Been thinking a lot about the holidays lately… wondering how I should dress up our place since we won't be heading home for the holidays this year (letting out a long sigh as I'm writing this). Do you reinvent the look every year or do you like to stick with traditional decor? My parents always try to add a little something special every year to the decorations, they are great with surprises. They would let me walk into the house and give me a minute to survey the rooms until I notice what is new. It's a fun game that we play, silly I know, but that's what holidays are about right? I have a feeling that I would be dying for a white Christmas this year. With no fluffy snow to look at or to play in, and sledding would have to wait until next year. But to lift my spirits up, I found a few inspirations that I thought I might give it a go! Lots of white with sprinkles of bright colors… So how would you be dressing up your home for the holidays?
…. I especially love this idea of using take-out containers as part of the centerpiece. For tea lights? presents? flowers?
Christmas trees remind me of gifts and gifts remind me of ribbons…wait, that sounds familiar. I must be feeling the season, because now my thoughts turn to the Christmas tree and all its decorated glory and contagious happiness. But everyone has their own version of happiness beyond the traditional tree and that's just fine.
Take for instance a whimsical tree composed of found objects by artist Jane Schouten. It's a patchwork of delight that'll fill the season with joy, as well as the whole year through.
When I was young, I lived in an area where it was very traditional to go to a Christmas Tree farm and cut down a Christmas Tree. We never did that. Instead, we got ours from the parking lot at the local garden supply store, but still…it was tradition and in my little-kid mind, that was the way it was done then and that was the way it was supposed to be done by everyone.
I've grown a bit and matured (some) and come to the realization that of course, not every one has the same childhood memories as me and thus not everyone identifies with what I consider to be traditional.
It was only a few years ago that I was introduced the the wonder and spectacle of the aluminum Christmas tree. Clearly, this isn't a new concept:
I was working for an event decor company at the time and they had a gorgeous holiday party set up for a local construction company. Each area of the company was decorated in a different way, one traditional, one very modern. one Victorian…but the kids area was '50s inspired and it had a beautiful, white, aluminum, rotating Christmas tree with colorful uplighting. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
Ever since, I have been captivated by aluminum Christmas trees and their whimsey, nostalgia and beauty. Here are some fun inspiration pictures I have found around the web lately:
Nicole at Making it Lovely got her hands on this amazing, PINK tree last Christmas. I can't wait to see what she does with it this year.
Tabletop trees bring holiday flair to small living rooms, console tables, kids' rooms … really any space in the home. I'm particularly fond of wooden versions. Whether decorated or left unadorned, they can be a lovely (and often more environmentally-friendly) alternative to live, cut, or artificial trees. Here are 12 of my favorite wooden tabletop trees. In many cases, their modern shapes and neutral colors extend their appeal beyond the holidays, too.
I gasped the first time I saw Büro North's Frigg, Rindd, and Gryder trees. Not only are they incredibly stylish, but they're also sustainably designed and produced in Melbourne, Australia.
The Wooden Die-Cut Evergreen Trees on the left are actually sold as wedding table centerpieces but they could certainly be used in the home, as well. At right, Crate & Barrel's Wooden Trees made from plywood with a white lacquer finish.
Have you been holiday shopping?
I know. It's not even Thanksgiving!
Suddenly, it seems the holiday season is already upon us! I've been noticing holiday decor creeping up everywhere, from retail stores to catalogs I've received in the mail. I can't help but notice some of the gorgeous layouts and tables set for a festive meal.
This December, our home is going to be part of the Reindeer Walk, which is a house walk for charity, benefiting the Hospital Association in our town. It's a lovely event, as 6 families open their homes for the holiday tour.
The homeowner's make the environment festive with their traditional holiday decor, and a florist comes in with flowers, garland, and greenery. Let me just say, I'm a little light on the decorations. We tend to keep things simple around our house. We do make the annual journey to cut down our Christmas tree, and add vintage ornaments from our collection, which I am looking forward to.
The flowers for our home will be an important feature. I've been looking at images to share with our floral designer, and have come across some gorgeous displays. The rich lush color and diverse textures of this collection are exactly what I was looking for. I love the simplicity of the compositions, and the delicate visual balance is breathtaking. The unexpected elements like the pomegranate, fern fronds and olive tree leaves, create a special and unique arrangement. We all want something a little "different", and it is fun to mix it up and try something new each season.
I hope you also find the images refreshing and as innovative as I have, and perhaps an inspiration for the season ahead.
Images courtesy of www.oliveandcocoa.com