You never know where inspiration might come from. Take Whitney Jones’ Christmas tree, for instance. It was the world of fashion that led her idea to mix plaid and leopard print for the holidays.
Whitney writes about decor inspiration on her blog Whitney J Decor, and she’s taking part in our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a Christmas tree and a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations to style her home. We then got out of her way while she worked her holiday decorating magic.
Whitney explains how she pulled the leopard print and plaid together, and she shows us how she modified some of her Home Depot decorations to fit her style.
When I was asked by Home Depot to show how I’d decorate my Christmas tree, I was beyond ecstatic. My poor brain was getting boggled from the hundreds of Christmas ideas. I live in a small apartment, and I know that if you put too much Christmas stuff in your home, it could look cluttered and kitschy. So I always try to find the right balance while still showing my holiday spirit.
Last Christmas season, I saw a photo on Pinterest of a model with plaid pants and a leopard print blazer. I wanted to wear that outfit for Christmas. I looked all over for similar pieces, because I LOVE to mix patterns, whether it’s in a home or an outfit. I couldn’t find a similar outfit. While I STILL haven’t found that perfect leopard blazer or plaid pants, it inspired my decor for Christmas this year. I knew I had to use leopard print and plaid!
While leopard print is a classic pattern that is sure to be in style forever, plaid is a traditional pattern that people love to bring out around the holidays. So, since I was bringing back classic and traditional elements, I figured why not bring back the classic, traditional colors of Christmas: red, green, and gold.
The Home Depot sent me this gorgeous faux Christmas tree (that was pre-lit and decorated) and a bunch of beautiful ornaments.
I know this isn’t the best before photo of the tree, but as you can see, it already had some really cute decor going on.
After a little fluffing and trimming, I was able to create a beautiful tree that has lots of sparkle, dimension, and festive style.
I used plaid ribbon as my garland and draped it around the tree first. Then, I used my favorite ornaments: these large, red ornaments with leopard print trim across the middle.
After the leopard ornaments (I used six) were placed on the tree, I filled in my ornaments. I used over 200 ornaments on my Christmas tree!
One tip that you should always remember when placing ornaments on your tree: always place ornaments on both the outside and inside of your tree. The ornaments hanging on the inside of the tree provide depth and will be a beautiful (sparkly) surprise peeking at you each time you look at your tree.
Don’t forget wrap to your presents in beautiful wrapping paper to coordinate with your tree. The polka dot and colorful paper are both birthday wrapping paper. Shhhhh, no one else needs to know.
I love this red, ribbon tree topper from The Home Depot. The ribbon is supposed to be let down to embellish the tree, but I liked it so much better the way I removed it from the box. When I tried letting it down, it hid too much of my plaid ribbon on the tree; that was a no-no.
Home Depot also sent me this really cute mini tree to countdown the days until Christmas.
I usually really love burlap, but it was a bit too country for the style I’m going for this year. So, I made some changes…
… by adding some Dalmatian print fabric (my favorite fabric right now) in place of the burlap. I also bedazzled the tree with red, sparkly ribbon and this pretty bird. I call her Sasha, since she’s so fierce. (Get it?)
To see how to make these photo coasters with 13¢ ceramic tiles from Home Depot, see the DIY Ceramic Photo Coaster tutorial on my blog.
I created this mini-mini wreath with some left over garland and candy cane ribbon. I just wrapped the garland around and around in my hand, then secured the ends with some wire (actually an ornament hook). I attached it by nail on top of one of the frames on my gallery wall. Then, I put a gold ornament inside.
How’s that for easy?
I am in love with my holiday space! Big thanks to The Home Depot for letting me share my home and choosing me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge!
Whitney Jones is a New Orleans-based interior designer and the founder of Whitney J Decor. She specializes in “small spaces that are functional and glam with an eclectic twist.”
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.