You never know where inspiration might come from. Take Whitney Jones’ Christmas tree, for instance. It was the world of fashion that led her idea to mix plaid and leopard print for the holidays.
Whitney writes about decor inspiration on her blog Whitney J Decor, and she’s taking part in our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a Christmas tree and a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations to style her home. We then got out of her way while she worked her holiday decorating magic.
Whitney explains how she pulled the leopard print and plaid together, and she shows us how she modified some of her Home Depot decorations to fit her style.
When I was asked by Home Depot to show how I’d decorate my Christmas tree, I was beyond ecstatic. My poor brain was getting boggled from the hundreds of Christmas ideas. I live in a small apartment, and I know that if you put too much Christmas stuff in your home, it could look cluttered and kitschy. So I always try to find the right balance while still showing my holiday spirit.
Last Christmas season, I saw a photo on Pinterest of a model with plaid pants and a leopard print blazer. I wanted to wear that outfit for Christmas. I looked all over for similar pieces, because I LOVE to mix patterns, whether it’s in a home or an outfit. I couldn’t find a similar outfit. While I STILL haven’t found that perfect leopard blazer or plaid pants, it inspired my decor for Christmas this year. I knew I had to use leopard print and plaid!
While leopard print is a classic pattern that is sure to be in style forever, plaid is a traditional pattern that people love to bring out around the holidays. So, since I was bringing back classic and traditional elements, why not bring back the classic, traditional colors of Christmas: red, green, and gold.