Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
It’s that time of year where our homes get a little cozier, twinkle lights appear and our homes transform into a winter wonderland of cozy Christmas decor ideas. This, of course, can be different for everyone when it comes to decorations.
For me, I keep three things in mind when decorating: keep it simple, goes with our current decor and helps make our home feel cozy. I just love the feeling of a cozy Christmas aesthetic that brings our home into the holiday season while still feeling minimalist and aligned with our usual home decor.
Today I want to focus on how I’ve used home decor (and a little bit of baking) to help make our home feel cozy this holiday season.
I headed to my local Home Centric to find exactly what I needed. I can usually find everything that I’m looking for when it comes to my home while also staying within my budget. Home Centric is all about inspired living for less. Which is even more important this time of year! So, what do you say? Let’s see how I created a cozy vibe in my home for the holiday season with Home Centric.
If you want your home to feel holiday-ready but also put together and beautiful, it’s a good idea to put some thought into your Christmas aesthetic. There are so many ways to decorate for the holidays! Here are just a few of my favorite Christmas decor themes:
Honestly, this list could go on for a very long time. When it comes to my personal Christmas aesthetic, I’m focused on comfort and joy above all else. Here’s what I focus on when choosing my Christmas decorations:
Bigger isn’t always better! Neither is decor that is overly flashy, sparkly or over-the-top in general. I love finding beautiful holiday decor that is understated, like thick, chunky blankets in holiday colors, soft twinkle lights and a well-trimmed Christmas tree. Sometimes the smallest touches end up having the biggest impact on your space.
This is one of my most important criteria when searching for cozy Christmas decor ideas. I don’t want holiday decorating to mean having to put away all of my existing home decor. I also don’t want my home to end up looking like a different place entirely. I love our home, after all!
Instead, I look for holiday decor that aligns with the existing look and feel of our home. For me, that means incorporating a lot of black-and-white and neutral colors and patterns and adding small pops of holiday colors throughout.
We are talking about cozy Christmas decor ideas, of course, so it is important that I find decor that not only makes my home look pretty, but also warm and inviting. I want you to walk inside and immediately want to curl up on my couch with a cup of cocoa and a Hallmark Christmas movie.
Adding mood lighting, using lots of pillows and blankets and using natural design elements throughout can go a long way toward making things cozy.
Want to create a cozy Christmas vibe in your home? Read some of my best tips here and then explore more about each idea in the post below.
Ready to see these decorations in action? Check out my favorite cozy Christmas decor ideas from my own home.
I have candles out all year round but of course with different fragrances throughout the seasons. There’s something about winding down after a cold winter day and lighting a candle as you relax. For Christmas and the winter season, I tend to lean towards candles that are a fresh balsam scent.
I was thrilled when I found not one, but two, at Home Centric. Not only were they the perfect Christmas scent, but they were also in neutral colors to blend in beautifully with my home decor. Between the frosted olive green and buffalo check containers, they’ll last well into the winter season.
Adding blankets to your decor is one of the easiest ways to add texture and create a cozy Christmas aesthetic in your home. When it comes to this time of year, you’ll want to go with a cream or knitted blanket for that perfect winter touch.
Drape it over the side of the couch, flowing out of a basket within arm’s reach, or any other area of your home you want to add a little warmth.
I found the most perfect knitted blanket walking down the aisles of Home Centric. It’s big enough for two, beautifully knitted, and has gorgeous oversized tassels hanging from each corner.
One of the very first things I grabbed in Home Centric were these two faux trees. I have always loved the sparse look of these trees and how they can easily go from Christmas into winter. Place them in a basket together, add twinkle lights, and they are bound to make any space cozy!
They can also easily be placed in so many areas of your home that need a little Christmas cheer. In this case, I used them as cozy Christmas decor for the playroom!
When finding the pieces to create this for our home, I had an abundance of baskets to choose from and was very excited when I found this one that goes perfectly with our home style. And the easiest way to add lights? Use battery-operated lights.
Home Centric had an entire endcap of these twinkle lights that double as ornaments due to the way they look. Oliver’s thrilled these adorable trees made their way to his playroom and I love the way they look paired with my painted Target cabinet.
I can’t get enough of throw pillows for our living room. They automatically make a piece of furniture more inviting and cozier. Keeping Christmas in mind, I wanted to find two pillows to go with our existing ones.
Home Centric had at least three aisles of Christmas pillows to choose from. I ended up picking out two black and white pillows that pair easily with our green velvet pillows. This is also a great way to pair with other festive pillows since black and white serve as your neutral pillow colors.
Warm drinks, like coffee and hot chocolate, provide a sense of comfort and coziness. But poured into the right cup, they can add to your home decor as well. These warm & cozy coffee mugs can be left out on display when not in use and add to your Christmas decor when in use.
My favorite thing to do is to grab a cup of decaf coffee in the evening and enjoy it in front of the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree. I just adore how these coffee mugs give the illusion of old-school tin cups but are beautifully made ceramic mugs. I was thrilled when I found them tucked behind a few other holiday coffee mugs.
I found the cutest baking set that came with an apron for children while I was finding all of my other holiday decor items at Home Centric. I didn’t realize until that moment that I’m always baking during the holiday season. The aroma that fills the home from baking is so comforting and then we have delicious baked goods to offer family and friends that visit.
This year I’ll have Oliver getting involved as much as possible with the holiday baking. The first thing we baked? These sugar cookies generously decorated with sprinkles.
Home Centric has one of the best selections when it comes to kitchenware. So, in addition to the baking set, I made sure to grab a few other items I would need. It was time for a new baking sheet so that was the first thing I grabbed. I also picked up marble cutting boards to display the cookies on and the cutest snowflake measuring spoons.
When I know guests are coming over, I like to display the baked goods in a common area so that our friends and family can easily help themselves. They’re not only a treat but also become part of our decor. I also found this cute little marble cutting board with wood detail that’s perfect for Santa’s cookies and milk.
And that, my friends, are a few of my favorite ways to add holiday decor that goes with my everyday decor while providing a little bit of coziness. I hope this gives you a few ideas for your own home.
Can’t get enough of Christmas decor ideas? Here are some of my other favorite tips and ideas to bring your home into the holiday season!
And while you’re planning your holiday decor, check here to find your closest Home Centric. Their mission, after all, is inspired living for less.
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