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Rashida’s HIGH IMPACT Christmas Decor (That You Can Still DIY Before Your Family Arrives)

Hey you guys! It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure to talk to you, so I’m excited to bring you some holiday decor inspiration (for the 2023 holiday season ha)! This year I was feeling super nontraditional with my approach to decorating. I had a full-on moment of rebellion! Anti-ornament, anti-everything that I’d done in the past. I wanted to challenge myself!

So, I set out for inspiration. Like many of us, I head to social media for inspiration, and I stumbled on lots of beautiful holiday goodness. I knew I wanted to go unconventional though, so I was happy when I came across Nicki Bamford-Bowes’ page and her post of this pink Christmas tree she made last year. The pink had me already, but then when I saw the huge black and white striped bow that cascades down the tree and the minimal ornaments, it was just the creative spark I needed.

I decided to remix her design on my own tree. I’ve had my tree since 2019 and absolutely love it. I found it at The Home Depot, but unfortunately, I haven’t seen it there since then. It’s the perfect height and has 4,000 fairy lights that make it stand out even without decoration. They have similar trees but with 1500 fairy lights (but who’s counting lol). Nicki’s gigantic bow idea was a must, and I also had some inspiration I’d saved from back in the summer of a bloom display by a company called Brightly Ever After that included a champagne bubble wall. I had my plan: a huge bow and clear ornaments displayed down the center.

I set out to find some fabric for the bow because I knew it would be super hard to find ribbon in the size I needed. I went to my favorite local fabric store G Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD (not G Street in DC lol) and they had just what I was looking for. I can spend all day there because they always have a huge selection, sales, and remnant pieces, which is great because fabric can be a splurge! I was hoping to find a dusty blue velvet fabric to give a pop of contrast and cool down our chocolate fondue living room walls, and I snagged exactly what I was looking for! I bought 3.5 yards of fabric and 2 yards of stiffener for the bow part. Check out my Instagram for a tutorial on this large bow. It was quite simple to make.

Gosh…I’m gushing over how good the DIY gigantic bow turned out. Every time I glance up at it, I just smile because it’s the exact bizarre Christmas look I was going for. I told one of my friends I was going for avant-garde and I think I nailed it. What do you think? Would you try your hand at this ginormous bow for your tree?

Living Room Drapery | Wraparound Curtain Rod | Striped Rug | Olive Round Pillow

The main reason why I’m so late in decorating my home for the holidays is because I thought to myself, “Maybe I should refresh the living room”, because why not right?” (I love torturing myself hahaha). I’ve loved our living room the past few years in all its different designs, but it’s a constant work in progress. Jasen (my husband) had the idea to pattern these large Ikea mirrors on the wall a few years ago, and it made the space feel larger. As much as I loved it, I was ready for art. I found some pre-loved art from a company called Kaiyo that worked perfectly with the brown walls. I realized I didn’t buy enough art so I had to complete the look with these polished nickel candle sconces and deep olive tapered candles that kind of look brown depending on the lighting. To add some Christmas flair I draped some arborvitae stems on the sconces and added ribbon strips. Simple and quick!

Floor Lamp | Sofa (similar)

Candle Sconce | Olive Green Tapered Candle

I love to style surfaces like shelves and tables (I have an uncontrollable obsession with coffee table books and just bought another the other day). So to add even more stress to my life, I decided that I wanted to build floating shelves in the living room. But in true Rashida fashion, I didn’t want the typical slender profile of floating shelves. I wanted chunky shelves! So I did what any good wife would do…dragged Jasen into building the DIY chunky shelves with me. The larger shelving would be a nice bold addition and also bring shape and form to our flat walls. Jasen and I built the shelves in about 4 days total, and it was pretty easy (DM me if you need help!). I painted them the same chocolate fondue color as the wall, and I love how they came out because they look like they’ve been there forever, which was exactly what I envisioned. I’m honestly so excited about all the ways I can style them, whether it be maximal or scaling it back, monochromatic or bold colors, books, and other tchotchkes…I can’t wait! Prepare to be sick of me and my shelf styling! Lol

White Fringe Stockings

To round out my mini holiday living room refresh, my good friends at Lulu and Georgia sent me this beautiful flush mount light that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time. I can be yay or nay when it comes to flush mounts because they can often be kind of blah, but I love how this one crawls the ceiling and looks so sculptural. I selected the polished nickel finish to again cool down the temperature from the brown walls. Plus, polished nickel has had my attention all year. I still love unlacquered brass though. 

Flush Mount Light

I also ordered a new rug from Lulu and Georgia. It hasn’t come yet, but it’s this beautiful khaki green that’s festive and cozy. I’ll be using our current rug for the Spring/Summer, and the new one for the Fall/Winter. Changing your rugs out seasonally can be a splurge, I know, but it’s worth it in the long run when it comes to preserving them over time. I’ll be sure to drop some updated pictures here when the rug arrives.

Floor Lamp | Sofa (similar) | Olive Round Pillow | Coffee Table | Khaki Rug

I made a few changes to the dining area as well. I know some of you guys remember my chair dilemma. I’m still looking and will not give up! I actually did buy a chair that one of you lovely readers suggested. I’ll be getting back to finishing my dining lounge project at the top of the year. In the meantime, I found this round marble table on Facebook Marketplace for just $200!!! It fits perfectly into the space! I kept things minimal with this hanging wreath chandelier over the table to keep things festive. We have plaster ceilings and walls, so I was happy to find this ceiling hook from The Home Depot that made hanging the wreath easy by using a construction screw. I scooped up these mini twig trees from Target during Black Friday, and these pots from Home Depot for the trees to go in.

Table (vintage) | Chair (vintage) | Dining Room Drapery | Wraparound Curtain Rod | Twinkling Twig Tree | Plant Pot

I also switched out some of the kitchen artwork for a more wintery piece. I frequently pop into a local vintage/consignment store called Evolution Home here in the DMV area and pick up things that I think I’ll use at some point. They always have nice artwork, if you’re local you should check them out! 

The house is finally ready to entertain holiday guests. I hope you like this refresh and are inspired to get your space holiday ready in a way that’s unique to you. Merry Christmas EHD readers! If you’re late to the holiday decor train like me, I hope I was able to give you some quick decor ideas and also some refresh ideas for your space. Let’s continue this convo down in the comments!

*Design and Photos by Rashida Banks

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1 year ago

Thinking outside the box. That’s what I’m here for. Mission accomplished . The bow is everything. Whimsical and the bubbles are festive.

Rashida Banks
1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

Thank you! I love being inspired by own home. So outside of the box was my only option lol.

1 year ago

Loving the pops of nickel and blue compared with the brown. Although Emily is also into blue, this is completely different vibe!

Rashida Banks
1 year ago
Reply to  Siel

Thank you! Polished nickel is stealing my heart these days. Emily does blue so well. I’m still gushing over her painted staircase. While Emily’s blue plays a more dominant role, the blues in my home play more of a supporting role. I love setting opposites against each other. Warm brown walls and cool tone blues. polished nickel and brushed brass.

1 year ago

Your home is really special. i haven’t seen anything quite like this before. Those walls are bold as hell. I am beguiled by it. Bravo.

Also love the bow. My wedding dress was super minimalist simple and I had a custom giant bow made and it was awesome.

Rashida Banks
1 year ago
Reply to  Mb

Thank you so much. And your wedding dress sounds so beautiful. I love simple with unexpected drama!

1 year ago

The shelves were what grabbed me at my first look! They are like a sculpture all by themselves. Also love how you tied the blue in subtly throughout the room. (I just noticed the tree skirt!)

Rashida Banks
1 year ago
Reply to  Emilie

Thank you! The shelves almost stole Christmas. I couldn’t just do simple shelving lol. And you have good eyes. The tree skirt was left over fabric.

1 year ago

I love the hanging wreath!

Rashida Banks
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane

Thank you! Super simple to execute

1 year ago

I always enjoy when your posts pop up. You have such a “uniquely you” style. The blue fabric bow and ribbons add such an elegant holiday touch. Oh, and the FB table–heart eyes! Thank you for the chic inspiration.

1 year ago

THAT BOW!!!!!! Could not love it more!

1 year ago

Wow!! Your living room is amazing! I love brown and I love how rich the tone is in the walls. My husband and I were just at this big decorated estate near us and we were amazed by a tree that looked like it was covered in soap bubbles—just like your tree! How fun. Glad you made the leap!

1 year ago

Great job but I especially LOVE your new flush mount! Super cool.

1 year ago

I lived in the DC area until I was 9, when we moved to Florida. My mother’s mourning process for leaving G Street fabrics behind lasted years! (I’m 46 now).

1 year ago

absolutely stunning. tree should be on a magazine cover.

1 year ago


1 year ago

Oh, Rashida, this is delightful! Often I want to dissect design posts and break down the components. I just want to enjoy the flow of this blue, brown and silver confection over and over. Thanks so much for this refreshing post.

1 year ago

You totally nailed it! The translucent, clustered, balls placed every which way are they opposite of static- they feel like they’re flowing out of that big bow in real time. I was thinking that the tree seems like a character but couldn’t figure out which one- and then realized it reminds me of Disney’s Merlin calling the dish bubbles to attention. Awesome creativity.

1 year ago

Beautiful home! Where is the candle holder from on the coffee table in the mock-up design? Thanks!

1 year ago
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Anna Buettner
1 year ago

The tree is really beautiful!

1 year ago

I love the whole space!!! Home tour, please?!

Mary Evers
1 year ago

Hi Rashida,
Your place is stunning. So different from what I’m used to seeing everywhere. You are very creative!
Will the tutorial for the giant bow be available before Christmas? I’d love to recreate it for my tree. It’s currently looking kinda sad.

Rashida Banks
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Evers

Thank you so much. And the tutorial is now up on my instagram page. Here’s the link to the video:

Let me know if you have any questions about it.

1 year ago

SO GOOD!! Love the hints of blue, especially with the dark walls. And those sconces with the greenery are subtle but festive. Love everything about this!!!

1 year ago

Love, love, love the bow on the tree! To. Die. For.

1 year ago

So so beautiful, Rashida!

1 year ago

Beautiful! I love the vintage pieces in the dining area. How did you hang the art over your oven?

1 year ago

That bow is I N S A N E L Y beautiful! I can’t even put it in words. It is amazing how traditional bows usually are and yet it is so avante guarde in this execution. Love it. Also love your home and I look forward to more updates soon! It’s such a joy to follow someone who is designing over time and looking for options that match the budget. Most of us can relate and are looking for this type of inspiration. Happy holidays!

1 year ago

Beautiful home! Any information about that lovely teapot in the last photo would be appreciated 🙂

1 year ago

Cute! I was in a figure skating “play” when I was about 4, and dressed as a present. I wore a giant red and gold bow, and it has been used as our Christmas tree topper ever since. (I’m in my 30s now). Didn’t realize we were avante garde but I will take it! 🙂
Super cute tree, super cute room. The title definitely undersold this post!

1 year ago

Wow! The bow, the bubbles! I love it all!!!

1 year ago

Rashida, I love your holiday decor this year! I’ve taken the nontraditional stance against holiday decorating as well, but your tree and color palette are by far my favorite. Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday Season!