{diy trees and wreaths}

8 Unique Holiday Decoration Ideas

Let your creative juices flow this season by decorating for the holidays with a little sizzle and festive flair. Whether you have a small space, a large loft, or just want to break free from the traditional tree in the corner, we think you’ll be inspired by these exciting and unique holiday decoration ideas!

Grab a cup of coffee or a pot of tea, and take a peek at some of these do-it-yourself trees and wreaths:

Chalkboard Tree

Tight on space but have huge holiday aspirations? This chalkboard paint wall will take your breath away. A little paint, chalk, and a string of lights can transform any room into a Christmas scene.

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{irish design}

Top o’ the mornin’ to you! With St. Patrick’s Day getting closer, now is the time to take note of Irish design and the many ways to add green to your home. Why green on St. Partick’s Day? In addition to green being one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, Ireland is also known as the “Emerald Isle” for its lush green landscape. Today, people around the world have come to associate green with this holiday, named for Ireland’s patron saint.

The color green is associated with nature, health, and wealth. Find the perfect hue for your home, which can be used in any room. Wake up each morning to a vibrant shade of jade, lime, or sea green, as used in this master bedroom, and step into your day refreshed and energized.

House Beautiful

If you’re seeking a pot of gold – one of St. Patrick’s Day most prominent symbols – you’re in luck! Gold accents and metallic trims can be used on window treatments, furniture, and artwork throughout your house. Make your bathroom a luxurious masterpiece with gold tile and fixtures.


Add Irish design and Celtic inspired pieces to your living quarters by incorporating classic symbols, like spirals, crosses, and knots. Lamps, rugs, and wallpaper borders can provide a subtle hint to Irish roots.

Irish on Grand

If, however, at the end of the day, you’d like to retreat to a traditional Irish pub without making your way to Ireland, relax in a replica in the privacy of your own home.

Glen Gallery

Irish eyes can be smiling this St. Patty’s Day and every day by incorporating Irish design in your home!

{decorating with red and pink}

Break out the red and pink – the lovey-dovey feeling of Valentine’s Day is still lingering! While you’re decorating your home with the colors of this lover’s holiday and adding heart-shaped pillows, placemats, and rugs to your space, do you know why we use these symbolic hues every February?

The three principal colors associated with Valentine’s Day are red, pink, and white. Each has a unique meaning to add to any Valentine’s Day celebration, and all can be used in your home separately or in any combination.

Décor Pad

Red represents desire, strength, and passionate love, and is connected to beauty and courage. It’s no wonder that red roses are so popular this time of year.


When you’re thinking pink, you should think of grace, gentility, and joy, three characteristics of this color. Pink is also associated with youthfulness and warmth.

Country Living

Finally, white evokes innocence, modesty, admiration, and elegance.

Elle Decor

Fill your home with love the corresponding colors of Cupid this Valentine’s Day!

{modern decorating for the holidays}

Decorating for the holidays can be steeped in tradition – or take on a modern flair. And: you can mix the two styles. Look for contemporary finishes like metallics or mirrored accents. Group “like” items together for a modern look – like this mantle filled with glass candle holders and vases.


This post from the design blog “Curbly” looks at using items that reflect light and choosing geometric shapes to add interest to your home.


If you’re in a small space and need to find an alternative to a Christmas tree, consider decorating branches in a vase. You can use vintage or modern ornaments to dress up this alternative.

Apartment Therapy

If a traditional wreath isn’t your style – consider other materials! The sky is the limit when you consider everything from a wire frame and lights to peacock feathers!

Apartment Therapy


What’s your favorite item to use to decorate for the holidays?

{the history of red & green}

Deck the halls, trim the tree, stuff the stockings, and don’t forget to sing a little “FaLaLaLaLa” – Christmas is almost here! As you adorn your home with holiday cheer, you probably don’t have much time to stop and think about why your color scheme has suddenly become dominated by reds and greens – but don’t worry, we’ve got the history behind this iconic color combination right here!

House Beautiful

There are a couple of different explanations for the adoption of red and green as the Christmas colors, however the one that’s most accepted is the story of the Paradise Tree. This story dates back to the 1300s, when Adam and Eve’s Day was celebrated on December 24th.

As much of the general population was illiterate, local churches often presented plays as a learning tool. The Paradise Play, which was presented on December 24th, told the story of Adam and Eve. Finding an apple tree to represent the Tree of Good and Evil in the middle of winter presented some problems, so it was decided that a pine tree with apples tied to its branches would serve as the symbolic tree.

This idea worked so well that it became a popular prop for local churches, and the idea spread. Soon churches everywhere had adopted this tradition and included it in their celebration each year.


In Germany, the Paradise Tree was so popular that people began to erect pine trees in their homes during the holidays, decorating them with red apples, hence the iconic red and green Christmas color combination.

The color green is also said to symbolize the hope that was given to us through the sacrifices of Jesus, and is exemplified by the color of the evergreen trees, which remain alive and green throughout the year. Red, on the other hand, is believed to represent the blood of Christ. When combined with the color green, this duo is said to express the hope of being redeemed through the sacrifices of Christ.

Now you know! Resume merrymaking with warm thoughts and best wishes from your friend’s at Hirshfield’s!

{12 days of christmas}

You know the song (maybe not by heart), but do you know how to bring the lyrics to life? I’m not talking about buying four calling birds or placing an ad for 10 lords a leaping, I’m talking about adding some design elements to your home reminiscent of the 12 Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love game to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Whether you’re interested in a partridge, two turtle doves or four calling birds this wallpaper from Thibaut is right up your alley. Plus, it’s much less maintenance than bringing a bird into the house.

Thibaut Baron

Looking for something that shines as brightly as three french horns or five golden rings? How about this glass bead wallcovering from Enchanting? In addition to being absolutely fabulous, this wallcovering is PVC-free, formaldehyde-free and heavy-metal free.

Enchanting Wallcovering

Six geese a laying, seven swans a swimming… And one devine feather-inspired table!

Currey & Company

Your eight maids a milkin’ will be sittin’ pretty on these natural square stools from Montana.


Nine ladies dancing would appreciate a room painted in Hirshfield’s Angelic Choir…

0058 Angelic Choir

… And Devoe Blue Rendezvoux would be perfect for 10 Lords a leaping.

Devoe Blue Rendezvoux 50BG

Eleven pipers piping aren’t the only ones who can pipe – you can add piping to just about any chair, sofa, ottoman or pillow for a special touch.

House Beautiful

Last, but not least, we come to 12 drummers drumming. If that sounds like a little to much noise for you, opt for these drum-inspired waste baskets instead!

Williamwayne & Co.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Hirshfield’s!

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