Do you ever wish you could take a peek into your favorite designer’s homes for the holidays? Today, we chat with designer Heidi Boyd about her favorite holiday decorations and traditions, as well as tips for homemade ornament making.
What are some of your favorite homemade holiday decorations?
My absolute favorite is a vintage blue glass ball that my husband hung my engagement ring from 26 years ago. It’s always the last ornament to be placed on the tree, and it’s always placed high above kids’ and pets’ reach.
I also have a beloved felt stocking that my Concord Massachusetts neighbor DeeDee made for me when I was tiny. It’s the perfect example of hand-sewn beaded sequins.
When do you start decorating for the holidays?
My parents are British, and our tree went up Christmas Eve and stayed up the 12 days of Christmas. We don’t wait quite that long but we usually hold out until the week before Christmas when our college boys are home to join in the decorating. We start crafting and gift-making long before then. We always have British crackers on the holiday table. Tissue paper hats, silly jokes and trinkets are the best way to end the meal.
Is there a favorite spot in your home that you love to decorate?
I enjoy filling our outdoor pots with red winter berries and evergreen branches harvested from the woods surrounding our house.
Do you have any holiday decorating tips?
It has to be easy, family friendly and fun. We always spend an afternoon building candy houses. Nothing draws and keeps siblings happily occupied than a table full of sweets. The foundations are cereal and cracker boxes, covered in tubs of frosting and graham crackers.
What tips can you offer for making homemade decorations?
I’m inspired by vintage decorations, especially silly knee-hugger elves. Last week I translated them into an easy to make felt doll. I just added the PDF pattern to my website. They fit in perfectly with our raucous collection of bubble and flicker lights.
After painting a reindeer at a paint studio with my niece and nephew over Thanksgiving weekend, I’ve been inspired to paint holiday ornaments this year. I just placed an Etsy order for wooden animal blanks; I picked deer, rabbits, owls and foxes. I’m hoping they look like the animals in my ‘Forest Frolic’ fabric line.
What is the story behind your quirkiest holiday ornament?
It involves an ice skating ‘fail’ at the Plaza in NYC, pre-children and family life.
What holiday music plays most often in your home?
Our boys never stop playing on the guitar, mandolin and piano. We all enjoy singing so we’re lucky that family celebrations come with a ‘live’ soundtrack.
Want to recreate Heidi’s vintage holiday flavor? Take a look at her Sew with Me Christmas kits, include vintage-inspired stockings, sweet ornaments and a cardinal-bedecked pillow.