Christmas window sill decor with starfish rosemary christmas tree and ornaments

Looking at all the pretty holiday pictures of beautifully decorated mantels made me a little jealous of my friends who live up north. Living in Florida, not too many of us have fireplaces where we can hang our Christmas stockings, so I like to create the same effect using my large windows. Windows make the perfect place to decorate and bring attention to the holidays.

Windowsill holiday decor with Christmas ornaments and stockings

Handmade DIY family heirloom Christmas stockings hanging from windowsill as holiday decor

family heirloom Christmas handmade stockings


What I like to do when I am decorating my windows is mash a little coastal décor into the Christmas vibe. I think it is a great look and it says Florida, which is where my holidays are spent. Don’t be afraid to step out of the traditional holiday decoration box. As a designer, I have always put a twist to any style to make it my own signature and an original.

Florida coastal Christmas window sill decor with starfish and rosemary as pine tree



Windows offer a linear space and because of that, I like to create a balanced display. I achieved balance in my long kitchen window by starting with my hanging ornaments. Before committing to the placement, I laid them out on the floor for a visual review. I decided to use my star as the center focal point and then create the visual rhythm by taking identical ornaments, one on each side of the star and hanging them low. The outer ornaments were a different style and matched each other. I placed them by splitting the difference of space between the star and the low ornaments. This created a balance across the window that felt right and set up the space for a continuous balance of decorations.



Christmas window sill decor with starfish, yellow Kitchenaid, poinsettia, silver star ornaments

Christmas window sill decor at sink with cookbook starfish and poinsettia


This type of accessorizing is all about layering the décor in a balanced way. Because I had set the tone of rhythm with the ornaments, I started with the center placement on the sill. My Christmas tree has a twist to it, it is actually a rosemary bush and the aroma is to die for! The rosemary tree was the perfect height to place in the center, right below my star ornament. I followed this with the white starfish which were the perfect partners to the lower hanging ornaments. I framed the window with peach colored poinsettias carrying through my sunshine state theme. I think it is equally important to disrupt a bit of the balance by adding small character pieces, like the Santa and the Christmas bag to give a homey feel.


Christmas window sill decor rosemary with ornaments starfish and silver mirror stars

A holiday window, viewed from the outside, is so pretty!

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.