This glitzy Christmas look is anything but traditional; however, the glamour will leave a lasting impact on your guests. In lieu of the traditional reds and greens of holiday flowers, use bright peacock feathers on your mantel as a statement piece. Use several different-shaped ornaments in coordinating shades for layers of charm. This rainbow tree does just that, and is a true DIY as many of the ornaments are spray painted. Swags are not only for doorways and porches.
For those deep-south citizens whose weather allows for outdoor entertaining, make sure that you take advantage of your patio space. Wrap greenery around the backs of patio chairs, and secure the garland with large red ribbon. You can even attach red ribbon to your light fixtures to brighten up the festive décor.
Replace your year-round cushions with bright red, weatherproof pillows. Toss a few throws across your furniture in case the weather gets too cold, light a fire, and enjoy your outdoor winter wonderland. Send your holiday guests away with a creatively packaged gift to mark the festive occasion.
Tuck in some holly and a Star of Bethlehem for added Christmas embellishment, and display them by the door or gate so that friends can pick them up as they depart. Some great holiday gift ideas include simple vases pictured , ornaments, potpourri, or nativity figurines. This budget-friendly gift idea is an easy way to let guests know that you are thinking of them even after they leave your house.
This Christmas, remember that even your outdoor furniture deserves a few festive decorations. Celebrate Christmas on your patio, too. Dress up the backs of your outdoor chairs by tying graceful swags of magnolia leaves and aromatic eucalyptus sprigs to each chair arm with a red, festive Christmas ribbon. While magnolia is a plant often used in Southern Christmas decorating, the eucalyptus sprigs are a less common — and a more creative — way to incorporate unique elements into your traditional holiday décor.
Eucalyptus leaves are fragrant, calming, and long lasting. Create your own festive Christmas snow globes using elements of nature. Suspend lanterns from the underside of a patio covering or umbrella with red ribbon or fishing wire.
We chose a glass lantern with a brass finish; but any lanterns will do. Choose natural elements such as holly berries and eucalyptus sprigs, instead of candles, to fill the lanterns with scenes of a Christmas forest. This special, creative outdoor Christmas decorating idea is a great way to tie your entire Christmas decorating theme together.
Not all napkin rings are created the same, and traditional table settings may not suit your natural holiday decor. For more casual holiday gatherings, forgo the stuffy, silver napkin rings. Instead, create your own holiday napkin rings using natural materials.
Small grapevine napkin rings, available at craft stores and florists, are perfect substitutes. Tie each napkin ring onto a cloth napkin using a soft, satin ribbon in a color that matches your napkins. These vine-like wreaths are a subtle nod to both traditional table settings, and traditional Christmas wreaths. Little touches like this will help you complete your natural Christmas decorating theme without going over the top.
Spread Christmas cheer throughout your entire house by incorporating Christmas flowers and centerpieces in multiple rooms. Set up a casual Christmas breakfast buffet on a kitchen island.
Accent your Christmas displays with fresh greenery and bright blooms. Draw attention to a hanging light fixture by attaching a standard wreath to the bottom of it, and embellishing it with themed greenery.
Arrange a Christmas breakfast buffet around the centerpieces, and your kitchen will become a center for holiday activity. When planning a holiday gathering, its important to remember that every Christmas gathering needs a hands-on activity for the kids. A cupcake decorating station is the perfect way to keep kids occupied, entertained, and excited — and it does the same for adults!
Bring out the kid in everyone with a decorate-your-own cupcake station. Serve vanilla and chocolate cupcakes on the table, with an assortment of buttercream icings and Christmas toppings. And most importantly, put out plenty of napkins — things tend to get a little messy when you mix kids and cupcakes. Fast can be fabulous. If you can hold a bunch of lilies in your hand and wrap the stems with rubber bands, you can whip up a knockout arrangement that's ideal for your buffet.
Start with a silver casserole dish. Gather 8 to 12 stems of 'Casablanca' lilies in one hand, and cut stems so they're about 15 inches long. Wrap a rubber band around the stems at the top and another about 5 inches from the bottom.
Insert the bundle into the center of a piece of water-soaked florist foam fitted into a casserole dish. Wrap stems with crisscrossed ribbon to hide the rubber bands. Add evergreens to the florist foam, and tie on ornaments with wire. We layered two kinds of gold ribbon and then added large and small shiny and matte silver balls.
From cutting down our own evergreen Christmas trees to leaving homemade cookies out for Santa Clause, there are some things that our families do every year that signify Christmas is coming. Instead of traditional evergreen wreaths, try this sophisticated, minimalist twist. Switch out evergreen wreaths for ones made of branches, like these willow versions lightly sprayed with flat white paint.
Arrange these wreaths in groups of two or more for a modern take on a classic Christmas wreath. Canners and crafters rejoice! We have found the craft of the season that both kids and adults will love.
These rustic snow globes are the perfect way to incorporate some handmade holiday décor without downgrading an elegant room. All you need to create your own are jars in assorted sizes here, 8, 16, and 32 ounces , waterproof superglue, trinkets we used mini Christmas trees, but anything from ornaments to small toys will work , glycerin available at crafts stores , and glitter. Simply glue your trinkets to the mason jar lid, let dry, and fill with water, glitter, and a few drops of glycerin.
See the step-by-step instructions. Pair velvety red with chartreuse green to give the classic Christmas colors a fresh update. Start with a silver punch bowl. Round shapes work best here. To make arranging easier in a wide container, use tape to make a grid across the top of the punch bowl.
Add chartreuse-colored hydrangeas at each corner. Then add flowering cabbage toward the center and sides of the bowl, and pack in roses between the hydrangeas. Fill in with sprigs of red hypericum berries and white pine. Florist Tip Rotate the centerpiece to make sure it looks full from every angle. Add more hydrangeas, if needed. This versatile, handcrafted holiday décor idea will add the perfect personal touch to your Christmas entertainment.
Coasters are an absolute must for any Southern gathering, where drinks are flowing in the nearby vicinity of antique wooden tables. In order to protect your favorite furniture from watermarks, make sure you equip your guests with the proper defense, like these DIY coasters.
Choose a pattern of fabric that best fits your theme, such as a festive tartan print. Cut the fabric into small coaster-sized squares using fabric shears, and then slide the squares into photo coasters.
These creative coasters will perfectly match your holiday décor, and serve a very important function all season long.
In search of the perfect holiday wreath? Get off Pinterest, and go outside into your own backyard. Search your own property for inspiring supplies to create one of these one-of-a-kind wreaths. Purchase a wreath form, and choose one of the following ideas:. The bigger your Southern family, the harder it is for you to find and purchase personalized gifts for everyone.
These creative Christmas wrapping ideas are perfect for any gift. Purchase small trinkets for decorative touch, like the wooden reindeer, glittery initial, cotton clipping, or bell and ornament pictured above. By layering paper, ribbon, and tags, you can create a picture-perfect package. When it comes to Christmas decoration, a good rule of thumb is that more is better.
While there are obvious limitations to this saying, we firmly believe that when you get the chance to incorporate a unique holiday detail into your Christmas décor, you should. Instead of displaying dining room name cards on simple card holders, make them festive!
Pictured above, the holiday hostess enlisted her childhood collection of Steinbach nutcrackers to hold gold-scripted place cards that match the holiday dinner menu cards. Use a gold paint pen for metallic penmanship, and adorn the top with a gold foil holly sprig. Upgrade your entryway by twirling topiaries with fruit.
Start with two bonbon compotes. Hot-glue sheet moss to a plastic-foam cone. Stick florist clay adhesive joann. Attach a row of green plums or Key limes by skewering with a wooden pick and inserting into cone in an upward swirl. Glue scabiosa pods and dried hydrangea blossoms next. Skewer a pineapple spray-painted gold with a wooden pick, and insert into top of topiary. Red is perfect for the festive season, but poinsettias are not the only red plants you can incorporate into your Christmas floral arrangements.
For fresh and modern holiday decorations, try this creative floral touch. Accessorize your home with fresh holiday blooms that add bold, seasonal style. Tie the three wreaths together with wire so they appear to be connected. Weave three to four natural or painted pinecones into each evergreen wreath, secure with wire, and tie a matching ornamental bow on the top wreath to make it holiday-worthy. Poinsettias are one of our favorite go-to ways to decorate for the Christmas season.
They are the perfect way to add classy, elegant, and traditional color to any Christmas room. To add a creative touch to your poinsettia display this year, instead of containing your plants inside of standard plastic pots, swap the pots for a basket lined with earthy green moss.
You can hang it inside or outside for a unique and colorful Christmas display. We love poinsettias for their range of color and sizes. To create a poinsettia tree, follow these instructions: First, cut the larger blooms, leaving about 6 inches of stem. Sear them quickly to stop sap from dripping out. Sap should bubble under the candle flame, and the ends of the stems will turn black.
You may also need to sear the points where larger leaves were removed along the stems. Insert each seared stem into a water-filled florist tube. Stems are hollow and will absorb water after being seared.
Place the stems into the base of the ivy topiary. Then repeat this process with the medium-size and smaller poinsettia blooms, cutting the stems so they're about 4 inches long.
Insert blossoms into the topiary, working your way toward the top. Once it's complete, care is simple—just add water to the tubes every few days, as needed. There are a lot of ways to make a house exude Christmas vibes without covering every inch of your home in bright red and green plaid. For a fresh take on Christmas décor, choose variations of the color. We love the pastel pinks and light greens used in this modern Christmas giftwrap theme.
Patterned paper, wide satin ribbons, and clear tie-ons make this understated color scheme holiday-ready. Choose patterns of paper with coordinated colors that are not perfect matches for a casual yet crafty and creative giftwrap, and focus more on matching your ribbon shades. These understated gift packages look anything but boring when arranged under your tree. Simplify over-decorated, outdated, and busy ornaments by going monochromatic.
We love how modern a Christmas tree that is decorated in all white ornaments looks, and you can DIY this elegant look on the cheap. Simply choose a shade of spray paint and coat your ornaments and other Christmas fixtures. Bring a pop of color into the theme with silky ribbons or colorful Christmas lights.
You can even add a little festive glitter to create an instant collection that feels familiar, loved, and personalized. For homemakers looking to try something a little more glamorous, this sparkly Christmas decoration is the perfect way to add drama to your treetop.
To make your own tree topper, bundle together a group of curly silver sticks from your local craft store, and wire the creation to the top of your tree. Decorate the rest of your tree with bright, equally glitzy colors like hot pink and gold.
This is a perfect Christmas tree for a younger home. The sparkly topper is a great New Years Eve decoration, too! See the rest of this tree. Bring the Christmas forest inside your house with this rustic, homey Christmas arrangement.
Use a footed silver serving tray to display a sumptuous centerpiece with vintage ornaments and clippings from the garden. Start with Southern classics: Next add large ball ornaments, followed by crocosmia pods, pinecones, and abelia whose flowers have dropped, leaving a showy flourish of pink sepals on the tips of branches.
Finish with delicate sprigs of evergreens, dried shelf mushrooms attached to florist picks. Wire a few small, round ornaments of natural colors with in metallic and glossy finishes for a subtle touch of glamour. Honestly, we cannot emphasize enough how important Christmas wrapping is.
Pretty paper can take an average gift from forgettable to a favorite. It is also a perfect way to set your gifts apart from the rest.
A high-quality wrapping paper shows that you have put thought and care into every aspect of your gift, from the actual present to its exterior packaging. To add luxury to any item, choose a heavy-weighted, textured wrapping paper.
Layer varying widths of ribbon on top of each other for layers of pretty presentation. Finish off your packages with colored tags embellished with handwritten calligraphy. Add an unexpected detail to a monochromatic Christmas tree by hanging your tree topper from the ceiling. First, choose a shape that plays off your Christmas ornaments, as this round paper lantern mirrors the round ornaments on the tree.
Float the lantern by hanging it from a bow attached to the hook. For added impact, attach cascading ribbon or garland from the bottom of your hanging tree topper. This modern Christmas tree decoration idea makes a big impact without appearing over-decorated or tired, and will stand out among the rest in creativity and originality. For a feminine and festive Christmas home, dress up your tree for the holiday season. Although guests may keep their attire casual and cozy, your home does not have to match.
Use candy-colored ornaments and garland that looks like jewelry for a glitzy look. Simple round ornaments in glossy peach and dreamy aqua stand out just enough from the white branches, and the metallic beaded garland coordinates with all the other sherbet shades in the room. This glitzy Christmas look is anything but traditional; however, the glamour will leave a lasting impact on your guests.
This original, sherbet color palette is great for pictures, too. Bring Christmas to every corner of your home. Look for out-of-the-way display areas, such as the top of a chest, to add sparkle and shine.
Whether your vignette stays up year-round—like this collection of mercury glass—or is seasonal, keep the fluffing simple so it doesn't compete with the collection. Just cut appropriate lengths of greenery, like fresh magnolia, boxwood, pine, fir, winterberry, and American cranberry bush berries to fit vessels. Add them to about half of the vases as to not overpower the beauty of your collection.
Echo the elements of green and red by threading holly berries across your furniture, and hanging a wreath from a strategically-located point on the wall. For a fresh and modern color palette that still echoes traditional elements of Christmas, try cheery green, bright yellow, and crisp white.
Then, customize your Christmas presents by hand making each gift tag. Pick out a few stamps from your local craft store, or use a thin marker to doodle customized drawings onto the fronts of each tag.
Seen above, the creative gift packaging idea consists of layers of bright paper, ribbon, customized gift tags, and delicate pinecone tie-ons. This luxurious decoration will make your living room magazine-worthy. Across the top of your mantel, arrange a thick length of garland. Wire a thick green bow in the middle, and then artfully weave the ribbon tails throughout the greenery. Work in pinecones, berry branches, berries, and various greenery sprigs for layers of holiday color and texture.
Take your holiday mantel from average to amazing with this creative DIY Christmas decoration idea. Hang a wreath above the center of the mantel for the perfect festive finishing touch. In the pictured-above tree, the metallic pastel color scheme need a tree topper that is a little more delicate and feminine. Instead of the traditional five-pointed star, try a soft, color-coordinating wire ribbon.
Tie an oversize apricot bow with the ends cascading down the tree for extra drama. The ribbon ends should be cut so that they just skim the floor. Have a local florist make one for minimal cost. Maintaining a quality collection of fluted vases, julep cups, and chalices makes it easy to display and replace choice blooms throughout the season. Update your mantel with winter blooms.
The foliage base will take you well past New Year's; and the flowers will last five days. To create this look, begin with a base of silver artificial garland. Then tuck in layers of two kinds of fresh eucalyptus silver dollar and seeded , as well as dusty miller placed in water tubes. Add silver brunia, white ranunculus, star of Bethlehem, 'Sahara' roses, eucalyptus pods, succulents, and snowberries to vases and along the mantel. We love the glitzy combination of turquoise blue, warm cranberry, and radiant silver on the tree pictured above.
Use several different-shaped ornaments in coordinating shades for layers of charm. And make sure every ornament sparkles so that your tree lights up the season. Find the glitziest beads you can — we used silver mica foam balls — and string them together with a needle and monofilament, or fishing line. Wrap white Christmas lights around your tree, and allow your sparkling ornaments to reflect the radiant holiday light.
This stunning holiday tree design idea will make you smile every time you come home. Cheer Up Your Entry Way Pressed for time but want a big show to greet guests and carolers on your holiday front porch?
Create a Warm Welcome Our favorite way to light up any season is a brilliant array of paper luminaries. Pile On the Plaid Plaid is not just for school uniforms and collared shirts. Greet with a Garden Theme Convey a cozy, cottage welcome with a garden-inspired holiday decorating theme.
Hang a Paper White Basket Who says you have to wait until spring to decorate your porch with flowers? Merry Mailbox Topper This simple Christmas decoration is an easy way to spruce up your front yard for the holiday season, and comes together with only a few supplies that you may already have on hand. Drape Your Mailbox Readers with traditionally shaped mailboxes can try this festive way to spruce up a driveway for the holidays.
Try a Two-Piece Wreath If you want to get the look of a single warm, welcoming holiday wreath, but have a double-door entry, do not fret.
Put Out Christmas Lanterns In a pinch for a festive, company-worthy way to decorate your doorstep this holiday season? Stretch Your Wreath Give your Christmas wreath a personalized touch by vertically stretching a round wreath to create an oval shape.
Hang Vintage Ornaments Sometimes, the best way to decorate a Christmas tree is with memories collected by your family. Create a Stunning Centerpiece Create a formal and elegant Christmas centerpiece with romantic red roses surrounded by white tallow berries displayed silver vases made to resemble birch bark. Display an Advent Wreath During the Christmas season, it is easy to get caught up in the gift-buying, house-decorating, meal-cooking, and dessert-baking.
Make Your Own Gather some fresh fruits and veggies to add a little color to your diplay. Metallic Sparkler Lovers of neutral décor will love this metallic take on holiday decorating. Make a Statement with Peacock Feathers In lieu of the traditional reds and greens of holiday flowers, use bright peacock feathers on your mantel as a statement piece.
Match Gift Tags to Your Color Scheme A true Southern decorator knows just how important a well-wrapped gift is, and you will never catch us wrapping our gifts in computer paper. Wrap Your Coffee Table No, we are not telling you to wrap your coffee table in wrapping paper. Once you choose the sizes you want, you're ready to get started on your front door display.
Bring a natural element to your holiday decor with this simple and sophisticated wreath. Its versatile design works as a traditional door wreath or as part of a Christmas centerpiece. Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks?
Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond. Try something new this year with a space-saving, alternative Christmas tree that can even display cards from friends and family. An adorable advent calendar made of takeout boxes painted red and green is an inexpensive and easy Christmas decoration kids and adults will love.
This holiday advent calendar is full of traditional charm and vintage style, keeping the Christmas anticipation alive for both kids and adults. Interested in a more modern, artistic and architectural approach to holiday decor? Create an unexpected door hanging with a ceiling medallion, spray paint and ribbon. Pick up a ceiling medallion from the hardware store, update it with glossy spray paint and adorn with seasonal embellishments. Add ribbon to the top, and attach it to your door. Designer Emily Henderson created this funky focal point with a playful peace sign created by attaching boards to a hula hoop and hot-gluing ornaments all the way around.
Add personalized name tags to place settings for a DIY touch to a Christmas dinner. Color is key when styling a kid-friendly Christmas party. This palette of red, green and brown with splashes of white is a nod to traditional Christmas colors and sets a fun and festive mood. First, gather buttons in various shapes, sizes and colors. Emily Henderson — Interior Stylist and Blogger.
I really pulled back all the saturated colours, except for the blues and natural greenery. In general, it just made a pretty darn good case for neutrals in my life. Calm and cleanly work with homely and fun. This interior shows Christmas to be a simple family affair with kids, fun and great food. I fill vases and fireplaces with them. Simone Baur — Interior Designer and Blogger. However, most of the time, I like to keep it relatively simple, but sophisticated.
This is why I like this image. It demonstrates how just a few select items can bring a Christmas cheer to your home. All you need now is a cinnamon scented candle and your favourite Christmas music and you are all set for a cosy, yet stylish Christmas! Gabi Williams — Interior Blogger. There is something so enchanting about late night shopping under the moonlight and stars, finding beautiful treats for my friends and family….
Lucy Gough — Interior Stylist. Fairy lights are always a must I use them all year round actually. This image shows the clever use of using icicle lighting down the staircase railing so each icicle mirrors a post.
Another idea I have taken from this image is using a vintage dolly tub as the base for your Xmas tree. It finishes it off so beautifully! You can source one from eBay easily. Antonia Ludden — Interior Blogger.
They make a wonderful feature above the dining table here. Teamed with white candles and walls, a simple wooden table and chairs, it is a pared back look and refreshingly calm and unfussy, compared to some of the more glitzy Christmas scenes that I associate with a more commercialised Christmas. In this room I could imagine exchanging meaningful gifts and enjoying a delicious Christmas dinner with a nice glass of wine, a cosy fire, a snowy scene outside, just spending time with my family, which is what Christmas is all about.
No thanks — would much rather a Christmas Cardi! This little thing is so gorgeous on a tree, I have sent this image to friends and colleagues as a Christmas eCard many, many times, and it never fails to warm me. I should probably print it up as a card. It is cute as a button and you can almost smell the fragrance of the pine needles.
Elisabetta Rizzato — Interior Blogger. This minimal Christmas tree would be the perfect end of this year, love the idea of having an unconventional tree with just paper and tape, and the origami Christmas decorations in black! This rainbow tree does just that, and is a true DIY as many of the ornaments are spray painted. Cate St Hill — Interior Blogger. The rug and chunky knitted throw keep the look warm and cosy. Anita Kohn — Interior Designer.
An abundance of warm glowing lights always adds a feeling of festive cosiness — fairy lights can be used throughout the year in most other occasions so purchasing a few every now and then will help you to brighten up your home with an abundant glow over the Christmas period.
Joanna Thornhill — Interior Stylist and Writer. Yasmin Hakim — Interior Blogger. More recently I have been drawn to modern metallic holiday themes like this one by Emily Henderson.
The designer can do no wrong in my book. I love how she chooses an unusual color palette and seamlessly mixes softer and darker hues. Even without your usual reds and greens, you can still make your home feel like Christmas with colors like teal, peach, lime green or even hot pink. Decorated with white lights and placed in a galvanised bucket it feels like taking Christmas back in time, celebrating the light on the dark days. Taj Hunter Waite — Designer. A theme is always the way to go when one has a high-style space.
While staying within this modern and elegant colour scape, we experience a ton of visual intrigue with the varying sizes and textures of the décor elements.
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