Few home designers are as famous as Joanna Gaines, former HGTV megastar and captain of her own burgeoning empire, Magnolia Network. So if you adore this uber-popular design maven, the coming Christmas season is the perfect opportunity to copy her style in your own home.
So why just head to the garage or attic and dig out that jumbled and dusty pile of holiday baubles to be randomly placed in and around your home as usual when you can bling for the season as Gaines does?
This year we’re suggesting you peer deeply into her gorgeous home (via her Instagram feed, of course) and embrace all her pretty things for the holidays.
In fact, judging by Gaines’ more than 13 million Instagram followers, many of us are already dreaming of having a home just like hers, complete with cozy throws styled just so on the sofa and fragrant candles wafting cardamom.
So let’s start with the above tableau where Gaines has already put together a mantel display that’s both traditional and minimalist. She’s nestled small white trees near her fireplace, interspersed along a line of verdant boughs, for a simple yet beautiful look that’s quintessential modern farmhouse.
Both tall tapers and squat jarred candles offer a soft glow beneath a bare wreath that features just a few pine cones—and that’s it.
But that doesn’t mean this mom of five is minimalist to the core.
To contrast, the Christmas tree in her youngest tot Crew‘s room is a fun riot of colorful ornaments and wooden garlands, showing off her playful side.
In this sweet mother-son moment, Gaines is helping Crew hang animal-themed ornaments on his very own Christmas tree. There are also a few mushroom designs, proving that this mama has embraced the “goblincore” trend celebrating the woodland’s creepy-cute underbelly. Garland, especially fuzzy strands of pompoms seen here, is the crowning touch.
How to decorate for the holidays à la Gaines
Feeling crafty this holiday season? Per her feed, Gaines woke up one morning and decided to make these mini wreaths, above, and then attached purplish blooms that look a bit like lavender to her designs.
You could do the same, making them even more holiday-appropriate by inserting sprigs of holly or eucalyptus among the twigs.
But if your mornings are more chaotic than crafty, we’ve got some shopping guidance below to help you pattern your holiday decor after Gaines with little to no sweat.
Check out these perfect purchases, culled from Gaines’ own Target line as well as some from other easy-to-shop stores, to accent your home. Happy decorating!
Gaines seems to favor a classic tree, whether it’s full size or potted, like this cute number. A faux cedar in a container is ready to go as is, or you could glam it up with traditional balls and garland. Try this pine as a set of three ($60, Target) on your front porch or flanking the fireplace.
If you’re not keen to make your own wreaths, these grapevine versions (from $15, Amazon) are worthy substitutes. Add a simple red bow for instant Magnolia charm on your door.
White trees for the mantel
The mantel is the perfect display spot at Christmastime, whether you favor a traditional creche, a tiny village display, or a bunch of colorful nutcrackers. White trees ($53 for the set, Wayfair) seem snow-capped, and they glitter in the candlelight.
Felt animal ornaments
Follow Gaines’ lead with felted animals for your tree’s branches. Yup, mice ($26 for four, Etsy) make great sense as they’re prominent players in the classic Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker.”
A string like this one is useful year after year on the tree, and it’s way easier than trying to craft your own from popcorn or cranberries. Choose from just 4 feet in length on up to 12 feet (from $19, Etsy), depending on the space you have.