• Cait O'Malley

Bourbon & Bloom Home Holiday Decor

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

When John and I first moved in together, we both had piles of mix and match furniture, decor and dinnerware, collected over the years, with very little thought towards any specific style. Our Holiday decor was no exception and featured an eclectic mix of childhood items, and random piecemeal decor from college roommate life.

This past summer we finally completed our main level renos, including a shiplap accent wall for our fireplace and a natural wood mantelpiece. It felt like the perfect time to toss some of the old stuff and start fresh to create a cohesive holiday aesthetic.

Our home leans toward a farmhouse style aesthetic so I kept with a warm, neutral colour palette, with a mix of old and new elements,and a balance of organic details.

On the mantel, we paired cozy elements like the knit mix and match stockings, with organic pieces like the wood bead, custom stocking tags, and added in modern pieces like the ceramic light up houses and glossed white vase.

We kept the colour scheme neutral and warm, working prominently with white, gold and organic greenery. Our entryway maintained the cozy feel with the warm tones and textures brought in from the ceramic decorative bowl, wood bead garland and soft candlelight.The exposed root fir tree brought in an organic element and pop of colour, while the gold accents and marble serving tray modernized the overall aesthetic. Finally, we swapped out the artwork for seasonal holiday prints and paired it with black and white family photos of our family holiday tree cutting expedition.

With a handsy, exploring one year-old to contend with, it was important for us to keep our tree quite minimal and only use ornaments that would be safe for her to grab and play with without risk of choking or breaking anything. We used gold ornaments, matching the ones displayed on our entryway table and I made all of the other ornaments by hand. For garland I braided soft, chunky yarn together and for ornaments I strung together some natural wood beads and finished the ends with twine tassels. We topped the tree of with a glittery, white sequin star and draped small, warm string-lights all around.

photos © photography by emma

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