Are you getting burned out on Santa Claus, Rudolph and little elves? It’s easy to accumulate a hodge-podge of holiday decorations, many of which may not suit your tastes or your home’s style anymore.
If this is the case for you, it may be time to donate the ones worth donating, trash the ones that have had it, and starting over from scratch using tasteful, mature and nature-inspired décor that doesn’t scream, “CHRISTMAS!”
Holiday Decorations for Everyone’s Taste and Traditions
Even if you are a believer in Jesus, Santa, Buddha, Judaism or another major religion, that doesn’t mean your partner is, or the rest of your family is. Neutralizing holiday decorations can be a nice way to strike the right balance, blending your individual traditions in here and there, as you see fit while still celebrating the magic we all share this time of year.
Here are some lovely ways to honor the change in seasons – as well as the holiday – by using nature-inspired holiday décor in your home.
Gild your fruit. Does your family keep a fruit bowl on the table? Fill it up with some of this season’s favorite fruits, including crisp apples, voluptuous pomegranates and different varieties of pears. Right away you have blend of rich reds, greens and golds. Up the gold ante by choosing a few apples and spray paint them gold – or silver if you prefer – to add a little festive flair to the arrangement.
Pinecone garlands. Take the family on a nature walk and collect pinecones. If you like things to match, select the cones from the same species of tree. If you like an eclectic look, you can purchase a variety. You can also buy pinecones – some of which are pre-glittered or gilded – at a local craft store. String them up using metallic ribbons or natural hemp twine – depending on your taste. You can use these “garlands” to adorn the mantel, a front door or walkway, along the front of your kitchen or dining room hutches or anywhere else you see fit.
Make banister bouquets. If you have a stairway with banisters, skip the traditional garland approach and make banister bouquets instead. To start, collect or purchase bare branches – birch or redtwig dogwood are ideal for this – and cut the branches so they span from the base of a stair to just above the banister. Then, cut evergreens from your own backyard – or a generous neighbor’s. Attach the branches and greens (branches in back, greens in front) to the banisters (every two or three banisters is an ideal ratio) using green florist wire.
You can attach bows, bells, clusters of berries and/or Christmas tree ornaments to jazz the bouquets up a bit. They look and smell delightful and can also be added to doors or used in vases for centerpieces.
Father Christmas and Real Reindeer. We all love Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer and the gang and the occasional cheery Santa is fine as well. However, there are so many variations that all those figurines can start to have a cartoony effect. Instead, look for images and figurines of Father Christmas and true reindeer, which look more realistic, tend to be more consistent in their aesthetic and have a more grown-up appearance – even though the kids in the family will be just as transfixed.
Go Cedar hunting. Cedar is one of my very favorite winter greens from which to make holiday decorations and arrangements. It lays flat but drapes well. It smells good but it’s relatively gentle on the hands, and you can find it in just about any neighborhood. Plus, you can hack quite a bit out of an established plant without it really showing.
Use freshly-cut cedar to make wreaths and garlands. It looks lovely circled around the base of pillar candles and can be arranged with dead wood, stones, and fairy houses or just-the-right ornaments to create magical, miniature worlds. Once you’ve arranged the cedar to your liking, add small twinkle lights (I highly recommend the tiny LED lights that are strung on thin metallic wire) and twine them into the arrangement. The effects are stunning.
Are you ready to overhaul your hodge-podge of holiday decorations? Schedule a consultation withan interior designer to help you go through your traditional boxes to cull the antique and sentimental pieces, and then work with you to create a whole new look.