This is such a sweet Christmas because it marks our family’s first holiday season in our new-to-us home, a place we plan to stay settled in for some time.
Decorating For The Holidays
This post is sponsored by Serena & Lily.
If you have ever moved to a home with grand plans to renovate, I’m sure you can understand that grateful feeling of having little pockets of your home feel like you.
Our impending major overhaul and renovation of the downstairs didn’t stop us from sprinkling Christmas magic into our current space. We’re still hosting guests and spending the holidays right here at home, so I had fun styling these rooms to feel that much cozier.
I wanted to purchase those beautiful Pinecone Wreaths last year after the holidays, but they were no longer available! I was so excited to see Serena & Lily brought them back for the holidays this year.
I debated hanging the wreaths inside, but the exterior of our home is one of the spots that sold us on this house. I wanted the porch to greet our guests looking its’ best.
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? That ribbon has wire inside so it keeps the pretty shape. (That adorable Felix Navidad mat is from a sweet small shop on Etsy.) Shop these pieces here:
For the color palette in our guest room, I played up green for the holidays!
This space features a lot of black and white; a fairly neutral palette to build upon. The Miramonte pillows in the moss and the Palermo throw in moss together coordinate beautifully with the holiday greenery on our nightstands.
I love a good green pillow – it pops in the fall and looks so festive through the winter.
If you use a lot of blue in your home – you can still make a coastal home feel festive! Blues and greens work together so well. The blue Hillsborough rug used to be in my home office (you can see our home office here) but I think it looks great layered under the bed with pops of green.
This is my favorite rug! While I wouldn’t recommend it for high traffic areas with food stains or serious mud, it will clean up beautifully in a bedroom or office space.
For this room I wanted the table lighting to feel sophisticated. The dark bronze and brass lamps on our night table are a new piece this season! I think they look like an antique, do you? Something about the bronze, brass and raffia combination is unexpected but works.
Do you style your beds with lots of pillows too? A basket to corral all the pillows is a nice touch! In a spare room, this solves the issue of your guests worrying about putting pillows on the floor.
We stored our sleeping pillows for our guests in the rectangular La Jolla basket at the foot of the bed. Our overnight guests can toss the throw pillows in the basket when they go to bed!
Creating a “Christmas table” is favorite holiday tradition of mine… not to mention such a good decorating moment. We went a little crazy with our holiday tablescape – but it was such a good opportunity to mix green and blue.
Since moving to our current home (with a perfectly fine – but dated kitchen that doesn’t feel like “me”!), I’ve been impatient to get started on the demo in here. I’ve so enjoyed having our Downing Table in this space – it’s made our breakfast nook feel so much more like home. (Read a candid review of how the table holds up with our family here.)
The pretty textures of this tablescape start with the woven placemats with a scalloped edge layered at the bottom. The placemats are a table top essential to invest in as they go with everything! (The small blue plates are from a favorite small shop.)
A linen napkin is crisp and clean, and I also mixed Serena & Lily’s tapered candles with their scalloped Capiz Hurricanes. We use those outside in the warmer months but you can certainly bring them in!
I hope you enjoyed these little glimpses into our home decorating with Serena & Lily. It feels so special having a few spaces that feel like our own and we appreciate it more than ever right now.
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