Easy & Budget-Friendly Holiday Decorating Hacks

Easy & Budget-Friendly Holiday Decorating Hacks

Who has already started to peruse Pinterest to get ideas for your holiday decorating? The truth of the matter is, is that it does take a lot of effort to make your house Pinterest perfect, and sometimes we just don’t have the time or the energy to go all out for every approaching holiday come Fall and Winter. So I’ve come up with a creative decorating hack for getting into the holiday spirit around my home that keeps holiday decorating simple, approachable, and budget friendly!

How do I do this? I take my inspiration cues from the harvest season of vineyards. Why? Because these small but impactful decor accents can easily transition from Summer to Fall, and Winter to Spring. It is also not married to such a specific design style that it cannot fit in with the existing style of your home. Because of this, you’ll get a lot more bang for your decor buck as it gives you creative freedom to move items around from room to room. You’ll also appreciate seeing little details pop up here and there to remind you of the seasonal changes without being overwhelmed by holiday décor. 

There are several foundational decor items I keep in my home and refresh throughout the year with different accents - utilizing everything from fresh fruits, seasonal floral arrangements, or even the mundane (such as match books collected from local and far-flung restaurants and hotels I’ve visited).  

The wooden tray or vintage dough bowl is one of those great timeless pieces that gives your space charm and the feel of simple luxury. You can find real vintage bowls at flea markets or head to the nearest craft store, such as Michael’s or Joanne’s, for a replica. Dough bowls can also be used in a multitude of ways: 

  • Store house keys, or use as a place for your daily mail. 
  • Arrange and display fresh fruits and veggies that reflect the season (say, pomegranates for Fall and pears for the Winter). 
  • The wonderful thing about this accent item is that it can transition into different rooms throughout the house: the obvious being the dining table when not in use, the coffee table, or even on the entry way console table. 


Being greeted by a locally sourced bouquet will instantly welcome guests as they cross your threshold. Another must-have staple is a simple glass vase for fresh, seasonal flowers or floral branch cuttings. I have several styles and sizes that I keep around, but have found that vintage glass shapes with modern touches are the ones I automatically reach for most. When in doubt and in case of allergies, faux is the way to go and will look just as splendid! 

Here is an example of the modern color-dipped classic mason jar shape and also the ever popular Demi-john (both fit well into the modern farmhouse or contemporary home): 

Another staple your home can never have enough of are wooden boards, marble, or slate slabs  – specifically for use as a charcuterie and cheese boards, or as trivets to protect your table and countertops from hot dishes. When grouped together, they make quite the visual impact, and provide multiple uses for entertaining during the holidays – so break ‘em out!  

Happy holiday decorating! 



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