Let's be real, walking through the aisles at HomeGoods is a magical experience no matter what time of year it is or how old you are, but when you're a toddler strolling through the Christmas section at the home furnishings store (obviously with supervision, everyone), you can only imagine how mesmerizing it is. So it should come as no surprise that HomeGoods partner Vanessa Lachey's 3-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, caught the "decorating bug" on their recent trip to the store.
"She was like 'Mommy, I really like this tree, I think it goes with this nutcracker,'" Vanessa d—and since the prices were so reasonable, Vanessa picked them both up for her little future interior designer's bedroom. "HomeGoods in general is a great store because it’s like a huge treasure trove and you constantly get inspired when you’re walking through the aisles," she added, and her daughter gets it. "During the holidays it’s particularly great because this is when I can really have fun, keep it fresh, and play with my decor."
The Lachey home currently features a mix of every Christmas decor one's heart could desire—from a life-size Santa and sleigh to perfectly mismatched pillows and place settings. Here are some of her best tips for decorating your home for the holidays, both on a budget and with endless imagination.
As most of us know all too well—Vanessa included—it's more than likely you'll lose track of time while shopping. This is particularly true in HomeGoods where you can get lost in the store for hours. Instead of giving yourself a set period of time, go in when you have no plans, so you can allow yourself to get lost in the magic of the season.
By dedicating a day to shopping, you also allow yourself to go in with an open mind. "You are going to get inspired when you explore the aisles and the creative juices are going to start flowing and you’re going to start seeing things that you didn’t even think of, you just have to keep an open mind." By doing so, Vanessa says, you'll actually end up saving yourself time in the long run. For example, Vanessa ended up finding great gifts for her husband Nick, brother-in-law Drew, and even a birthday gift for her daughter's birthday, which falls just after Christmas. "This is actually saving me time because that would have been another thing I would have had on my list of things to do. But again, by going there with an open mind and getting inspired, I’m actually checking more things off my list."
"A great time to play is during the holidays. I don’t really have two pillows that match because that’s kind of the mindset that we’re always set on is 'everything has to match.' I think mixing and matching is what makes it fun," she s.
The beauty of decorating for the holiday season, Vanessa emphasizes, is that you don't have to have everything match perfectly in order for it to look like it belongs. The stockings hung on the fireplace mantle in her living room, for example, are all different, but none of them look like they don't belong.
Similarly, her pillows and throws are all different, but none of them look out of place.
Vanessa's secret to mixing and matching during the holidays is brilliant, but simple: "If you focus on one idea or pattern—for me it was the buffalo check plaid that got me really excited—everything else ties into place because of that. Find something that really inspires you and then pull from that."
The red buffalo plaid she was inspired by runs through her whole home, you can find it in a little nutcracker, the pillows, and even the placemats. When you find that key item to tie everything together, even things that don't necessarily match feel pulled together. "I even mixed and matched all of the table settings—from the chargers to the plates and the actual silverware."