Posted on by Erin | Earnest Home

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Happy December!  I’m so excited to finally be sharing the start of our holiday decorating.  Last month, I revealed the Colonial style theme that was inspiring my decor this year due to a recent trip to Williamsburg.  I was intrigued by the dried fruits, natural berries, and loads of greenery used to decorate the historical town.  I shared an interview with Liza, a wonderfully knowledgable woman who inspired my decor decision.

It was really important to me to make damn sure that although I’d be channeling a throwback, historical style, my decor would have no similarities to that ‘country’ style you see at Christmas craft shows.  In order to keep the historical visions from getting too country, I made sure to keep the decorations as natural as humanly possible and interjected touches of classic Christmas style.  To get this all done, it made perfect sense for me to partner with the one person I feel exudes country style in a very upscale way – Martha Stewart. I worked with her team to find just the right garlands and greens that matched up with my colonial theme.

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I started with a foundation of lots of lush greenery using Martha Stewart Alaskan Spruce greenery (available at The Home Depot) because it looks the most ‘real’ with a lighter green/gray color. It already had the pinecones included, so that was one less thing that made the list of embellishments needed.  I’ve spoke about this before, but it’s really important to me not to start from scratch each year and to utilize what I have at home to get the perfect look.  Starting out with good greenery means that I can change up my embellishments year after year without spending a ton of money every Decemeber.  Getting just the right balance of natural and festive decor for my greens was easy with a few key elements.  Keep reading for all of the steps, sources, and tons more photos! Also, we have a HUGE announcement as well at the way at the bottom of the post!  

The garlands were draped around the entry to our porch surrounding a giant wreath that was decorated with berries and pinecones while topiary trees flank the front door.  I embellished the greens with garlands made of cinnamon sticks and dried orange slices, faux apples, and magnolia picks (mine are from my local florist, but you can also find them here). Overturned crates and birch logs add back in that very neutral, natural element that I was striving to achieve as well.

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After I was through with the main set up, I still felt like I needed a little something extra!  I got a pair of cheap dish towels and throws from Home Goods to add a cute, cozy feeling and a jolt of color!

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Since I put a big wreath on the top of the porch, I felt like the front door needed something other than a wreath.  Jumbo pinecones tied together in a grouping with ribbon made the perfect alternative door decor.

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I clearly took a lot of liberties on the ‘colonial’ style, but since I don’t have a groundskeeping team to keep up with the fresh fruits, I instead strove to get the same lush, natural feeling rather than a literal copy. I am obsessed with how it turned out.  All weekend, I’ve loved driving up to our house seeing it all lit up!

 

In other BIG news, we will have TWO post every day from now until Christmas!  We have tons of gift guides, handmade gift ideas, decor ideas, DIYs and recipes!  We’ll be posting at 6am and 12 noon Monday through Friday.  You can be notified via email whenever there is a new post!  Just enter your email address into the field at the top right of this page!!  The only thing that gets sent out are new posts – nothing else!

Later this week (wednesday) I’ll show my holiday foyer (which I’m in love with) and then in the following weeks we’ll share the tree, the mantle, and the dining room!  Stay Tuned!

 

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Martha Stewart Living.  Thank you for continuing to support the brands who support us and enable us to bring you fresh content every day!!