long! Click here!

Sprinkle a Little Christmas Throughout

The living room or family room is easy to season up, pick up a couple wintery pillows or a cozy throw in your theme colours. Candlesticks are my favourite, and I sprinkle them everywhere! An easy holiday hack is to glue ribbon onto plain candles you may have lying around to instantly add oomph to an otherwise bland item! As mentioned above, you can also add in a piece of foliage for something extra eye-catching! Add bows or Christmas ribbon to existing wreaths or art! Vases you use all year round can look like a whole new addition once you add some seasonal flowers (real or fake!).

In the kitchen, new placemats and napkins can go a long way in dressing up your table. I couldn’t stop there though and opted for red dish clothes and hand towels as well! A room that is often neglected is the bathroom – don’t forget the holiday towels and soaps (my favourite is the Winter Cranberry,) in your guest bathrooms to really have a touch of Christmas throughout your home!  

The Festive Focal Point

This brings us to the biggest and most dramatic Christmas accent of all… the tree! When decorating mine I focus on layering. I add the ornaments first, and then add all of the fun items I stock up on at the dollar store, such as feathers, ribbon, glittery foliage, etc.! Adding these items in, some closer to the forefront, and some further back within the branches adds texture and colour to the overall effect (plus, if your tree is fake and looking as if a few too many branches are missing this will do the trick.). Try not to over think it, and add it to your tree without rhyme or reason, as the result will look effortless and not overdone. Another holiday hack is to purchase and (beautifully!) wrap gifts as early as possible to 1) Save yourself the stress of last minute shopping and 2) they act as picturesque decorations up until the morning of the 25th! With so many bag and gift-wrap options these days it’s easy to keep stay on theme and allow your perfect packaging to steal the show! 

 

As for the finishing touch on your holiday home… don’t forget the mistletoe! May it be a reminder to plant a smooch on everyone you hold dear, and spread the love this holiday season! 

A HUGE shout out to my favourite stores for helping me create this beautiful Christmas setting! Follow the links to start shopping for your festive favourites. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas,

-Liz