Welcome to the Christmas Decorating Tips Home Tour, where I’ll be sharing some simple and fabulous Christmas decorating and styling tips that will help you seamlessly pull your home together this Holiday season! Firstly, I’d like to thank Jen, of Decor Gold Designs and Randi, of Randi Garrett Design for hosting our tour! They are such amazing girls to work with and their homes and style are incredible! If you’re heading over here from Leslie, of The Leslie Style, welcome to CitrineLiving, I’m thrilled you’re here! How cool is Leslie? She has amazing taste and I’m always blown away by her talent! And of course, I’m always thrilled to welcome you if you’re a frequent visitor! My tips are very simple and ‘no-fuss’ and you can use these with what you already have, I’m pretty sure. Let’s get started!
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DECORATING TIP No. 1 – USE A MAIN COLOR THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME Whether you live in an open concept home, or you have more confined areas and rooms in your home, it’s very simple to create continuity and a seamless look throughout your home with color. I always use metallics for Christmas, as many people do, and I often like to differentiate my look each season with an accent color. Sometimes it’s more than one, other times it’s a single hue.
If you read my first Christmas post this season, my Navy, Green and Gold tablescape (see it here), then you already have a good indication of the colors I’m showcasing this year. I wanted to thread navy and blues around our home this year and I’ve carried it throughout our home in each room. I won’t be sharing a full tour today, just little sneak peeks. You’ll have to come back next week for the full reveal ;) You can see how I used the same principal in my Christmas tour last year, with metallics and icy blues – see it here.So let’s talk about those colors a little bit more. I’m a collector of blue and white Chinoiserie, and I knew this year it would be a main player in our decor this Christmas, and although I use it throughout the year as well as previous holidays, I wanted to make a strong statement with it this year.
To compliment all of the blue I’ve got peppered around the house, I’m using white, green, gold, silver with hints of black. I carried my colors through to our tree, the textiles – pillows, table runners, napkins – even the gift wrap. I also love to use ‘faux’ presents as part of my Christmas decor. This is a great way to use your color. Gift wrap, ribbons, bows, tags, whatever details you like to use to embellish your gifts, this is a simple way to reinforce your theme. And if you’re really organized, you can even wrap your gifts ahead of time! I’ve done it in the past, and the kids have had no idea! Spread them around your home in different vignettes, on a stool, tabletop, stacked in a corner. It’s a great way to spread your color theme around. And who doesn’t love beautiful gifts?!
DECORATING TIP No. 2 : INCORPORATE GREENERY THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME
I love to use both faux and real greenery every Christmas. This year I decided to use a combination, some is real, some is faux, some has glitter, some is flocked! I say use what you love, but pull it together with that color palette to unify everything. I used my garland that I’ve had for many years on our foyer console table, and paired it with a silver glitter pine garland (they were both on our mantel last year). Even though it’s different greenery than I used in the dining room (also a combo of faux and fresh), I’ve brought the two spaces together with my blues. I love these faux, mixed pine and berries I found at Michael’s – they have a frosted look and are so pretty in my blue and white vases.An arrangement of fresh cut pine and hydrangeas dresses the centerpiece of our dining room table and I’m hoping these greens will hold out for a while. You can cut them right from your yard or find them sold in bunches from your local nursery or florist.Adorn your gifts with a fresh pine sprig for added embellishment. I love the verdant green against the crisp navy and white striped ribbon.Layer it on your shelves too. I have these little faux potted trees I found at Michael’s as well, and to continue my theme through to the kitchen, I added navy satin ribbon around the pots. Aren’t they so cute?More frosted greenery hangs on the backs of our kitchen stools.I used 3M hooks to hang them. They’re removable and I use them all over the place when I need to hang wreaths or garland.
DECORATING TIP No. 3 – USE ORNAMENTS IN INTERESTING WAYSI love to used beautiful ornaments dotted around the house for added layers throughout. They add interest and you can appreciate them even more when they stand alone, or mixed into a bowl with other beautiful baubles. On my tablescape, I used the gold vintage inspired ornaments as favors, tied with a pretty tartan ribbon.I used overscale ornaments on the backs of our dining room chairs and I also hung one from the light fixture as well. Tied with beautiful ribbon, they make a beautiful and festive statement!Above, I mixed some gold ornaments with my blue and white decorative balls. Below I have a mix of ornaments tied with some satin and velvet ribbons. They’re just so pretty to look at, and placing them in pretty bowls makes them that much more special.A grouping of vintage inspired mercury glass ornaments tied with velvet ribbon sits atop our ottoman alongside some others as well.Our garland, which I bought this year, is flocked and has beautiful pinecones and glittery twigs woven throughout. It’s a beautiful and elegant look on it’s own, but I wanted to bring my color palette to the mantel as well.I mixed in a variety of ornaments in different colors from my palette and tied them with pretty ribbon across the top and down the sides.Navy, light blue, silver and gold, all work so beautifully against the flocked garland. I also layered in mini led lights for added sparkle.
I love to juxtapose things that are completely different for interest as well, like this ornate, mercury glass snowflake, against this modern, hand painted brushstroke ornament. I have a whole collection of these beautiful brushstroke ornaments that I had sent to me by the very talented artist, Kristen Tirney – you can take a look at her beautiful work here. She also provided the gorgeous artwork for our recent One Room Challenge bathroom makeover, which you can see here. DECORATING TIP No. 4 : ADD SPARKLE FOR A MAGICAL TOUCH!
I have a growing collection of covered cake stands that I think are just perfect for showcasing beautiful dishware and decorations for the holidays. Anything that’s displayed on some type of riser, or propped atop something suddenly has importance. I love to create that idea with a multitude of covered cake stands, in various sizes, clustered together.I ran a grouping of them down the center of our island, staggered in height as well as placement.Even a little white pinecone looks more special encased in glass :)One last thing I’ll share with you are these stunning lanterns grouped together by our tree. They have an antique mirrored finish, I love the brass detailing, and how about that shape? So gorgeous. They add the perfect twinkly effect at night filled with sparkly lights.Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read with me today! I hope you found some useful tips that you’ll bring to your holiday decorating this year. Don’t forget you can sign up for my newsletter right at the bottom of this post! Stay tuned for my Christmas home tour next week, where you’ll get to see everything in full view!
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The next person I’m sending you off to see, is the fabulous CC, of CC & Mike. Isn’t her master bedroom amazing?! You will fall in love with CC if you don’t already know her! Her home, style and personality are equally fabulous! Don’t forget to visit all of the immensely talented girls on the tour today – you’ll be set and ready to tackle your decorating this Christmas!