Christmas Home Decor Series: Alena Manuylov

In our home, Christmas really is the most WONDERFUL time of the year! Starting with a family adventure deep into the forest … or in our case, more like Apple Hill, to pick out that one perfect tree – to spending time with loved ones, eating more than one really should, and most importantly celebrating the real reason for the season. For me, it’s truly such a magical time and I’m so excited for this opportunity to share a little of that holiday magic with you!

This year I went for a natural woodsy feel, paired with a hint of glitter and a classic black & white scheme. I always start with the tree to set the mood for the rest of my house. This year we were a little over-zealous by getting a 12 foot christmas tree, which I might add, was a challenge and quite the workout trying to decorate.

I am proud to say that I didn’t end up buying any new ornaments this year, as most have been collected over the years from places like Target, Homegoods, Marshall’s, and Z Gallerie. The tree skirt was a no-sew DIY using black and white pinstripe fabric from Ikea. If you notice, there’s currently no christmas presents under the tree, as I’m by far the biggest procrastinator you will meet and refuse to do my shopping till a week before Christmas.

Ohh wait, but my christmas decor never stops with the tree! I love spreading christmas cheer throughout the entire house by adding fresh garland and greenery wherever I can. The birch trees are another reoccurring theme throughout the house. I have been waiting to try this idea since last year, after seeing the beautiful rustic birch tree displays at Pottery Barn. My hubby had the perfect idea to stack the trees against the wall to create an enchanted forest right in our dining room.

My “Christmas in the Woods” theme continues to the staircase where I bundled a few birch trees in burlap and added a hand-made garland to the glass handrail. I used silver wire string lights from Restoration Hardware for both the staircase and the garland on my mantel.

I tried to keep the decor for my mantel very rustic and simple with a couple of antique finds, craft fair purchases, and a few DIY snow globes. As much as I love the smell of a fireplace in the winter, we don’t tend to use our fireplace a lot, so thought it’d be the perfect place to display my collection of books. Between all the textbooks I needed for college and my obsession with vintage novels, I had more than enough to fill the fireplace.

That “pinch of glitter” turns into a snow storm when it comes to my table setting. I’m normally not huge on table settings, but this year I couldn’t resist the adorable animal plates from West Elm. I really wanted to capture the shimmer of freshly fallen snow by using lots of white, gold, and glitter. The vintage flatware (a gift from my grandmother), gold tinted mercury glass, and small birch tree stumps all work together to make my inspiration come to life.

I really hope you enjoyed my christmas home tour and take the time to find a little inspiration to create some christmas magic in your own home!

Photography: Alena Manuylov













  1. Alla v
    December 15, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Wow everything is so beautiful… I love the birch tree idea and everything else looks amazing!!!!

  2. Kristina
    December 16, 2014 / 6:50 am

    I adore everything about this post! Alena’s style

    • Kristina
      December 16, 2014 / 6:52 am

      I adore everything about this post! Alena’s style is immpecible …absolutely in love with the rustic woodsy decor!

  3. Hugh Jazz
    December 16, 2014 / 6:53 am

    Omgee dis was a most bootafulist postinging i ever seend on herr. So predy. Sinserly Hugh Jazz.

  4. Dana
    December 17, 2014 / 12:31 am

    Absolutely love her style! She balances the rustic look with the glam white and gold combo perfectly:)

  5. Alena
    December 23, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    How beautiful everything is! Love the woodsy feeling

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