The first step is to decide whether you want to make the tree the centrepiece of your decor. If you like the idea, a bigger question will arise: choosing a natural or artificial tree! A natural tree will require more maintenance, as it will need to be watered and needles picked up regularly. However, it will give off a pleasant fresh woodsy scent. Artificial trees, on the other hand, are maintenance-free and easy to install. Simply make sure you have enough space to store it afterwards. If that's your choice, The Bay is the perfect place to find the best tree for your needs! It's even possible to purchase it by phone and have it delivered through our contactless curbside service. And if your space is limited, you can rest assured that a nicely decorated tree placed on the coffee table or in the corner of a room will be just as effective!
GlucksteinHome tabletop tree, minus of $24.99 at The Hudson’s Bay
Maybe you already have an idea of the holiday style you'd like to use, or maybe you don't know the trends in holiday decorating? Either way, it's a chance to have fun and let your creativity run wild!
Would you rather play the nostalgia card? You can't go wrong with traditional decor themes! You'll find several decorative elements in the iconic shades of red, white and green, as well as tartan accessories. In times of uncertainty, many of us will appreciate this return to values and traditions.
To get inspired and find everything you need to decorate your tree and your home, plan a shopping trip at The Bay. If your budget is a bit tighter and you'd rather start a series of DIY projects, our Dollarama store will help you find great deals at low prices.
Anthropologie Home Pommed Monogram Stocking, $44 at The Hudson’s Bay
Holiday decor doesn’t end with the tree. If you feel like going a little further, you can add a few extra decor elements to your home. Here are a few ideas to inspire you: a wreath to decorate your front door, stockings hanging from the fireplace, a garland on the window sill or even pretty lanterns to dress a piece of furniture such as a sideboard or coffee table. According to your budget and your available space, you can add a festive touch throughout your home, or concentrate on just one room. You’ll surely make great discoveries when you visit The Bay, Hallmark and Stokes boutiques.
Giftcraft Mini house decor, $17.99 at The Hudson’s Bay
There is one very important rule to follow when designing a holiday decor: it has to sparkle! Therefore, garlands of light, candleholders and candles will play a significant role. It's a great way to warm up the atmosphere and create a cocooning effect that you'll particularly appreciate when the first snows appear.
Fragrances can also have a significant effect – so don't hesitate to choose festive candles or a diffuser with lovely holiday smells like cinnamon, citrus or vanilla. Stop at Fruits & Passion and Yves Rocher to stock up on candles, hand soaps, diffusers and home fragrances.
Illume set of 3 candles, $40 at The Hudson’s Bay
Warm Honey hand care duo, $25 at Fruits & Passion
Of course, your table will play an important part in your holiday atmosphere. For this reason, we’ve prepared a separate article dedicated to the art of the table. In the meantime, you can already start thinking about a centrepiece that reflects your chosen style in step 2. The Bay and Stokes shops are full of small treasures that will allow you to master the art of the table!