Deck the Halls: Holiday Decor Tips

The holiday season is upon us! What better way to embrace the festive spirit than by transforming your home into a winter wonderland? If you’re seeking inspiration and unique decorating tips, look no further than the shops at The Crossroads Carmel. Known for unique locally owned shops complete with exquisite collections of home decor and thoughtful gifts, our shops have become a cherished part of the community.

Transform Your Home Into A Winter Wonderland

Ready to make your home cozy and festive? Read on to discover our top tips to achieve the ultimate in at home holiday cheer!


Mix Metallics for a Sophisticated Twist

While traditional red and green are festive, consider adding metallic tones to elevate your decor. Mixing gold, silver, and bronze ornaments can create a sophisticated and visually stunning holiday display.


Bake Festive Shapes for a Sweet Touch

Move beyond traditional sugar cookies and try your hand at baking festive shapes. Iced vanilla bean cookies adorned with red and green sprinkles can add a delicious and decorative element to your holiday table.


Highlight Unique Thrifted Treasures

Mix it up this year and center your decor around a unique statement piece to elevate your holiday decor and make your home truly shine.


Customize the Scent for a Cozy Atmosphere

Set the mood with a custom scent that evokes the warmth of the season. Consider cookie-scented candles to fill your home with a delightful aroma, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere for friends and family.


Dress Up the Dessert Station

If you’re hosting a holiday feast, decorate your dessert station with branches, ornaments, and wreath ribbons to add a festive flair to your sweet treats.


Let It Snow Indoors

Create a winter wonderland inside by sprinkling faux snow in key areas. It’s a simple yet effective way to bring the magic of a white Christmas to your home, regardless of the weather outside.


Cozy Up by the Hearth

Don’t forget the magic of a cozy fireplace—your hearth. Arrange plush blankets and festive pillows by the fireplace, creating a warm and inviting space for family and friends to gather. The flickering flames add an extra layer of holiday ambiance.

Implement these tips with items available from Home by the Hearth Shop and Consignment by the Sea, and soon, your home will be aglow with holiday magic.

Want a little extra flair? Stop by Spencers Stationery for ornaments and other sparkly decor.

If you want to bring a little outside in this holiday season Burst & Bloom has beautiful seasonal wreaths that are locally sourced.

Need a sweet treat for a holiday party? Sweet Reba’s will have you covered!


And speaking of holiday decor… Don’t forget to take a leisurely stroll through The Crossroads to witness the creativity of our local businesses in the Holiday Window Decorating Contest for Charity. It’s a festive celebration that warms the heart and brings our community together in the spirit of giving.


Happy decorating!

Holiday Window Decorating Contest for Charity



Decor isn’t just for inside! The Crossroads Carmel takes pride in its seasonal decor, and one beloved tradition is the Holiday Window Decorating Contest for Charity. Throughout the holiday season, our stores participate in a friendly competition, adorning their windows with whimsical and creative displays.

Take a stroll through The Crossroads and marvel at the imaginative efforts of our local businesses. From charming winter scenes to creative holiday vignettes, each window tells a story of holiday cheer. And the best part? It’s not just for show—these businesses are competing for a cause.

Our secret panel of judges will evaluate the displays, and the winners will receive prizes, including a donation to their favorite local charity. It’s a heartwarming way for our community to come together, celebrate the season, and give back to those in need.


View last year’s winners here!