Ahhh, Christmas. Thanksgiving is all but over and the tree goes up and the twinkly lights shine deep into the night. This year, we decided to get a real Christmas tree! We made the trip to the Christmas Tree Farm a fun family outing. Diego loved it and it was so fun watching him run around and explore!
However, with the joys of the season comes the daunting task of decorating for the occasion. There are so many design decisions that need to be made when decorating for Christmas, like:
What should the color scheme be?
Should I do white or yellow lights?
And the biggest question of them all: real or fake tree?
To help answer all those questions and more, I turned to the pro for help! Lexi from Lexi Grace Design came over and helped prepped my house for the holidays. While she was there, I asked her some questions about decorating for the holidays, and thought I’d share her responses with you! Hopefully these tips can help you get your house and family into the holly jolly Christmas spirit!
Grab a cup of hot chocolate, blare the Christmas jams, and read on as you prepare to get your house decorated for Christmas!
2018 Christmas Decoration Ideas
Inspiration is Everything
Where do you get your inspiration for holiday design?
We love the holidays in our family and decorating is a must. This year, I’m inspired by a more natural, monochromatic feel when it comes to holiday decor. This includes lots of pots, greenery, pinecones and woven baskets with a neutral color palette consisting of blacks, whites and creams.
Like this Pinterest Inspired Hot Cocoa Bar…
We set this up right on top of a storage cabinet in the dining room / kitchen area, and Diego sure believes those cookies aren’t just for santa this Christmas.
Where are your favorite places to shop for holiday decor on and off a budget?
So many places! A few of my favorites are:
- World Market
- Trader Joe’s for greenery
- Hobby Lobby (often very budget friendly)
I have to ask! Fake or real tree?
Both! I love to incorporate live greens when decorating because nothing beats the smell of Christmas, but if done well, small, artificial trees can be a great addition.
Get the Kiddos Involved!
Getting kids involved is the fun part when it comes to decorating. Every year we take the kids to go and pick out our family tree. They love it! Once we have the tree it’s all about picking a night to decorate as a family. This year, in addition to our tree traditions, we are going to let the kids each choose a decoration they love that will become their own contribution to our holiday decor.
Bring the Outside Inside!
Any plants (poinsettias, pinecones etc.) that you prefer to decorate the house with?
If you live near a Trader Joe’s, the live cedar is a must! It’s under $10 and is the perfect way to decorate your mantle, dining table or front doorway. I also love pinecones, eucalyptus and rosemary plants.
What to do with Christmas Lights
Christmas lights are a very personal decision. Typically, I love white lights (in fact we have them up all year round in parts our yard.) However, last year I gave into my kids and the house was multi-colored.
Christmas Spirit Everywhere!
How can I make other rooms in my house look festive as well as my living/dining/kitchen?
If you don’t want to go overboard in every room, I recommend using pillows as a way to change up the decor. Whites, creams and blacks with lots of texture are my favorite. Candles are also a great way to set the mood for the Holiday Season!
Any unexpected pieces you like to decorate with for the holidays?
This year I am loving:
- Terra cotta pots
- Letter boards
- All things ceramic
On a budget? Use pieces you already have!
You can always incorporate pieces that you already have into your holiday design. In fact, the more you can use the better! I recommend incorporating as many neutrals as you can to give your space dimension. For example, if you’re putting a couple of Christmas pillows on your sofa, layer in a few of your own pillows too. Same with your mantle decor. It’s all about balancing what you already have and what you can create.
Use these tips to create the perfect holiday home for you and your family!