Hello friends! I’m excited to be writing my first post, and it’s about one of my favorite times to decorate–the holidays! My husband and I are renting a cute little house from my best friend’s parents, and I just love the open concept and vaulted ceilings. It definitely makes it fun to decorate and furnish. Enjoy the post! Oh, and of course my handsome pup, Zion, will be making some appearances.
The Christmas Tree
Let’s start with our tree–this beautiful Nordmann Fir was from Wilson Hill Christmas Tree Farm in Maple Valley, WA. They have You-Cut trees, which I think is more fun–since we get to walk around the entire farm looking for just the right one. My favorite is the Noble fir, but we couldn’t find one we liked this year. We got a 6 foot tall tree, which fits in perfectly in our small space. Pricing at this farm was $8/foot for Douglas, and $10/foot for all others. Next year, we hope to get a permit to go cut one down in the woods! That should be fun (and more affordable–permits are about $10).
If you’re debating between a real vs. fake tree, I’d totally recommend going with a real one! It is pricier, but it’s a lot more fun to hunt for a real tree. If you’re worried about the needles shedding, I would suggest the Noble, Nordmann, Fraser, or Blue Spruce.
Unlike the green stringed Christmas tree lights you normally see on trees, I opted for copper wire LED lights which I just love. I actually use them all over the house (they’re wrapped around the windows too). I got mine on Amazon linked here. (The length I got for my tree is 60ft, but it looks like only 33ft is available right now). I love the copper wire lights because not only are they decorative, but I can also adjust the brightness, make them flash, and the wiring is great for wrapping around the sparse areas of the tree without being too bulky.
The Shiny, Sparkly Stuff
Now for the fun stuff. Last year I decided on a “metals” color palette, complete with gold, silver, rose gold and bronze. I decided to go with the same color palette (minus the silver) and added more white/ivory to the mix. I bought most of my picks and ribbon from Joann Fabrics and Michaels, and the colored ornaments on the tree were actually all clear plastic ones that I spray painted.
Tip: Joann & Michael’s always have Christmas decor sales and they start pretty early too. You can also sign up to get coupons via email, or download their apps to get access to coupons. I never pay full price for anything at those stores! Most of the picks/decor items I get for 50-70% off. If you really want a steal, go after Christmas and stock up for next year.
I personally love adding some earthy elements to just about everything, so I added a ton of fabric flowers to the tree and just love how much texture it brings. The white poinsettias and light pink roses were just Christmas picks I found at Joann, but the white peonies were actually a bouquet that I took apart and just placed on the branches.
My favorite new additions this year would be the ornaments I found from H&M, Crate & Barrel, and the macrame ones I made myself! The Crate & Barrel ornament is just perfect for my plant loving self. I added some white pebbles and an airplant to it. The nice thing about this ornament, is I can use it as a decorative piece for the rest of the year.
H&M gold metal ones (pictured in the top right corner above) linked here. Also comes in silver.
Crate & Barrel geo terrarium ones linked here. Also comes in other shapes.
These little macrame guys were so fun to make. I found the tiny driftwood pieces at Lake Wenatchee when I went to Leavenworth, WA with my girlfriends.
For the tree topper, I didn’t want to do the usual star, so I YouTubed a tutorial on making a big ribbon bow, and just stuck that on top of the tree.
Garland & Pine Cones Everywhere
I think garland is the best and most beautiful way to decorate just about anything. Around the windows, on top of shelves or dressers, or in a vase! We luckily live in a heavily wooded area with tons of trees that I can steal some branches from to make my own garland.
I then like to accent the garland with some Christmas tree picks or wooden beads. The wooden beads I got from Amazon, and strung myself. The exact pack of beads I bought is not available anymore, but just search “wooden beads” and there will be plenty of results. The sizes I have are 12mm and 20mm.
Pine cones are also an easy way to decorate. I bought a pack of them at Joann, and then spray painted them. To make them into ornaments as well, I hot glued some twine to a few of them.
The “Happy Holidays” banner was gifted from my sweet friend Vansica of Miss Sun Creates. Check her out for customized party/event goods and gifts!
Sooo I recently became obsessed with pillows and pillow covers. For the holidays, I knew I needed some velvet (been crushin’ on velvet for forever now, so any excuse for more velvet is a good one!) and jewel tone colors. I found some awesome velvet options on H&M home, as well as TJ Maxx and Pottery Barn. I mixed the velvet pillows with my other every day pillows (including mudcloth–my current obsession), and I think they all look great together.
Along with pillows, I gotta throw some blankets in there. Oh, and fur. Lots of fur.
and everything else
Here are just a few more snippets around the house. My marble trays and coasters are shown below as well! You can purchase them directly on my site here.
Hope you enjoyed the blog post! Feel free to let me know if you have any feedback. If you’d like to see more posts, let me know what content you’d like to see!
Lisa (and Zion)