One of the highlights of Christmas for me is the joy I get from decorating my home. My daughters have loved getting in on the fun with me for the past couple of years and we have developed a tradition of picking different Christmas colours each year.

This year my 4 and 6 year old daughters wanted a “snowy winter’ theme. So our colours for the season are cream, gold, silver and natural greenery. Their mom was very happy with this selection as it just so happens to compliment my regular home decor perfectly.

In the middle of November we will slowly start to make our home a little more festive day by day. I like to start with the the hall, stairs and mantle. I went for a very simple and natural garland for the stairs. I purchased the beautiful magnolia, pine and leyland cedar from Sunnyland Products at Bloor & Jackson in The Kingsway.

The little snowy buds were purchased from an awesome wholesalers in Mississauga. Get in touch to learn more about this amazing place and all of the great decor and event items they keep in stock.

I simply layer the greenery and fasten each individual piece with some brown twine to the banister. The twine has a beautiful natural look and pairs well against the greenery and light brown stain on the railing. This technique is extremely easy and of course will cost you a fraction of having something custom like this installed in your home.

To keep consistency with my holiday design I took all of the same greenery and layered it on my mantle. These natural elements contrasting with the gold candlestick holders create a festive look which compliments my staple decor and gives a festive feeling. Sitting by this fire is a dream when everything comes together. FYI this mirror and these candlesticks are from Ikea at Kipling and The Queensway!

I am a huge proponent of reducing, reusing and recycling. A family member was going to get rid of these lamps when I decided to rescue them. This grapevine wreath is from quite a few Christmases ago. I just love the natural look of it when it is bare and have decided to keep it there like this all year round. The table has been in the family for years. The cream balls and flowers are from Homesense and I make use of them in every season. These beautiful frosted Christmas lights have also been in the family for a long time. The only new item is the greenery where I have repeated the same three leaves again. I like to use what I have. It costs a lot less and is better for the environment. I always like to have a nice seasonal display in the entryway as I feel it provides a nice warm welcome for guests.

At the end of the day it is all about the tree!! This stunning Canadian fraser fir is from Sheridan Nurseries at Burnhamthorpe Road. They always have a wonderful selection and the staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Ensure to have a fresh cut at the trunk of the tree so it can drink water happily, Always give your tree a nice big healthy drink after you get it in the stand (that part is always fun in our house!!). My main tip for great tree decorating is to start with a great base of lights. Have the lights turned on while you are placing them around the tree so that you can see clearly where you are placing all of them, wait until it is dark and turn all the lights off to ensure you are happy with your placement.

I know the idea of a colour scheme is very nice and all but it may present quite the challenge in some households. We of course have a lot of very special home made and lovely school made ornaments which the children are very proud of. I let my little ones have their own mini tree where they can go nuts with their wonderful creations. I also let them decorate the basement with all of the classic, colourful and old school decorations that we have collected over the years. Everyone wins!

Here is a little close-up of my DIY garland. Reach out if you need a more detailed description on how you can do this in your own home.

Whatever way you decide to decorate your home for the holidays, I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!

P.S. Tag me in your holiday decor pics on instagram @leahamira and I’ll send you a starbucks gift card 🙂