9 Ways to Decorate Like Your Favorite Holiday Movies
We've probably watched our favorite holiday movies a dozen times, but they never cease to inspire—especially when it comes to decking the halls! And it's not hard to see why. Set designers likely spent hours racking their brains to come up with the perfect holiday scene. And with their hard work already completed. you can just steal them for your own holiday decor.
So whether it's Sissy Spacek's table centerpiece inFour Christmasesor the handmade snowflake garland inElf, here's how to bring the holiday glamour of Hollywood to life.
Buddy may have gone a little overboard with the paper snowflakes when redecorating Gimbels' "North Pole" set, but we love the idea of a few cutout strands dangling from the ceiling. They're fun to make and a slew of them hanging from the rafters creates a spectacular winter wonderland effect.
Home Alone's Atypical Tree
When the McCallister family leaves their son Kevin home alone to celebrate the holiday in Paris, they see Christmas decorating in a whole new light—and palette. With snowy white branches and strictly turquoise ornaments, this tree is anything but expected. It's certainly a contrast to the American Christmas eve Kevin is enjoying at home, and actually a refreshing change from the traditional pine. It's almost so tacky it's fabulous.
It's a Wonderful Life's Timeless Accents
In one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, George Bailey's panicked emotions in this memorable scene are only heightened when he comes home to his adoring family on Christmas Eve. Their living room decorations exude the warmth, love, and Christmas spirit that George needs. We love the festive garlands and the bustling tree. And the "Merry Christmas" sign is simply classic.
Love Actually's Card Garland
Colin Firth's character inLove Actuallydecides to ditch Christmas celebrations with his family to fly to Portugal and propose to Aurelia. While the look on their faces is shock, we look straight past them to their clever card garland. What a simple and festive way to display the many holiday cards arriving at the house!
The Santa Clause's Forest
Tim Allen flying through the neighborhood on a sleigh is a memorable moment inSanta Clause. Though the thing that stuck in our minds the most? The forest of light-covered pine trees. If we had time to decorate all the trees in our yard, we would.
Miniature trees flanking the door of Louis Winthorpe III's Philadelphia townhouse remind us that outdoor décor doesn't need to be limited to a wreath or lights. Like the most festive of topiaries, they truly set the holiday tone for guests and the whole neighborhood.
Four Christmases' Curated Displays
Sissy Spacek's house inFour Christmasesfits her offbeat, free-spirited character. It also doesn't scream Christmas. The tasteful table vignette and classic pine wreath in the window prove that subtle curated displays can make an impact.
Bridget Jones DiaryStairwell
Bridget Jones is about to tell Mark Darcy that she likes him "just the way he is." We were about to say the same thing—about the Christmas tree. Tucked away in the stairway alcove, the tree is in the perfect place. The guests can appreciate every inch of the display as they walk up the stairs, instead of straining their neck to check out the angel.
A Christmas Story's Raw Charm
The cult classic,A Christmas Story, is set in a middle class 1940s home and strikes a chord with many, even beyond the baby boomers. Though the Christmas decor is nothing spectacular, the haphazardly decorated tree and fuddy-duddy furnishings evoke a back-to-basics appeal. And it makes us remember a time when nothing was more exciting than having your wish list come true—Red Ryder rifle or not.
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