Wintry interiors that bring the cozy to Christmas

"Decorating for Christmas gives you permission to add some glitz and glamour."

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

Wintry interiors that bring the cozy to Christmas

Written by: Julia Perla Huisman
November 13, 2017


For Hebron’s Jen Streeter—a creative, self-taught, so-talented-it’s-unfair interior designer—decorating for Christmas is a special treat. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows her on Instagram (@blissfully_eclectic), where she regularly posts photos and stories of some brilliant new design concoction she’s dreamed up. Her home is her canvas, the décor constantly changing from month to month, but always staying consistent with her signature “eclectic-boho-glam” style.

Even for this design veteran, Christmas adds a little magic into the mix. “What I love best about decorating for Christmas is that it gives you permission to add some glitz and glamour to your space that it normally may not have,” Streeter says.

We asked Streeter to share her ideas for a cozy, pared-down Christmas look. “My inspiration and theme for this shoot stems from my love of Nordic interiors,” she says. “I love the rustic simplicity and black and white color scheme. It helps create a cozy holiday feel without over-filling the space with too many themed pieces.”

Using just the right amount of the Christmas theme is key, Streeter says. “Focus on the ‘wintry feels’ in your décor instead of everything Christmas-specific. Pick a few things that are directly Christmas décor related and then focus the rest of your items on the winter season. That way, when Christmas is over, you can still leave up some things that speak to the cold weather outside.”

Streeter takes us through a tour of her own winter wonderland.

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“This little seating area was the perfect spot to add a luxurious faux-fur throw and small touches of Christmas. I took three small Christmas hoops and hung them inside a blacked-out picture frame for a contained mini gallery. And I love putting twinkle lights on my cactus! A Christmas-themed phrase on my letter boards adds a cute touch and a wooden tray with jingle bells and bottle brush Christmas tree make for an adorable holiday vignette.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“This little seating area was the perfect spot to add a luxurious faux-fur throw and small touches of Christmas. I took three small Christmas hoops and hung them inside a blacked-out picture frame for a contained mini gallery. And I love putting twinkle lights on my cactus! A Christmas-themed phrase on my letter boards adds a cute touch and a wooden tray with jingle bells and bottle brush Christmas tree make for an adorable holiday vignette.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“Personalizing Christmas is always fun for the family, and a huge Naughty or Nice list drawn on a roll of brown paper is just so whimsical. I ordered the paper from Amazon and then enlisted the help of my talented friend to do the drawing for me. Hanging stars from the ceiling is another way to bring holiday imagination to life for the kids. And a simply lit Christmas tree keeps things chic but festive.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“Personalizing Christmas is always fun for the family, and a huge Naughty or Nice list drawn on a roll of brown paper is just so whimsical. I ordered the paper from Amazon and then enlisted the help of my talented friend to do the drawing for me. Hanging stars from the ceiling is another way to bring holiday imagination to life for the kids. And a simply lit Christmas tree keeps things chic but festive.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“Hanging stars in a window with little sparkly, golden banners and lights is a delicate holiday adornment that I will leave up even after the holidays. I’ll remove all the stars except for the one in the middle to pare down but keep the glam.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“Hanging stars in a window with little sparkly, golden banners and lights is a delicate holiday adornment that I will leave up even after the holidays. I’ll remove all the stars except for the one in the middle to pare down but keep the glam.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“You don’t have to have a Christmas tree to have Christmas spirit! Here I took a nice-looking branch from one of our trees outside, stuck it in a container with a bit of water, and strung battery-operated twinkle lights on it for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree effect. It adds a touch of winter to this corner, and then candles bring all the coziness to the party.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“You don’t have to have a Christmas tree to have Christmas spirit! Here I took a nice-looking branch from one of our trees outside, stuck it in a container with a bit of water, and strung battery-operated twinkle lights on it for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree effect. It adds a touch of winter to this corner, and then candles bring all the coziness to the party.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“I dressed our beams with a golden Merry Christmas banner that really makes the living room feel almost like a movie set. It’s a small touch, but the placement makes it feel magical. Then there’s the firewood stuck in a few corners. Cut firewood adds character to the space and brings that wintertime dynamic.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

“I dressed our beams with a golden Merry Christmas banner that really makes the living room feel almost like a movie set. It’s a small touch, but the placement makes it feel magical. Then there’s the firewood stuck in a few corners. Cut firewood adds character to the space and brings that wintertime dynamic.”

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf