Bringing Some Color to Christmas

For years my Christmas decorations have been strictly limited to golds and bronzes (with maybe a smidge of red) because I liked the monochromatic look and it best matched the rest of our house–case in point:  Christmas 2006Christmas 2007, Christmas 2008

Well now we have a toddler, so our formerly neutral decor is currently splashed with all the colors of Fisher-Price and Playskool…and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  Oh well. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Time to add some color to our Christmas!

When it comes to Christmas, holiday decorations, shopping everything, I have a tendency to take it to a whole ‘nother level faster than Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes.*  At the risk of blowing funds already set aside to ensure Kate’s “Sweet 16” rivals that of a Kardashian, I knew I had to keep my budget for colorful Christmas decor in check.  A couple packs of colorful ornaments and some gift-wrapping supplies later, and color had successfully (and inexpensively)  infiltrated our holiday!

I twisted some colorful curling ribbon around these gold and bronze Christmas trees to give them a little splash of color:

Kate picked out this red stocking with colorful jingle bells to hang alongside mine and G’s plain cream colored ones.  To make them all a little more cohesive I pinned colorful Christmas bows on ours and stuffed them all with colorful confetti picks.

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas decor is to wrap some of the frames on our photo gallery wall to look like presents.  Instead of our typical gold and bronze, I chose something a little more playful this year:

I purchased two $5 packages of miniature jewel-toned ornaments.  Most of them went on the tree to start dotting all of that gold and bronze with a bit of color, and I hung the rest of them on this lampshade using coordinated curling ribbon.

I made these sequined elasticized bands a few years ago to be napkin rings, but they didn’t quite work.  They look great, however, stretched over the glass shades of the chandelier!

I made the colorful garland hanging from the windows out of felt Christmas tree ornaments (3 for $1!) from Target, strung on gold curling ribbon.  It’s hard to capture their impact in pictures, but they give the whole space a fun and playful punch of color!

Close-up of the felt Christmas trees (and my first attempt at using faux snow):

I’m sure we’ll add even more fun and colorful things to our holiday decor each year, but this gets us off to a good start!

(Check out this post to see some neat pictures of this year’s Christmas tree.)

*You know what holiday comes after Christmas, right?!  Awards season! Woot!!

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  1. 1

    Your house is so cozy! Love the colors!

  2. 2

    Oooh I love it! The garland is perfect, I never would have thought of that! And I think those sequin wraps should just stay all year (cuz you know thats how I roll)!

    Oh and I’m on the phone with Tyga’s agent now!

  3. 3

    I love it!!!

  4. 4

    As always, you are the queen of classy Christmas decorating!

  5. 5

    Yay for pretty colorful decor! Love it all!

  6. 6

    It’s changed over the years…but it still looks great! :)

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    Looks great – I love the pops of color. We do a bright pink/lime green Christmas color scheme this is is right up my alley. And those $1 felt ornaments from Target? I went to town on those!

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    You are such an inspiration!! I mean it amazes me that you work, have a toddler and keep up on your running and still find time to do all of those crafty things!! I barely got my Christmas decor up this year and my husband and I don’t even have kids yet! hehe! This gives me hope that I may just maybe able to handle it all when we do. 😉 On a side note I always love reading your blog and the decor tips and really anything you write is wonderfully awesome! Your Christmas decor is perfection! Love love love it all!! Thank you for showing us your beautiful home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    Thank you so much everyone!

    @Allison–I think KPR would like all the decorations to stay up all year long, hahaha.

    @Kristen–Love that pink/lime green combination!

    @Adinda–My goodness, what a sweet comment! Thank you so much!

  10. 10

    LOVED the garland! I was at Target today and bought some trees as well as some hearts for Valentine’s day! Thanks for the idea! (it was just $.50 for packs of 3 too!)

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    Thanks Audrey! Nice job scoring those felt ornaments on sale, too!

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    I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it- following officially now! Wish I’d seen this post before Xmas- your Target Tree garland is adorable!

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    Thanks Laura!

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