Decorating for the Holidays

If you’re anything like me, decorating for the holidays can cause some minor stress. Decorating comes as naturally to me as breathing under water, and as easy as Pintrest makes it all look, I just fail miserably every time.

My mom says I can blame her, so I will. Thanks a lot, Mom. ;)

I just imagine that people with nicely decorated homes were born with an innate talent and a great deal of patience.

Not so, my friends. Not so.

Last weekend, my mother-in-law, Joni, invited me to a pretty neat class at Pottery Barn – How to Decorate for the Holidays. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! They have CLASSES for this shit?!

I was elated.

The class was packed, folks. This made me feel awesome. I’m not the only woman on this planet who cannot creatively decorate my mantel space! 

You know how I know that? Because it was one of their lessons.

After the class, Joni and I went to inspect the mantel example. While lovely, the entire set up would have cost us a steep $400.

Thank God for Target and HomeGoods!

All kidding aside, I thought this was a pretty neat concept. Next weekend, they’re hosting How to Host the Perfect Holiday Party. 

You better believe I’ll be there.

Let’s chat – Are you gifted with a decorating gene, or are you kinda sorta exactly like me (aka: the Major of Struggle City)? If you do struggle with decorating, you should check out the class listings at your local Pottery Barn. I think they hold these classes everywhere! 

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17 Responses to Decorating for the Holidays

  1. I am not a decorator. I just don’t have the eye for it. It’s nice that someone recognized that there are people like us out there and decided to help…and make some money in the process! Haha.

  2. I actually really LOVE decorating – I worked at Pier 1 for years and years and was always the gal who decorated things (and hand cleaned all the wine glasses when she was bored – OCD much?). What I don’t love is not having the fundage to buy all the pretty things and decorate!

  3. Ashley Cooper says:

    I love decorating, especially for Christmas! But I totally agree that things like Pinterest make me feel totally inferior!! And the whole “holy shit they want how much for this?!” sometimes gets in the way too. It can be overwhelming. Friday after turkey day is when I usually start the decorating process… I can’t think about it before that morning though, or I will stress myself into a panic.

  4. I have great intentions and love to decorate, but I don’t have the budget to create any of my favorite Pinterest inspired looks. I would LOVE to attend a class like this at Pottery Barn (but I’m with you – Target and Home Goods are my go-to stores for decorations and pretty much everything else!).

  5. That sounds like fun! I think I do a pretty good job decorating.. but who knows haha

  6. How fun! I wouldn’t consider myself a natural at decorating, but I can usually look at an idea and copy it… Good enough for me! ;)

  7. I’ve never heard of these classes before! Such a cool idea!

  8. If money were no object, I think I would be the queen of decorating. I struggle with trying to decorate on a budget and making everything look cute. I’m definitely not crafty. I pin tons of things on pinterest knowing that I’ll never get to them. ;)

  9. I had no idea that they offered classes! This is awesome! Decorating and fashion are two areas that I severely lack talent in!

  10. I think Kohl’s single handedly helped me decorate last year (which means this year, duh). I’m not creative :(

  11. Erika says:

    I am not much of a decorator at all. However, my sister is awesome at it. So every year I make her come over and help me (while I sit on the couch and watch :) ). This year though she has moved 1000 of miles away from me and I’m left to decorate myself – my husband is hoping this means I won’t decorate but I will give it my best.

  12. soitturnsout says:

    A lot of stores actually do classes like this for free (cause they want you to buy their stuff). Williams Sonoma has great cooking classes!

  13. I would like to think I am pretty good at decorating. My mom on the other hand is phenomenal!! I’m seriously hoping I somehow got that gene from her ;)

  14. I saw that Pottery Barn was doing this… so cool! I DEFINITELY need help when it comes to decorating… I feel like everything I do is so “plain Jane.”

  15. I love decorating but the execution is hit or miss haha :P Last winter I did a lot of homemade decorating [thanks Micheal's Crafts!] and they turned out *pretty* well, nothing too awesome but not hideous… One of my favorites was collecting pine cones from outside, putting them into a large glass bowl, and adding a few little ornaments as accent pieces!

  16. Tiff says:

    Decorating is a huge struggle for me. I get all these ideas, and then they end up looking uncoordinated and silly. Sadly, the hubby’s the same way. Our house is doomed.

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