New York City Window Displays

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Many New Yorkers will agree that winter is one of the most magical seasons of the year, especially in the Big Apple. From the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center, to the light show displayed on the windows of Saks 5th Avenue, it’s truly one of the most unique and special times of the year. Every year we become completely inspired by the holiday atmosphere of the city, and we thought we’d share a little bit of New York magic with our readers!

Ornament WindowsLord and Taylor Window Santa Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Eveningwear Lord and Taylor Holiday Window Illustrations Lord and Taylor Animated Fitting

These beautiful animated window displays from Lord and Taylor brought us back to a forgotten time. The illustrated scenes paired with the moving characters looked like a storybook coming to life.
Ted Baker Holiday Window Clock Ted Baker Holiday Window Clock Gears

Saks 5th Avenue Yeti Story Saks 5th Avenue Yeti Story Family Saks 5th Avenue Holiday Yeti Story

Saks 5th Avenue had a whimsical story displayed in its windows. Passersby could follow the story of a young yeti who was determined to chase his dream! Kids were lined up around the block to see the animatronic yeti in action!

Versace Holiday Window Fendi Holiday Presents Window Display Tommy Hilfiger Holiday Windows Cartier Holiday Windows Chocolate Shop Storefront Anthropologie Sleeping Bear WindowAnthropologie Spool Bear WindowAnthropologie Holiday Spools Window Anthropologie Nesting Doll Holiday WindowThe windows at Anthropologie were a DIYers dream come true! That adorable slumbering bear was actually made of spools! Their attention to detail was enough to have you standing in front of the window for hours on end.
Holiday Ornaments Holiday Light Reindeer Holiday Trees

The holidays are in full swing in the city. We think that New York City really embraces the holidays in a special way, but we might be a little bit biased. What does your town do for the holidays? Send us a photo of your favorite decorations!

Trimming Your Tree Tips

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The Christmas tree often plays a central role in holiday festivities. Whether it’s trimming the tree to bring in the holiday season, or unwrapping presents underneath it on Christmas morning; the Christmas tree is almost its own character on Christmas! Here are a few tips to make this year’s tree both memorable and stylish.

Bold and Colorful Tree

Play with Color – Don’t be scared to use a rainbow of color in your holiday decor. How does the tree above embrace almost every color of the rainbow, and still look cohesive (and cute)? The neutral white tree and floor make the ornaments pop, without overpowering everything else!

White Monochromatic Tree from Traditional Home

Or Lack Thereof –  Sticking with one or two colors on your holiday tree can have a very elegant and modern effect. We love the two pictures above because, while they both use that white tree as a canvas, their decorations couldn’t be more different!

From Top to Bottom – Place heavier ornaments toward the bottom of the tree, so that they are on sturdy branches. Fragile ornaments should hang closer to the top to avoid being broken by pets and wayward children.

Rustic Tree from Home Decorators

Don’t Knock Tradition – Sometimes classic approaches are the best. Traditional red and green, white lights, and burlap trim make the tree look cozy and welcoming.

Chalk Christmas Tree

But Embrace the Unconventional – If you prefer a chalk tree to a traditional tree, then draw away! Decorating your tree is meant to be a fun activity that shows off your creative spirit!

White and Traditional Tree

Take a Step Back – Every once in a while it’s helpful to take a step backward to admire your handiwork, and see which areas of the tree look sparse. Getting an overall picture is helpful when working on such a large-scale project. We bet Michelangelo did the same thing when he was working on the Sistine Chapel.

Every year there are certain holiday decor trends that rise to popularity. Do you change your tree up every year to stay on trend, or do you prefer to stick with a traditional style each season?

Holiday Ornament DIY Roundup

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Feeling crafty, but don’t want to commit to a long and time-consuming project? How about creating some cute ornaments for your holiday tree? Take a look at these DIYs, and let us know which YOU’LL be making over the weekend!
Cinnamon Ornaments from Babble

These cinnamon-scented ornaments from Babble are fun to make, and make your house smell inviting and seasonal!

Glitter Galaxy Ornaments from Swell Designer

These incredible glitter ornaments are a fantastic way to add some magic and mystery to your Christmas tree. Plus, since the glitter is on the inside of the ornament, your floor will remain glitter free. Unless you want your floor to be covered in glitter. Totally up to you.

Hot Air Balloon Ornament from My Modern Met

These hot air balloon ornaments look like they’ve been plucked out of a storybook. They add the perfect amount of whimsy to any tree!

Button Ornament from Live Love DIY

This button embellished ornament is incredible. We love the use of different styles and sizes to give it a more vintage look. We would suggest hanging this ornament on a lower, sturdier branch because it’s probably pretty heavy!

Tree Replica Ornaments from M&J Trimming

We made these tree ornaments on our blog a few years back, and we still love them! Who says you can’t put tree ornaments on trees? Not us. We say go for it!

Making ornaments for the holidays is one of our favorite DIYs because ornaments are so quick to make, and each can be easily customized! They’re also a great way to bond with friends and family, and are a perfect reminder of family and friendship every holiday season! Which ornament is your favorite and why?