How to Decorate for the Holidays Without Overdoing it

It's that time of year again.  Thanksgiving has come to a end, and sparkling trees are now seen throughout windows of homes as you pull into your neighborhood from work.  Whether it's your turn to host this year's holiday get together or you finally have the energy to decorate like you see on the blogs and Pinterest, we're here to give some tips.  How to not overdo it.

Let's be real here for a minute, the holiday season is only 4-8 weeks out of the entire year, depending when you set up and break down.  Putting up decorations is the easy party; it's the taking down part that gets you every year.  Don't kill yourself over putting out a decoration in every nook and cranny of the house; it's not worth it!

First and foremost, our #1 tip of the year: Get yourself a live tree.  We love the idea of keeping Christmas trees authentic.  Having something unique with character and flaw is special, and the smell of a fresh pine makes for a natural and nostalgic scent throughout the season.  In addition to this, don't overdo it with the ornaments, lights, and garland.  Think of a color palette each year the you want to stick to (example: white & gold or red & green).  I think it's safe to say everyone has boxes of ornaments they've collected throughout the years.  Don't feel obligated to hang the hot pink, outlandish ornament your best friend gave you fifteen years ago; she probably won't even remember!  Lastly, don't forget to design your tree in a way that represents you, or your family.  The image below is a perfect representation of C&M's personalities; black, white, minimal.  This look will most likely change for us throughout the years, but for now, it's perfect.

PS. Our favorite location for live trees in Saint Louis is Ted Drews!

Photo courtesy of Inredningsvis Blog (click on photo for link)

Photo courtesy of Inredningsvis Blog (click on photo for link)

Tip #2: Splurge on the quality, not the quantity. What's the main feature of your home?  Is it a fireplace mantle, or perhaps a grand staircase?  Whatever it may be, it's okay to be choosy about what you decorate it with.  It's important to coordinate the color palette of your holiday decor throughout all parts of your home.  You can't have a red and green palette for the tree and a silver and blue palette for the staircase; it just doesn't work.  One of our favorite places to shop for stockings is Anthropologie - they have some fun and unique ones!  Also check out Nordstrom for some super cute decorations that can sit nicely on a fireplace mantle.

 

Photo courtesy of Style at Home (click on photo for link)

Photo courtesy of Style at Home (click on photo for link)

Lastly, the #3 tip from C&M Interiors: Stylize your table.  You really don't have to stick to the typical red, green, and gold palette for your dining table.  Think outside of the box here! What speaks festivity to you?  Again, to Channing and I, we prefer to stick to a more neutral and muted color palette; it should represent you as a person!  Simple greenery from a local florist, rich candles, and warm linens compliment the warmth of this wood table ever so perfectly.

Photo courtesy of Himla blog (click on photo for link)

Photo courtesy of Himla blog (click on photo for link)

We wish all of our readers a happy decorating experience!  We would love to assist in any way, shape, or form!  Send us an email, call us, or write on our Facebook wall for any questions or comments you may have as you begin to 'deck the halls' this holiday season! (contact info in 'hire us' tab)

-M