In this post: Not ready to pull out all of your holiday decor? Try easing into holiday decorating with Christmas flower arrangements and subtle seasonal baubles.
I absolutely love seasonal decor.
I think it stems from my obsession with appropriateness, but much like one should always dress for the occasion, an impeccably dressed home is always appropriate for the season.
For this reason, I play to all highlights on the calendar and enjoy the transitions. Hence, coming off autumn, I’m now easing into holiday decorating.
We’ve just barely put the pumpkins away. I’m not one to drag out every last ornament and immediately garland the whole house.
I enjoy a slow build. A few berries here, some glittered orbs there. A touch of claret, a hint of moss and always, there’s room for gilding throughout.
This year I decided to start with my entryway.
The florals were actually left over from a birthday party we hosted here on Thanksgiving weekend. I did a little surgery on the arrangements, pulling out the golden tones and underscoring the richer burgundy hues.
I tucked in some berries for added emphasis.
The welcoming vignette faces the front door and is the perfect spot to begin my holiday decorating.
It shimmers from the silver tea service to the gilded French mirror. It seemed only natural to add a few glittered balls to the festive arrangements to begin to add some holiday cheer.
The underpinning for this holiday vignette is an antique burled wood bar server that hails from France. The rich wood makes a wonderful backdrop for the merry colors the season favors.
Pine cones are among the first holiday bits I like to bring out and these gilded ones add a note of elegance.
I approach my holiday decor much like I do everything else and my signature style seems to have become visibly refined to a casual elegance. This defining style will be a key topic I’ll be returning to a lot in my upcoming posts.
What I love most about decorating for the holidays is the warmth of the rich colors and the brilliance of the glimmery objects. Both reflect our feelings of delight at being with family and the enthusiasm it deserves.
My holiday decor is always nature inspired and winter focused, but I do love to bring on the glam. I tend to pick a color palette each year and that drives the way the decorations evolve.
The gilded and crystal sconces that flank the server were found at an antique shop in Sorrento, Italy on a summer trip, but they work perfectly with my sparkling holiday setting.
As the flowers begin to wilt, this server will become a platform for more winter greenery. The closer we get to the holidays the more thematic decor I layer in. It’s all part of the progression of transitional seasonal decor.
In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing much more, including my holiday mantel, a tabletop tree, a DIY project and of course, a Christmas Eve table setting.
For more ideas you can visit: Easy Shortcuts for Simple Christmas Decor.
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