Chrissy & Her Home
In April, when we featured the 1940s light-filled and beautiful Sausalito, California, home of lifestyle blogger and designer, Chrissy McDonald, we instantly fell in love with all of the details. We’re back today to show you how Chrissy decorated her home for the holidays, and let’s just say that the word ‘dreamy’ is an understatement. From the green, white and cream color combination seen throughout to all of the Christmas-inspired touches, this home is sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit. So come along with us as we step inside Chrissy’s warm and cozy abode.
We featured your beautiful Sausalito, California home in April and our readers fell in love with it! What was your approach for decorating for the holidays and transforming what you already had?
I absolutely love this time of year and it never quite feels like the holidays until I decorate. As you can see, we don’t necessarily have pieces that lend themselves to feeling “Christmas-y.” I thought our blue/gray sofa and bold Turkish rug would be off-putting with holiday décor, but I just stick to a color palette that complements the elements in our apartment. I prefer using greens, white and cream instead of bold red and heavy prints like plaid.
Do you decorate differently every year? What was the theme and inspiration behind this year’s décor?
Decorating for the holidays really just depends on where I live. Last year, we had just moved into this apartment a month before, so our decorations felt a little flat because our space didn’t look that lived in. This year, I wanted to take full advantage of our beautiful bay window and adorn it with mini wreaths and place a tree right in the center. Overall, I wanted the space to feel cozy, but not like we had to overhaul all of our belongings to go all out Christmas.
Where do you save and where do your splurge on holiday décor? Do you like to include any DIYs?
I wish I was a better DIY-er, but I feel like everything I make looks more like a kid’s project than a Martha Stewart staple. I love to make a wreath for our front door, but other than that, most things are store-bought. One of my tricks to saving money is to hit up the local flower mart for garlands, wreaths and decorative accents. We are lucky that San Francisco has so many great vendors at the mart, which is where I got the decorative mini trees throughout and the large antlers on our coffee table. Stores like HomeGoods and Target also have wonderful holiday themed décor.
The only thing we really splurge on is a real Christmas tree. I grew up having a real tree every year, so that is something I am willing to spend a bit of money on.
Are you planning on entertaining a lot this holiday? If so, do you have any tips for our readers?
Entertaining is one of my favorite things to do, but because of our small space, we don’t seem to have people over as much. I prefer intimate get-togethers where everyone brings a different small dish, or a Girls’ Night In pajama party watching our favorite holiday movies with seasonally themed cocktails!
Whenever I go to someone else’s place around the holidays, I am rarely empty-handed. I love making cookies and bringing them in a cute grain sack with ribbon and a hang tag. Or a bottle of wine in a marble wine holder. Just something that makes it feel like you thought about the host/hostess.
What do you love most about Sausalito during the holidays?
Sausalito is absolutely beautiful this time of year. The crowds have thinned out a lot and the buildings get very seasonally festive downtown. One of the best parts is the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade, which we can watch (and hear) from our street. The boats in the harbor get all decked out in lights and ride around the bay with Christmas music blaring. The parade concludes with a large fireworks display that is not to be missed.
What’s your favorite holiday recipe?
My mom makes my favorite cookies of all time every Christmas, simple raspberry Linzer cookies, or as we like to call them, jelly cookies. I eat about 15 in one sitting.
Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?
I feel very lucky that I grew up having solid holiday traditions instilled in me from such a young age. My parents still go cut down their Christmas tree every year and have since before I was born. I love that Daniel and I have started to do the same and it is something I hope to continue for a long time. I also cherish Christmas Eve at my parents’ house. After a large dinner, we light luminarias—a tradition in their neighborhood that is absolutely magical. Then we head inside for a classic Christmas movie.
Speaking of holiday movies, what’s your all time favorite holiday movie to watch?
Lastly, what are the top 3 things on your Christmas list?
I have been wanting to add a new perfume to my arsenal for a while and I love Mojave Ghost by Byredo, so that, a coffee table book on Maine (if it isn’t obvious, I’m obsessed with New England) and another Cuyana makeup bag (they’re my all-time favorite)!
See more holiday home décor here: Best Places To Shop For Holiday Décor // Last-Minute DIY Holiday Decorating And Wrapping Tips To Try
Shop her home:
Jute Rug: Amazon
Printed Rug: Vintage
Tree Skirt: Target
Sofa: West Elm
Coffee Table: Living Spaces
Striped Pillow: Truck & Barter (sold out)
Coffee Table Tray: Target
White Mudcloth Pillow: Etsy
Blue Dots Pillow: Kufri
Glass Cloche: Crate & Barrel
Matches: Hudson & Grace
Baskets: Truck & Barter
Desk: Similar style World Market
Desk Chair: Ballard Designs
Desk Lamp: IKEA
Ceiling Light: Ballard Designs
Rug: World Market
Bedding: West Elm
Throw: West Elm
Candle: Jenni Kayne