Congratulations! You’ve just purchased your new home, and you’re so excited about moving in, just in time for the holidays. This home is probably much more spacious than your last one, and now you’ve got so many new and interesting spaces to decorate. But let’s also be honest, you just bought a new house, and maybe some much-needed furniture, and your decorating budget has… dwindled.
We’ve got some fantastic news — making a new house feel like home for the holidays doesn’t have to cost much. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve already got lots of things you can use to create that warm, comfortable, inviting feeling we all appreciate in a family home.
The key is to decorate your home with items that evoke a memory, are part of a story, or that you personally find beautiful. We all scroll home design accounts on social media to feel inspired, but those are model homes, and the price tag can be staggering. Your home doesn’t have to look like a model in order to feel like home for the holidays. It just has to reflect you and your family’s personality and style. Here are a few ways to do that on a dime.
Decorating Your Home For the Holidays
1) Make it Personal
Model homes and designer Instagram accounts feature gorgeous, high-end artwork. But for many people, spending thousands of dollars on original art just isn’t realistic. Even reproductions can be pricey. The one thing you do likely have in abundance is photos on your phone. These are the perfect reflections of your family and should be framed and hung!
Look for casual and candid pictures, rather than overly posed ones. The hardest part is often remembering to get them OUT of your phone. An easy trick is to use an app like Shutterstock to order inexpensive prints. A service like Level Frames will even frame the photos for you and ship them straight to your door. (Tip: framed photos that you’ve taken are also great for holiday gifts.)
Photos aren’t the only personal items you can frame. A beautiful handwritten note from a loved one, a series of postcards, or even a heirloom recipe written in your grandmother’s handwriting make for beautiful and meaningful displays of art, especially during the holidays.
Kids’ holiday school art projects are also fantastic items to frame. Take their best work off of the refrigerator and hang them in a series in your child’s bedroom or playroom — they are the perfect colorful complement to youth décor.
One last tip to make your home feel more personal is to display your travel memorabilia or collections. Whether you collect coffee mugs, shot glasses, silver spoons, or snow globes in every city you visit, reserve a shelf or two in the house to display them. They’ll remind you of your travels and be a great conversation starter when friends and family come over to visit.
2) Dress Up Your Windows
Curtains and drapes instantly create a warmer, more pulled-together space, especially if you’re able to change out your usual ones for more festive colors to match your holiday decor.
New window coverings can be expensive, but we have a hack that only costs a few dollars. Hang cotton tablecloths as curtains. Yes, you read that right! We promise that guests will never know the difference. Shop your favorite big box retailer for the longest tablecloths you can find — usually 108 inches, or 9 feet. Pick up some curtain rings with clips that match the finishes in your home, and hang those tablecloths from a curtain rod! The result is a lightweight, modern-looking, exquisitely long curtain that, if hung at the correct height, will pool slightly at the bottom, creating an effortless, elegant window dressing.
3) Plants, Please!
Some people think interior design is hard, but the easiest and least expensive trick in the book is just adding plants! Don’t overthink it – just head to your local nursery and choose a few that catch your attention. Re-pot them if necessary, then use them to fill spaces in your new home that need a little extra attention. You can cluster small plants on a shelf for a modern look, or fill an empty corner with a towering tree. Some of our favorite plants that do well indoors are monsteras, pathos, fiddle leaf figs, succulents, bamboo, spider plants, snake plants, and majesty palms. They’ll instantly give your home that warm, well-loved feeling we all love during the holidays.
Though plants are inexpensive compared to other types of décor, you can save here, too — just take a look around your property. If your new home is landscaped with Winterberry, Winter Jasmine, or Camellia plants — or even just beautiful, slender tree branches — clip a few and put them in water in an elegant clear vase. Your home will be instantly transformed.
If you happened to be born without a green thumb, we’ve got you covered! You can still enjoy the look of greenery by incorporating faux plants into your décor. These are not the plastic-looking, painfully obvious fake plants of yesteryear. Today’s artificials are incredibly textured and life-like, and add that same fresh, airy look to any home.
Your new home doesn’t have to look Instagram-perfect. In fact, we think that adding personal touches and creative design ideas for the holidays makes it better than perfect – it makes it yours. And that’s the most beautiful home there is.
For more information about making a Dream Finders home yours, please contact us.