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Brady’s Holiday Decor

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***Hey friends, it’s Brady here today and I’m taking over the blog to bring to you a little bit of my living room for the holidays.

In the true spirit of EHD, we decided to go all in this year and not only deck out Emily’s entire place (living room, Charlie’s room, Elliot’s room, and the patio) – but to bring a little bit (read: a lot) of the holiday cheer over to my place. And while in full disclosure I haven’t gone this (jingle) balls to the walls in my own place until this year, having the holiday cheer oozing from every surface has been pretty darn jolly. So let’s get into it.

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Let’s start with the front door. For me, there is nothing more “Grinch-like” than not showing a little holiday cheer to your neighbors and those that pass by your door. So even if you don’t give them all fruitcake and eggnog for the holidays show them a little holiday spirit with a wreath on the door. I love this from Target which not only works well with the green color of my door but also encourages doorstep kissing what with its mistletoe berries. I embellished it a little bit with some which I will get into later in the post, but if that door doesn’t read Happy Holidays to you then you better get ready for what is inside.

Let’s start with my living room.

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When Emily proposed some holiday decorating in my own place to shoot and showcase on the blog, I had one condition and that was a real tree – and thankfully she said yes. As much as I love some of the artificial trees out there on the market, and there truly are some good ones () I have always been a real tree kinda guy, and as long as I can make it happen I will. I grew up in Utah and I will always remember the weekend after Thanksgiving getting together with all the siblings and cousins and trekking up into the mountains with my parents in their old Jeep Wagoneer to cut down our own fresh tree. Skip to 20 years later and living in sunny Los Angeles my experience wasn’t quite the same. You see I had grand visions of listening to Christmas tunes in the car while my boyfriend (Jason) and I drove to the local Christmas tree lot wearing matching mittens and scarves to pick out “our perfect tree”. Then putting it up on top of the car, grabbing a polaroid pic in front of it all cuddled together – our eyes surely filled with the magic of Christmas (do you wanna vomit yet?). Then setting it up in the living room and decorating it for the rest of the evening as we enjoy our spiked eggnog and all of the holiday traditions we are making together. Sadly I didn’t quite get the experience I was hoping for, as this year consisted of my BF being out of town last minute for work, me picking up a tree at the Christmas tree lot in the rooftop parking lot of the local hardware store and then dragging it home ALONE to decorate.

But, you see my propensity for positivity and optimism (one that I think I inherited from my parents and being raised Mormon) got me through that very cold (read: 68 degrees) and lonely night and brings us back to these styled out pictures. That my friends is truly a Christmas Miracle. I digress – but you get my point.

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Although there is nothing more holiday than red and green – for my decor I decided to keep things more tonal and neutral which I love. For the tree I mixed , , , , and ornaments from Target’s collection and then echoed that color palette into the presents under the tree (which you should obviously by now know are fake). Similarly to Emily I had planned on shopping early for the holidays and then wrapping said presents all together to enjoy and have under the tree through December, but unfortunately the time flew by what with it being the busiest time of the year both in life and on the blog and I ended up wrapping “prop presents” to style with the night before the shoot. BUT, you will be pleased to hear that every single one of my friends/family is getting one of those “prop presents” but with their actual present in them. I am just gently unwrapping one side of the paper, slicing open the box, stuffing their gift inside and then taping back down the paper. It’s really a win-win and means I can still enjoy the presents and have the majority of the wrapping already done.

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Looking back at these photos I wish I would have thrown some ribbon on that huge box, but I somehow forgot so instead let’s look at the prettier little ones that are scattered around it.

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To keep the color palette cohesive I used three different types of wrapping paper from Target as well as three different selections of ribbon and then just mix and matched as I wrapped – adding some fresh greenery onto a few – which I love to do and makes each present feel a little more special in my opinion. All three of the papers are available at Target although unfortunately the “birch bark” looking one is only available in-store and I wasn’t able to track it down online. The rest of the ribbons and papers are linked up below and in case you still need some more wrapping inspiration be sure to check out our gift wrapping roundup from last week.

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Over on the fireplace I added in some garland and for Jason and me. (Don’t worry guys I forgave him for abandoning me the night of the Christmas tree purchasing/decorating and gave him a stocking in the room). I understand work duties and travel come first, so this year he is excused from the festivities, but you better believe that I have already blocked out his google calendar for next year.

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I added these little brass ornaments to each of our stockings. I wasn’t able to find them online for you but they did have a huge selection of all the letters in the few different stores that I went into to grab stuff for the shoot, so they should still have them. They are so fun for stockings or they could be used as gift tags on the presents that you give out which would make them feel a little more personal.

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And while I don’t have a “proper mantle” I did still want to deck it out with some so I ended up improvising and visually creating a mantle with the garland, stockings, and some command strips. I love how it turned out and how much the garland helps to make that area feel alive, but if you are hanging any garland or stockings my advice is to use at least the 3lbs command strips and use a few of them. I had quite a few issues with the first ones holding up the garland and it falling off like 17 times (literally) before we got these shots, so go up in strength if you aren’t sure which ones to use and your garland will stay put all season, just like your holiday cheer. 😉

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In the opposite corner from the Christmas tree I created a cozy little vignette with all the holiday essentials: a for your cocoa, a knit throw and a few presents to open. Which will all surely never happen there but I love to dream when I style out these shoots and I hope they give you a bit of inspiration for your own place. I used this little faux from Target which comes in a basket and I have to say it looks pretty darn realistic. It comes in a few different sizes and helped to bring the greenery over to that corner of the room. Speaking of greenery you may have noticed the wreaths on each of the windows.

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These were a last minute DIY which I know sounds hard and annoying but actually wasn’t at all. I used 10″ metal wreath forms which I picked up at the craft store and then used premade garland from my local grocer to wrap around the form to create the wreath, attaching it with floral wire. There are premade wreaths that are real that you can buy out there (some that look very similar to what I created), but I wasn’t able to find any that I liked that didn’t feel totally cheesy or “try-hard” and I wanted to balance out all the faux garland with some real/fresh elements so creating five of these little wreaths to hang on all the windows worked for my space. To embellish them a bit I used varying strips of cut ribbon (the same ribbon from the presents) and then gathered it together with an ornament hook which held the ribbons together and also provided me a way to hook it to the back of the wreath allowing them to hang freely. The wreaths then hang from some ribbon that I tied onto the drapery rods so that the drapes can still close if needed and the wreath can just float on top of it.

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I cleared off the credenza and styled it out with some leftover boughs from the bottom of my Christmas tree and then used a collection of and bottle brush and trees together on the top. The help to light it up at night and the hanging give it a little bit of whimsy. This sort of setup could be done on any surface – no matter the size with a collection of the trees and some twinkle lights and branches. Just make sure that you vary the heights, sizes, and colors to keep the collection feeling organic.

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For the archway that feeds into the living room from the entry area I used the same garland that I used across the fireplace (you can see some of the command hooks I used to hold it up – to give you an idea of what they look like). Seeing these pics now I wish I would have bent some of the branches a little bit better to hide the but I love that garland so much and it looks very real once it is up. It comes in 6-foot lengths and you can twist the ends of two together to make them as long as you need. I twisted three garlands together for my archway and another three for the fireplace mantle.

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Because no holiday party/gathering/weeknight is complete without a little holiday cheer (in a cup) I styled out my bar cart using some of Target’s holiday bar accessories. The on the bottom is from and is something you could definitely keep out year round. Along with those on the bottom shelf. Up top, I used a and from their line on top of one of their  and EVERYONE has asked me where they are from. And at only 10 bucks they are such a good buy. The and were too good to pass up even if they can only stay out during the holiday season (unless you live deep in the mountains – then, by all means, make every drink in that little guy).

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Moving into the dining room I didn’t do much decorating in here other than using a few of their accessories on the dining table. Which although is totally styled just for the shoot I’ll have you know I came in here the very next morning, sat down in that chair, grabbed one of those croissants, slathered a bunch of jam onto it and then realized mid-bite that they had gone totally stale while being out all night. I am obviously not much of a morning person. The copper tray and vase are my own, but they have a very similar looking tray which we have linked up below. The is from the collection and is too good not to get you guys. The bottom wood part acts as a coaster and the kettle itself is stovetop safe so you can brew your tea, cocoa or whatever else in it on the stove and then bring it to the table and set it on the wood coaster for serving.

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There you have it, my place for the holidays. Let me know if you have any questions at all, and if you are into the look, all of the items I used are linked up below in a full get the look. Happy Holiday’s from my place to yours…

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  1. Hi Brady,

    I am totally obsessed with your coffee table! It is gorgeous!! Would you mind telling me where you purchased it?

    Thank you!!

    1. Thank you! Originally it was from Zinc Door but it looks like they don’t sell it anymore 🙁 But was able to find it online still at a few different retailers:

    2. Agree! Would love to know.

  2. Slicing open the prop present and putting a real gift inside is THE SMARTEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD. You get the perfect fake present to shoot for the post AND you get to pass out gorgeous presents once you’ve actually done your holiday shopping!

  3. Brady, I couldn’t love your neutral/glam holiday color scheme more! SO sophisticated and warm and festive yet it doesn’t scream like red and green. Thanks for all the trouble you went through to have it ready for us today! It is a real inspiration and I will re-visit this page many times! Merry Christmas!

  4. Brady,

    I miss your posts!!!!! You have such an impeccable eye. I follow you on Instagram but THE WORLD NEEDS MORE BRADY!

    Thank you for this post (and of course Emily and rest of the teams awesomeness.)

    1. Thank You! Just made my day 🙂

  5. Love the look! Thanks for sharing. But the big question is what happened to your vintage leather club chairs?

    1. Yes!! Where are the chairs???

      1. I actually sold them to a friend in texas () who I think then sold them to a client of his. Although I loved them I was ready for something a little less visually heavy for that room.

        1. Can you please share where your new chairs are from? Love ’em!

          1. Yes! I’d love to know where the leather chairs are from too!

        2. Hi Brady!
          I LOVE the Christmas decor…..and I am OBSESSED with your leather chairs in the living room!! Can you tell me where they’re from??

          Thank you!

  6. Beautiful, Brady! I always love when you stop by the blog 🙂.

  7. It looks sooooo good! I love all the greenery with the neutrals. It’s such a natural and lovely holiday look. Thanks for the inspiration and the interesting content. Emily is lucky to have you on the team!

  8. Ahhh. I just love you. Looks wonderful!

  9. WOW. This is my fave decorating post on any blog as of yet!!! It’s so interesting to see how different people decorate and all from basically the same store Target! Shows if you have a theme going in you can pick and choose different items and have a totally amazing different look. Brady is crazy talented!!!!!!

  10. Aaaaaaacccccckkkkkkkkk!!!! Brady, you rocked this sooooooooo hard. Love, love, LOVED seeing your masculine Christmas décor touch. Your DIY wreaths were pimp, I’m jubilant over the recent paint refresh you did, and the ornament letters on the stocking…genius. We’re all going to steal that idea. Duh. So many great ideas to perculate over. You are the honey in my design tea. Well done!

    Best,
    Ashley

  11. It looks amazing!!

  12. Your development is not easy. I do not know how long it takes to get a blog so perfect. Thanks a lot.

  13. Love it all, Brady! Makes me want to add greenery to our “Christmas decor”
    What is the source on that fabulous double sconce task floor lamp1?!?!?

    1. It is from Rejuvenation:
      xx

  14. gorgeous. I love your style and home so much. You absolutely prove that neutral can be amazing, interesting and chic. thank you!

  15. Agreeing with Kate on reusing the prop gifts – that is genius. I was thinking of making some prop gifts to round out what will be under the tree and now I can justify it. 😉

  16. So many things to love! Looks amazing. Oddly enough, I am fixating on your mat in front of your door. Can you please share where it is from? Thanks so much!

  17. Looks great, Brady! Now I need to run to Target to get more Christmas decorations… I love everything you did 🙂

  18. What I lovely room! I am really digging this post, especially the part about expectations for getting / decorating the tree versus reality. This year, due to my insistence, we finally got an artificial tree (I grew up with an artificial tree and I am just as passionate about my fake tree preference as other people are about their live tree preference), but my idealized version of tree setup night was met with reality: my partner complaining the entire time he set up the tree, then me wondering why I was the only person putting on the ornaments, then me complaining when the kids started to help but were actually just endangering (dropping) all of the ornaments and super-loading a couple of spots, leaving others bare. That aside, our actual finished living room is awesome, and I’m so glad we set up our Christmas stuff early for once – so much more time to enjoy it!

  19. I love everything about this room. It’s sophisticated, but warm and not overstyled. It looks effortless, but I know it wasn’t. I want more Brady!!!!

  20. Brady, where is that beautiful white and wood chair in the corner from?

  21. I love your new leather chairs—where are they from?

  22. Your Christmas decorations are lovely. But I have to say, that dining room is probably THE most gorgeous dining room I’ve ever seen. I loved it when you first blogged about it. And I LOVE it now!!!

  23. What happened to the distressed leather chairs?

  24. It’s lovely!
    I keep chuckling at the first picture, because I see the tree/wreath combo as a monster making “I’m gonna get you” arms. Probably just me….

    1. i see it too!

  25. Just curious… Does anyone actually sit at your breakfast table? I would be afraid that pulling out a chair would shatter the glass on the artwork that’s hanging right above the baseboards.

    1. My BF and I actually eat breakfast and dinner at it about 75% of the time. It is too happy of a space not to. Almost all of the pieces are framed with plexiglass vs real glass (which I think is what most framers do now) so there isn’t any chance of it shattering and despite how the pics look there is enough room to pull out the chairs almost completely so we have plenty of room to sit!

  26. The icicles on the credenza are a surprisingly adorable touch! As are the initial ornaments on your stockings – I’ll have to remember both of those tips. And wreaths on every window seem so glamorous and wonderful to me. I’ve never thought to hang ribbons loosely (rather than in a bow), but they look great!

  27. Love everything about this. I’m jealous but thanks for sharing

  28. Love this so much. Just one quick thing, and not sure if its possible but maybe for next year, could you release your holiday decoration ideas/inspiration earlier? The reason that I ask is that 1. All of this stuff is currently sold out of Target 2. I would have liked to use it to decorate my little house. Not sure if Target allows you early access or what but that would be really helpful. Love love love all the work that you guys do. I look forward to my lunch break with you everyday.

    1. I second that! Not that I want to rush the holidays but I really like the little tree from Target and the closest store that has it is 260 miles away from me. 🙁

      1. Ha. We tried!! I know. There are a lot of behind the scenes moving parts but we’ll try harder next year. xx

  29. Such gorgeous decor– love the non-typical Christmas color palette. And that rug is lovely– can I ask where it’s from?

  30. So pretty and inspirational! Love this look, your house is beautiful!

    And I can so relate to your tree shopping fantasy/reality…we usually do an excursion to a cut your own tree place and though it’s not always picture perfect it’s a fun family outing. This year I couldn’t get it together to do that trip, and somehow ended up tree shopping Home Depot parking lot while very hungover. Oh well…there’s always next year!

  31. Brady!!! This is the best holiday decor I have seen in all the blogosphere this year. I love the natural, neutral look. You nailed it.

  32. Love this look Brady! Your place is fantastic!

  33. More Brady on the blog!!!! Love his posts!

  34. Where are the chain links on the coffee table from? Thanks!

  35. Brady, I just love your home and decor and artwork…..basically all of it! I have the same pine needle garland and I love have crazy realistic it is!

  36. I’m obsessed with the black and brass dining chairs! Where are they from ?

  37. I totally love the Brady posts! I can’t get enough! I absolutely love your style. This is by far the best Christmas decor post I have seen!

  38. Really beautiful space, Brady! It must be such a treat to walk into your home everyday. Merry Christmas!

  39. Where is that coffee table from? LOVE!!!

  40. Looks gorgeous, Brady! I love all the neutrals!

  41. So in love with this neutral look! I did something similar this year and it feels so much calmer and I’m quite enjoying it. 🙂

  42. Awesome decoration, All of the things are very adorable.

    Get 15% off on all Mosaics at Tilesbay for Christmas sale.

  43. I love this neutral holiday decor Brady! I noticed you swapped out the side table in between your new leather chairs, may I ask where you got it? Thanks!!

  44. Okay, I’m still searching for those brass letter ornaments … two days later. What stores should i look through to find them-?
    Thanks

  45. Hi where are curtains from? I love your space.

  46. I LOVE the Brady posts! Just like I love the Orlando posts and the rest of the EHD crew posts (past and present). Love the people you pull into your sphere, Emily!

  47. Good post !! I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand.

  48. Thats the real beauty. 🙂

  49. Hi Brady! Your place looks so beautifully festive.

    Can you please share the source of the chandelier in your dining room? Happy holidays!

  50. Beauty! Brady, I have the same rug and I want to know whether you have voodoo’d it to stop shedding continuously… It’s been 6 months and I love it, but honestly it’s like owning a pet. How are you living with it????

  51. Love everything, especially the DIY wreaths on the windows!

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