Blogger Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush creates a winter wonderland with cute crafts and clever DIY projects
Everybody in the Akins family pitches in to create the handcrafted Christmas decorations that makes their home a winter wonderland.

Decking your halls at Christmas time always comes with a certain amount of nostalgia, especially when you incorporate DIY ornaments and décor into your handmade holiday look. For Lucy Akins of the Craftberry Bush blog, it’s also a time to let her creativity shine through every detail and DIY project. Here she divulges the secrets behind how she makes her suburban Toronto, Ontario home extra cozy and enchanting for her family during the holidays.

Bringing the look of freshly fallen snow indoors adds a magical touch to any home during the holidays. That’s why Lucy loves to decorate various rooms with flocked Christmas trees and faux snow accents for a winter wonderland vibe.
Bringing the look of freshly fallen snow indoors adds a magical touch to any home during the holidays. That’s why Lucy loves to decorate various rooms with flocked Christmas trees and faux snow accents for a winter wonderland vibe.

Let It Snow

Bringing the look of freshly fallen snow indoors adds a magical touch to any home during the holidays. That’s why Lucy loves to decorate various rooms with flocked Christmas trees and faux snow accents for a winter wonderland vibe.

“Each year I think of a theme, almost like a story [I want to tell],” Lucy says. “There’s one tree in the family room with the fireplace that I wanted to look like it’s just been snowed on, so I added giant ‘snowballs’ made of yarn and kept it really neutral.

I added these little pink peacocks with fluffy feathers. They were just so pretty. I took that as my inspiration to do my entire tree. I just let it evolve as it comes along.”

Her genius trick: To create her own fluffy garland for her pink tree, she took some feathery dusters from the dollar store, pulled off the handles and tucked them into the tree. “They were white and fluffy and perfect. That’s what makes my tree unique,” Lucy says. “I like to think outside the box.”

Lucy of Craftberry Brush blog decorates her mantel with dried leaves, brass candlesticks and a glittery Christmas village.
Lucy decorates her mantel with dried leaves, brass candlesticks and a glittery Christmas village.

Holiday Remix

Put a personal spin on your holiday décor with an uncommon color palette and by mixing and matching your decorative objects.

While Lucy tends to gravitate toward gold ornaments, she likes to change it up a little every year. This year she went with gold, silver, rose gold, blush and copper for a romantic, shimmery effect. Starting with a layer of neutral colors, she adds in new accent colors each year.

“You can have the golds and the metallics, which will never go out of style, and then you can just buy a few more each year, but you don’t need a lot—just enough for little pops of color,” Lucy says. “If you use things in different ways each year and move your furniture around, you can have a completely different look.”

A table separates the sofa from the wall. This provides the room with dimension and serves as a spot for seasonal decorating. The gold-toned mirror compliments the metallic motif in Lucy’s Christmas decor while pink baubles to the the festive and feminine look.

Handmade and Heartfelt

Make your Christmas décor extra special by incorporating personal elements. Lucy and her family enjoy making a few new decorations and ornaments each year and turning craft time into family time.

A "naked cake," iced with very little frosting, is the mountain upon which an intricately decorated gingerbread village is displayed at Lucy Atkin's home.
A “naked cake,” iced with very little frosting, is the mountain upon which an intricately decorated gingerbread village is displayed.

Sometimes kid-made ornaments can clash with your Christmas scheme, but Lucy suggests directing a DIY project or two for kids and providing them with the colors and materials you’ll use so it blends well with your theme. She also likes to combine dollar-store finds with more high-end pieces for a fresh look.

“I encourage people to embrace their space and really enjoy what Christmas is about, which is family and gathering together, and not so much about how gorgeous your trees look. At the end of the day, it’s about the people in your home,” Lucy says.

Brody the Bernese Mountain Dog enjoys the living room’s festive decor.