Happy Friday, friends! I know it’s early in the season, but I’ve heard that Christmas decor is flying off the shelves, and it seems to be true. When I walked through Target last week, the employees were cleaning up Halloween candy and setting out Christmas ornaments. Seems normal, right? Well, I ordered a few items this week and noticed a decent amount of Christmas decor is already starting to go out of stock online. If you celebrate Christmas, this feels like the year to get going early and soak up more of the season. Even if you don’t want to decorate yet, it might be worth planning your holiday decor now so you don’t miss something fun. Here are some ideas!
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Add Flair with Garland
I’ve been planning to add garland to our collection this year. Maybe draped in our bay window with some ceramic white houses and bottle brush trees that my kids can rearrange? My friend Kristin ordered this beautiful garland last month to decorate her patio. It’s artificial but very realistic-looking and gorgeous in person, with real pinecones and gold accents. She arranged it in flower beds and above her outdoor fireplace for a festive touch. Don’t you love her patio? You can see more of her stylish home and photography here.
Unfortunately, this gorgeous garland is currently sold out, but here is a similar wreath that’s still in stock, if you love it for Christmas decor.
Handrails and mantles are the easiest places to add garland, but we live in a one-story ranch with no fireplace, so I’ll have to get creative. I ordered two garlands from Target, and this one is my favorite because it has a silky, wrapped stem, two-dimensional color in the pine needles and just looks slightly more realistic than the other I tried.
Here are other pretty and affordable garland options. The white berry garland pictured above is the first one in the graphic:
I also ordered a new wreath for the front door. In all fairness, I thought it was a dud when I first opened the box. However, I worked on the wire stems a bit to fluff it out and feature the pinecones and white berries, and now it looks a lot better. For $20, it’s not bad for an artificial wreath. Also, I thought this wreath would match the white berry garland, but it’s definitely different. They coordinate nicely, but they are from different lines and you can see that more clearly in person.
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If you’re in the market for a new wreath, these are some lovely choices. The first one matches my friend’s garland in the photos above, if you’re looking for that one specifically. The rest are fairly low-budget and get good reviews.
Christmas Decor That’s Easy to Store
While it’s fun to decorate for different seasons and holidays, storage is probably a limitation for many of us. Wreaths and garland, ornaments and lights… it adds up quickly. These paper stars from IKEA are actually my favorite decor for the winter holidays because they make a bold statement, and yet, they fold up flat for storage. The cord kit is sold separately.
Here’s our retro tree from last year, midway through decoration. The vintage sequin and felt tree skirt is from my grandmother’s house; my great-aunt made it the 1970’s from a craft kit and I’ve always liked it. You can also see the paper stars in daylight in this shot. They look pretty from the street, too.
My friend also bought these IKEA stars this year in red for her cute front porch. We’ve been brainstorming ideas to waterproof them (they are intended for indoor decor), so if you have any ideas, please drop a comment below!
Christmas Decor to Celebrate the Season
For those who like to add a few more seasonal touches, here are some fun items to consider for your mantle or console table displays. I love the box for letters to Santa and the Christmas tree sign that you can buy for a few bucks to print and frame at home. Once I get our decor set up, I will share some photos!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends, and I hope to see you next Monday!
More Decor Inspo From List in Progress
1 – 7 Ideas to Create Seasonal Table Decor
2 – Affordable (and Free!) Ideas for Fall Decor
3 – My Favorite Affordable Turkish Towels
4 – A “Work in Progress” Home Tour
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