As the days get shorter and the air starts to turn crisp, it can only mean that Winter is rapidly approaching. A few may shun the chillier temperatures but many of us relish the opportunity to trade our Summer clothing for turtleneck sweaters, boots and wool coats. But should the change in seasons elicit a similar change in your home? Fashion expert, bridal designer and Pottery Barn collaborator, Monique Lhuillier, thinks your home should reflect the seasons and offers some quick tips on how to get your home holiday ready with a few simple updates.
Keep It Neutral
While Monique loves pattern, she sees a white bed as the central element of the holiday home. “A white bed is an iconic bed….it’s one that everyone loves.” which is why for her Holiday 2018 collection, Monique created a beautiful bed that is layered with texture in varying shades of whites and creams. What better way to spend a chilly winter morning than curled up with a cup of coffee in her Snowfall Quilt and Sham set? The hand stitched quilt is the ideal weight as the temperatures dip, and also provides the perfect neutral backdrop to layer on holiday pillows or bedding in any color palette. Keeping it simple, Monique paired the quilt and shams with her Trailing Vine Boudoir Pillow and faux fur throw, to add the perfect accents to her neutral bed.
LAYER IN SIMPLE ACCENTS
Once you have a color palette established, layer in subtle touches of shimmer and shine to amp up the holiday spirit. “While I love neutrals, I also like to add shimmer through embellishments and ornament,” says Monique. To recreate Monique’s holiday mantel, start with greenery, whether it be real or faux, to bring in a touch of nature and festive cheer. We love that Monique remained true to her love of florals and opted to use a beautiful bouquet of white and blush pink flowers in her Gwyneth Vase to anchor the mantel. Monique’s Blanca Swag bundle made from faux cypress leaves, berry stems, eucalyptus leaves and pine stems, brings in maintenance free greenery that can be easily be swapped out when the holiday season ends. Monique’s signature rose gold was added in the form of her Gwyneth Rose Gold Votives. Not only does their inclusion tie back to Monique’s existing color palette, they also add a beautiful glow to the holiday decor. Finish off the look with Monique’s embellished Neve stockings and your mantel is complete.
Bring In The Unexpected
Who says you can only have your tree in your living room? Lhuillier thinks the holidays are about enjoying yourself and creating an environment that is beautiful and relaxing, so why not put a tree in your bedroom if you have space! If you do decide to place a Christmas tree in a non-traditional place, Monique suggests you opt for a faux tree to reduce stress – who wants to vacuum needles up after the holidays? A tree in a more private area allows you to depart from an existing color scheme or use ornaments that may be too fragile to showcase normally if pets and small children are a concern. Monique decorated her tree with a selection of mercury and delicately beaded ornaments from her Holiday collection. Add in twinkle lights and not only do you have a beautiful cornerstone for your holiday decorating, but also a fantastic lighting element that can wash a space in cozy glow.
Holiday decorating doesn’t need to be stressful. Be inspired by Monique’s seasonal style and you can with a little planning create a festive, stylish and most of all easy holiday home!
Be sure to explore all of Monique’s Pottery Barn Collection as well as her registry gift guides.