My approach to Christmas decorating this year demonstrates a major departure from the last several years. In 2017 and 2018, I was all about the farmhouse Christmas decor. You’ll notice that I went with a look that is slightly more elegant and less rustic for 2019. I opted to use a green and gold Christmas decor theme throughout all the spaces in my home and I absolutely love the way it turned out. Would you like to take a peek? We’re starting in the entryway.
This is the first year since we moved into this house that I’ve hung garland from the staircase. You can be certain I will do that again next year. It adds both a splash of color and life to our entryway. The green velvet bows add just the right something opulent that I was hoping for. I also tucked small sprigs of eucalyptus into the bows for variety.
How do I decorate a mantel for Christmas?
The space I’m revealing next is my two-story great room. The soaring ceilings can make this space feel intimidating. By carrying my green and gold Christmas decor theme into this large room, I pull everything together and create fluidity in my design. One of my favorite pretty elements in this room is the garland. You might be surprised at how you can spruce up an inexpensive garland and make it look outrageously posh. What you see pictured here is a simple and fairly cheap faux garland adorned with battery-operated lights, ornaments and holiday picks.
The mirror on my mantel stays up year-round. For Christmas, though, I added some candlesticks and a couple of gold foil reindeer.
How many ornaments do I need for my tree?
Ever since we moved in, we’ve opted for a live tree. I love the fragrance it adds to the house and I also sincerely believe that live trees just look so much more beautiful than their artificial counterparts. Because our tree is live, it varies in size from year to year, but we typically end up with a tree that is between eight and ten feet tall. In planning for my ornaments, I try to plan for about twenty ornaments per foot of the tree’s height.
In the shot below, you’ll notice that I buy ornaments of various sizes. I use super ginormous ornaments towards the bottom of the tree and decrease in size the higher I go on the branches.
For this year’s green and gold Christmas decor theme, I incorporated all different sizes and shapes of ornaments that were metallic (silvers included) or green. Shades of green ranged from opaque, deep emerald to a much lighter lime.
How do I make a room cozy for Christmas?
Perhaps my favorite part of decorating for Christmas is adding layers of cozy texture. You’ll see perfect examples of doing just that in my keeping room (more commonly called a family room).
Look at the layers of rugs! If you peer closely, you’ll see that I have no fewer than three rugs layered beneath that coffee table.
I don’t stop with the rugs. The sectional sofa is styled with several throw pillows in all different shades of green, and various textiles, too. I’ve got some faux fur pillows mixed in with some velvet pillows and even a gorgeously soft leather throw pillow.
And then I pile some floor cushions on and put faux trees everywhere they fit.
This tray full of real candles is the clincher for me. When those (unscented) candles are lit, this room was as cozy as you could possibly imagine.
How do I decorate a casual dining space for Christmas?
The last space on our tour is my breakfast nook. We have a formal dining room that we use for fancy dinners but this table right here is where we eat 99% of our meals. Because it is a well-loved and well-used space, it’s important that we keep things simple.
This bowl of ornaments took me approximately fourteen seconds to throw together but it’s the perfect expression of green and gold Christmas decor in a casual space.
I also opted to go with strictly evergreen trees and faux branches on my breakfast nook console table. I plan to leave this space as-is all winter long.
Same goes for this sweet and simple vignette on my kitchen counter. These faux birch candle holders pair quite perfectly with a few juniper stems in a simple white vase. It’s Christmas-y, but also suitable for winter décor all season long.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour. Most of the items pictured above are linked below.