holidays

Treat of the Trade: How to Make your Holiday Decor Magazine-Worthy?

Christmas-tree-ideas

Amongst all the expression renamed in the USA with 'Holiday' rather than 'Christmas' in the USA, I came across the other day its only exception: the Christmas Tree. But after 7 years in New York, I have noticed that this nomenclature does not really matter: even people who do not celebrate Christmas tend to have somewhat some glitter added to their interior one way or another during the festive season. 

Whether 2016 was a great year for you or rather chaotic, decorating for the Holiday is an occasion to ornate our homes with joyful things before bidding farewell to the ending year and welcoming a new one. So for this season: tree or no tree, I wanted to give you some ideas for making your home more festive: traditions from across the world, personal ideas, trends we have observed so you can start thinking about what look you want to create for your home this Holiday season (those ideas can pretty much work in any interior, with any styles).

  • Idea #1: Decorate with colors: this one is the rather traditional approach and gives the most elaborate results in term of design: traditional red and gold, colors matching your interior, unexpected color combinations. Possibilities are endless and decorations are abundant for you to gather. 
  • Idea #2: Decorate with a visual theme: flowers, animals, stars, figurines: pick one theme and find some decorations illustrating it.
Animal decors by  West Elm  (currently on sale)

Animal decors by West Elm (currently on sale)

  • Idea #3: Decorate with a concept: following the natural living trend, decorate 'green' by making all your decorations yourself (your kids will love it) or decide on a material for your decorations you will stick to (we strongly recommend avoiding plastic for obvious reasons). If you lack ideas, check out other countries Christmas decoration traditions: did you know in Romania, Christmas trees decorations are made of goodies to eat? This opens up  a great deal of possibilities!
  • Idea #4: Decorate with memorabilia: this one is a very personal approach with beautiful results in their authenticity: use lovely vintage portraits of family members, place in toys your kids no longer play with, or souvenirs from places you have visited (this is my personal way to decorate). Virtually anything can be used to decorate a tree and this is a great opportunity to use and display things you might no longer see on a daily basis.
Left and center: handmade decorations ( source ) - right: family portraits.

Left and center: handmade decorations (source) - right: family portraits.

Lastly, as promised, some tips to make it magazine-worthy. In the same way you design a room, there are a few details to think of, that greatly contribute to make a Holiday decor look very polished. Review and make decisions on those prior purchasing your decorations and you should be all set!

  • Tip #1: Placement: think about where you will have decorations: on a tree, a fireplace, outdoors, a centerpiece on your table, everywhere? If the latter, ensure you remain consistent and stick to your theme throughout so it looks 'put together'. While you are at it, think on how this will be spread across your home and how it will fit in your day-to-day activities.
  • Tip #2: Density: consider the density of your decorations: if you are going to place decorations everywhere in your home, you may want to decorate more lightly. If you decorate only your tree, you can ornate each branch with something.
  • Tip #3: Texture: think about textures: fluffy/furry, transparent, solid, shiny... While we often think of textures as things to touch, they play a great role in the visual ensemble of your decor. It should often reflect textures you already have in your interior to subtly blend - but nothing mandatory!
  • Tip #4: Scale: If you have a massive fireplace, then a mini-tree will look even smaller - similarly, if your tree is very big, use rather large decorations, otherwise they will look insignificant. As for your interior: use different scale to create a harmonious mixture. Be careful not to use items of a similar scale throughout: in that case, going with obviously different scale is best.

That is all we can recommend for this Holiday season. Feel free to share your pictures so we can admire what you made of our suggestions!

Happy Holidays!

Color of the Month: Yellow

yellow-roses

During the fall season, the obvious colors that come to mind are the reds, oranges and gold tones you can observe in nature. Orange obviously gets a lot of credit as it is one of the colors of Halloween and of the many pumpkins, squashes and alike that will invade our plates for Thanksgiving.

But how about a change and go with yellow for once? How about brightening up your interior for Thanksgiving festivities as we are heading towards the shortest days of the year? Especially as with yellow, you can set the tone for the gold and glitters that December will bring along. Yellow is also a very earthy color that tends to make people smile so whether you spend Thanksgiving with your family or with friends, this cannot do any harm! 

As per orange, yellow has MANY variations - and given it is one of the most versatile colors of all (add a little bit of ANY other color and you will compromise its tint, shade or tone), possibilities are endless. If your interior is mostly black and white, you can easily go for a neutral/buttery shade, if you have a cool palette, go for a lemony yellow, or if you like warm colors in general, go for the dandelion, butterscotch options so it blends well with your interior. 

yellow variations

For those avert to big changes or not big yellow lovers, you can also think of something small, or not too permanent - which is the great thing about decorating for festivities!

Flowers, napkins, vases, candles, bowls filled with lemons (more on making centerpieces with fruits coming soon), or cute little bowls for nibbles: below is a selection of our favorites for the upcoming festivities as well as their vendors.

Have fun! 

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Vendors' list:

Napkins by Birthday Direct: great choice of stripes of all shapes and forms.

Bowls by Vintage American Pottery

Flowers by Rosehip in Brooklyn, NY

Hyde Pierced Vase by Donny Osmond for All Modern

Candles by Wasila (currently out of stock), otherwise, a good option for simple candles: Flying Tiger.

For more ideas, you can also check out our Pinterest board on Yellow here!

One small note: from a Feng Shui prospective, dried or fake flowers are stagnant energy so better opt for fresh, real flowers. More tips on Feng shui coming soon!