In case you missed it in yesterday’s post, we’re in full blown Merrick’s Guide to the Holidays here on the blog! This week’s theme is Holidays at Home, so of course we need to talk about holiday home decorations.
One of my favorite memories growing up was putting up all of our Christmas decorations as a family the day after Thanksgiving. There’s just something so magical, cozy, and special about Christmas decor, and now that I have my own home I want my family to feel that during the holidays. 

Every year we pick up a few new decorations, and this year I’ve teamed up with World Market to share a few fun items to give that special touch to your home and bring that cozy and homey magic to your home during the holidays. World Market is one of my favorite home goods stores because it has unique, quality, and beautiful pieces, and all at such great prices.

We’re going in phases of decorating this year — first these little touches with small decor and pillows, next week we’ll put the tree up, and probably the week after that I’ll get the rest of my house completely holiday ready.

I love World Market’s collection of pillows and blankets this year, and although I have a bunch of already on my couch, I think a whole couch full of pillows and a cozy throw blanket make any room feel inviting.  I chose a few new pillows that felt festive and special, but could still be used year round if we wanted to rotate (all except this Fa-la-la-la-la pillow which was just too cute to pass up).  But I’m loving this fur one, and of course a pop of red brought some color to the room.

I also wanted a simple coffee table decoration, so I found these candles and glass cylinder vases, wrapped them in garland, and set them on the table next to this amazing reindeer wooden tray.

And lastly, for the mantel, I added some garland, pretty glitter paper trees, a holiday banner, and a pretty string of fake cranberries. I also can’t wait to add our stockings up there once they come out of storage, and some logs for the fireplace.

It doesn’t take much to make a room feel cozy and festive — just a few simple touches and a basic room becomes magical and holiday ready.

ROOM DETAILS: FA-LA-LA PILLOW (also love this one!) ||  FUR PILLOW  ||  RED THROW  ||  RED PILLOW  ||  MACY’S COUCH (ALMOST IDENTICAL HERE)  ||  IKEA BLACK AND WHITE PILLOWS  ||  KATHY DAVIS “JOY” PILLOW, c/o  ||  (all other pillows from west elm a few years ago and no longer available)


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photos by rad and happy | created in partnership with World Market


  1. So cute!! I love all your festive decor…and those mugs especially…darling!! xo


  2. Jessica says:

    Your home is absolutely stunning! Decorating goals!
    Unique Geek

  3. Oh my goodness, your home is beautiful! It’s literally perfect… definitely going to try to mimic do this in the future. 🙂 Great post!

    Jazzy @

    PS. I just adore your baby bump… so cute, Merrick!

  4. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    We’ve been wanting to get some new throw pillows this season for our living room! We’re also big fans of Olive the Other Reindeer in our house 🙂


  5. Nikki says:

    I love how your holiday decorations just blend in perfectly with everything else. It doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, but it does make the room look festive and cozy. Also, these pictures reminded me that I was going to tackle redoing the gallery wall in our bedroom during nap time today… but naptime is about to be over. Oops :/

  6. Markelle says:

    Where did you get your rug? I just bought a house and I’ve been trying to find one like that.

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