A Modern Approach to Holiday Decor + Roundup

Deciding when to set up the Christmas tree always seems to be a key point of discussion. While some are firmly in the “after Thanksgiving” camp, others start decking the halls once the calendar hits November. In our home, we typically wait until after Thanksgiving has come and gone, but in this particularly wild year? I think we might have to get in the festive mood a bit ahead of schedule.

Decorating for the holidays is such a meaningful experience, and there’s nothing like fresh greens, glowing lights and seasonal accents to lift everyone’s spirits. My philosophy on holiday decor comes down to versatility by using pieces that can easily transition from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. No surprise, my love for all things neutral comes into play, so minimalist holiday decor is the name of my game.

Today, I’m sharing my modern approach to decorating your home for the holidays, along with a few new pieces that caught my eye this season. It’s safe to say this year has thrown us all for a major loop, so consider this your official go-ahead to decorate early with zero shame.


As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’ve been beginning to think about my holiday table. We use this handmade ceramic dinnerware set year-round, and it’s the perfect backdrop for hosting a smaller than usual gathering. Remember, even if Thanksgiving looks like only celebrating with your immediate family this year, it’s always nice to make the table setting extra special!

While I usually hold-off on setting up the tree for our November festivities, I love the idea of stealing some tree garland and using it on your Thanksgiving tablescape. There’s nothing better than fresh greenery on the table in any form or fashion. I’m also currently obsessing over these black wooden beads and this beaded snowberry garland, both of which would make perfect table decor additions! Of course, don’t forget to add a little mood with glowing candlelight that’s the best thoughtful touch.

via Burke Decor

via Eye Swoon




Everyone has their signature style for holiday decor, and mine tends to lean minimal and modern, yet inherently classic. Big surprise, right?! I find that I continually gravitate towards lots of fresh greenery along with some high-quality faux options woven in the mix! From here, I love adding pieces with sentimental value that carries lots of personal meaning. These are the pieces that remind you of a loved one or a fun travel memory and spark joy every time you see them. Remember that when all is said and done, you want to display holiday decor that will stand the test of time and not need to be replaced year after year.

Draping the mantle in garland is another holiday decor must, and this fresh Grevillea and Leucadendron garland might be my all-time favorite. It’s simple and earthy, plus you just can’t beat that fresh greenery scent.

Design: The Identite Collective Photography: Madeline Harper

When it comes to decorating the Christmas tree, I absolutely adore all things sweet and sentimental. I get my kids an ornament every year, and I’ve been on a silhouette kick as of late. It’s such a fun way to watch our kids grow and change over the years, and it's likely a keepsake they’ll want in their own home one day, too!

If you’re in need of a few new ornaments to fill out your tree, I always opt for a nice blend of texture and neutral color tones. Think lots of ivorys, whites, and natural wood tones to offset the tree’s saturated greens. And while I know there’s lots of debate around using styled versus heirloom ornaments, I personally love to let the sentimental pieces shine!



Tell us—how are you planning to decorate this holiday season? We can’t wait to hear what you’ve got in store. You can find this round up + everything else I love for holiday decor on Pinterest!

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