Whether you’re snowed in or staying by the shore this Christmas, you can create the perfect holiday home with a few of our favorite (and super simple!) tips and tricks.
Give your traditional decor the holiday treatment. Update everyday interiors with bright and cozy blankets, throw pillows in vibrant holiday hues and trees, and greenery studded with delicate starfish ornaments.
Position your tree in a spot where it can be admired indoors and out. If the weather isn’t too chilly, you can take your holiday party outside and still maintain a festive atmosphere.
Take a break from traditional holiday decor in favor of these adorable mini trees—especially when they come in fun, beachy colors. Decorate them with cheeky ornaments for a more casual vibe.
Try placing a miniature potted Christmas tree next to your front entrance. Guests will be ready for your festive holiday get-together before they even step inside!
Classic holiday colors look fabulous next to punchy nautical hues. Kick the festive atmosphere up a notch with candy red throw pillows, a red-striped rug, and adorable miniature potted Christmas trees.
Have fun with traditional holiday shapes when adding accents to modern decor. In this seaside home, square-shaped greenery replaces traditional round wreaths for an updated, modern look, while also drawing attention to the spectacular view.
Paper luminaries are an inexpensive way to add holiday spirit to a home’s exterior, as well as shed additional light on snowy walkways. These homeowners used hot glue to attach lightweight starfish and shells to heavy-duty craft paper bags. Filled with sand and a single votive, these luminaries create a glowing front entrance.
Greet guests in style! Try draping your entire front porch in lush, fragrant garlands and filling the area around the door with a scattering of decorative gifts. For a coastal twist, tuck tropical fruit into greenery.
This lovely dried magnolia garland adds the perfect touch of holiday cheer to this tropical locale. Tip: Use dried or artificial decorations for warm-weather destinations, especially if your garland sits in direct sunlight.
This fabulous Florida outdoor living area gets the holiday treatment with a giant, decked-out Christmas tree and dozens of pool-lining metal lanterns. The sparkling light from the tree and the lanterns create a romantic, festive poolside atmosphere—perfect for holiday entertaining.
Use handmade decorations this holiday season. Drill tiny holes through medium-size shells (another good use for your beachcombing finds!) and string them on fishing line. For the mitten garland, simply cut craft felt into mitten shapes and use fishing line to hang.
This dramatic display shimmers with holiday style. Using real or artificial paperwhite narcissus, secure plants in shiny galvanized tins and fill the top of each pot with textural Spanish moss. Display with gauzy fabric, glitter-dipped pinecones, and metallic ornaments to create an elegant, attention-grabbing display.
This homeowner dressed her foyer’s banister with a lush garland of festive pine branches and Christmas stockings. Tip: Mixed pine garlands are a great choice for transitional spaces, like hallways, back entrances, and stairways, because they’re generally less expensive than other garlands, such as boxwood or magnolia.
Put away grandma’s traditional china and opt instead for plates in fun coastal colors. To add a touch of coastal, spray starfish and pinecones with metallic silver paint and scatter them along the table. Tip: The pinecones double as place card holders.
To update your tree’s swag, try a dressing it in a striking new color scheme, such as aqua and metallic. Glass balls and metallic ribbon are inexpensive replacements for your old-school green and red Christmas ornaments, and beachcombing finds (like this tree’s sprigs of dried coral and driftwood) can be tucked between branches to create a fuller effect.
Keep things easy. We absolutely love the metallic ornaments hung from this home’s dining room chandelier, as well as the homeowner’s creative starfish-themed centerpiece. Tip: For a creative and useful party gift, consider draping a bright wool scarf across the back of each chair.
To give your gifts a nautical look, forgo the traditional red and green wrapping paper in favor of print paper that looks like old-school nautical maps. To make printed paper stand out under the tree, pair with less-expensive solid-colored papers in metallic gold and soft blues. Give all your gifts a finished look by tying bows made of wide satin ribbon.
Going for a vintage Christmas feel? In a more rustic space, try using a natural palette with just a few hits of glint, like this dining room’s simple pine and magnolia wreaths, classic white floral arrangement, and distressed silver candlesticks.
For an ultra-modern look, ditch the old-school green tree in favor of an all-white artificial tree.
For an under-the-sea tabletop theme, try looking for all-white plates, chargers, and candleholders that have the distressed look of shells. Paired with sea-urchin inspired glassware, a few clean white flower arrangements, and a simple aqua tablecloth, this table achieves a striking shore-side theme.