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by Jess Bunge
Emily Henderson Waverly 2018 Holiday 8
Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: How We Decked Our Halls for Christmas

Let me start this post by saying I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and got to spend it with people they love or at least like a lot. 🙂 Okay, now who’s ready to decorate for Christmas?? I know me, too. To be honest, I may have already started a week ago (and you probably did, too) but now I feel safe to go HAM on the holiday cheer. With all that said, let’s cue the music, throw the hot cider on the stove (whiskey optional but preferred) and let’s talk “new” decor ideas before you fully flush out your 2019 decorating plan.

You may be wondering what could possibly be “new” on the Christmas decor scene but we found some very creative people with some fresh ideas to pull inspiration from. Plus, sometimes, shaking up even the most tradition-filled holiday can feel really great.

1. The Undecorated Tree

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Undecorated Tree
Left to Right: Design by @_forthehome | Photo Source | Design by @frengpartyof5

I know, I know. How? Why? Jess, are you trying to kill Christmas joy?! No. I promise I am not the Grinch reincarnate. Buuut you do have to admit that these trees look incredibly chic, incredibly beautiful and are guaranteed to induce 50% less decorating stress (I believe lights are at least half the battle). Also to be fair, Christine from @_forthehome (the tree on the far left) did decorate her tree and it looks awesome. I mean, look. It’s an option and an easy, no stress, free pass if you just don’t want to this year.

2. Put It In A Basket or Bin

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Bin Tree
Left to Right: Design by Erin Francois | Design by The Merrythought | Design by Lea Johnson

But for those that want to adorn their trees with lots of ornaments but want to mix up the traditional tree skirt look then I’ve got you. You have so many options. Just choose your favorite (large enough) bin and stick your tree right in. From what we have saw from Erin Francois’ story highlight, you want to weigh down your bin with something like rocks, then choose a small traditional tree stand to put your tree in (so it stands up straight and can get water) and lastly secure with more rocks. Just make sure you can still water your tree (this also works with an artificial tree and probably with less fussy). 🙂

3. Unconventional Tree Skirt

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Unconventional Tree Skirts
Left to Right: Design by Little Merchant Goods | Design by Kristin Dion Design | Design by Amanda Holstein

Bins are great but if you want a softer look that is in the tree skirt family then we also have some great ideas. Both Arlyn and I love love the thick knit tree skirt. And guess what?! They are for sale on Etsy. Merry Christmas. However, if you want to get crafty, you can make a cool patchwork shirt like the indigo one above. Just find or buy a bunch of your favorite fabrics, sew them together (skills permitted) and BOOM a cool and custom piece. Then lastly, for the people who want something truly unique and something that requires truly zero effort, I present to you the “Rug Pillow Skirt” is for you. It’s cozy, adds a ton of texture and couldn’t be easier to accomplish. Just literally throw down some small rugs and pillows at the base of the tree and finish it off with turning on the *NSYNC Christmas classic, Under My Tree.

4. The Present Basket

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Present Baskets
Left to Right: Design by Päivi Lemström | Photo Source

This was a fun and new concept to me and the team but we are into it. Say hello to “The Present Basket.”  It helps to keep presents wrangled and looking super organized. Plus, I will take any excuse to buy/use a pretty woven basket. Amiright?

5. Magnolia Leaves

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Magnolia Leaves
Left to Right: Design by Amber Interiors | Design by Roxanne West

Magnolia leaves are not new to the design scene but they have definitely become extremely popular over the past year. They also happen to look extremely cool and stylish in garland form. We love the big leaves, warm golden brown color of the undersides and the likely smaller mess they create. Dream with me…fewer pine needles to vacuum.

6. Asymmetrical Mantel Garland

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Asymmetrical Garland
Left to Right: Design by Kismet House | Design by Lindsey Walker

I see you, you chic asymmetrical garland you. Ugh, it’s just so awesome and I hope that if you have a mantel or even a doorway that you will consider this garland look for. It basically screams, “I have style and I play by my own rules.” Sooo ya, you should go ahead and at least try. Also, if you are into that very cute DIY lightbulb garland add-on in the photo on the left, then head to @kismet_house for the tutorial.

7. Unconventional Florals

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Forals
Left to Right: Design by Jojotastic | Design by Ashley Fox Designs | Design by Susan Burns Design

Next, let’s talk holiday florals. I am very into this cool dried flower look in the first two photos. It’s moody yet festive and you don’t have to worry about making sure they are watered (aka less stress). The key to the chicness of these florals is the asymmetrical look. Can you sense a theme?? But if dried flowers aren’t your speed then you can just use tree scraps (that you can get for free at your local tree lot) and drape a bundle on a shelf or surface. It’s messy and organic in a really good way.

8. Fun Decor Accents

Emily Henderson Holiday 2019 New Decor Ideas Special Accents
Left to Right: Design by @_forthehome | Design by @evaundich

These were just two ideas that we loved: The skinny tree trio and the elf door. First off/once again, Christine from @_forthehome’s styling is perfection. I want that whole forest in my home. But the true star in that shot is the tall tree trio with the faux fur pelt at its feet. You could actually even forgo the traditional Christmas tree if you wanted and mix it up with something like this. Basically, it’s just a really pretty idea. For the second and last idea is the elf door. If your heart doesn’t melt at the little detail then we are different people I guess (which is okay). But seriously how cute is it and how fun would it be to make with your little one. Plus, it would be impossible not to smile every time you walked passed it.

Well happy holidays, merry Christmas and happy decorating. I hope these ideas spark some creativity and that you are possibly even more pumped to get the decorating started. Also don’t forget to use hashtag #ShowEmYourHoliday to show us your holiday decor (and for a chance to get featured on the blog). We love getting inspired by you. Ready…set… deck those halls.

Love you, mean it.

  1. I love the I decorated tree! I only did it one year, and it was completely unintentional. I was just too overwhelmed to do the ornaments. My husband and kid aren’t into decorating, so it’s really all me. I think about the undecorated tree as an intentional choice every year, but so far, I’ve continued to decorate.

  2. where is the wreath in Emily’s living room from? I love it!

  3. Awwww thank you for sharing and I love all of these ideas! Especially the naked tree!

  4. Love, Love, LOVE thid post! Thank you!

  5. Love all of these. We are into a simpler look this year with white led birch trees with a few white and glass ornaments on each. Thanks for sharing these 7 ideas!

  6. The present basket makes great sense where you don’t want them out all the time (toddlers, burglars etc), but they’re easy to bring out when you want to look more festive.
    I don’t like the rug/cushion tree skirt: too much faff, not straight and guaranteed to be watered instead of the tree. I made my own tree skirt last year. It was £90 for a good faux fur one, but only £20 for the faux fur throw, so I diy’d. Very pleased with it, and I can wear it as a cape in January when everything is miserable! 😀

  7. Love all these ideas! And I’ve even used a couple of them- I have a few undecorated trees in baskets 🙂

  8. The present basket is the BEST idea ever and I’m loving how it looks under our tree this year!!!

  9. The present basket is the best idea EVER!!! Loving how contained everything is under our tree this year!!!

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