Easy Holiday Decor Ideas

Jess Ann Kirby's holiday tablescape is rustic and chic with greenery and hints of gold
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.
Jess Ann Kirby decorates her home for the holidays with simple items like garland and twinkle lights
Jess Ann Kirby sets her dining table for the holidays with rustic and chic accents like gold decor and greenery


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!
Jess Ann Kirby decorates her home this holiday season with DIY mini trees with velvet bows
Jess Ann Kirby decorates her home for the holidays with easy DIY decor such as a tree topper with pine cones


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.
Jess Ann Kirby's home is decorated for the holidays with a rustic tablescape and large tree
Jess Ann Kirby shares her holiday decor including twinkle lights and potted mini trees

Cozy Textures

Soft throw blankets, sheepskin rugs and knit stockings in neutral colors make the house feel SO cozy. As most of you know this faux fur throw from Anthro is a favorite and this one from Nordstrom is also super soft. I have throw blankets everywhere, in baskets, on the couch, on the bench at the dining table. I put sheepskin rugs on our dining chairs to make them more comfortable in a variety of neutral shades from cream to tan and a darker brown. I also have a sheepskin in front of the fireplace that the dogs and cat loooove. I’ll be doing a full living room and dining room reveal soon, but I get lots of questions about our velvet sectional. It’s the hugo sectional from Rove Concepts in solstice vintage velvet and it is the couch of my dreams. It’s comfortable, the fabric is beautiful and it’s easy to keep clean (even with 3 pets). More on that coming soon. If you’re looking for more holiday inspo, check out our holiday tablescape here, and holiday style inspiration here.
Jess Ann Kirby relaxes at home with her two puppies and favorite Anthropologie throw
Jess Ann Kirby tops her Christmas tree this year with a big red bow

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  1. Sharon wrote:

    I’m partial to white lights too! We just put up our tree and I’m loving it. We put out so extra throws too, your tips are perfect.

    12.6.17 | Reply
  2. Peppermint Dolly wrote:

    These pictures are gorgeously festive!


    12.6.17 | Reply
  3. Rach wrote:

    Love your holiday decor! So festive and everything looks cozy!


    12.7.17 | Reply
  4. Mia wrote:

    These pictures are beautiful! I love the warmth and coziness of white lights, and anywhere I can add faux fur, I do it! It’s such a lovely texture for the winter.

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

    12.7.17 | Reply

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