Decorating & Design
10 tips to create a white winter wonderland
This whimsical white set-up brings nature and winter indoors for a Christmas look so muted, it could stay until spring.
Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening? Lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs is. But bells aren’t the only hallmarks of the holiday invited into the Port Coquitlam, B.C., Mosaic Homes showhouse that she styled for the season. There are also natural materials, muted colours, a woodland menagerie and a dramatic flocked tree. (It’s a beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight....) Here are 10 decor tips Monika uses to capture the spirit of the snow-covered sylvan landscape Santa calls home.
Creating the look
It may seem like this Christmas palette is quite neutral, but paired with natural materials comes a classic Christmas decor. It's truly the most wonderful time to decorate.
Aim for the top
1 Aim for the top: When you spend so much time and effort (and money!) collecting ornaments, why let the tree topper steal the show? This muted vintage-look star complements the tree without overpowering it. 2 Splurge on drama: One of Monika Hibbs’s top holiday indulgences is a real flocked tree. “If you use the same ornaments year to year, you can justify this little luxury,” she says. Have the lights strung on first, so they get dusted with that frosting, too – your tree will radiate with a golden glow.
Have animal instincts
What’s more fitting for a flocked tree than the animals commonly associated with a snowy forest? Monika doesn’t pinch her pennies when it comes to picking out unique ornaments with intricate details, but she balances out costs by filling in the tree with big-box store baubles as well.