How to Make your Home Feel like Christmas & be Eco-Friendly!
We're entering my absolute favorite time of the year...Christmas! I love all of the lights, the greenery, the decorations, the food, and the cheesy movies. I love it all!
For me it's the one time of year when the world really does seem to feel like it is full of possibilities....
In celebration of it all of this I've put together a post featuring some of my favorite Christmas finds as a 'how to' so you can make your home feel more like Christmas!
I've really focused on sustainable items so if you like to buy as many eco-friendly Christmas decorations as possible for your home then you're going to love this!
So let's dive in!
Putting up & Decorating an Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree
Christmas trees are probably my favorite part of Christmas. I have a tradition where I always go to the Christmas tree lot the day after Thanksgiving, tie it to the roof of my car, and whisk to my house. I then spend the rest of the weekend decorating the whole house. I'm a bit bummed I'm not going to get to do it this year since I'm renting a room in someone's else's house for a few months...but that doesn't mean that I'm not daydreaming and loving writing this post!
So I found these super cute wooden nutcracker ornaments, a blown glass ball, a wooden snowman ornament and this super simple but funky metal tree topper. I chose these ornaments because although modern they almost seem timeless.
Hanging an Eco-Friendly Wreath on your Front Door
After putting up the tree the next thing I always do is hang a fresh wreath on the front door. I love decorating the front door because its like a cheery Christmas reminder every time you walk up the door. I remember when I owned a bungalow I used to love walking home from the metro around Christmas time and spotting my wreath from the other side of the street. It just made me smile.
I personally love fresh cut wreaths so I found these three very different ones that I thought could really look super cute on your front door. The first one is a hat tip to my new life in California. Out here you see succulents everywhere but not many evergreens...so for those of you in moderate climates consider ordering ones of these this season. The middle is more of a traditional wreath...and then for the third I wanted something that just looked like Fall.
Decorating your Mantel with Eco-Friendly Decorations
if you're lucky enough to have a wood burning fireplace then you know that it just screams to be decorated. There's something that is just so cozy about stockings on the fireplace. I have a special place in my heart for needle point stockings since my mom stitched it herself (before she became a full-time contractor) so I had to include one that had that throw-back feeling. I also included these bright fabric ones...In fact I really like the gingerbread man one for my dog....hummmm.
If you don't have a mantel you can also hang your stockings on coat hangers:)
There's a million great ways to decorate a mantel but one of my favorites is with garland with colorful accents. I chose this real garland because of its beautiful blue accents. I also had to include these wooden Christmas which I personally would pair with the garland for simple natural Christmasy affect.
Another thing I love adding to garland decoration on mantels are wooden nutcrackers! Both Santa ones and soldiers.
Add Personal Touches
Everyone's home is unique and so should your decorations be. So think about things you've seen in other people's homes or out shopping and make a list of what you like. Then go out and buy one or two items and see how they look. Some people like pillows, other people like funky wall decorations, and others like me like simple personal Christmas touches like this red bulb flower.
Decorating the Exterior of your House
Oh the outside! I'm like a little kid when it comes to outside decoration. I still love those over the top houses with life size Santas on the roof. I just struggle with buying them for my own home since most of them are made of plastic and I've become so much more conscious of sustainability.
So below I'll be honest this next Christmas season I'll probably still indulge in the odd plastic decoration like this awesome white frost star (which would be awesome hanging from a front porch!).
I'll also get myself a super happy door mat like this red one with happy looking reindeer. There's something so cheerful about walking up to your front porch and looking down to see a doormat that makes you smile and feel the holiday spirit.
Outdoor lights are a must as far as I'm concerned. I found these sustainable copper ones through Viva Terra. Now I haven't had a chance to try them out for myself but I knew I had to put them in the post because I just love the idea of eco-friendly outdoor lights. If you buy them, leave a comment and let us know how they worked out!