With temperatures dropping and Christmas right around the corner, many of us are taking the opportunity to cue those cozy vibes by piling on the blankets, twinkle lights, and holiday tunes. Nobody does cozy better than Marcella DiLonardo of Modest Marce, so this year we asked her to share some of her holiday decorating ideas + inspiration. Take a look at how she transformed her Ontario home for the holidays and get ready to get your hygge on!

LIVING ROOM

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

“For the living room,” Marcella says, “we upgraded the rug to a larger wool shag and chose an oversized reclaimed wood coffee table. To pull from the colours in the rug, I went with the ivory + platinum wool looped pillows. To add a touch of warmth to the space, I added a faux fur flecked throw. It looks so real and is so soft! I have never come across a faux fur throw this gorgeous before. Lastly, it is rare to find a coffee table in this size, but this reclaimed wood Muir coffee table is so perfect for hosting guest in the living room. Plenty of space for appetizers & drinks!”

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

“The thing I love decorating the most over the holidays is the mantel. I change the mantel up every season, but nothing beats when I get to hang our stockings over the fire. While the room itself is quite monochromatic, for the holiday’s I added pops of gold.”

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

“The antler stocking hangers are my absolute favourite! It fits the cozy, rustic & woodsy space so well. For a quick little DIY on the knit stockings, I chose to add cute matching felted ornaments to each stocking & write our names on the felt tag in a metallic gold paint. It was a super simple way to customize each one.”

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

“Each year, we cut down a fresh tree and decorate it with a woodsy, animal theme. I added the felt garlands to pull in the monochromatic grey theme & add a touch of coziness to the tree as well.”

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

GUEST ROOM

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

“With the holiday season rolling in, one of the first things on my to do list was to get the guest room ready. We have a lot of family and friends who live out of town, so December is a full house. For the guest room, I wanted to create a luxurious, cozy space with a soft colour palette. I stuck to a blush, gold, and white theme, with pops of soft greys because, I just can’t get enough of all things blush.

“First on the list was the bedding! This is the most important thing as everyone wants guest to get a good night’s sleep. We upgraded the pillow and duvet inserts to down-filled before choosing the perfect duvet cover. I have a linen duvet for myself and I can’t get enough of it, so a linen cover for the guest room seemed like a no-brainer. I opted for the natural color duvet over the pure white duvet, as it is easier to keep clean with two dogs in the house. To pull in the rest of the color palette, I went with platinum wool looped pillows and the mongolian lamb pillow in rosette. The mix of wool and fur really help bring in the holiday winter vibes. Last but not least, ALL the chunky knit blankets! Living in an old house, the rooms can get quite cold. Having a number of blankets at arm’s reach ensures everyone will be toasty and warm all night long. I love the hint of metallic in the rosette throw, it adds a subtle touch of festiveness.”

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

“To decorate the dresser, I chose the gold metal-framed round mirror as the main feature. I can’t get enough of how amazing it looks against the wallpaper backdrop. Next, I added some holiday decor to the dresser surface so every room has those holiday vibes. I chose the blush and white accordion paper trees, mercury glass tea lights, and filled a couple vases with the blush hydrangeas I dried in the fall.”

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

west elm - A Rustic Home Gets Holiday Ready

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