I’ve never been the best at holiday decorating. My area of expertise has really always been making a room look good with furniture and finishing. But when it comes to greenery and stockings and tinsel, well. I guess i’m no Martha Stewart. And to be honest, I’ve never really been a huge fan of red. (Even though, in Asia, its a HUGE colour to incorporate in a room. It’s good luck!)
So this year, with the launch of my interior design business, I’ve had a few clients ask me for help in sprucing up their space. So I felt compelled to give them something, anything, for (even the tiniest bit of) inspiration.
Plus, now was as good a time as any to play up the green couch and red carpet before the holidays are over. (Spoiler Alert: This room is about to go through ANOTHER drastic change really soon, so stay tuned. See ya’ later red carpet! Helllllllooooo pink. More on that coming up in a later blog.)
When I think of Christmas, the first thing I think of are real-deal-legit Christmas trees. The kind that you have to water, make a massive mess all over the house, but smell AMAZING when you walk in the door. (Funny sidetone: I ran by Lowe’s to pick up this Tree which was only a whopping $29. I stuffed it, like an idiot btw, in the back of my Jeep pointy in first. Despite the stares from seasoned veterans around me. A true testimate that you can do anything in 5″ heels. When I got home to unload, to my horror, the branches caught on the headrests in the Jeep. Basically melting the tree in my back seat.
Another funny side note story? I took my forklift certification test in 5″ heels. (Yes, I’m certified to drive a forklift. Don’t be scared.) AND… I passed. Proof here and here.)
So obviously a tree was a necessity. I’m not one for loads of ornaments. (Although I think that look is gorgeous!) It’s just not my style. I much prefer a simpler tree with white lights and minimal ornaments.
For a tree skirt, I used a Pottery Barn fur blanket. And instead of the traditional star at the top, I tied a red Ribbon.
And of course I carried the red theme through, and used red stockings from Dollar Tree.
The part I’m most proud of though, (aside from dragging the tree in all by myself.) are the wreaths lined up along the windows behind the couch. I’d originally seen something similar on One King’s Lane, or Lonny Magazine. Determined to recreate the look, I set out on a mission to figure out how to get those bad boys to hang from the window frame. After an embarrassingly long amount of time, I finally figured it out and have put together a quick DIY tutorial for you.
// Easy Hanging Window Wreaths //
Recreate this look above for under $30. (
Supplies for 3 Windows:
(3) Tension Rods (about $8 from Hobby Lobby)
(8 yards) Red Ribbon (about $6 from Hobby Lobby)
(3) Wreaths (Mine were about $6 each from Trader Joe’s.
Step One: Cut three pieces of ribbon of equal lengths. (When folded, the middle of the ribbon is the length at which the wreath will rest.
Step Two: Fold the end of each ribbon over itself by about 2-3 inches and secure with a pin.
Step Three: Insert a Tension Rod through one end of the loop in the ribbon. Then thread the other end of the ribbon through one of the wreaths.
Follow by inserting the tension rod through the second end of the ribbon.
Step Four: This was the most difficult part. For most people, it will probably only take two minutes. But because I’m an idiot, and had to google how to work a tension rod, it took considerably longer. Place each end of the rod at each of the top corners of the window. Gently twist one end of the rod (Lefty-Loosey-Righty-Tighty) until the rod is taught between the framed window.
Voila! Your hanging wreath window decoration thingy!
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