In last year’s post, T Side / L Side: Holiday Wrapping, we invited you into our homes and continued to show you our own personal design styles. We each have our own “Side” or way of doing things, which makes us unique (even though we are twins). When we plan our gift wrap for the holidays and ways to decorate our spaces and make them festive, these distinct styles carry through. With Chanukkah having just started and Christmas just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to give you some last minute ideas for how to wrap and decorate for the holidays. We especially always like to think outside the (gift) box when planning our gift wrap (and use colors, patterns, and textures that are unexpected and fun). Here is what we have come up with for our own Chanukkah wrapping this year. Feel free to use this as inspiration in planning your own holiday gift wrap as well.

T Side: This year I am celebrating Chanukkah as a first time mom! I know my little girl won’t remember these eight festive nights, but I intend to make them special anyway and take as many pictures as I can to show her as she gets older. In her honor (and just because … Why not?), I went with pink as the color scheme for all of our decorations and gift wrap this year and threw in some pops of gold and rose gold to make it that much more fun!  


Like I said, this year is all about Joie! Phil and I planned out some gifts that we thought she could appreciate (Let’s be real, I also bought her a few cute things to wear which is really more for me!) and set out Chanukkah books to read to her each night.

Fresh flowers always look great when decorating, and I kinda think my gifts look great too!

As we light the candles each night, we will teach our baby the traditions that have been passed down to us from our parents … Isn’t that what the holidays are really about?

L Side: I have a first this year too! First year in my new home, and I couldn’t be more excited to have been able to decorate a new space this holiday season. I wanted to fully embrace the style I am diligently working on bringing to life in my space (Modern Bohemian) and decided to go with a pretty simple black and white color scheme for my gift wrap to tie it all together. I used different patterns and textures like I did in my home to create interest and threw in just a few pops of pink to make my girls happy. 

This is the current state of my living room. It is by no means finished (which is why it has not been shown yet here on the blog). We plan to get a new sofa, a coffee table, reupholster those ottomans in the back corner, hang artwork … You get the idea, it’s not done! I will say, adding some decorations for the holidays has been the most “finished” this room has felt as it truly has more life this time of year. 

I am absolutely obsessed with this new piece of furniture we have added to our home, and what perfect timing as it is the perfect spot to house our menorah as we gather each night to light the candles.

Black and white and styled just right!


I mixed in a few accessories to give this area some bohemian flair. I plan to get a large fiddle leaf fig for this planter, but for now it’s a fun spot for extra blankets and presents. 

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? Leave us a comment below. Wishing all of our readers a wonderful holiday season from Side by Side Design!


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Brynley Edens commented on 01.11.2019

I love the beautifully wrapped gifts! The color schemes are both fantastic. Love the elegance of the pink and rose gold, and the black and white is super clean and modern. I am inspired to incorporate similar wrapping themes in my holidays. Thank you!