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Decorating for the Holidays

I love the holiday season, especially because of the cheerful decorations. This weekend, I went crazy decorating. As a single guy, I wondered how I could balance incorporating Christmas (my holiday of choice) cheer and not going overboard. I figured that I would share how you can do just that.

1. Keep it simple - my place is small so I settled on 3 holiday statements - a tree, a wreath, and garland. Also keep the decor simple as well.

2.  Create a budget - prevents overspending

3.  Go real - while a personal preference, there is nothing like the smell and look of a real Christmas tree, wreath and garland

4. Get inspired - what do recall from your childhood? I started with how much I loved our large Christmas trees growing up. Rather real or fake, the tree was always at tall and full.  Image above from Apartment Therapy....great color palette and love the oversize ornaments

Here are some great options that inspired me this season.


Fruitfully Luxe I love this palette of rich cherry red, violet, plum, blackberry blue, and teal. Image from Apartment Therapy

Monochromatic and masculine. I love the ads for Macy's this season featuring stylish duds in an equally stylish christmas back drop.  Note the great tone on tone gifts in chocolate and silver....Love that combination this season as well. Image from Glamour Boy



My tree of choice this year  and perhaps for years to come is the Concolor Fir AKA White fir.  The trees tend to be quite full and quite wide in diameter but the overall look is phenomenal.   Here are some ideas for trimming the tree.

Images by Cupola House Tree and  Iowa State University

Fruitful Plumage


Silver  with  subtle pops  of color

Love the gold and silver in the Macy's tree and the pool of ornaments is fun touch - imagine integrating your gifts too.

Tree images Credits: Apartment Therapy 1,3 Your Nest Design 2, Macys 4


My favorite wreaths and garlands incorporate magnolia leaves.  Perhaps it is because I am from the South.

Traditional Charm


Pottery Barn Magnolia Wreath and Williams Sonoma Bay Leaf Wreath  - add a colorful bow to these beauties for some pop


Crate and Barrel Centerpiece Wreath Champagne


Neiman Marcus Shell Wreath and CB2 Bubble Ball Wreath or Garland - a little DIY project

Out of the Box

NM Lodge Wreath (R)- masculine and certainly a conversation piece, although I would loose the dangling spruce cones


My favorite wreaths and garlands incorporate magnolia leaves.  Perhaps it is because I am from the South.

Traditional Charm

Copper Ribbon Garland by William Sonoma - WS has great combos for wreaths and garlands


Pottery Barn Magnolia Garland and William Sonoma Triple Berry Garland


Vintage Beaded Glass Garlands - combining these will provide the look of the garland in the Macys ad I love.

Crate and Barrel Jingle Bell Garland

So have fun decorating this season but remember to keep it simple and classic so your decor will stand the test of time.

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Happy Holidays!

christmasinsouthend I am so thankful that I am able to spend another Christmas with my family in New Orleans.  Before I left I snapped this shot of a townhouse in  Boston's South End.  I was struck by how coordinated the decor was and I became excited to come home and decorate for the holidays. Design For Men will be back on Monday - I wish all of you a wonderful holiday with family and friends!



Holiday Decor

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