In last year’s post, T Side / L Side: Holiday Wrapping, we introduced you to our homes and our own personal design styles. We each have our own “side” or way of doing things, which makes us unique.When we plan our gift wrap for the holidays and ways to decorate our space and make it festive, these distinct styles carry through. With Chanukkah starting this weekend and Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to recreate last year’s post and give you some last minute ideas of how to wrap and decorate for the holidays.

T Side: This year I went for a black and silver color scheme and incorporated chalkboard details just for fun! Seeing chalkboard paint images all over Pinterest this season inspired me to incorporate this idea into my holiday decor as well as my wrapping. It was so much fun coming up with different fonts, festive slogans, and song lyrics to add throughout my look.

 I used all silver wrapping paper with different textures and motifs to ensure that the chalkboard tags were the star of the show. Each tag was hand spray painted in chalkboard paint and finished with a personal message.

I added silver and white glittered pine cones into the potpourri found around my house to give it Winter flair. Silver candlesticks were incorporated to tie in my color scheme, and I recycled an old tray by painting it and adding a cute holiday tune … “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”.

As always, my fireplace is the focal point of my small studio when decorating for the holidays. Each present was placed, and I decided (as one last personal touch) to buy bottles of wine to give as host gifts. As I was already going spray paint crazy, I spray painted those as well. I can’t wait to present these gifts to my family and friends. 

L Side: I love this time of year! To me it signifies a time to be with family and friends, enjoying great food and maybe even a gift or two! When deciding what color palette to go with for my holiday wrapping and decor I decided to channel the happiness of the holidays and use pops of bright colors to give my home that joyful feel that I associate with this season! 

When i found this bright striped wrapping paper at Target with its gold glitter details, I knew it was just the right one to base my whole look on. When paired with other wrapping paper (including; a crisp white stripe, turquoise snowflakes, and an amazing turquoise with gold polka dots), you get a very fresh and happy Winter look. 

To keep the overall look consistent, I tied each gift with simple white ribbon and added a gold initial to remind me who it is for!
To add a little bit of color to the rest of my living space, I added small details such as this glass apothecary jar filled with bright orange cuties as well as turquoise candles in my menorah.
Clusters of white and silver pine cones and other festive accents help to keep my place looking Wintery!
My newest addition to my living room is this beautiful white fur throw blanket, that I recently treated myself to from West Elm! It looks great with the decor and is so nice to cozy up on the couch with after a long day! 

“Sometimes we are the same, sometimes we are different, but we are always twin sisters.” As you can see, we each have our own style when it comes to wrapping and decorating for the holidays. In your own holiday decor, which “side” do you relate to most?

Happy Holidays from Side by Side Design!


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