There’s nothing more welcoming than an elegantly decorated home during the holidays. This year it’s all about natural touches and outdoor inspiration over the gilded and gaudy. Below is our guide to wholesome holiday decor:
Bring Nature In – When it comes to aligning your home with the season – let nature be your guide. Forage forests near your house for festive fauna to decorate with such as birch branches, red berries, pine cones, autumn-colored leaves, pine, pampas grass, and twigs. Get creative with ribbon and twine and arrange your findings on your mantlepiece, bookshelves, or as a centerpiece. This organic approach to holiday decor will give your home a more rustic and friendly feel. Plus – it’s a great excuse to get the family together for a hike!
Switch Out Your Candles – Nothing invokes the halcyon holiday memories of our childhoods quite like smell. Filling your home with gingerbread cookie, apple pie, and cinnamon scented candles will create a warm glow in both your heart and your home.
Cozy Knits – Prepare your home for hibernation by swapping your summertime linens for comfortable wool knit throws and blankets, flannel sheets, chunky knits, and cashmere. Draping a chunky knit on your sofa will instantly evince holiday vibes, especially if you opt for a seasonal colored fabric. This simple update will bring warmth to both your home and your family.
Prepare Your Fireplace – There’s something nostalgic about a wood-burning fireplace and the crackle of a splitting log – especially around the holidays. If you have a fireplace in your home or a chiminea in your backyard, ensure it’s prepared to be the focal point of cozy evenings by gathering wood logs and kindling and opening the flue. Strategically stacked wood can even act as a design element in your home and make a rustic impact.
Rugs & Runners – Getting out of bed on a cold winter morning can be a struggle when you’re cozily sandwiched between warm flannel sheets. Make the first movements of the day pleasant by welcoming your toes with a fluffy landing. Place rugs and runners in high-traffic spaces to add cozy winter vibes to your home’s decor – festive AND functional.
DIY Crafts – If you’re feeling extra creative this holiday season, there are endless DIY holiday crafts you can do with your friends and family. Not only is it an excellent bonding activity, but it’s a clever way to stay busy when the temperatures drop, and the sun sets earlier. Here are a few cheerful decorations you can make yourself:
Red Berry Wreath – Source: Good Housekeeping – This winterberry wreath will look fabulous through fall to winter and only requires winterberry branches, a wire-frame, and a hot glue gun.
Acorn Vase Filler – Source: Life at Clover Hill – Enlist the help of your little ones to collect acorns from around your home then follow these simple steps to drying them for crafting. This vase filler is a simple way to bring nature inside.
Burlap Garland – Source: The Typical Mom – Burlap garlands will transition well through Thanksgiving to Christmas. It’s an organic texture true to the season and a fabulous farmhouse touch even Joanna Gaines would approve of.