Black & White Holiday

November 23

If you had to pick two colors that scream Christmas I bet you might not choose black and white!  I LOVE traditional holiday colors and will always use them in my home…but this year I decided to decorate a little differently!  The color palette in my house is pretty neutral and that makes it easy to change it up for any season…so a little black and white Christmas is in the works!  It really is a fun, new color combo for the holidays…you see plenty of it in the stores which makes it even easier to get inspired AND find great items!  At Christmastime I always create an advent for my boys and this year my tiny sun room will host the tiny gifts hanging…all dressed up in their black & whites!  This is a great space to decorate in non-traditional color…it’s not the biggest of rooms and it’s not the first thing you see when you walk into our home–so I can feel free to experiment a little!  And the greatest thing…black & white looks good with ANY color so I can add other hues to make my Christmas really shine!

try a little B&W this holiday!

i decided to go black & white in this room after i chose the treat bags for our holiday advent calendar!  a touch of gold adds some sparkle–i love these dotty bags!  and lucky for me i found one last package of black Christmas tree clips in, guess where?…the Target dollar bins!

advent bag & clip

classic black & white stripe…

advent bags

a little black twine across the fireplace and each bag is hung and adorned with a printed sticker!


hopefully the simple gifts (that aren’t in the bags just yet) will bring joy each morning up until Christmas eve!  i really try to fill them with inexpensive treats with one or two”bigger” gifts mixed in among the candy, locker magnets, cocoa mixes, note pads, pencils, etc.!  a note (with a clue where to find the gift) will take the place of anything that doesn’t fit inside the treat bag–so our advent can act as a mini scavenger hunt on some mornings!


i love the marquis light (found at Michael’s) to give the room some sparkle!

marquis light

more effortless black & white…

it’s so easy to fill any container with paper shred and banner picks!  i used a milk glass vase from my collection –filled it with sand, paper shred, and chalk board picks to make a SUPER easy arrangement for my wrapping table!

black & white

everyone in my family has a weaknesses for fuzzy throws…so you often can find plenty in our home like this insanely soft, plaid variety from Target…

b&w plaid throw

comfort has a high priority in my house…it may not always look perfect, but you can bet you can sink into something plushy when you visit!  the seasonal electric blanket is tucked underneath the plaid throw

…and if you look closely the dog is buried within!

black & white

and the view from our little sofa…


24 days of joyful!