The holidays are here! It’s my absolute favorite time of year. I don’t know if it’s the break from the unbearable Florida heat and humidity or maybe it’s the time of year that gives me a break from my not so cheerful attitude?
I’m obsessed with the smell of Christmas trees, winter decor, frigid weather, Christmas movies, wrapping gifts, baking, and themed decorating. But my most favorite thing about winter is buying loved ones gifts and giving them something special. Watching their reactions and making people happy. I know I know, sappy and cliche but it’s true.
Another thing I’m obsessed about is making a home “homey”. I give full credit and ownership of this trait to my mom. Her house is the epitome of homey and I try to resemble what she does because what’s better than a warm, cozy, welcoming energy in a home? Nothing. Here’s how to do that this holiday season.
1. Fresh flowers are you best friend.
There is never a time throughout the year I don’t have fresh flowers in the house. For this time of year go all out with Christmas tree trimmings. Place them on mantels, in vases, side tables- everywhere.
2. Baked goodies for the counter.
Always have fresh baked goodies on your counter. I have a glass cake stand on my counter at all times and during this time of year I like to leave it filled with cookies, donuts, brownies. It’s extra special to make them homemade but for the sake of time buy some stuff and stick them in there.
Whether it's essential oils or your Bed Bath & Beyond candles, always have that shit burning. Right now I have Yankee Candles on my main living room area tables. One scented Holiday Sage and the other Mistletoe. I also have a William & Sonoma candle in the kitchen that smells like a rustic tree.
4. Lights, lights, lights.
Every night as soon as it gets dark light up your house. I use salt-lamp night lights, white Christmas tree lights throughout Christmas tree trimmings on the TV manual, the Christmas tree itself, a lamp on our entryway table, a cemented ball with star shapes that have white Christmas lights. Another perfect way to make your home relaxed and cozy.
5. Black + Gold + Red
We’ve been ingrained since we were little that green and red symbolize Christmas- we get it. I find adding black, gold, and red accents to your winter decor create a modern feel and allow you to tie in both Hanukkah & Christmas. It’s a very sexy, romantic color palette.
6. Throw blankets everywhere.
If you don’t live in Florida then take this step very seriously because you’re most likely more freezing than we are. Have freshly washed blankets on couches, chairs, common areas, and some rolled up in a basket that’s readily available to guests and family members. There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket.
7. Wrapped presents.
For starters wrap your gifts early to make your life less stressful. But secondly wrap your gifts early so they can be on display and act as another decor tool. Pick a theme for your wrapping, something that’s presentable and goes with the flow of your home.
There are many ways you can make your home “homey” for the holidays - these are just a few. My favorite places to get decor are Michaels, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Crate & Barrel, etc. One tip that’s for-sure a must is getting decor that can last until next year and go with multiple themes. That way you don’t have to spend so much money on these things for the years to come.