Decorating for the holidays is uncomplicated and fun at my house — just a few easy touches to catch the eye and warm the soul and that’s about it. You won’t find flashing lights or gobs of garlands strung about, and it’s not because I’m averse to celebrating the season, I simply prefer a more scaled-back approach to Christmas décor. Playful and with touches of whimsy, the house twinkles at night, and stays festive throughout the day. And for those that wonder how the designer does it, I’ve opened my doors for a seasonal sneak peek.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
When it comes to decorating the Christmas tree, I prefer soft white lights — just enough to make it glow — and then my decorations add colour and pop off the feathery boughs. Nestled amongst the branches you’ll find an eclectic mix of miniature disco balls, tin light-bulb shaped baubles, sequined fillers, beaded snow flake sprigs, laser-cut aluminum reindeer, and a varying mix of glass baubles in my absolute favorite non-traditionally Christmas accent colour: turquoise.
It doesn’t matter the time of year, I always have candles out and lit at night. The shimmering ambiance makes the main living area cozy and relaxing. This time of year especially is perfect for groupings of pillars and votives, set atop mantles, mirrored trays, and metallic chargers — forgo strongly scented candles so you can kick back and nestle down all night long.
Sprigs & Branches
Using organic materials for your holiday décor speaks to that part of us that enjoys being surrounded by nature — bringing outdoor branches and greenery into the home helps create a sense of earthiness and natural simplicity. Willow branches with tiny ornaments delicately hung about, or a wreath made of twigs is playfully effortless, and shifts all-year-round décor into holiday mode.
This couldn’t get any simpler, and is perfect for spaces not decked with seasonal decor: crack open a container of mixed baubles and place them about a serving tray or shallow gourd, and voila — a touch of whimsy out in the open. I’ve set a silver wire bowl on top of the dining table, and have filled it with an array of various glass and metal ornaments. They catch the light and make me smile throughout the day, and at night I switch on the battery-operated twinkle lights down inside.
Deck The Front Door
We finally have a front step large enough to set out a few festive items this year — something I wasn’t able to do with the old house. I came across a few birch trunks earlier this fall and knew they’d look charming inside a cheery red wire basket as soon as the snow fell. A mix of small and tall ornamental trees, a few cute signs, and one very bright red berry wreath later, and guests will be greeted by a jolly outdoor vignette until February.
I’ve enjoyed sharing my design news and tips this past year with you, and look forward to bringing in the new year with all the design goodies 2014 will have to offer. Season’s Greetings, from my home to yours.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 21, 2013