I’ll be the first to admit that I am not an interior decorator. In fact, I hired one this year to help me with the most basic of all the decorating decisions when we bought our home. But when it comes to Christmas decorations, I decided to give it a go alone and see if I can make it look festive without professional help. My inspiration? This year, it is Anthropologie and their kitschy, vintage-y, warm and cozy fashions that inspired my few attempts at decking the halls. I placed a vintage light-up Santa and handmade red tree on one side of the mantle, and vintage books, a pine tree candle, and sweet snowman plate on the other. I also hung our crocheted stockings int front of the fireplace. I gathered (okay, stole,) a few pinecones from a neighbor’s sidewalk that had fallen from their tree for a simple dining table arrangement, and placed my collection of snowmen around a Waterford crystal bowl of red ball ornaments. We added a rustic reindeer to our marble table and simple wreath to the modern front door. I love mixing the old, vintage holiday decorations with the glossier, newer finds…it gives me warm fuzzies seeing some of my grandmother’s pieces with my own. I also included three photos of my favorite Christmas ornaments on our tree: Mary and Joseph, a bridal ornament, and a pirate ornmanent we bought from a street vendor on our honeymoon in Aruba! What was the inspiration for your decorations?
-Hilary Kennedy is a contributing author for YouPlus Style and YouPlus Dallas, focusing primarily on Style, Arts and Entertainment, and Dating and Relationships. Hilary also stars in many videos for YouPlusMedia and has her own show, The Hilary Kennedy Show.