This past week my son’s playoff football game was conveniently located across town near one of my favorite Vancouver shopping destinations…South Granville! For non locals, this is a stretch of about 6 blocks of some of my favorite retailers. Specifically – Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, West Elm and Anthropologie.
One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to visit these stores to check out their Christmas decorations. I rarely buy anything, I just grab a gingerbread latte and have a leisurely browse. I always find I get tons of ideas and inspiration from these little visits. And of course I collect catalogs from each store to enjoy at home, which is how I started my day today. A cup of coffee and a Pottery Barn catalogue and I am a happy lady!
This year, I decided to snap some pictures with my phone and share some things that caught my eye here on my blog. It’s like I am taking you all shopping with me! So lets dive in, shall we?
First up is Restoration Hardware, which is one of my favorite stores to visit. This would definitely be my first stop if I ever won the lottery!
The words I would use to describe this store, are “understated elegance” and their Christmas decor is no exception.
Lots of simple bare trees with white lights on display all throughout the store. So simple and so pretty! A very minimalist approach to holiday decor. I really liked the table centerpieces on display, this would be a really easy look to replicate-hurricane vases, white candles and mini lights. So easy.
These metal garlands are exceptionally beautiful and add a touch of glam to the table. The string of mini bulbs woven in with the leaves add warmth.
I also really loved these gold branches and thought this would be such an easy DIY. Just forage for some twigs, spray paint them gold and then add some battery operated lights. I may have to give this a try!
The holiday decor at Restoration Hardware was pretty sparse, but there were lots of beautiful items in the seasonal catalog. Next stop on my tour was Pottery Barn.
The vibe here was definitely not minimal or sparse…there was tons of holiday decor to feast my eyeballs on! I always love the throw pillows at Pottery Barn, and their seasonal collection did not disappoint! Lots of plaid, buffalo check and faux fur. So cozy!
I am a sucker for pillows with text on them, so it’s no surprise that this one caught my eye!
I bought this one a few years back and it is still one of my favorite items to display for the Christmas season! Lucy likes it too…
Another favorite item to check out at Pottery Barn is the tableware section. Loved these plaid dishes, but was finding most of the items a little too traditional for my taste.
The table runners, napkins and placemats were all really fun and festive and I could picture adding them to my dining room.
I have a huge place in my heart for mugs, so it’s no surprise that this display stopped me in my tracks and gave me instant heart eyes…
Last year I found some great mugs at Superstore and used them to create a cute little hot chocolate station. I loved the way it looked and will be re-creating that this season.
The other thing that Pottery Barn does so well is tree ornaments. I didn’t actually snap any photos of them, but there were so many and they were all lovely! I am really drawn to cloches, and I think it’s such an easy way to create a thoughtful vignette. I particularly like the faux neige (fake snow) in this one.
There were lots of really pretty trees on display. Some real looking…
And some that were purely ornamental…
There were some simple ideas that caught my eye and got the creative gears turning. Like these pretty gold ornaments displayed in a bowl…
Or this vase with pinecones…
This is one of those “the look for less” situations. You could easily find these same items at Michaels for about a 1/4 of the price! I would say I gathered the most inspiration out of Pottery Barn, so armed with a catalog for my viewing pleasure, I headed on down to West Elm.
When I walked in the front door, I was immediately intrigued by this hanging installation.
The picture probably doesn’t do it justice, but it was spectacular! It was hanging above a beautifully set table display that was also full of inspiration.
I liked this table setting also, in particular, I loved how the garland was used as part of the centerpiece. I was actually tempted to buy this garland, but it was apparently only for display.
I love the gold flatware set! The combination of faux greenery and gold taper candle sticks it simple and elegant.
Aside from the table settings, there wasn’t a whole lot of seasonal decor to take in at West Elm. There were a few stockings and ornaments at the back of the store, but not a ton to choose from. It seems that West Elm has either paired down the holiday decor that they carry in store, or they hadn’t received all of their stock yet.
I really enjoyed my stroll down South Granville and came away very inspired and ALMOST ready to haul out our Christmas bins. What about you, have you jumped on the Christmas train yet or are you holding out until December? We have been busy preparing for an event in our neighborhood called the Kris Kringle market. Both of my daughters have been busy creating Christmas items to sell, which always puts me in the holiday spirit. Stay tuned for my adventures in decorating which I will be sharing over on instagram and facebook this week! If you want to follow along, just click on the social media buttons at the top of this page!