Jen Woodhouse doesn’t do stuffy. She couldn’t even if she tried. All you have to do is read the first paragraph of her Christmas decor article below to see exactly what we mean. But she most certainly knows how to make a room look glamorous, but always in a comfortable, relaxed sort of a way.
She’s a super talented stylist and an accomplished DIYer. She writes about decor and more on her blog House of Wood, and she’s taking part in our ongoing Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Jen, and several other top drawer designers, mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to see the great Christmas decorating ideas they’d generate.
Jen’s holiday decor is gorgeous, and brimming with warmth and personality… just like Jen herself.
OH.MAH.GOSH.YOU.GUYS. I am so excited to have been invited to participate in The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge this year! And yes, this kind of excitement warrants ALL CAPS, all annoying like that. I can’t even tell you how honored, humbled, and completely intimidated I am to be included in this group of crazy talented bloggers. You guys. I almost peed my pants. I am not even kidding.
When the Style Challenge mystery boxes showed up on my doorstep, it was literally like Christmas morning here at The House of Wood. Except it was 72 degrees out and October. No big deal. That didn’t stop me from tearing through the boxes like a kid on Christmas day.
I was thrilled to find that they were filled to the brim with magical goodies, mostly in a metallic gold palette. Shut the front door. Home Depot, have you been reading my diary? I have been crushing on all things gold and metallic lately, you’d think it was my job.
Christmas Decor for the Front Door
But before I invite you inside, let’s take a peek at my shut front door. (See what I did there?)
Those gorgeous lush silk poinsettias, potted Christmas trees and the gold wreath are all from The Home Depot. I especially love how huge those poinsettias are! I just popped them into a pair of box planters I built a few summers ago.
The Home Depot is the only place I know of that carries my favorite (formaldehyde-free!) plywood: PureBond Hardwood Plywood. Since I’ve been getting crafty with my jigsaw lately, I picked up a sheet of ¾-in. birch plywood and cut out the O Holy Night sign. My handsome hubby surprised me one day by taking off work long enough to hang it up for me. The sign measures over 6 feet long, so getting it hung was definitely a two-person job. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank his awesomesauce boss (say that three times fast) for letting him leave the office to take care of mah bizness (that’s what she said).
I just love how bold and graphic this Nordic Dove welcome mat is!
I like to mix natural elements with the faux stuff, so I cut a few branches off of the holly bush in our front yard and tucked the sprigs in the artificial wreath, for some fun pops of red.
Oh hi again. Are you ready? Well, come on in!
Gold and Glam Christmas Decor
Welcome to our black, white and metallic Christmas. Sit a spell, won’t you?
As a military family, we move around quite a bit, so the space I’m working with can change from year to year. This year, our living room is the coziest place in our house, so it made perfect sense to set up our tree there. Our massive white brick fireplace and wood mantel were the ideal backdrop for our holiday decorations.
When I discovered this metallic glass owl trio in my mystery box, I knew that these little guys would be the jumping off point for this year’s theme. Aren’t they adorable? I could just squish them.
But I won’t.
Because they’re made of glass.
And that would be painful.
To keep the gold and glam from being too uptight and stuffy, I added different textures to the room by way of a natural jute rug, warm wood side table, and cozy faux fur tree skirt. A cheery, Dalmatian pillow and flirty, fuchsia throw add some playfulness and whimsy to the whole space. I love the oversized pom pom fringe on that throw. Fun times.
And here are our stockings, hung by the (non-functional – womp womp) chimney with care. And yes, our 100-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, Watson, gets his very own stocking too. Isn’t he a handsome fella? And such a sweetheart too, our gentle giant.
And how gorgeous is that 7.5 ft. Pre-Lit Fraser Fir Artificial Tree? It looks amazing against that striped wall. I used black and white vinyl tape on the wall, which made for an easy, but tedious DIY project. Since we are serial renters, I’m always on the hunt for temporary decorating solutions. Being able to infuse our home with our personality keeps mama happy and my non-committal decor choices keep the landlord happy; it’s a win-win.
I was super psyched to find these beautiful gold glass ornaments in my mystery box. The Home Depot also sent me a few of these beautiful white and gold ornaments, which went perfectly well with my entire color scheme. The gorgeous hammered copper mug on the side table adds some shine, too. The different tones of gold add so much sparkle and magic to the holidays, don’t you think? Makes me feel oh-so-fancy.
Tucking several faux poinsettia blooms, glittery branches, and sparkly feathers into the tree fills a lot of space effortlessly and adds great visual interest throughout. And it’s super simple to remove when it comes time to take the tree down. Bonus!
I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect tree topper… so much so, that our tree has gone topper-less for the past three years. I finally found what I’d been searching for: this beautiful capiz Bethlehem star!
It’s important to me to reflect the true meaning of Christmas throughout our holiday decor. We love to sit by the fireplace and read the Christmas story to our 2- and 4-year-old children. And while all of these design elements make for a pretty picture, they make for an even more meaningful experience. It’s a livable and cozy space where we can spend quality time together as a family.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek at our gold and glam (but not too stuffy) Christmas decor! From my family to yours, we’re wishing you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
[Jen reused many of these Christmas decorations in a new Christmas mantel that includes an adorable little Christmas village made from 2 x 4’s. Check it out. -ed.]
In addition to being a Nashville singer/songwriter, Jen Woodhouse is a talented decorator and DIYer. Check out her lifestyle and design blog The House of Wood for DIY projects and plenty of great decorating ideas.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas.