Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Regal Holidays ‘13 | A Chic Home for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving under our belts (and plenty of yummy treats, too), we have finally reached our favorite holiday season of the year. Starting December 26th, we can’t wait for the next holiday season to arrive. The ornately decorated stores, the bright lights and the beautiful trees are just a few of our favorite things. Amongst the delicious desserts and treats, one of the holiday traditions we look forward to the most is getting out all of our decor. After all, we want our homes to reflect how excited we are about the holidays! Check out how we style our homes to match the enthusiasm we have for the “most wonderful time of the year”.

Jaime’s Holiday Decor

I’ve always been the type of person who needs a theme, so when it came time for decorating I tasked myself with finding the perfect decor for both my tree and my mantle. Since moving into our home three years ago (Yikes, has it really been that long?!), I tried to do a black, white and red theme, a silver theme, a red theme…you get where I’m going with this one? I couldn’t narrow anything down because I love the holiday’s and I didn’t want to limit myself to just one specific look. So as you can see, my decor is a hodge-podge of color, glitter and lights. One of my favorite things however, is how warm and cozy it feels–the perfect ambiance of the holidays! As you can see from the photos, Kacie and I both fell in love with and purchased the glittering reindeer names print from Kirklands. I couldn’t be more excited with how looks on my mantle with the two large reindeer. It’s still a work in progress finding the proper proportions for such a tiny area, but it works for me! My tree is decorated with a variety of ornaments, most of which being glittering hand-blown glass pieces that I’ve picked up at a hometown fave, Warsaw Cut Glass. As you can see, one of my favorite ornaments I’ve is my “Elf Ale” ornament. I mean, who doesn’t want a treat that sports “Elf Ale” during the holidays? It can’t all be about jolly ol’ Saint Nick after all.

Lastly, even the pooch gets some holiday love (whether she likes it or not). After a quick bath, Lola is now strutting a peppermint printed collar with a bright red flower for the holidays. She looks thrilled, eh?

So whether you’re a glitter fanatic or a holiday minimalist, the best advice I can offer when it comes to holiday decor is to do something the represents you. I’m quirky and have a knack for sparkles and glittering objects, which is reflected in my holiday decor. Don’t try and put yourself in a box, I say go all out and mix-and-match the old and new and just make it you!

Kacie’s Holiday Decor

I have yet to become a homeowner, so my space is much smaller - but I make it work! Shortly before Thanksgiving, I started getting all of my stuff out of storage and went to work. I found this adorable reindeer name sign at Kirklands (look familiar? Jaime has it too!), which went just perfectly with this little reindeer and the lights and red garland in my entryway. No mantle means a stocking holder for me, complete with two little stockings for the kitties.

The kitties were thrilled by the new Santa hat (I promise I’m not one of those people who put clothes on their cats. It was on just long enough to snap a picture). Once the lights were hung on the balcony, it was time to assemble the tree (even the fishies have their own tree). My tree has a strict theme of white, silver, and pale gold ornaments, and my favorite is this crystal ornament from the year Jarrod and I got married. It looks so pretty with the lights shining through!

I’m a glitter addict throughout the year, but Christmas is a time when it is absolutely acceptable to coat your house in sparkles. It’s just more fun that way, right?! My advice is to not get too caught up in a theme. Head out to the stores and find what speaks to you. You never know when a quirky little piece you pick up will end up a holiday favorite to pass down in your family!

With our holiday decor almost complete, what do you think we're missing? We'd love to hear about your holiday favorites and if you have any decorating tips to share! Happy Holidays!
Jaime Costilow

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