I was inspired by Arhaus to share how we bring the holidays into our home, and I had to share my ideas with you all! I have been a huge fan of Arhaus for years, and I dream about being able to deck our halls with their decor in the future!
First and foremost, if you are not familiar with this amazing company, check them out on all of their social media outlets, and main page:
Now that you are drooling and getting ready to pitch every piece of home decor you own and switch it over to the one and only Arhaus, I wanted to give you a bit more inspiration for the holiday season.
What are some of the things that you do to bring that holiday spirit into your home? If you’re like us, we are super impatient – it is our favorite time of year! We tend to put the tree(s) up and start decorating the week prior to Thanksgiving. Nothing brings us more joy than making our house feel extra cozy for our family!
We switch out pillows first. I love to add faux fur, velvet, and plaid pillows to our couches. Mixing patterns adds so much depth and contrast to our space and nothing beats plopping down on the couch in front of the fire at night with extra pillows to surround you! Of course a few new throw blankets are always best. But if you are like us and are constantly having guests over, we like to have an ample amount and store them in chests and ottomans so everyone can stay nice and toasty!
It is funny how when I was thinking about writing this post, my brain took me straight down memory lane. I zapped right back in time to my grandparents basement, where all 17+ of my cousins gathered and played our hearts out for years during the holiday season. It made me want to finish our basement SO badly (as you know it is on our project list for next year!) We host Christmas Eve here for a large crew, and finishing the basement for all of the cousins and parents to crash and relax in would be a total dream.
Our basement is LARGE, we have big plans to add a 1/2 bath, and of course a bar – because a basement without a bar is not a basement after all (wink wink)
My entire room inspiration ignited when I stumbled across this sectional –
Don’t let that tiny picture fool you – if I expanded it any further it became blurry, so click HERE and check it out and all of its glory. A ginormous sectional would be perfectly suitable for our crazy-big family, check all that Arhaus has to offer, HERE! I can just picture everyone gathered watching Christmas Vacation!
Now to really put our basement together, I would add these pieces too!
You know me and my love for tables and drawers. Give me all of these please. The sectional would have each of these black cabinets flanked on each side. Just look at that storage! And the coffee table varies in sizes, and goes as big as 71″ – just perfection.
And let us add some holiday spirit into this space, shall we?
Just look at these artificial trees! Yes, I would have two in our basement. Because two is better than one, we all know that. And I am a total fool for these massive metal deer heads, I have a bull in our sons bedroom and it is a total showstopper. How cute would this deer head be with garland draped across its antlers?? Yes!
Now that I will never be able to get this dream room out of my head, I better start chatting with the hubby about how we can tackle it all a.s.a.p!
Remember these few simple tips during the holidays to help spread the Christmas cheer to all of those you love and hold dear …
- Always have a few treats on hand for unexpected visitors. Of course, we are always stocked with wine – but I always make sure to have delicious chocolate dipped cookies in the pantry, or cookie dough in the fridge to pull out at the last-minute.
- Do not forget the hostess! If they say “don’t bring anything” and you know they mean it, bring the host a present. A cookbook, breakfast for the next morning (cinnamon rolls are always a great option) or a bottle of wine with a bow. The holidays can be very stressful to those hosting (unless you are me and have learned to not sweat the small stuff!)
- Last but not least, remember, giving is far better than receiving. And do not get yourself all worked up about getting the biggest most expensive/impressive gift. Thoughtful, meaningful presents trump any trendy gift you waited in lines for.
I really hope you all have a beautiful holiday season. Adding a few simple holiday touches to your home will make you and your guests feel loved and welcome.