my friends, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. the decorations, the feasting, the music… it just fills my heart up with joy and leaves my head spinning with how much christmas i can stuff into my apartment. my biggest focus right now is decorating my tree. it’s become a tradition (well it’s only our second year but still counts!) that my boyfriend and friends visit a tree farm and chop down our own christmas tree. it’s so much fun to walk across the farm and meticulously scan each tree for the perfect height to plumpness ratio. i absolutely love having a live tree, i mean the smell alone gives you the coziest feeling!
in anticipation of our christmas tree coming i’ve been scouring the internet looking for ornaments and decorating ideas and the more i look the more i want to stick to a theme for my tree – and there’s so many different directions to go! so if you’re like me and searching for a decorating direction i’m compiling some roundups for holiday tree trim ideas.
my first one is winter wonderland! although i haven’t experienced snow yet this year (and believe me, i’m okay with that) i can’t deny the magic of a snow covered earth and how pretty the sparkling ice crystals are when they land on your mitten.
my home is in an ongoing process of layering in my new purchases with sentimental treasures and creating little special moments that make me smile. the other day i noticed that i was missing a key ingredient… greenery! i’m always nervous about plants because i have the blackest thumb i’ve ever known. i’ve even managed to kill an air plant…that needs air to live. go figure. but adding plants to your home is a wonderful way to add life and personality. with the season turning before my eyes i’m searching for a way to bring the outside in to last me through the colder months, something that even i can take care of 😉
i love this simple but super pretty diy. i want to start scouring the ground to create my own mini forest or winter scene plus i can only imagine the wonderful smell of pine it would bring into my home!
i’ve always wanted to have a terrarium. i love the combination of sculptural art and greenery. growing up we would always collect seashells from our family vacations and it would be so nice to display it in here
i love this fall leaf garland AND i don’t even have to leave my yard for the supplies! it would look really neat to create an ombre effect with the changing colors or as a nice centerpiece for my thanksgiving.
i love bottlebrush trees! they’re another simple but stunning diy and adds a touch of whimsey to your holiday scene. stick with greens for a classic scene or mix it up with pink, yellows and blues to coordinate with a color scheme
what are your go-to ways to add seasonal greenery to your home?
so remember earlier when i mentioned how empty my living room was? well little by little i’ve adding in different elements including my most recent addition, a sofa! now, it’s not my dream sofa – my heart still beats strong for emerald velvet – but i was able to obtain it for the best price – free – and it was desperately needed because i was watching netflix on the tv while lying on the floor. but i should mention something else… it’s purple. you might be saying to yourself ‘ yeah? so what?’ well, friend, lemme break it down for you.
let’s say if the rainbow represented the social hierarchy then i would dub purple as a ‘friend of a friend,’ someone i might have met once and chatted with but never took initiative to get together again and certainly not comfortable enough to invite into my home for an intimate gathering. the color isn’t ugly and it’s not that i hate it, but i’ve never found myself particularly drawn to the purple family. and seriously i own -0- things that are purple.
BUT, it has become a fun challenge thinking about how to style my space around it, and there is a few different ways to go about it.
purple is the color of royalty, as they say, so you really can’t go wrong by pairing it with metallics. layering in some textures and neutrals also helps amp up luxury while still being very cosy. or you can take an opposite approach and add shades of charcoals and blacks for some serious drama. i like the idea of keeping the supporting palette a bit on the low key side in order to let the sofa be a bold statement.
if a purple sofa isn’t your thing then think about layering in purple through accessories and accent furniture. it gives so much flexibility and gives a large palette for some fun pattern and color play! what i’m realizing through this exploration is that the the ultimate key though is to have fun with it!
is there a color that you’re skeptical about using in your home?