Thursday, December 12, 2013

5 Natural Holiday Home Decor Updates

Christmas is Josh and my absolute favorite holiday (Mac is partial to Thanksgiving because there's more food). Not to mention it's the first holiday season where we've all been in the same state. So of course, we're loving spending this time together and make memories in our Boston home.

When it came to decorating, the problem was that we had virtually NO holiday decor aside from a couple ornaments that josh's mom has given me over the years. The other problem? I hate red, which by default is the color most Christmas decorations come in. Luckily this year I've been pretty inspired by the more natural & rustic holiday decor ideas I've been seeing online and in store windows lately and we were able to make our home feel a bit more wintery and Christmasy without going over-the-top. Don't get me wrong, I love a good inflatable yard snowman and light-up rooftop Santa, but it just wasn't in the cards this year. :)

Here are 5 easy ways to give your home a festive and natural look for the holidays...on a budget!

1. Paper Ornaments
I've been seeing these everywhere this year and they are so cute! We really did try to make some ourselves, but turns out we just aren't cut out for origami. I can't wait until I have a whole box of sentimental ornaments acquired over time but for now, we're making memories with these paper ones.
(Crate & Barrel, $3.71)
2. Pine cones
Grab some from the great outdoors! We gave ours a frosted look with some white paint and added a faux branch of pine to spruce up our mantel. They are also incorporated into the beautiful gold & green front door wreath our upstairs neighbors brought us last week. Nothing says winter in New England like pine cones.
3. DIY Rope Votives
I made these last week and love how they came out! They are really easy but pretty time consuming, so are a perfect distraction if you are not super engaged in Monday night football like me. :) All you need is rope, a glue gun, and a couple plain glass votives. To make them, start at the bottom and wrap the rope tightly around the votive, doing a dab of hot glue every few inches. Then just add a candle and you've some pretty dreamy lighting for your next dinner at home.
(Votive: Michaels, $3, Rope: Lowes, $4.99)
4. Burlap & Birch
I love the natural/rustic look of both of these. We added a burlap runner to our table and some birch rounds to the base of our votives. This makes for a festive & wintery tablescape that can remain on your table well beyond the holidays.
(Sheet of burlap: Michaels, $2.99, Birch rounds: Michaels, $1.29 each)
5. Animals!
Because there needs to be at least one moose or reindeer in every home for the holidays. Penguins and polar bears are acceptable too.
(Glitter animal ornaments: Crate & Barrel, $5.21)
It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Happy holidays!


  1. Thanks for the wonderful blog related to decoration, everyone needs this type of guide for a perfect decoration and you gave it one. Thanks a lot

  2. These are some very beautiful ornaments! very simple but add a classic touch to your home! they look absolutely amazing and seem very low maintenance. thank you for helping us out by sharing them!

  3. That little bear? beaver? gopher? thing, whatever it is, is so cute! The moose is quite cute as well :)

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