All year round, EHD readers tune in to see what we’re doing and decorating and styling, but this time, we’re flipping the script…it’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all, right? Last week, in this blog post, we put out a call for YOUR images of how you styled your homes this holiday and today, we’re sharing some of our current favorites. There were HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of rooms shared under the #ShowEmYourStyled and #ShowEmYourHoliday (THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO POSTED YOUR HOMES), so we, unfortunately, can’t blog about ALL of them because the site would probably crumble and load times would make people scream more than they already do, so we’re sparing you, BUT, be sure to head to Instagram stories to see more (we know you are dying to see if we tagged something you shared…).
Here’s what we took away from scrolling through all of your shots: you guys have a way with garland and elegant, minimal Scandi-like trees. So much of this is going in the mental bank to pull out next year, dust off and implement (@risburwell’s eucalyptus and fern garland gilded mirror is serious heart eyes). Ugh and that navy velvet ribbon-tied draping greenery on the staircase of @weethhomeco is so simple, so chic.
Okay, okay, we could talk on and on about all the FIFTY images, but we’re going to let the photos do most of the conversing here…scroll through, peep into strangers’ homes, and if your room is amongst the pack, head to Instagram to share!
The tree is THE moment of holiday decorating, so we rounded up our top 10. @dustylu…we have so many questions about your tree. Is that natural? Where did you find this bare beauty? Did it have any “work” done (i.e. any limbs removed, etc?). So good.
The basket and tree collar made a STRONG showing this year…are we all over tree skirts? What does everyone think?
Also, dried oranges as tree decor will always get some love from us over here at EHD. Anyone have a good DIY for this they want to share? @littlehouseonahill proves you don’t need much (some acorns, some ribbon, some oranges…) to get a tree worthy of a magazine spread. And OMG THE RADIO FLYER from @redjamiehead. What a cute idea for adding something super special to a kid’s room (those mushroom ornaments take this thing over the top).
If the tree is the main attraction in the Christmas show, the fireplace mantel is the supporting cast member that should have gotten the Emmy nomination but didn’t because the protagonist was showier and “outshined” it (even though they’re performance was more basic/expected/nowhere near as compelling). Nothing against the tree, it’s magical and all of that, but a well-styled holiday mantel can really steal the spotlight. Here were some of our favorites you guys shared.
We recently posted a house tour on the blog from Erin Francois of Francois et Moi and, as we suspected, her holiday decorating did NOT DISAPPOINT. Hello, do you see that lush jealousy-inducing garland of glory she created for her friend @shawthomps??
How much fun are those large-scale ornaments by @shwastyle’s fireplace? We absolutely want to know where she got those (Brynn, if you’re there, let us know!).
@nicholnaranjo nailed the insanely simple/insanely chic holiday look here with just a subtle drape of garland while @simplysuzys whole vibe makes us want to curl up in this blanket and not emerge until spring comes around.
The Wreath & Garland Moment
As much as we want to talk about the swings in this living room by @simplysuzy (content detour: WE LOVE THESE SO MUCH…okay, correcting course), we’re here today to talk wreaths and garland. Most homes decked out for the holidays have a “wreath moment”—whether it’s on the front door, above the mantel or sofa, against windows (one of our favorite uses)—and you can usually find some greenery strewn about somehow and somewhere. Natural or faux, it doesn’t matter to us (it’s a total lifestyle choice which way you go…one is high-maintenance but SO beautiful while the other is reusable, easy to deal with and does the trick).
Okay, seriously loving the “wreath alternative” here from @dustylu (the ribbon-tied greenery bunches) and the mirror-cum-wreath from @lisafogt. Both feel fresh and modern, which of course isn’t everyone’s preferred “look” for the holidays, but we’re just peeking into other’s designs here…not playing favorites.
No fireplace to strung up some garland? Follow @aestheticabode’s vibe here and use your homes architecture—door archways, rafters/beams…make the best of what you’ve got to get festive…like, say, a chandelier as @carolinelevensondesign did in her kitchen (A+ creativity, plus it looks pretty awesome).
We’ve already called out the navy velvet ribbon @weethhomeco used on their staircase (SO GOOD), but we can’t help but gush over the sumptuous swooping garland here from @roomsauce or @em_rehabitat’s burgundy and green thing she’s got going on on her handrail with the most perfect drape.
Shelfies & Vignettes
How great are all of these vignettes?!? A rainbow sprinkling of bottle brush trees, paper polka-dot garland strewn about, THE MOST FESTIVE KITCHEN SHELVES WE’VE EVER SEEN (sorry for yelling, but @nicholnaranjo’s ledges deserved the exaggerated enthusiasm). All good things. Great job everyone!
Okay, anyone who takes their holiday decor into their bedrooms wins the holiday cheermaster award (and are serious overachievers in the best way possible). They’re like “I see your living room Christmas tree and raise you a garland festooned over-the-bed chandelier.”
Built-in bunks with a railing practically bed for garland and while it’s probably not practical for sleeping every night, draping faux or real greenery across your headboard for an Instagram-worthy shot is always worth the inconvenience (right?). Oh, and while we aren’t 100% sure where the gold balloon letters are from @carpendaughter’s nursery, what a fun idea (bonus parenting points for keeping the tree elevated in case your little nuggets have a tendency to shove foreign things into their mouths).
Well, it’s safe to say our childhood homes never look quite like this. Where are all the animatronic lawn reindeer and the faded, plastic light-up nativity sets? Remember those big nets of lights that would go on bushes and whatnot but after only one season always only have turned on, so then the pristine grid was ruined when your dad would inevitably just throw some string lights into the mix to make do? Yup, @cedarandgreyinteriors and @undecorated_home both have a FAR better-looking idea for what a holiday exterior can look like… ::takes notes::
And there you have it! THANK YOU AGAIN for sharing your homes with us (so we can pass on your styling prowess with our readers), and head to Stories today to see more. Oh, and if you think the fun is over, WRONG. Keep using the #ShowEmYourStyled and #ShowEmYourHoliday hashtags because we’ll be featuring more and more as we inch closer to Christmas.
Happy holidays everyone! xx