Growing up, Katie Hammond, the founder of communications agency 9spr, collected classic miniature Christmas Village houses and begged her mom to let her decorate for the holidays early each year. These days, her own California home is the picture of festivity, with plenty of modern mini holiday homes sprinkled throughout.
"I am such a homebody, so I love that the holidays are a cozy time where you can totally embrace that," Hammond tells MyDomaine. "And just the overall whimsy and magic that comes with this time of year is so fun. I wish I had more time to actually appreciate it!"
To make sure she does fully appreciate every moment she gets at home during the holidays, Hammond made sure to deck out every room as festively as possible. She describes the overall vibe as "nature-inspired, whimsical, and classic," a style that pairs perfectly with her home's existing décor.
I am such a homebody, so I love that the holidays are a cozy time where you can totally embrace that.
"My house is a mix of styles—transitional with a lot of laid-back and natural elements so I like to layer in items that I have collected over the years that make me think of trips taken or specific moments in time," she explains.
One of Hammond's favorite element in her holiday décor is the mantle, which she describes as "festive, classic, colonial, with a touch of whimsy all in one." It's also provides the perfect spotlight for the garland Hammond commissioned.
"This year I was really inspired by all the natural tones and wanted to keep the vibe earthy," she says. "The garland I had made was a mix of cypress, seeded eucalyptus, firs and olive leaves which I love and has a European flair to it."
That focus on natural materials made its way into Hammond's bedroom décor as well, where greenery abounds. She also made great use of her canopy bed frame by using it to hang a wreath and strings of twinkle lights.
The festive vignette on the bedside dresser adds a little extra whimsy to the space thanks to the miniature holiday house reminiscent of those from Hammond's childhood.
In addition to the mini holiday houses, the presence of retro-inspired bottle brush trees carries throughout the house as well. These mini trees make for a great, budget-friendly way to add an extra dose of festive flair to your space.
This year I was really inspired by all the natural tones and wanted to keep the vibe earthy.
But when it comes to buying your holiday décor, Hammond suggests waiting to purchase until January.
"If there are certain decorations or ornaments you have been eyeing, wait until after the holiday to purchase since most stores have sales immediately following Christmas," she suggests. "And then by the time next holiday season rolls around, it’s like you are opening new presents with the stuff you bought the year before."
Hammond herself has a few sources that she returns to time and again when she's shopping for holiday pieces.
"I have a few local stores that I like—Kate Lester Home and Rolling Greens, the most insane nursery," she explains. "And then online sites like Terrain, Anthropologie, West Elm and McGee & Co. are all great. I would say at least half of my holiday décor is from Anthropologie and Terrain—they always have the cutest ornaments!
"If you don’t want to spend the money on fresh garland and wreaths, you can go to your local Christmas Tree lot and ask them for their scrap cut pieces and make your own," Hammond suggests. "If making your own is too overwhelming, you can spruce up faux garlands and wreaths with fresh eucalyptus, which makes them appear all fresh."
Overall though, when it comes to holiday decorating, Hammond has one simple suggestion.
"Do what makes you happy as long as it still looks good," she says.