Welcome to the first week of The Little Blonde House's Holiday Decor Saga! Each Thursday I'll capture unique holiday trends throughout the home & link some of my favorite, affordable products to make your holiday decor look designeresque (is that even a word) on a budget!
Since our new home is currently under construction, holiday decor was kept to a minimum this year, so I have lived vicariously through my gal pal Maddie & used her home & decor for this seasons shoot!
Now if you're anything like us, your tree has been up & trimmed since before Thanksgiving! (Oops! Can't help it, it's my favorite time of year!) Starting with the basics, I'll link a few of the perfect trees (flocked & not flocked), priced from $39.99-$249.99!
FLOCKED vs. NOT FLOCKED
This choice is totally based on your preference! Non-flocked will be more of a traditional tree (a good place for your homemade ornaments & Hallmark collectibles!) I however loved flocked trees, as I think they look fuller & more decorated before even adding ornaments! In this case less is more (unless you are going for a full decked out tree with ribbon, & ornaments galore!) Most tree's now come pre-lit which is the best thing since sliced bread, literally! Such a time saver & so much less of a headache! Sticking with clear lights will allow you to create & design your theme easier than multi-colored, but to each is own!
Don't Forget Your Tree Skirt
The easiest, most forgotten decor piece during the holiday is the tree skirt! Tree stands are notoriously ugly & so easy to cover! Depending on your decorating tactic, your tree skirt can be as simple as white fur, detail oriented with ruffles & buttons or flashy with sequins & beading! The best part about tree skirts, they can be used year to year, even with a change in holiday decor!
How Many Ornaments are Too Many Ornaments?
I remember being little & decorating the tree with my parents. My mom would always say "sweetie, how about we put this one up here" or "these are similar what if we move them over here". Now I'm sure I tried putting all of my favorite ornaments in one concentrated area (because face it we all have those few ornaments we like more than others) right at my eyeball height, smack dab in the middle of the tree. Well, once again, my mom was right! So here's a little trick.
1. Split your tree into thirds
2. In each section use 3 Thrillers (big overstated ornaments) , 2 Spillers (ill define later) & the rest fillers. (i promise you won't forget this!)
These are your statement ornaments, anything from Animals to large glitter spheres, to snowflakes! If it's oversized, it's a thriller! You'll need about 9 of these total! I have linked the cutest thriller from West Elm, most under $5! If anything, stock up for next year!
Spiller ornaments will most likely not be hung, instead they will slide along the branches of your tree, appearing as if they belong to it! Spiller's are meant to add large pops of color, sparkle & character, leaving your tree unique, & whimsical! Remember, you'll need about 6 of these! Linked are a few options from both West Elm & Michaels, however you can find these just about anywhere with holiday decor!
Your filler ornaments are the most common, use these to fill in your blank spaces, and sticking to your base, neutral colors of your scheme will bring the tree together! I recommend buying your filler ornaments in sets! They have already done the work for you, by putting together a group of coordinating ornaments! Make sure these are smaller than your Thrillers, and Spillers! The amount you add is up to you, depending on how full you want your tree! I have linked some of my favorite sets that are cute, reusable & budget friendly!
Whether you're just getting around to putting up the tree, had it up since Halloween or are living vicariously through friends & family, till you have a tree of your own (I feel ya!), tree trimming is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season! What an easy way to express yourself, your families memories & spend quality time with one another!
I am thoroughly looking forward to these next four weeks of holiday decor! We have some great surprises, tips, tricks & trends of the season to share with you!
Thanks again to the decorating guru Maddie Collin's for putting my idea of a holiday shoot into action! See ya next week!