We have been in our house for 1.5 years now (some updates on where we started) making this the second year in our sweet home. This year things feel so much more settled, so I have had more time to decorate for Christmas and buy new decor. One thing I have really tried to focus on with my Christmas decor is accenting with pieces that can last through the winter, or some even year round. Of course I have stockings, and garlands, and plenty of decor that will get packed away at the end of the season, but I have added some that I think will last.
I have also tried to make an impact with a few pieces that are really inexpensive, so if I decide they are a one year item – no big deal! So below are my tips for holiday decor.
- Buy pillows or blankets with only some green or red on them. This way they can stay out and don’t scream Christmas. For my house, green is a great fit for all of the colder months, so I decided to add Dark Green pillows from Ikea and a throw with some green on it, and it will look great even after the tree comes down! I Also did this with glassware this year. I know that it will continue to work year round and not have a Christmas-y look at all once the rest of the decor is down.
- Frame free printable, wrapping paper, tissue paper, or scrapbook paper. This is a super inexpensive way to changes things up, and who cares if you just throw them out at the end of the season. I personally framed some tissue paper from the Hearth and Hand line in frames that normally have more bright airy prints.
- Buy wreaths that are not meant for Christmas and add small accents. A magnolia wreath is very on trend and great to hang year round. I weaved some berries into mine without using any adhesive – making it festive then able to be left as is after the season! For our back door I added a simple wreath that again is not a Christmas wreath, but does look Christmas-y due to the rest of the decor.
- Use what you have! For our entry way I used two scarves in a basket to look like a blanket. The scarves are from the Target Dollar spot last year and worked perfect for that space! I also used a basket and rug that were not in use as a “tree skirt” in the dining room instead of buying new. Repurposing items saves you money and many time ends up being a more unique and fun way to decorate.
- Find inexpensive items that you can use to tie together multiple areas of your house. We do not have an open concept house anymore, which means that I have the freedom to sort of break up the “Christmas theme” I have happening in each room. But in order for it to flow, I did try to use common pieces throughout. For example. Houses were a common theme this year for me. The little white houses from the Target dollar spot, and the House print paper from Targets Hearth and Hand line (which is also on a kitchen towel and hot pads). Repeating small accents helps the house to flow together, but also if that’s able to happen it probably means that your decor is on a good wavelength. I try to find lots of fun elements in the Target Dollar spot, or at Michael’s for under $5 that can help make this happen!
As a side note for moms – Target frequently has festive bins or baskets in their dollar spot, or you can find them online or in other stores. I think that switching up toy bins for the seasons is a super great, fun way to keep things festive, while still being practical!!
I would love to hear what your tips and tricks are for decorating for Christmas!!