5 tips on Decorating your home for Christmas from Anna E. Lee, award winning blogger from Anna L. Interiors
The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons. Between the time spent with family and friends, the old Christmas movies, and the sparkling outdoor lights, what’s not to love?
I have to say, that as an interior designer, something I look forward to the most is coming up with new ideas on how decorate our home for the holidays. While last year, our design was “rustic elegance” – with soft golds, bronze, burlap, and lots of pine; this year’s décor is going to be a bit more bohemian chic – offering a combination of pattern, greys, browns, sea shells, and non-conventional greenery. It’s something that is totally different from what I would normally do however I’m very excited for the challenge!
Whether you come up with a new theme or not each year, holiday spending can quickly get out of control. To combat it, I’m going to do my best to use home décor items that I already own, making small purchases as needed. As a recent college graduate and newly-wed, money is a bit tight; so I’m all about cutting corners. However in saying this, I can’t stress enough that just because you are financially strained that doesn’t mean you cannot have a beautifully designed home. Everyone deserves good design. Below I’ve shared with you a few tips on how to decorate your home for the Christmas season. I hope you enjoy!
I N C O R P O R A T E F R E S H G R E E N E R Y
Whether it’s from the store or the farmers market, incorporating fresh greenery into your home is one of the easiest ways to brighten it up the holidays. Along with the traditional pine, I’ve incorporated some eucalyptus into my design scheme this year.
I N F U S E
Scent is something that can be easily overlooked when designing a space despite the fact that it plays a major role in the overall feel. Whether you have scented candles or plan on boiling some cinnamon sticks on the stove, don’t forget to infuse your home with some holiday flavor!
R E P U R P O S E I T E M S T H A T Y O U A L R E A D Y O W N
One of my favorite things about designing for the holidays is the challenge of repurposing items that I already own. While I do end up buying some new décor each year, using what I have helps to dramatically decrease overall holiday cost. The fun thing about my theme for this year, bohemian chic, is that I can get really creative and eclectic with it.
M I X I T U P
Don’t be afraid to experiment with non-traditional patterns and colors. While last year our Christmas décor was a combination of soft golds, bronze, and burlap; this year it’s going to be a bit bohemian chic, featuring a lot more pattern along with greys, greens, and browns. I might even incorporate a few seashells!
I N C L U D E T H E W H O L E F A M I L Y
Even if you’re the one who is in charge of the decorating, make sure to include your family somewhere in the process. One of our traditions growing up was to make a day of going out and picking a Christmas tree. When we got home we’d put on Christmas music, have some hot chocolate and sugar cookies, and decorate the tree. This is one of my favorite Christmas memories. If you live alone, invite some friends over to join in on the fun! Who doesn’t love putting up a tree?!