Julie Montgomery is an Atlanta-based Interior Designer, entrepreneur, and creator of the Simply Savvy Blog. Since 2010, she has helped busy professionals and families realize the homes that fit their lifestyle and personality. Julie believes in the power of space to influence our creativity. According to her, your surroundings bring everything to life.
Julie Montgomery Interiors and The Simply Savvy Blog work hand-in-hand to help reach Julie’s goal of creating comfortable, functional, and beautiful spaces that her audience and customers can feel great in. Whether you’re trying out her virtual design service or catching up on her home updates via the blog, experience Julie’s passion for creating a home that’s right for you.
We’ve asked Julie a few questions to get her insights about the holidays and decorating for the season.
TC: Describe the Christmas tree you had as a child and how you used to decorate it.
Julie: Christmas and the entire holiday season has always been my favorite time of year. Unwrapping the same ornaments year after year was my favorite thing growing up when it came to decorating. My sisters and I had our handmade ornaments that were fun (or funny) to see but I loved seeing my mom’s ceramic Mr. and Mrs. Clause each year. Our holiday decor was definitely all about tradition–and I still decorate with some of my childhood ornaments.
TC: Do you have an heirloom Christmas décor item?
Julie: I wanted to have ornaments that my boys could keep and enjoy as they got older so I began to purchase one ornament on each family vacation. I hope they’ll look at these symbols from places we’ve been with happy memories and stories to share.
TC: What was your most ambitious DIY Christmas project?
Julie: We have had one Christmas where every decoration was a craft project. We had recently moved and our belongings were in storage and impossible to access. Instead of purchasing ornaments we decided to be creative. Weeks before putting up the tree my boys and I would create ornaments or string treats for garland as an afterschool activity. We eventually had the prettiest decorated tree and some favorite memories.
TC: Over all the years of celebrating and decorating for the holidays, what has changed and what has stayed the same?
Julie: As an Interior Decorator I’m always making simple changes to my home decor; however, when it comes to holiday decorating I’m all about tradition and familiarity. I love that my kids light up like I did growing up when they unwrap the decorations.