Thanksgiving is over and I have finished cleaning up/putting away the last of the decorations and tablescape pieces (whew!). While Christmas preparations are the obvious next step (today is Cyber Monday after all!), we are technically still in the month of November, so I wanted to share some initial holiday decor pieces that have helped to create a festive space without going full blown "Merry Christmas" just yet.
Fur Throw Blanket
I love creating a warm and cozy space during the cold winter months. I have had my eye on these fabulous luxe fur throw blankets from Restoration Hardware for some time now and over the weekend (thanks to Black Friday) finally pulled the trigger and bought one for my living room. OMG so worth it and am kicking myself that I didn't get this furry piece of heaven sooner! This throw blanket comes in an assortment of colors and is the perfect cozy addition to any space during the winter months.
Nest Fragrances Birchwood Pine Candle
Nothing beats the smell of pine at Christmas! Since we aren't getting our tree until next weekend, I am filling my pine void at the moment with this Birchwood Pine candle by Nest Fragrances (*Currently on sale at Bloomingdales today for $30!). This candle is almost a dead ringer for that delicious pine tree smell and definitely the best pine fragrance I have found on the market. A current obsession of mine and a must try for anyone who loves the smell of winter pine.
Poinsettias are the quintessential holiday plant and a staple decor item in my home every Christmas. I am dreaming of the day when we have an outdoor space and I can flank my front door with giant planters filled with poinsettias, but until that day my window sill will do just fine. I found this poinsettia at Safeway for $3 and outfitted it in my CB2 Bennie Low Vase Planter. Home Depot also has a great selection of Poinsettias for sale and here are a few additional planter options I happen to love (option 1 and option 2). **Tip- if your plant is too small for your planter, you can place aluminum foil in the base of the planter to help your plant fit the space.
There are so many types of pre-made wreaths available right now, making it extremely difficult to pick just one. For a traditional pre-made wreath, I go to Costco. They are large, fresh, fragrant and cost $15.99. If you are in the market for a boxwood wreath, like the one pictured above, Trader Joe's has boxwood wreaths for $9.99. I chose to embellish my boxwood wreath with a few gold berry picks and a homemade red bow. If you haven't tried making your own bows, I strongly encourage you to give it a whirl. They are actually super easy to make and I think they look 10-times better than the store bought equivalents. More to come on holiday bow making in an upcoming post so stay tuned!
In all honesty, we are going to get our tree this coming weekend and I am counting down the minutes. I love the look and smell of a fresh Christmas tree during the holidays and waiting hasn't been easy! While these festive touches have certainly helped to bring that bit of holiday cheer into my home, I am ready to get rolling with some serious holiday decorating!