I’m super excited to be offering holiday decorating services again this year with the help of my Gathered Living design team. To make it simple, I’ve created some basic packages based on what most of my past clients have preferred/needed for their holiday decorating. Keep in mind all the packages listed below cover styling services ONLY for your existing tree/decor.Read More
I'm wrapping up our holiday home tour with the center of our home: the living room. We spend the most time in this space so it's important that the decor is comfortable and cozy, but still special and beautiful at the same time. I always like to keep the living room decor semi-traditional and pretty neutral. I use my most favorite vintage ornaments on this tree every year and lots of greenery, cozy stockings, faux fur, and of course lots of gold! I loved having these built-in bookshelves to style this year and had no problem filling them up with a mix of vintage and new trinkets and treasures.
Probably my favorite element of the room is the mantle decor. I used three different gold magnolia garlands draped together off to one side and added wire twinkle lights on top. I have found all these magnolia garlands at different times while thrifting and I seriously use them all year round all over my house (some of my favorite decor pieces ever!). I layered the magnolia garland with a draped pom-pom garland on top and then chunky knit and faux fur stockings.
My other favorite find in here is my new basket tree "ring" from Hayneedle. I had seen similar styles like this at Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, but they were always too expensive for me. Hayneedle's are right at $50 and fit around a standard round tree stand for a unique, textured look that is so much more chic than a standard tree skirt. I've linked all my decor including this tree skirt at the end of this post (if you have any questions about anything not mentioned, just ask!). You can check out the before and after of our living room here for details on paint colors, lighting, furniture + more.
Pom-pom garland: Anthropologie (old- similar here)
Glitter tree topper: Target
Wood bead garland (in tree): Target
Tree ornaments: mostly vintage + some from Target
Gold magnolia leaf garland: thrifted (similar here)
Gold antlers: Miss Molly Vintage
Carved wooden deer figurines: Vintage (similar here)
Copper lit star: Target
Fresh wreath: Trader Joe's
Pinecone wreaths: Thrifted
Gold manger scene: Vintage (thrifted)
Mini flocked trees: Homegoods
"All is Calm, All is Bright" pillow cover: Pottery Barn (old- similar here)
White yarn tree: Target
Plaid throw: Macy's
Concrete pedestal planter (with mini pine inside): Vintage (thrifted)
"Season's Greetings" pillow cover: H&M (old)
Wood house figurine: Target
White twig pre-lit tree: Target
There's nothing more exciting than designing a space completely from scratch and surprising one of my clients with the completed look! This client wanted all new holiday decor for her mantle and trusted me completely to put together a design that she would love. I was inspired by the rest of her living room to keep the design simple + modern with lots of neutrals that would seamlessly blend in to the rest of her decor.
I was able to find most of the decorations at my favorite place, Target, which always has the best selection of unique, modern Christmas decor. I love the mix of more rustic materials (woodgrain, fresh greenery, and white-wash) with super glitzy and glam elements (like her starburst mirror, glittered trees, and mirrored snowflake garland). My favorite feature is the super modern layered garland: I topped a fresh pine garland (from Trader Joe's) with two different unique garlands from Target. I chose some simple wool and faux fur stockings too which I tucked into the garland off to one side.
I filled the rest of the mantle with a mixture of different mini trees, a distressed wood wreath, and white-washed deer. I usually play around with these arrangements to try to find the perfect balance on each side. On the ledge below the mantle I placed a gold metal basket filled with a boxwood wreath (also from Trader Joe's), another deer, and small tree off to one side. I love to use baskets on fireplace ledges to help them look less bare. You can fill them a mixture of firewood, blankets, pinecones, or greenery. I also added a few little touches to the shelves beside the fireplace to keep the eye moving across the space (all those items are from Michael's).
I love the neutral color scheme mixed with pops of fresh greenery! The best part is that all of these items are perfect for mixing and matching with so many different color schemes and styles of decor, so she will be able to use them year after year. Stay tuned to see more of my Christmas tree decorating and shelf styling for this same client later next week! In the meantime, you can shop all the items used for this mantle at the end of this post!
Last week was full of holiday decorating appointments and I'm excited to share some peeks of a few of them this week! This client wanted their front porch and dining nook decorated for the holidays. She also wanted some new artwork or wall hanging for above the turquoise piece that was a little more holiday themed. We decided to go for a large chalkboard, since she would be able to use it even after the holidays by just changing out the artwork! I found the chalkboard at Hobby Lobby for 50% off (sales rotate at Hobby Lobby so these are usually on sale every other week).
I was able to duplicate artwork for the chalkboard from an inspiration picture that my client sent me (see below). Most of the other accessories used were items that she already owned and leftovers from the rest of her Christmas decorating. Thankfully all the items went together perfectly and I was able to pull together some cute vignettes with them. The only things that I purchased to add was the fresh greenery, and glass cloche (which I added ornaments inside of). She had lots of cute little jars and bottles which I made a little more festive just by adding a couple sprigs of greenery inside. Since there's already some pops of color in this space, I loved having the mostly white + neutral Christmas decor in this area!
She also had some cute items to work with for the porch, including some wreaths, lanterns, and the "JOY" sign. I thought the sign would be a cute pop of color on the door so I attached it to the wreath to hang from the bottom. I also used another extra wreath she had and layered it on top of a fresh wreath to make it more substantial. I added extra wide burlap ribbon to both of the wreaths to tie everything together. We knew we wanted to use lots of lanterns and cluster them together. I filled the largest lanterns with some shatter-proof ornaments and then used battery operated twinkle lights inside them too. Above the door I hung a simple swag of fresh greenery and added a cute little banner garland on top from Target. The finished look is super simple and cheerful and definitely matches the decor inside of the house too! If you would like more information about our decorating services, it's not too late to add some festive touches to your home! Fill out the form below to set up your own consultation!
I wanted to share another holiday design project I just finished up today. I was thrilled to get to decorate this mantle in a beautiful home in the Beaumont neighborhood of Lexington. The owner told me she used lots of pinecones, berries, and natural elements to decorate her tree in this room, which she sets up right next to the fireplace. She wanted to start from scratch with the mantle and do something totally different this year that would still fit in with her tree decor.
We were working with a budget of $100 to shop for items for this mantle and we came in just under that total. I also kept a few items that she had already on the mantle like the jars, and candlesticks, which I purchased new candles (from Homegoods) for that felt more "holiday" themed. For the garland on the mantle, I mixed a fresh pine garland from Trader Joe's with a pinecone garland from Michael's and some LED twinkle lights (from Target). The twinkle lights from Target were perfect because they also had little pinecones and red stars mixed in with them. The wreath, mini Christmas trees, silver bottle brush trees, and gold metal reindeer were all thrifting finds and the grand total for all of those items was under $40! The wooden "Noel" sign also came from Michael's, while the small pinecone arrangements in silver pots came from Homegoods. The look is simple + classic and the great thing is that most of these decorations are not so obviously Christmas, so they could also stay up throughout the winter months too!
If you would like help with your own holiday decor, or just general design advice or styling assistance- feel free to contact us by filling out the form below! Spots are filling up for the upcoming holiday season, but I would be happy to try to squeeze you in!
Today I had one of my first design appointments for the upcoming holiday season and it happened to be one of my favorite projects: shelf styling! The project was also extra special because it was for another local business owner and blogger, Deanna of Mirabelle Creations. I met Deanna through the Market 301 and she reached out to me about helping to spruce up her bookshelves in her office. This space is used by the entire family and the bookshelves are really the focal piece of the entire room. They also housed all of Deanna's supplies, files, and work materials. The challenge was to keep everything on the shelves contained in this area but make it look clean + organized. This is also the first room you see when you walk in the front door, so we wanted to be sure it looked tidy and had a little Christmas cheer.
Deanna's home is beautiful and she already had a lot of great items to work with. Most of her supplies and papers were contained within baskets or containers, which is key for having nice looking shelves. I added a few more crates and trays and rearranged and straightened her existing organizers.
One key to styling shelves in a work space is to put the least appealing looking items at the bottom and corners. That is the last place your eye will travel and you want to keep your prettiest items at the top and center. Baskets and crates always look better than stacks or piles, it creates a clean look and makes everything seem organized.
Deanna also had a lot of books on these shelves and I loved how she had organized them by color. I kept this theme going but separated them a bit, and stacked them both horizontally and vertically on many of the shelves to create more interest.
Here is the final result! All of Deanna's work supplies are contained on the bottom 3-4 shelves: easy access and everything has a place. I tried to place matching/similar shaped containers side by side for a cleaner look and I mixed in some books with some of them. The most exciting part was adding some holiday trims! When I saw the shelves, I knew instantly I wanted to hang wreaths on the outside on each side of the mirror. Hanging pictures or items on the outsides of your shelves is a great way to add depth and create a focal point.
While shopping for this project, I kept an eye out for smaller items I could mix in easily. I found several little trees, candle holders, and accessories that added a little color + Christmas cheer to the shelves. Our gold spikes are one of my must-haves for shelf styling and I used several on these shelves (stacked on books or alone). These are perfect year 'round and always add a chic touch to any space. I also noticed Deanna had several glass vases/bowls, so I brought some gold ornaments to fill them.
Finally, I always try to layer pieces when styling shelves, so I picked up some holiday-themed framed pictures and signs too. Flat pieces like this can lean on the back of the shelves (and also stack on top of books) and then you can place smaller items in front to create depth and interest.
The finished shelves look completely organized and holiday ready. Every shelf is being used and the entire space is practical and functional, but still beautiful! I love the mix of colors, textures, and timeless style. I've linked all the new items I purchased for this project at the end of this post for you to shop! If you would like more information on our design services or to sign up for our own consultation, click here. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this project for such a sweet family and I hope they enjoy it!