Christmas decor with natural elements is a trend we love. Evergreen sprigs provide Mother Nature’s balance to the shiny and glittery aspects to holiday decorating. Nya of Freckles Chick demonstrates this so beautifully with her holiday living room decor.
It’s part of our Holiday Style Challenge series, in which we send mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to exceptional style and decor bloggers to see what terrific holiday decorating ideas they can generate.
Nya has so many great ideas here for creating a unique look for Christmas, including some clever modifications of the decorations we sent her. Read on for inspiration for your own holiday decorating.
There are so many reasons to love every season, but the Christmas/holiday season gets 110% of my attention around here! To me, there are few things more heartwarming than cozying up with family, twinkling lights, warm mugs, and stories that embody the essence of the holidays. There’s something truly magical about peeking outside to see the blanket of fresh snow, moonlight sparkling off of it, awaiting those first boot prints to crunch through it come morning. Even with the hustle and bustle, it’s an enchanting time. We’re especially excited this year as we have a spunky toddler in our midst!
So I was thrilled to have an excuse to usher in the holidays a bit earlier this year, thanks to The Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge.
For our tree, I thought I’d stay true to our home’s aesthetic: neutral tones with a nod to nature, glitter, shine, and the unexpected.
I flock to shiny, glittery things. My husband however, is forever reeling me in to ensure that our home isn’t one blinding, reflective abode that can be seen from space. Thanks to his (ahem) “helpful feedback”, I’m mindful of tempering all that glitters with rustic notes. It’s a compromise that I’ve embraced, and I had the best time incorporating this look into our tree.
The gold ornaments were the perfect inspiration to kick everything off (glitter, gold herringbone, urchin details, arabesque shapes, oh my!). The very best part? All of the ornaments are shatter-proof. *cue angels singing* As anyone with kids, pets, or just clumsy fingers knows–nothing could be better when it comes to tree ornaments! Yay for being able to decorate the lower half of the tree this year!
To add botanical elements, I snipped the blooms off of faux poinsettias, added floral wire to the backs, and attached them to the tree. While red poinsettias are traditional and festive, I’m digging the serene, slightly modern look of the white poinsettias.
I also crafted tissue paper anemones for a dose of the unexpected. (See my paper anemones tutorial on my blog.) Who says black and white can’t be festive?! The paper anemones were surprisingly fun and simple to create. For a bit of earthiness, I scattered pine cones throughout the tree. Along with the extra mini-lights, they really made the realistic branches of this artificial pine Christmas tree come to life.
The whole tree was topped off by this proud guy. The reindeer tree topper arrived in a fun red color, but I gave him a little makeover with white lacquer spray paint and gold glitter so that he’d fit right in.
While black wrapping paper probably isn’t the first thing to spring to mind when it comes to Christmas gifts, I love the versatility of it. It makes the perfect backdrop for endless festive adornments. Plus, the leftover paper can be used for year-round occasions. To round it all out, an ivory cable knit throw serves as a cozy tree skirt.
The pattern on the gold medallion throw pillow from Home Decorators Collection reminds me of a snowflake but is abstract enough that I’d like for it to stick around long after the holidays. I’m a sucker for decor items that can work in so many scenarios.
There’s no shortage of evergreens here in Colorado, but I do feel guilty taking too much from their natural habitat. So when I stumbled upon an artificial cedar garland that looks very much like the real thing, I used part of it to accent our mantel.
I used one of my plaid scarves as a table runner to showcase more glitter, shine, and freshly snipped juniper sprigs.
And in our mudroom, I couldn’t resist pairing a Charlie Brown-esque ‘tree’ up with a festive kilim pillow from Home Decorators Collection. No room is safe ;-)
A favorite moment for me whilst decorating our tree was when our soon-to-be three-year-old daughter (whom we’ve dubbed the “threenager”) paused from helping and declared: “This Kissmas is going to be amaze.”
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Nya is a talented crafter and DIYer (and humorous writer) who favors simplicity in her style, along with colors and textures from nature. Freckles Chick is where she writes about style and decor and the humor and inspiration she finds in everyday life. She lives near Denver, Colorado with her husband and daughter.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.