5 Decorating Tips for the Holidays

This post was sponsored by Wayfair. All opinions are my own.

Yes, yes another decor post. Can you tell decorating for the holidays brings me joy? I think I'm just about finished hanging and arranging and positioning so now I get to sit back and bask in the twinkle lights and cozy *faux* furs.

But in all seriousness, non-tacky holiday decor is something I've heard people consistently ask about. Pinterest is, of course, filled to the brim with inspiration but if you're not a Pinterest fan, here are a few starter ideas to get you heading down a classy Christmas path.

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Tip 1: Buy Your Decor Right After the Holiday Season Ends

I saw a video on TikTok yesterday where a girl was bemoaning the fact that no one talks about how expensive it is to decorate for Christmas your first year as homeowners. I could not have related to anything more.

Christmas decor is EXPENSIVE, especially if you have a grand vision. Most people that aren't happy with their holiday decorating skills just need some items to fill in the holes, and the best time to buy all those items is when they're marked down right after Christmas.

Plan out and purchase items like garland, faux boughs, berries, wreaths, even Christmas trees when it's all marked down right after Christmas. Then store it until next year. A hard task, I know! but it'll be worth it for Christmas 2021.

PS - Wayfair is THE BEST place to find holiday decor, even if you want to add to your collection right now. They have an entire Holiday section on their website that's perfect for choosing what you need!

Tip 2: Stick to a Theme

Christmas decorations are the epitome of "ohh shiny" which can quickly lead overspending, over decorating, and your home feeling more like Santa's workshop than cozy, classy holiday.

If you haven't nailed down your "theme" or Christmas decor style, hop on over to Pinterest and pull together images that you're drawn too. A mood board of sorts. Look for commonalities among the images – are they white and sparkly? are they minimal and woodsy? are they colorful? Now you have your theme. Buy accordingly.

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Tip 3: Use Nature to Fill In The Empty Spaces

I said it in this post, but the best thing to do for your holiday decor is to go out and do a little foraging. And if you don't have access to holly, magnolia, or pine, go to Home Depot and ask them for the extra branches from their Christmas trees, they have a whole stack and will likely give them to you for free.

I love draping fresh pine along my mantle and table, using magnolia branches to fill in holes in my grapevine wreaths, and adding pinecones to a bowl on my coffee table. No matter your style or theme of Christmas decor, dark green will always fit in well.

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Tip 4: Don't Go Overboard

Both a tip and a request. Honestly, when I decorate for Christmas I decorate my living room, kitchen, and dining room – which is really just one big room. Don't get overwhelmed thinking you need to decorate the half bath, spare room, and bonus rooms. Keep it simple and truly go to town decorating the rooms you spend the most time in.


Tip 5: Keep it Fun & Don't Compare

Truly, I know I told you to check out Pinterest for inspiration, but please don't compare your decor with the latest Zara Home holiday shoot. You probably don't live in an A-frame cabin with mountain views – it's a photoshoot not reality for a reason.

Whether you make some new traditions and memories with your decor this year or are just simply looking to elevate it a little bit, don't forget to have fun and at some point sit back and simply enjoy it all.

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Emily Lewandowski @emilyjlewandowski