• Abby Fortin

home decor for the holidays

Updated: Mar 1

At the beginning of its life, satin & chenille was an outlet for me to share my interior design musings and my favorite décor finds. It has since evolved into what you see today, a place for me to talk fashion, lifestyle, beauty, health, interior design (of course) and just about everything else in between.


Although my blog is no longer focused on design and décor, it's still a major passion of mine and a pretty big aspect of my everyday life. Creating spaces that I can thrive in mentally and physically is super important to me, as I truly believe that the energy of your surroundings directly influences your own energy.


Today, I'm going to share some of my favorite holiday decorating tips, including where you can snag inexpensive, college apartment-friendly pieces as well as how to style these items in your home.

Something I like to take into consideration when shopping for any type of décor is whether or not it will fit in with my general theme. When it comes to Christmas and other holiday decorations, I like to pick pieces that represent me and my style.


When I was in the market for a mini tree, I knew I didn't want one that was green. I shopped around and eventually found the one you can see in the image above, which is gold and silver tinsel.


To go with it, I got an inexpensive pack of ball-shaped ornaments that compliment the color of the tinsel. I found both of these items at Target and although they were from last season, I know I'll use them both as a part of my Christmas displays for at least the next few years going forward.


TIP: Target carries inexpensive holiday-themed items not only in their regular home section, but also in their dollar section. If you aren't quite ready to spend $10+ on each item, I'd absolutely suggest checking out the "Bullseye's Playground" area of Target, which is typically located at the front of the store by the register.


Many of my décor pieces are from the dollar section at Target, and it's where most of my decorative signs are from, including the green and white 'Sleigh Rides' sign in the image below.

Although quality is certainly important to me when it comes to buying everything, décor or not, the price of the item definitely comes into play as well. Many of the items from the Target dollar section and from stores like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods are often very inexpensive yet still relatively good quality.


Something else to take into consideration is that seasonal decor is not displayed year-round, so unless you don't mind spending a lot of money on something that will be displayed in your home for only a month or so, shopping around at discount stores can really benefit you and you'll probably pick up some great finds.

When it comes to developing a cohesive theme for my decor and arranging it in my space, it's very important to me to have a mix of colors that are contrasting, yet flow together.


Something I've gotten in the habit of doing when purchasing decor is getting various styles in the same color. For my Christmas decor, I've paired similarly colored trees with signs and other trinkets that match.


Among my collection, I have a cute little family of birds from Target and I've displayed them with trees of the same color. I also have multiple holiday-themed candles from Trader Joe's, Target and Rae Dunn that I've incorporated among my decorations to mix in different heights and shapes.

Great pieces like message boards can be used year-round and can be the perfect addition to your holiday décor. Whether it's Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Valentine's Day, message boards are a great way to add a fun visual element to your decorations.


TIP: You don't have to spend a lot of money on sprucing up your space for the holidays! Items you might already have like message boards and general signs with sayings like 'Blessed' or 'Gather' can be used in addition to other inexpensive seasonal items to create a holiday mood.


As you can see in the image above, I styled a lot of different elements with my message board. It's a staple piece for me regardless of the season, and it looks so nice paired with some trees, some birds and a candle.


No matter what your style is or what your budget is, there are so many ways to change up your décor and make your home feel merrier and cozier for the holidays. So, head on over to Target, HomeGoods or your favorite store and pick out some pieces that bring you joy this holiday season!



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