1. Create a Festive Front Porch
Greet your guests with a dose of holiday cheer from the moment they step foot through your door! Place a mini pine tree by your entry and hang a fresh wreath on the front door. Check out Home Depot and Costco for inexpensive mini trees and wreaths, or try your hand at making your own wreath! Check out our easy DIY tutorial: How to Make a Fresh Holiday Wreath.
2. Add Holiday Scents Throughout Your Home
Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quite like the scents of the season. Light a pine- or holiday-scented candle and swap your everyday hand soap for something festive. We love the Frasier Fir and Holly Berry candles and soaps from Lightwell Co. Bonus: Their chic packaging adds an extra dose of style to your abode!
3. Incorporate Pops of Greenery
We love the modern, minimal bud vases made by Convivial Production. Just add sprigs of fresh pine, eucalyptus, or other seasonal greenery for a dose of freshness anywhere in your home.
4. Set Your Table With Festive Linens
You don't have to go out and buy a new set of matching holiday china. Use your everyday dinnerware for gatherings and parties, but kick things up a notch with festive table linens. We love these red-trimmed napkins and woven table runner from Crate & Barrel—they feel jolly without screaming Santa Claus.
5. Decorate With Fresh Garlands
Our favorite way to make your home feel cheery and bright is with fresh garlands! We love them wrapped around a banister, draped across a fireplace mantle, or used as a table runner. Find fresh, inexpensive garlands at Trader Joe's.
6. Swap Your Everyday Pillows for Holiday Versions
The easiest way to make your home look holiday ready? Swap your everyday throw pillows for festive styles from Woven Nook. We love their assortment of affordable holiday pillows and Christmas tree skirts.
7. Trim Your Tree With Neutral Ornaments
Rather than decorating your tree with assorted, colorful ornaments, consider using neutral styles that match your everyday decor. Your tree will look beautiful and festive, but will help create a cohesive look with the rest of your home decor.