December is in full swing and with it comes long to-do lists and full schedules as we head toward Christmas. Holiday decor creates the backdrop for a lifetime of Christmas memories and is essential for creating that special feeling in your home that comes with this season. But it can be so stressful to make time to decorate and do it in a way that feels authentically you. This year, we started offering Christmas installs as a way to help our clients check one (big) thing off their list of holiday preparations! This is an exciting addition to our services that we will be sure to offer next year as well. We hope you enjoy this holiday series full of many DIY projects and helpful design tips while you are preparing for the season.
Our Christmas Install Process
Our Christmas install process is very straightforward. We first consult with the client in their home to determine what he or she envisions for the space, their budget for the project, and if there are any existing items we will be using. After meeting together, I have a clear idea of the client’s desired theme, and we take it from there! Whether you have all of the Christmas decor you need or are wanting your own personal shopper to take care of finding new pieces, we can help with both! From Christmas trees to stair garlands and beyond, if it's interior, we’ve got you covered. Once the install is complete, all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your beautifully decorated home before and during Christmas!
For this particular install, our client wanted a theme that felt in line with the existing design of the living room (which we also designed). Based on that, I decided to pull colors from items in the space such as the rug and pillows in an effort to make everything feel cohesive. From there I brought in elements from nature to compliment some of the wood tones they have throughout, which also provided a serene, fresh look that we both loved!
While working on this install we took on a few simple DIY projects that I want to share with you. If you can’t find things you love on the store shelves, you can take common, basic Christmas decor items and turn them into bespoke pieces. All it takes is a few extra minutes and some craft supplies! I’ve included some affiliate links from Amazon so that you can easily pick up what you need to try these projects. If you click one of these links and make a purchase, it doesn't cost you anything but helps offset the cost of this blog.
Ornaments + Spray Paint = Christmas Magic
When it comes to ornaments you want as much variation as possible. That means different sizes, textures, and tones. But what do you do when the only available ornaments don’t fit your aesthetic? Two words: SPRAY PAINT. When working on this particular install, I couldn’t find a style of larger Christmas ornaments that fit this client’s theme. Instead of settling for something less than ideal, we spray-painted some large ornaments we found with flat white paint & primer, taking them from basic to custom with one sweep of the spray can! The reason I chose flat paint was because the other ornaments on the tree had a metallic sheen and I wanted to have variation. Easy peasy right?
DIY Organic Ornaments
We didn’t stop there though. We did another DIY ornament that’s equally as fun and simple. For the second DIY ornament we focused on a way to bring in some organic elements. As I mentioned above, this is a very simple project and one that yields beautiful results. Here's what you'll need:
1. Clear glass balls
2. Dried florals
I love these clear glass ornaments with customized interiors because they add interest while also allowing the tree’s lights to pass through. Did I mention how fun of a project this is to do with your family and kids, or even a girl’s night “Holiday Edition.” The possibilities are endless, so have fun with it and get creative on what you want to put inside of them.
Transform Your Garland
Garlands can go from blah to wow by simply adding a few unique items to them. You can bring a basic garland to life and create your very own piece for half the price of one that is pre-decorated! Add dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, pinecones... you name it! Similar to our DIY Thanksgiving floral arrangement, you simply place the items in the garland and secure them with floral wire.
In the garland we created for this client, I added cinnamon sticks and pinecones. I chose both plain and flocked pinecones to bring in texture and dimension as well as some sprigs of eucalyptus and other greenery to add a beautiful and unexpected natural element. The best part about the cinnamon sticks was the aroma it filled the home with, giving you a “two in one” garland (yummy smells and good looking)!
Oh Christmas Tree!
When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, it's no different than anything else in design. You want to incorporate a variety of textures, shapes, colors, materials, finishes, and sizes. Sound familiar? (haha) Place the ornaments on that bad boy, add some ribbon and sprigs, and voila! Before you know it you have a tree that looks professionally decorated.
Design reminder: As you decorate your tree, balance is important. Make sure you don't put the same ornaments too close to each other, and space the decor out on the tree.
Use What You Have
Have an extra vase laying around the house? Fill it with greenery and Christmas stems, holly berries, pinecones, and evergreens. We used this client’s white rustic pitcher as a holder for evergreens with pinecones. Sometimes it’s all about the tiny details so as you decorate this holiday season don’t forget to get inspired by the things around you!
Here are some artificial vase filler options (you can always purchase real stems from places like Trader Joe's - or even snip some from a tree in the yard!):
Some vase options if you don't have one:
As you decorate for Christmas, remember that your decor should reflect who you are. If you love red, green, glitter, and glam, then go all out! But if you prefer something understated or modern, don’t default to decorating with a “traditional Christmas” look just because that style is the most accessible. I firmly believe that just like your year-round home decor should reflect your authentic self, your Christmas decor should too! So whether that’s bold, unique, understated, modern, traditional… go for it! When you curl up on your couch with a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) to watch the Christmas tree lights twinkle, l want you to be able to look around at your home, draw a deep sigh, and think, “This feels like Christmas.”