Jess Ann Kirby decorates her home for the holidays with simple items like garland and twinkle lights
It was pretty fun to decorate our home this year for the holidays. We’ve never really done it before since we’ve always been in apartments and just weren’t that excited about decorating. I didn’t want to spend a ton on decorating because honestly I feel like we are hemorrhaging money as new homeowners. So we stuck to the basics with a tree, stockings (which we will store for next year), lots of greenery and lights. We ended up getting a big tree which didn’t leave much room for a topper with our low ceilings so we used a big red bow instead and I love it (see the last photo). It doesn’t take much to make it feel festive and cozy and I love that it’s simple and easy to do (and easy to clean up after the holidays). So, here are some of my tips for decorating this holiday season, key word = cozy.
An easy way to get your greens this holiday season. We went all out with wreaths, garland and greenery for the tablescape. It’s nice to mix it up with different varieties. The garland over the fireplace is a mix of cedar and pine, we used boxwood garland around the window behind the dining table and the greenery on the table is arborvitae. Kim from Greenlion also made us a beautiful wreath for our window from a variety of greenery with some eucalyptus and berries. Pottery Barn has some beautiful garland and I love this wreath from West Elm. You can of course also shop local, we went to our local farmer’s market for the garland. I found the mini trees below at the grocery store. They were in ugly tins, so I wrapped them in brown kraft paper and tied velvet bows from ribbon I bought on ebay. Such an easy DIY!
I am VERY partial to white lights for holiday. I just love the warm and cozy feel they add. We did a mixture of regular tree lights for the window garland and tree, and used led lights on the bar cart, shelving, wreaths, and mantle garland. On the table we did a combination of tea lights (I put little candles in glassware from my grandmother) and then used tapered candles in some brass candlesticks I inherited from my parents.