My Favorite Holiday Décor • The Blonde Abroad

Favorite Holiday Decor

It’s our first Christmas in our San Diego home this year!

We had some holiday supplies back in Cape Town, but had to leave them in storage when we moved…thus we’re starting from scratch — both in gathering our holiday arsenal and establishing new traditions.

Are you also decorating for the first time or wanting some beginner tips for holiday decor?

So far, here are my go-to tips:

  • Candles, diffusers, and scents can really set the mood and are a fantastic option if you’ve opted for a faux Christmas tree
  • Pick a color scheme you like, —whether that’s red and green, more creamy neutrals with pops of gold, or pastels. Keeping it in these hues will help everything be more cohesive.
  • Find pieces that are meaningful to you and are timeless so you don’t have to buy new things every year
  • Bring the outdoors inside with touches of natural elements (like pinecones, birch branches, or long branches of pine)
  • Festive lights (and ones on branches) go a long way if you’re stuck and don’t know what’s “missing”
  • As you’re building up your treasure trove of holiday decor, don’t feel like you need to buy everything at once (after Christmas sales can have some great deals to get pieces for the following year!)

So, with all that in mind — here are my top picks for holiday decor!

For the Front Porch

Preserved Eucalyptus Wreath

I love a wreath year-round and wanted something made from real plants but that would—so I went with this eucalyptus one! It smells amazing and you could add some ribbon to give it more of a holiday feel. Snag the adjustable (and customizable) door wreath hanger here!

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Fresh Winter White Wreath

Looking for something a bit more festive that incorporates fresh evergreen noble fir? This one is gorgeous!

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Iron Fall Floral Swag

Love the look of a swag over a wreath? No problem! This one is perfect throughout fall and winter, and if you’re playing up more of those pastel meets rustic hues—I can’t imagine a better fit!

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Here are a few more holiday wreaths I love:

Dear Santa Postcard Doormat

How adorable is this postcard doormat?

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Gingerbread House Doormat

Well, this doormat sure is sweet. 😉

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Here are a few other doormats I love:

Want some more holiday inspo for the front porch?

While this post is geared toward cozy fall décor (we’re talking autumnal hues of muted reds and yellows, along with a plethora of pumpkins) you could definitely swap in some poinsettias and mini spruce or pine trees for a festive touch!

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Holiday Living Room Decor

For the Tree

Pine Tree with Clear Lights

We got this 7.5-foot faux tree for our home and I love that it already has lights throughout!

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Metallic Stripes Tree Skirt

This cream fabric with golden stripes is understated yet luxurious. I like how it’s a classic piece with a little flair.

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Here’s an assortment of other cute tree skirts and collars:

Passport Ornament

I have a sneaking suspicion that if you read this blog, you like to travel… 😉

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Dashing Dachshund Ornament

How cute is this ornament? (We definitely had to get it in honor of Bailey!)

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Here are some of my favorite ornaments:


Wooden Beaded Garland

Wrap these wooden beads around your tree for a bit of a boho touch!

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Neutral Pom Garland

For the mantel, the tree, or anywhere in between—I love this pompom and bell garland!

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Here are some of my favorite garlands for the tree:


For the Mantel

Jingle Bell Garland

Hang this string of gilded bells from either the mantel or tree for a bit of glitz!

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Pine Garland with Clear Lights

This is the garland we have along our fireplace mantel!

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Gingerbread Home

Dish Towel

While the kitchen doesn’t usually get a whole lot of holiday cheer, this dish towel is super cute!

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Holiday Dining Room Decor

Leather Tablecloth


I absolutely love this one by Gathre — they’re essentially tablecloths for people that hate the look of usual tablecloths. It’s a total essential for the holidays as they’re made of bonded leather, so they look super chic while being extremely functional. (We prepped our Halloween pumpkins on this and it was a breeze to clean up!)

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Stargazer Northstar Pendant Light

Whether you’re dining inside or outside, this is such a fun light pendant!

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12 Days of Christmas Dessert Plates

Meyer thinks I decorate like a grandma, but I love a little nostalgia—especially when it comes to the holidays! These plates are perfect for serving up a sweet treat, but I personally like them for a “12 Days of Christmas” plate wall. 😉

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Do you have any favorites when it comes to holiday décor or traditions you’d like to share? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!

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