restorationhardwareornaments The Obama family lit the national Christmas tree yesterday so I thought I would share some thoughts on decorating for the holidays that are easy on the wallet.  Michelle Obama decided to have less trees this year and recycle ornaments from previous years to save on costs.  Perhaps we can all find ways to freshen up our decor for the holidays using what we already have.

obamachristmastreeThe Tree First and foremost, I love the smell of pine so I prefer to have a real tree ...and make sure your tree fits your place.  If you are grabbing ornaments - consider the vintage inspired ones above from Restoration Hardware.  No need for ornaments if they aren't in the budget - I absolutely love a tree sans decor, with white lights. And if you can not do the real tree or already have a fake, add some real garland - makes a huge difference.

The Decor I am a big fan of keeping things simple.  One year all I did was pin up all of my holiday cards on a bulletin board. It has become a tradition since.  The point, do what you can but ramp it up or change it up each year.   Here are some holiday items that I dig available for under $100.

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The Stocking Williams-Sonoma Tartan Stocking - $58. I love stockings with names - not that you would forget just adds a personal touch and makes for a great gift! Pottery Barn Quilted Stockings - $19. One for this kids - I just think these quilted stockings are great.

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The Wreath Williams-Sonoma Magnolia & Pomegranate Wreath- $98-128. And try hanging the wreath over a mirror - I think this would also look cool on a floor mirror  as well.  West Elm David Stark Sparkly Decor Wreath $69.  A modern take on the wreath and made of 100% recyclable and natural materials.

IMAGE CREDITS: Michelle Obama at Chistmas Tree from Hello Magazine