Just like my home, my holiday decor is a mix of high and low. Some items I find in the dollar aisle at Target, while others are investment pieces I’ve owned for years. Yes they cost more, but the warmth, style and holiday cheer they bring each year are priceless. Coincidentally (or not!), they’re all “foundation” pieces that a provide solid base to build on and incorporate my own personal touches.
If you want to up your holiday decor game this year, here are four items that are always worth the investment:
1. One wreath is all you need. Rather than purchase separate holiday wreaths, invest in ONE high-quality, year-round wreath and add a bow for the holidays. I purchased these classic wreaths from Joss & Main four years ago for my front doors, and they’ve held up beautifully (here’s a similar option). I found my red bows at HomeGoods, but you’ll find plenty of options online (Etsy offers a great selection) or locally at Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne.
2. Go faux. While I love the look of fresh garland, I don’t love the falling needles and short lifespan. But it’s hard to find fake garland that doesn’t look, well, fake (#thestruggleisreal). Enter this amazingly life-like garland from Terrain. Wrap it around your stairs, drape over your mantle or if you’re feeling really ambitious, hang above an archway. Don’t forget to jazz it up with ribbon, pine cones or berries. P.S. Use this Velcro garland tie (also available locally at Do it Best in Wayne) to easily secure garland around your banister or railing.
3. Run with it. A classic runner is the foundation of any great holiday tablescape. You can either splurge on a runner that you love for years or you can DIY one like the runner above that my friend and uber-talented Brookie White of Feel Like A Guest made for my Friendsgiving from JOANN’s. If you’re not in the DIY mood (and let’s face it; most of us aren’t this time of year), this, this and this are lovely options.
4. Lux lights. Over the years I’ve learned that all candles are not created equal. A higher-quality candle (typically $30 or more) emits a subtler, more pleasing scent and often burns slower and more evenly. Terrain at Devon Yard has some beautifully scented candles in stock right now. You can also elevate a simple white candle by placing it inside a larger glass vase and adding cranberries, miniature pine cones or pebbles around the base (this is also a safer option when young children are underfoot!).
Do you agree with this list? What would you add? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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