welcome to a west nest, home to California-inspired living.

welcome to a west nest
california-inspired living and design

'twas the night before christmas

'twas the night before christmas

Well, we are officially ready for Christmas! There's nothing like the waiting until thirteenth hour <insert smirk>. But all of the presents are wrapped & under the tree, Christmas music is playing, and a fire is warming the house. 

And with the quiet before the festivities officially begin, I thought I'd finally share how all of our decorations came together! Since I'm still loving the modern rustic trend, the tree is dressed in a burlap bow & garland. I picked white lights - which is probably no surprise - since I've always loved white lights, along with neutral bulbs & big snowflakes. 

I quickly made this burlap bow last year, after being inspired by the shanty2chic ladies and their beautiful tree on instagram.  

The fireplace mantel is probably my favorite decorated spot. We put this reclaimed wood mantel up just in time for Christmas last year (let's be honest, I pretty much brought the wood in the house with a drill, and told my husband we absolutely had to hang it right then and there, so I could hang my stockings! hehe). The rustic paired with soft, neutral stockings, and metallic accents brought it all together.

When it comes to metals, I love combining them all - as long as they're balanced, it's completely fine to mix different metals together. The stockings are from wayfair.com, the merry chrismas sign is from target (a score on clearance after the holidays last year!), the stars on the stocks are from pier 1, the gifts on the mantel are from my travels, and "spike" is from ace hardware (ha!). 

This year I decided to do a couple of pops of red, despite my love for metallics and neutrals. 

From left to right: the little hat garland is from home goods, the reindeer pillows are from target & marshalls (more scores after the holidays), and the peppermint striped, twine ornaments are from home goods. 

I love all of the little details & I sprinkle throughout the living room, including on my deer head that hangs above our door all year long. 

All of this decor is from target, homegoods, & marshalls. In general, I find that I prefer to spend wisely on accent pieces, since I am constantly changing them out - something that I learned from my mother..

My grandfather gifted my mother these beautiful villages for every holiday and event, and we were able to snag a few to put on display for Christmas. Not only are they beautiful, but they are a constant reminder of my grandfather - which puts a smile on my face, especially since today is his birthday.

I absolutely love these, and am so happy I decided to display them in the bookshelf this year. The light from the bookshelf illuminates the houses, even though they are typically lit from the inside out.

That's a wrap! Pun intended. Sorry, I just can't help it. So from our families to yours - happy holidays! We wish you the merriest of times. 



a west nest

24 hours in cambria

24 hours in cambria

our 10 favorite christmas gift wrap ideas

our 10 favorite christmas gift wrap ideas