It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wren & Willow would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. One way we would like to help you celebrate this December is by offering tips on making your home
“A Christmas haven for your family and a winter retreat for your guests.”
Winter is the time to transform your home into a Christmas haven. We asked our designers to give us their favorite decorating ideas on how to make a home ready for Christmas.
"Christmas is a great time of year to bring nature inside, and it helps to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Grapevine garland, woodland creature ornaments, and pinecones tucked throughout, all give a Christmas tree a genuine forest look. When my children were young, I decorated three Christmas trees, one for each of them, that created a forest theme. This year, I was inspired to set up a similar forest in the Wren & Willow showroom. The holidays are about decorating in a way that is true to your own style, while embracing the Christmas spirit!"
"Anything that inspires you and makes you happy should be incorporated into your Christmas decorating. I really enjoy pulling out mementos that have meaning to me and my family. Whatever is meaningful to you about the holidays; focus on that. Personal decorative touches could be pillows on the couch, a wreath on the front door, and something sweet that reminds you of your childhood. Most importantly, stay inspired. What has meaning to you will ultimately bring the most beauty into your space." -Hannah Schmidt
"Count your blessings this season in the form of memories. Add a personal touch to your decorating, and put photos from past Christmas seasons in picture frames. Not only will you have your standard holiday decorations up to put you in the spirit, but everyone will be taken down memory lane of Christmases past. It will spark reminiscent conversations, adding to the merriment." -Ashley Cole
"Winter is about family and adventure, and gives us time for reflection. I enjoy the great outdoors, and love using it as inspiration to decorate. I have several glass art pieces I have collected over the years and cherish, along with items collected from my own backyard! I think the fusion of elegant items and raw materials from nature are a great combination for decorating during the holiday season."
There is nothing better than sitting down
for a classic holiday movie as a family.
We asked the Wren & Willow men to
share their favorite picks with us
"My favorite movie is A Christmas Story, mostly because Mom and Dad never let us watch it when we were young."
-Kent Knauss, Superintendent
"I would have to say I like How the Grinch Stole Christmas because it has a good moral to the story, and it cracks me up every time!"
-Shawn Parson, Superintendent
"My favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. It is one of the best action movies that happens to fall on Christmas Eve."
-Luke Knauss, Operations Manager
"My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas, mostly because I love my wife, and she loves that movie. But also because I love naps."
-Hans Kvale, Superintendent
"I grew up watching It's a Wonderful Life every Christmas since childhood, so that one stands as my all-time favorite. I can quote almost every line from the movie from start to finish, and would challenge anyone to a trivia contest on that movie."
-Adam Skrivan, Website Manager
My favorite movie has to be Christmas Vacation. I love the part where Clark Griswold is installing lights on the outside of his house. The sounds of the aluminum ladder and staple gun are perfect. It makes me laugh when I install lights on my own house. Of course, all safety precautions are used and in place.
-Tom Motland, Project Development
Hands down, the best movie is Home Alone. Kevin is so innovative with how he gets back at the robbers!
-Cliff Kendall, General Manager
I love any Christmas movie with food. Roast beast from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, turkey from Christmas Vacation, and all that pizza and ice cream in Home Alone. I also just like to watch food. I like to watch people make it, eat it, but mostly I like to eat it. I don't care that much about movies. I just want food.
-Bentley, Chief of Security