One of the things I love the most besides preparing my heart for Christmas and creating family moments and memories, is the preparation of my home. During the holiday season I decorate my house with elements of the outdoors and family heirlooms. It's literally a home for the holidays! We head outdoors and gather clippings for me to curate organic looks throughout the home.
This year I wanted to use magnolia leaves and my neighbor was kind enough to allow me to clip whatever I needed from her trees. Using outdoor elements is an inexpensive and fun way to decorate. You can never go wrong with natural elements.
I wanted to give my mantle a new look this holiday, so I removed the mirror and added an old window pane I salvaged some years ago and added evergreens from my backyard along with the magnolia leaves I got from next door. In addition, I used two artificial plants I had in the attic to frame the look and add height. I finished the look with a red wreath I nabbed from my sister for a punch of color.
Throughout the house, I combined natural elements with artificial decor. I also use family heirlooms like my grandma's lamp for a nostalgic touch. When entertaining, I also use her glasses, dishes and tea sets she purchased in Europe while she lived there. After all, Christmas is about family and love.
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