Hanna Gawne
Design Studio Associate

Meet Hanna – our expert Design Studio Associate. Continue reading as Hanna helps you with this year’s holiday home décor.

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the joy of transforming our homes into warm and inviting spaces that celebrate the spirit of the festivities. Whether you’re hosting friends and family or simply want to create a cozy retreat for yourself, the key is to embrace the magic of the season without overwhelming yourself with elaborate decorations. Enter the K.I.S.S. method – Keep It Simplified, Santa! Continue reading to learn more about how to spruce up your home for the holidays.


Bring the Outdoors In: 

Wreaths aren’t just for the front door. Get creative and hang them inside your home, perhaps on a wall, door, or above the mantel. Enhance your indoor wreath with handcrafted ornaments from natural materials, such as dried citrus slices, cinnamon sticks, and burlap, creating a cozy and inviting winter-inspired centerpiece for your home.

PLUS, these aromatic embellishments infuse the air with the season’s scents, creating a sensory experience that captures the essence of winter’s natural beauty.

Holiday Mantel

Decorate Your Mantel with a Nature-inspired look

Decorate your mantel with a mix of rustic and modern elements. Discover a wealth of nature-inspired holiday décor at local artisan markets, craft fairs, and specialty stores that celebrate the beauty of the outdoors. Explore handcrafted ornaments made from natural materials, artisanal pottery inspired by natural textures, and botanical-themed accents that infuse your home with the timeless elegance of nature.

Don’t limit yourself to just decorating the mantel, scatter ornaments throughout your home—in bowls, glass jars, and even on your coffee table. Experiment with textures, colours, and shapes, and have fun with it—after all, the holidays are a joyful time.


Light a Fire

Nothing says cozy like a crackling fire during the winter season. The warm, flickering flames will instantly elevate the holiday ambience, casting a gentle glow on your nature-inspired mantel for you and your family to snuggle up on the couch and watch a holiday classic.

Holiday decor

Festive Nooks and Corners

Transform empty nooks into festive spots with minimal effort. Add a miniature tree that takes the center stage, adorned with charming ornaments using natural materials, such as acorns, birch bark, or dried seed pods, embellished with metallic paint, glitter, or natural twine.

Highlight Your Home’s Features

Utilize what your home already offers. Hang ornaments from light fixtures, swap out everyday pillow covers for festive ones, or drape ribbons with ornaments along your staircase bannister. Try framing your doorways with pine garlands to ensure every room, including hallways and foyers, is adorned for the holidays. This simple touch ties the whole house together.

Plus, give your furniture an extra touch of love with a soft, festive throw blanket drapes over a comfortable chair, inviting guests to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa.

For an extra touch, incorporate natural elements into your gift wrapping using kraft paper adorned with fresh greenery, twine sprigs, and handcrafted gift tags featuring botanical illustrations or calligraphy. These thoughtful and eco-friendly wrapping accents enhance the presentation of your gifts while evoking a sense of rustic elegance and natural charm.

Table Décor Elegance

Craft a festive and refined table setting by incorporating fresh greenery, white candles, silver accents, and rustic wood chargers, transforming it into a captivating focal point for hosting joyful gatherings with family and friends during the holidays.

Outside Décor

Transform your front porch into a magical winter wonderland! Hang a wreath on your front door, add twinkling lights on the balcony, bring out festive accessories like a cozy throw pillow and blanket, and accent it with lush greenery garland.

Remember, a holiday home is a reflection of your personal style and the warmth you want to share with others; so, let your creativity shine, and infuse each corner with love and festive touches this holiday season!

Get Social With Us!

Transform your home with Holiday décor this year and share it with us on our socials! We can’t wait to see your cozy space with the fluffy snow as your backdrop! Let us know! Send us a direct message to @builtbyactiva on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our social pages.

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