Every year I look forward to looking at all the Holiday decor thats available and I start daydreaming about how I'm going to decorate my apartment. Decorating while listening to Christmas music is one of my favorite parts of the season and I look forward to it all year. Here are a few of the ideas that have caught my attention this year. None of these suppliers are endorsing this post and I'm just showing what I like. And yes, I'll admit it, I have a bit of a Pottery Barn addiction, as you can see by the photo above. First off, I would LOVE to have a house that looked liked this and if I did, I would absolutely go all out like this photo above. Garland up the pillars, wreaths on the picket fences, lanterns down the pathway...its like looking at a Christmas card!
Outdoor Ornament Pine Wreath (Pottery Barn $79.00)
I love the colour and texture of this faux pine wreath, with beautiful clusters of metallic glass balls.
Its a welcoming festive sight and I'm looking at a way to incorporate this into my own wreath this year.
Canadian Tire Home Decorator
This is a really fun app that Canadian Tire has come up with this year: an online home decorator to test out how all their different lights and display pieces look on your home. Its fun, interactive and practical at the same time. They also offer plenty of tips such as using stringing lights to highlight the architectural features of your home, by going along peaked roods, wrapping around columns or using them to frame windows. Be sure to check it our and have some fun with the displays!
Santa's Sleigh Door Mat (Pottery Barn $29.00)
Now that you've got your guests have seen the light displays on your house, what better way to welcome them in than with a night natural weave rug printed with Santa and his reindeer.
Outdoor Ornament Pine Garland (Pottery Barn $59.00-109.00)
Once inside the house, the first things guests may see is your mantelpiece. I'm a big fan of mantel displays, and this dramatic garland stands out. This is the same garland that was used on the front door at the top of this post, so its strong enough to withstand the harshest weather.
Giant Cardboard Taxidermy (Urban Outfitters, $52)
What to have above that mantelpieces? Well, even PETA members can have a nice deer head above their mantel with this cardboard one that you put together yourself. You can paint it whatever colour you like to go with your decor.
Canadian Tire Christmas Tree Decorator
One of the greatest icons of Christmas is that dear old Tannenbaum, and their are styles that can go with everyone's colour scheme. This year Canadian Tire came out with a Christmas Tree Decorator with allows you to decorate a virtual tree using the six new Christmas tree themes from famous designer Debbie Travis. My personal favorite is the Canadian Christmas theme (center) and is similar to some of the ideas I am thinking about for my own place.
Santa Lucia Snowflake Set (Antropologie $20.00)
Every year when my family opens our Christmas boxes they are full heirloom ornaments from Christmases past and these delicate snowflakes remind me of those ornaments passed down lovingly from grandparents.
Glitter "Happy Holidays" Tree Garland (Pottery Barn $12.00)
Breaking away from traditional garland, this soft cloth garland sends a cheery message, accented with glittery snowflakes. Wrap your tree with this cheerful greeting beautifully accented with glittery snowflakes.
Frozen Diamond Ornaments (Antropologie, $24)
Another vintage-like ornament are these delicate icicle-like decorations. Sparkly, delicate and classics, you'll be using these for years to come.
Mini Wish Ornament Set (Red Envelope, $59.95)
Start a new holiday tradition and have everyone in the family write their hopes and dreams on strips of paper to be tucked inside these beautiful ornaments and hung on the tree all season.
Woodland Creature Ornaments (Pottery Barn $26.00)
These adorable woodland creatures caught my eye while I was shopping last week and I just adore them. Kind of works with the Canadian Christmas theme that caught my attention at Canadian Tire as well.
Reindeer Cookie Jar (Pottery Barn $45)
I must have woodland creatures on my mind, because this cookie jar made me swoon as well.
This is a true story: when I mentioned to my boyfriend that I was thinking about a new cookie jar he insisted that he comes with me to make sure that his hand will fit inside. Try as I might, I couldn't keep a straight face. So when I saw the large opening on this beautiful ceramic reindeer cookie jar, I was intrigued. This would make a great centerpiece on a dining room table and how cute would he be with a little red bow around his neck for some colour!
Snowman Appetizer Serving Set (Red Envelope, $49.99)
These four glazed earthenware dishes come together to create a fun snowman centerpiece to highlight your favorite holiday treats. Microwave and dishwasher safe too.
Decorate Your Own Gingerbread Mugs (Red Envelope $29.95)
How cute is this idea? You can personalize these cute gingerbread mugs however you like using the white paint and paintbrush provided. A fun activity for parents and children to do together, that you'll have for years to come (Unless you drop it on your hard floors. Been there. Done that.)
Great White Mingling Plate (Pottery Barn $24.00 for 4 plates)
Ever been to a cocktail party and struggled to balance your plate and a glass of wine? Well this handy little number comes in handy for those cocktail hour dilemmas, which a round opening designed to hold a wine glass.
Cubist Chip and Dip Set (Red Envelope, $69.95)
Now this isn't particularly holiday-themed, but I really liked it and thought I'd throw it in there too. this modern serving set, is just as functional as it is stylish. You can place the two smaller dishes in the larger dish atop crushed ice to keep dips and salsa fresh, while separating chips, pretzels and other nibbles.
Snowman Cocktail Shaker (Pottery Barn, 439.00)
Who can resist this cute snowman cocktail shaker? Complete with buttons and a classic top hat, this well-attired stainless steel shaker is a great additional to a holiday bar. Candy Cane Martinis anyone?
Melted Edge Candle with Timer (Target $21.99-44.99)
Ever light the candles and worry that you'll fall asleep on the couch watching Christmas movies? Well, now you don't need to worry. This faux candle is not only fire safe, but it also comes with a timer to let you set it to go on and off whenever you'd like.
Various Christmas Salt and Pepper Shaker Sets (Amazon, Westland Giftware $10-15)
If I have one weakness it is adorable salt and pepper shakers. I am drawn to them every time I go into a gift shop, so when I saw these on Amazon I just couldn't help myself from clicking. The penguins are what I think really did me in.
So there you have it, here is what caught my attention this year. I'm looking forward to getting to decorate in the upcoming week. What have you seen these days that has caught your eye? I'd love to see whats else is out there :)