Tips for Seasonal Decorating
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I am thrilled to be sharing our living room with you today as part of the Home for Christmas tour sponsored by MacKenzie-Childs.
I bet you didn't know that every year, my family has a MacKenzie-Childs Christmas! But maybe not in the way you are thinking. You see, for years we have gifted each other MacKenzie-Childs pieces for the holiday. My sister, our mother, and I have been Courtly Check fans for as long as I can remember. I can't remember a Christmas without MacKenzie-Childs' signature boxes under the tree!
You can imagine what a treat it is for me to be partnering with them this year as part of our annual Christmas home decorating tour. I am honored to show you how my friends and I incorporate this iconic brand into our own individual styles and homes.
That is the wonderful thing about MacKenzie-Childs, no matter your style, it can easily fit into your home with its classic yet set-apart style.
When I first start to consider my Christmas decor every year (which seems to be coming earlier and earlier each year with blogging), I come up with a "theme" for our main tree. I say main tree because we always have a secondary tree set aside specifically for the kids and the hodge podge of ornaments we have collected as a family for the past 8 years. This year, with my kids being the most perfect ages to enjoy the magic of Christmas, I decided to make our family tree our main tree and throw my own decorating style and rules out the window! So here it is in all its glory, adorned with my kids favorite ornaments including pink unicorns, dump trucks, dinosaurs, and Disney characters! They did the ornament placing and I did the rest - it was a team effort!
I just about second-guessed myself doing this a million times. I knew it wouldn't maybe be the most exciting or unique tree or it wouldn't be a trend-setting tree like last year's pink tree. But I decided that it was the best for my family - and that is the most important part about decorating your home.
I can imagine many of my readers can relate to this sort of tree too! How many of you collect ornaments - no matter how well they fit together or how perfectly styled they look on a tree? Do they hold precious memories for you! Some of ours are near and dear to our hearts and others are just, well - paw patrol character because our toddlers wouldn't have it any other way :)
My best tip for styling your family tree of collected ornaments is to choose a color scheme and stick to that with accessories to fill in your tree. For this tree, I chose red and the classic Courtly Check print to bring the entire tree together.
I like to start my trees by adding fillers like winter floral, frosted berries, and snowy branches. This will help you fill in your large gaps first and have a better idea of where you'd like your ornaments to sit.
For the winter florals, I used the MacKenzie-Childs Highland Rose Stems and their perfect mix of tartan and black and white is just beautiful!
I suggest adding ornaments after you have finished adding your fillers and waiting to do ribbon until the end. Every year we add new ornaments to our collection and find special meaning behind them all. This year, we were lucky enough to choose our own new ornament from MacKenzie-Childs. This is what we chose:
Each of them hold a special meaning to us as individuals but I love how they all mix together so well. These 5 ornaments are the most treasured items we added to our home this holiday season.
Once you have found a home for all your ornaments and you feel that it balances well, I suggest adding garland. For this tree, you will find the Highland 4" Ribbon and the 2" Courtly Check Ribbon. I like to use two different styles with 2 different sizes because this gives it more dimension and interest.
Once the tree is complete, I love to carry over the same style and colors throughout the room to make the entire space feel warm and cohesive.
I brought over the same ribbon garland to the mantel and sconces and added some ornaments as well. Try using a ball garland like the Capiz Garland for an easy way to dress up your mantel.
We added some holiday touches to the other side of the living room by adding some whimsical MacKenzie-Childs pieces to our sofa table.
To add more glimmer and shine to the room, we moved these tall mirrors on either side adorned with the same winter florals we have in our tree - the Highland Rose Stems.
Using the same colors and patterns throughout the room gives it a warm and inviting feel that invites your guests to find a little Christmas magic in every corner.
My hope through sharing these photos and tips is that you will find inspiration to combine your love of decorating and your family traditions into one harmonious aesthetic this year! Perhaps you will even start some new family traditions!
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Paint Color: Alabaster SW | Tree: King of Christmas | Rug: Magnolia Home by Loloi Rugs | Hyde: Joss and Main | Leather Chair: Grandin Road | Clock: Joss and Main | Stockings: Joss and Main | Garland: King of Christmas | Sofa: Arhaus | Sofa Table: World Market | Lamps: Lamps Plus | Mirror: MacKenzie-Childs | Plaid Wrapping Paper: TJ MAxx | Flocked Wreath: Grandin Road | Window Wreaths: Joss and Main | Sheepskin: Joss and Main