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From Thanksgiving to Christmas and everything in between, bringing the holidays into my home is one of my favorite things to do. There is nothing more welcoming than feeling the season the minute you open the door. In our home, we love to deck the halls and what better way to get holiday ready than with Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn, located at the Westfield UTC Center, has some of the best decorating ideas to get your home holiday-ready. Their expert team came over last year and showed me what was trending during the holiday season. And while a beautiful Christmas tree may always take center stage, I have learned that the entryway, mantle, table and staircase are just as important. Pottery Barn’s twist on tradition with lots of layering and different textures will make anyone’s home memorable and beautiful this season.

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Decorating The Entryway

I wanted something that was classic and really shined when I entered my home. The design team decided to take away my lamps and decorate with flickering flameless candles, large mercury ornaments, green garland, lit trees, and made use of stacked wooden chargers and candle holders to get those various heights. Their choices kept the space nature-inspired and the pre-lit pine trees and birch tree candles gave it a timeless elegance.

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The Christmas tree made its way to America in the 1830s. But it wasn’t popular until 1846, after Germany’s Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria.

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Decorating The Dining Table

What better way to give your home a more vivid focal point this Christmas than being festive with fur. Fur and plaid has taken center stage as a signature of Pottery Barn. Their design team showed me how to create a beautiful tablescape that would welcome my family to a beautiful holiday meal.

Even if it’s just you and the kids this year due to the pandemic, Pottery Barn’s table settings will have your family ready for a festive feast. “Think in layers,” the girls told me. They used pedestals to add height and create interest with strategically placed holiday decor like metal reindeer and mini lit trees to really set the stage. The wooden chargers were just gorgeous and really raised the plates beautifully. The plaid plates above the white gave the perfect pop of texture and color, while the napkin rings with bells were my kids’ favorite.

Santa Claus has worn blue, white and green in the past. His traditional red suit came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola.

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Adding Accessories to the Mantle

You shouldn’t be afraid to decorate your mantle if you have a TV above it. The design team from the Pottery Barn at the Westfield UTC Mall was extremely clever when putting together my mantle. Though we all agree the mantle looks best without the TV, they surely did a fantastic job of not making it the focal point.

They layered pinecone garland, antler stocking holders, flameless birch wax candles and pre-lit mini trees. Lower, by the fireplace, they used their extra-large lanternspre-lit trees and pre-lit natural twig globes. The fuzzy fur and plaid stockings tied it all together giving the space an instant holiday cheer.

“Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.

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Get Creative For the Holidays

My home is a blank slate with so many neutrals so it’s fun to dress it up for the holidays. The various spaces throughout dictate a more natural holiday palette with my indoor/outdoor living. I love the earthy colors of Pottery Barn’s selection from the faux fur placemats to the natural Acacia wood chargers and the birch candles. The little pop of plaid here and there unified the look in each space.

I learned so much from the dream team from Pottery Barn at the Westfield UTC Mall. We all know Christmas calls for red, white and green, but with Pottery Barn’s decorating advice, I now know I don’t have to do that. I hope this post gets you inspired to use different textures when layering your spaces. What do you think? Comment Below! Tell me all about your decorating favorites this holiday season!

Check out all my decorating ideas on the City Girl Gone Mom Pinterest board!

The highest-grossing Christmas movie of all time is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Jim Carrey version. (Who knew?)

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