CREATING NEUTRAL HOLIDAY DECOR

neutral holiday decorations

Here we are, it’s nearly Christmas again and I’m continually stunned at how fast the months are going by. While I love the holiday season and everything it encompasses, I’m not really known for my knock out Christmas decorations. I guess it’s one of those odd things, considering I have zero chill when it comes to decorating for smaller occasions like the girls birthdays or even just a simple Halloween gathering. I can’t contain myself in those situations. I’m always festive! I’ve convinced myself that maybe it’s the overwhelming amounts of bright colors that cause me to be easily scared off or possibly just the overwhelming amount of options these days to choose from or maybe now with kids, I just feel like everything will get broken and pulled off the tree. So, I did a quick search trying to source some neutral holiday inspiration, and came to find, there weren’t a ton of options. This is where I decided to partner with Pier 1 Imports again and share some tips on creating an affordable neutral holiday palette, whether you’re doing everything last minute or just want some ideas for a simpler set up this year or also have tiny humans ready to destroy everything at a moment’s notice.

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neutral holiday decorations

It’s no secret that I’m pretty minimal and tend to steer clear of bold colors or patterns in my clothing choices, and that is also reflective in my home decor. To begin, I chose silver, white and wood as my main ‘colors’ and used them as the common denominators when choosing decorations. [I’ll take the time now to mention that you should start a drinking game (with hot cider, of course *wink, wink*) and take a swig for every time I use the word ‘decoration’ or ‘decor’ or ‘holiday’ in this post!] I found silver ornaments that were a mix of glittery, matte and shiny and started with those. Check! I let Parker pick out one ornament that she loved, and she choose the little grey sweater, which was insanely cute. Then I added in some natural touches to the tree with these pinecone additions, that are in fact napkin rings, but don’t let them fool you… they can also be hung on the tree like ornaments. The ornaments are plastic and the pinecones are very sturdy, so the kids can help hang them and nothing will be broken. The final touch on the tree… bells. Why? So I can keep track of any tiny hands trying to sneak up on the tree or attempting to peek at presents. Genius, I know.

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neutral holiday decorations

Probably my favorite neutral option for the holidays is birch. Anything birch. I was able to find these super chic birch pillars, that could honestly also be flipped over and used as vases for flowers. They also have birch wrapping paper, that helps keep everything uniform and not a mess of wrapping designs under the tree. Newspaper is also a great neutral option for wrapping if you have some laying around! To create the tree skirt, I used two of these super soft and lush blankets and just wrapped them around the bottom area. Pretty cozy if you ask me!

I spoke in my harvest post about the importance of letting your mantle take center stage during the holiday season and December is her finest hour. I snagged this extra long garland from our local tree stand and spruced it up with a couple of these white pinecone picks. They’d also be great to put in the tree with the ornaments. All of the products are classic in a way that they can be used year after year and even incorporated into a larger, more colorful, theme if you choose to go that route.

In closing, even if you’re a contestant on ‘The Great American Light Fight’, I would hope even this lends you some inspiration and always remember that holiday cheer can come in a small dose and still make a big impact! Happy Holidays, friends!

Other products featured: Cake stand / candle / twinkle lights / metallic basket / pillar candles / white mugs

*This post is in partnership with Pier 1, a brand we use around our home. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my little space of the internet. All of the products mentioned are available at your local Pier 1 Imports store location or www.pier1.com*

CONCRETE HOUSE TOUR

rural concrete home tour

If you could believe it, these are actually two houses that sit together near the seaside on Zhoushan Island in China. After being unoccupied for nearly 70 years, they received a facelift and were updated internally, as well as, externally to withstand the harsh conditions of typhoon season. Hence, all the concrete. The entire structure is made up of bedrooms renovated from the two old houses and then a studio converted from an old kitchen that now has a glass ceiling. Since they kept a good bit of detail from the original structures, they're old and modern at the same time. Which is my favorite mix!! 

photos via: oracle fox

FALL HARVEST DECORATING TIPS FOR YOUR MANTLE

fall harvest fireplace decoration 

There’s just something about fall that signals the beginning of all the holiday decorating and festivities and I just can’t contain my excitement. There are points in life that signal a move into adulthood and one of those points happens when you actually start buying decorations for your home with the intent to use them over and over every year. In my 20’s, it was all about do-it-yourself on a dime, since I found zero interest in spending money on home decor and I sure wasn’t going to give up valuable closet space to store anything that wasn’t shoes. Now, I want to find quality, sophisticated decorations that reflect my personal style… but still, on a budget! With that as my motivation, I was excited to partner with Pier 1 to showcase a few of their pieces and how to style them in your home. It really is a great one stop shop for all harvest and Thanksgiving needs, providing everything from home décor that reflects current trends to tablespace pieces that honor all things autumn - pumpkins, falling leaves, weathered woods and cozy knits.

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fall harvest fireplace inspiration 

In my opinion, there’s nothing more iconic to seasonal decorating than a fireplace mantle. It can easily change with the seasons and your personal design aesthetics. So, the mantel is the place I’d always suggest starting first. Since my only free time seems to occur during naps, it did take me a few days and multiple scenarios to make it to this final look, but alas, it worked out better than I had envisioned. This will come as no shock to anyone who knows me or has taken one glimpse at my Instagram… but I’m not one for a lot of loud color. I really wanted something festive on a neutral color palette with bits of metallic mixed in.

fall harvest fireplace decoration inspiration 
fall harvest fireplace decoration 
budget fireplace mantle decoration 

My first order of business is to always find the greenery. I can never have enough greenery. Since I can’t remember to water anything, I stick to the main pieces being artificial and then sprinkle in some real stems here and there in large vases. Pier 1 had an amazing assortment at affordable price points along with these cool cement utensil crocks and glass decanters that I used as a vase. Artificial flowers and plants are surprisingly expensive even when they look overly plastic, so it was refreshing to see these realistic beauties for much cheaper. I start by criss crossing them in the middle and then mix in the gold accent pieces on each side. Same motto goes for white pumpkins as it does for the greenery… more is more is more. I’m addicted to white pumpkins. Plus, they are so easy to paint if you can only find orange ones nearby.

Just the vision of a pillow in a basket makes me want to curl up next to a crackling fire and read a book. So, I made sure to create just that look as well! If you could only touch those pillows in real life.. insanely soft! They round out the fireplace and help balance the overall look. The finished product should always help elevate your mantle to being the true focal point of the room!

What are some of the ways you incorporate and mix up your mantel decor? I’d love to learn and see your favorite examples!

*This post is in partnership with Pier 1, a brand we use around our home. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my little space of the internet. All of the products mentioned are available at your local Pier 1 Imports store location or www.pier1.com*