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Last Updated on August 29, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
This post about simple holiday decorating has been sponsored by At Home and Mom Select. All opinions expressed here are my own.
The holidays are here and boy did they sneak up on me! We have been busy with college applications and SAT classes and visiting the schools on my son's wish list. Then, I blinked and it was almost Christmas! Where did the time go? Now, I need to find time to shop, cook, help my son with scholarship applications AND get the house looking slightly festive for the holidays. Add a full-time job and I am a bit pressed for time this month.
Luckily, the At Home store is a one-stop shop for my holiday decorating needs and it works very well on my 'saving for college' budget! I thought I would share my simple holiday decorating experience with you in case you were looking for inspiration this month! Check out my post about adding texture to your home and then head over to At Home for some holiday decor!
Decorating the Entryway
We have a small entryway in the front of the house as you walk in the front door. Some people call it a foyer. Personally, I think that word is way too fancy for what it is! Basically, a small place to greet your guests as they enter your home. It is the first thing that people see as they enter my home and it is rather boring most days. Does a tennis bag count as a decoration?
Not the most attractive looking entryway, especially for the holidays, right? Well, I decided to head over to the At Home store and see what sort of inspiration I could find to spruce up the area for the holidays.
Add a Splash of Color
The simplest thing to do in that area is to put down a new rug. There was a wide variety of shapes and sizes to choose from and I love the one I found. The At Home store has both indoor and outdoor rugs in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
Decorate with Scents
See that metal tin? I just could not resist that purchase and I filled it with cinnamon scented pine cones so that the entryway smells absolutely amazing! Let me give you a little tip: Fill the bottom of the tin with some sort of filler. I used plastic grocery bags but you could use packing peanuts or whatever else you have laying around. That way, you only need to buy one bag of the scented pinecones and no one will notice that half the container is not actually pinecones! Now my entryway looks pretty AND smells delicious!
Seasonal Mood Lighting
Our entryway is a bit dark, no matter how many lights I turn on. We have a lot of trees in the front of our house and they block a lot of the sunlight. I wanted a bit of seasonal mood lighting and found this beautiful light up entryway tree. It can be used inside or on an outdoor covered porch. I love that it is preassembled and all I did was adjust the limb arrangement. A lit Christmas tree is an amazing way to add a bit of holiday spirit into your entryway!
Tinsel, Tinsel Everywhere!
I love bright colors and have used tinsel to decorating the banister in the past. There were many other sorts of garlands along with the tinsel at the At Home store. I chose a red and white variety of garland but they had many colors and styles to choose from. The tinsel and garland give the banister a bright and cheery look and it took only a few minutes to wrap it up like this.
Simple Holiday Decorating with At Home Stores
At Home was a great one-stop shopping choice for my holiday decorating needs. They have so many items to choose from, whether you are just buying a few new items or need a complete overhaul of your holiday decorations. If you are shopping on a holiday budget, they are competitively priced and I was very happy with the final results!
Have any other simple holiday decorating ideas to share?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.