Our Pinterest feed is overflowing with dreamy Christmas wreaths, our fireplace-scented candles are lit, and our mugs are steaming with hot cocoa. It’s official: The holiday season has arrived. All that’s left to do is put the final touches on our homes—like nailing down a festive tabletop scheme and double-checking the lights on the Christmas tree.
For all things last-minute holiday decor and entertaining this year, we’re turning to our 2017 Design Blog Awards semifinalists: A creative and inspiring group of must-follow individuals who, time and again, put beautiful spaces first. Their savvy design tips and chic eye for accessories are just two reasons we’re feeling especially inspired. Read on for all the seasonal design ideas we’re loving and learn how to craft a holiday-ready home like a pro.
When it comes to decorating tiny homes, it can be easy to overwhelm a small space with clutter—no matter the season. So, when Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves—our Best Small Space Living Blog winner—preps her 173-square-foot Brooklyn studio for the holidays, she likes to keep things simple with a festive vignette. An ideal arrangement for over a desk or entryway console, Boyle’s sweet wall decor fix mixes miniature swags and vintage photos. Off the floor, but never out of sight, small space dwellers can easily mimic this decor hack.
Tip: wintry images will decidedly set the mood.
Subdued tablescapes have us feeling some type of way this month. We love Sarah Sherman Samuel’s muted arrangement for its not-so-obvious approach, soft hues, and earthy details (note the delicate succulents on the dinner plates). Want to play with millennial pink this holiday, but don’t know how? This interiors pro has all your answers. “I am loving ochre and rust, so by pairing a traditional color with a not so traditional color like pink, suddenly the table feels fresh,” the LA-based blogger says.
Also key to her charming display: Antique tableware. Here, the blogger puts her set of brass vintage flatware to unique use.
We get it, the guests are downstairs. So, why bother hanging garland in, say, the bedroom, right? But when you really start to think about all the time you spend hiding from the cold or sleeping-in come winter, you’ll feel tempted to make the bedroom an equally cozy and celebratory place to be. Blogger Liz Marie loves Christmas so much, she wants it the be the first and last thing she sees each day in her fixer-upper farmhouse in Michigan.
“I’m obsessed with using cedar in our Christmas decor because they are the perfect farmhouse greens,” she says. Thanks to her exclusively white-washed room, Marie’s in-season greens pop in the simple sleeping space. She also placed mercury glass in the middle of the wreaths and an ivory knit throw on the bed for added intrigue.
Don’t know your bay leaves from your seeded eucalyptus? Kate Arends of Wit and Delight is here to help you sort through all your seasonal plants—and she’ll also teach you how to incorporate a variety of them into your home. Her favorite foliage for the holidays? Bay leaves, juniper, rosemary, olive, silver dollar eucalyptus, and seeded eucalyptus. Scatter a variety of greens in a range of sizes around the home, from large potted arrangements to delicate displays.
Just take her stylish living room set up. An abundance of festive greenery makes for an idyllic fireside—er, candle-side—escape. Bonus tip: opt for vases with visual impact, like this metallic one.
Hosting this year’s annual feast? New mama and creative mind behind Almost Makes Perfect Molly Madfis is inspiring us to add a more personal touch to the meal with this edgy dining accessory she made herself. Cut from an old pair jeans and splattered with gold paint, any cool hostess would be proud to set the table with these chic DIY napkins. While essentially earth-friendly, they’ll also double as a talking point for when guests go quiet.
“While you can easily spend all your money on all sorts of pretty new things for your holiday table, this is an easy way to save money,” Madfis says. “And I love that I now have the story behind them for my guests of what they once were.”
Get the how-to here.
Austin, TX-based entertaining guru Camille Styles proves that just one trip to the grocery store can cure all your holiday decorating woes. This year, the blogger is styling her dining table with edible finds—like oranges, cinnamon sticks, and walnuts. “I love the organic touch they add to any holiday table,” Styles says.
Forcing us to rethink our store-bought decor, her citrus wall hanging makes for a bold and totally natural backdrop to enjoy a just-cooked feast. Likewise, the gilded walnuts—attached to the placecards—serve as a unique way to find your seat.
Get the how-to for both projects here.
Leave it to Niki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home (Domino’s Best International Design Blog winner) to remind us that no bar cart should be left untouched. The design blogger’s dreamy drink station gets a festive refresh come the holidays. Lustrous brass accents, winter-themed art, and a eucalyptus plant work together to make this minimalist bar car the perfect place to stash eggnog.
Curious how the London-born, Sweden-based blogger cultivated her Scandi-inspired aesthetic? Luckily, we recently caught up with Brantmark. Check out her story here.
When traditional garlands have you feeling bored, branch out by making your own. This holiday season, Joanna Hawley of Jojotastic is spreading cheer in her tiny Seattle bungalow with one of our favorite 2017 trends: pom poms. While this pretty alternative takes away the mess of picking up fallen needles from a living garland, its colorful, non-seasonal design means you can also keep it out year-round. Drape your custom creation over the mantel (if you have fireplace) or give a doorway new life, like Hawley did.
Get the how-to from her DIY guru, Hannah Cross, here.
The idea of a winter wonderland always sounds nice as a decor scheme for your home—but, let’s be honest, fake snow can get cheesy fast. Whitney Leigh Morris (blogger behind The Tiny Canal Cottage) strikes an effortless balance between fun and elegant in her playful backyard, where a stylish table for four awaits.
Tight on dining space this holiday? Take a cue from Morris’ charming arrangement. While white textured accents, like the faux fur throw, and hanging snowflakes in the surrounding foliage give the area a festive feel, the single garland-turned-table runner and shared bench promise to not soak up precious space.
A unique, style-focused approach to the mantel, we’re all for Celine’s (of Frenchy Fancy) eclectic display above the fireplace. Pairing moody hues and metallic accents, the Parisian decorator’s rich arrangement captures the holiday spirit through its darker tones, as opposed to typical red and green combinations. Also crucial to this dramatic mantel? Asymmetry. Craft a similar set up by placing two sizes of candlesticks side by side and displaying other off-balance decor, like the super chic wreath she made from eucalyptus, fir, and Christmas ornaments.
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