This Holiday Decor post is sponsored by At Home Stores.

All designs, photos and opinions are my own.

As the holiday season approaches, and we prepare for receiving family and friends, giving our homes a welcoming and vibrant festive touch is a fabulous way to set the holiday mood! There is nothing more spectacular than Christmas decorations and ornamented wall lights and tables that add color and coziness to any room in the house!

Holiday Decor Snowmen!

I am a lover of snowmen, as you can see in my living room. I was so inspired when I walked into At Home Stores! The store itself is gorgeous but the decor displays really made me want to kick up my decorating skills a notch or twelve. Just breathtaking!

I set a holidatybudget of $75 and carefully browsed one beautiful display after another until I had the pieces I needed for the perfect table top tray. I originally purchased these for my kitchen island but once I had them there I felt I’d enjoy them more on the coffee table where I’d see everything while surrounded by my holiday decorations in the living room.

I picked a focal piece, this gorgeous snowman and then just took off with the woodsy, sort of rustic feel from the pinecones and twigs. You’ll notice the lantern, tray and even the pattern on the candle have that same woodsy look. I added a few small candles to the mix for warmth and to continue that cozy feeling while also enjoying the smells of caramel and eggnog!

Need some inspiration of your own? Here are five simple ideas to bring out your creative side, and surround yourself with beautiful indoor Christmas ambiance.

  1. Jazz up your wall lights and chandeliers by adding spectacular exuberant shiny decorations that shimmer and dazzle in the night. Pick out some of the ornaments that you normally use on the Christmas tree, as well as gold angels, and attach an elongated piece of red, green or gold colored satin ribbon to each one, so they have an individual ribbon which can dangle overhead or down the wall. I love how the isles in At Home Stores are grouped together by complementary pieces so it’s easy to mix and match pieces that automatically go together.

  2. Set up an eye catching display on a table in the entrance hall by constructing a twig card tree. Get in some long twigs with lots of small branches, and put the base in a suitable vase which can be covered with gold paper. Add your Christmas cards to the branches by tying them on with strips of gold tinsel. Now finish off by placing some beautiful festive decorations either side of the vase. This would compliment my woodsy rustic theme so nicely!  As a more simplistic alternative, you can buy a square boxwood wreath, tie a large red bow on the top, and stand it next to the center of the mirror.

  3. Have a look at the mirrors in your hallway, drawing room and dining area that have a table or mantlepiece below, and envisage an exotic border running along the bottom. You can easily make one using fresh greenery from small branches of a Xmas or fern tree, and then add a few golden deer or small illuminated lantern ornaments.

  4. Go retro with a homely Victorian atmosphere of beautiful old style candles placed in a gold, brass or silver candelabra or antique effect candle holder. As an alternative, if you have children, or for safety reasons you would rather have electric, there is a selection of enchanting life-like electric and LED battery operated remote controlled wax candles that can also look magnificent. Place some beautiful crystal or decorative china vases full of red flowers, nearby.
  5. If you have a small serving tray with tiers, or even a flat oblong rimmed serving tray which you cover with gold, red or green paper or tissue; you can make up an appealing presentation of all sorts of things including: chestnuts, pine cones, and lustrous stones and baubles. If you have any colorful beads of strings of pearls, then lay them on top to give it some za-za-zoom.

PS: Don’t forget to swap out your ordinary throw pillows for something a little more festive for a super easy, fast holiday decoration!

What are some of your favorite DIY holiday ideas?