It’s that time of year again! Alix gives us her tips for “stocking” up on Christmas decor
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or so they say… in that one song… totally kidding I LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME! My husband and I are not only newlyweds, but also new home owners as of October. It’s been so much fun getting our new little house together and making it our home. We both share of love of Holiday decorating, from the inside out. However being brand new home owners left us with absolutely nothing with some holiday cheer. So in true holiday fashion we started planning and collecting things to make our house a bright and merry home.
Whether you are like me (starting from scratch) or looking to change it up a bit, I came up with some helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home for the holidays.
1. It is an investment: I had to keep saying this to myself every time I swiped my card. I know that we will replace decorations and add to our collection over the years, but it will take a good chunk of change to get it going. Since it is an “investment” put your dollars into pieces that will last (we got deer for our yard, canvases for inside, a pretty tree skirt). Our higher dollar items should last us a few years.
2. Look for the deals/hand-me-downs early: The first Christmas décor I bought in early November… two stocking for our dogs at $3 a piece! Yes, now you know where my priorities are… but actually it was a great deal I couldn’t pass up. Craft stores are always having 50-75% off their holiday décor, places like Ross or Marshalls have bits and pieces for a steal (think hand towels, candles, etc.), and I am a huge fan of random online deals. Also, I’m all about taking hand-me-downs. If it is in good shape then why not? My Mimi had a gorgeous fake tree she was just going to get rid of…heck no, that thing is currently sitting in my living room. It’s all about looking early and planning out.
3. Pick something that won’t go “out of style”: At first I wanted my house in plaids… just plaid everywhere like a lumberjack convention. After some convincing from my husband, I dropped that dream and started thinking long term. So we went with golds and reds, it’s turning out beautifully inside. It makes it feel like Christmas time and I know it will be a good feel for years to come.
4. Research: The inside of the house was my realm (minus the veto of the plaid) for me to decorate and bring to life. The outside was all for hubs… I’m not really into standing on ladders and dealing with spider webs in trees and bushes. He did a great job of researching what he wanted the front yard to look like. When we went to get all the pieces it literally took no time at all, he knew the type of lights and the deer and the extension cord plan. Literally… he is the best, it came out so cute!
Our little house is now looking like a cozy home, ready for the holidays. We are still putting bits and pieces together. But don’t worry, it will be all ready for Saint Nick to visit our baby pups!