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3 Holiday Decorating Styles
Decorating for the holidays doesn't mean you have to stray from your personal style. Here, find inspiration for three distinct looks featured in our November 2014 issue: soft and romantic; simple and organic; and bright and playful.
Look #1: Soft & Romantic
Do you lean towards a monochromatic colour scheme and soft materials like feathers?
The holiday decor of Lindsay Mens Craig, a senior designer with Sarah Richardson Design, is luxurious and feminine. A white feather boa and jewel-like ornaments on the Christmas tree work with the apartment's elegant mix of soft whites and cool blues.
Do you love vintage-inspired style?
Atop the mantel, a white and silver scheme keeps the focus on the pastel garland made from vintage Christmas cards. A sparkling white feather wreath and matching mini trees pair nicely with a gilded mirror. Dusty miller and eucalyptus set in mercury glass and julep cups add to the shimmery, snowy effect.
Look #2: Simple & Organic
Do you love natural textures?
The weathered texture of salvaged wood provides much-needed contrast to warm metal finishes. These wooden candleholders offer a subtle festive touch. Plus, they're inexpensive and easy to make.
Do you steer away from colourful ornaments and decorations in favour of nature's lush greens?
"One of my favourite holiday tricks is to hang a second fir wreath on the inside of the [front] door, but I keep it ultrasimple with no bows," says Suzanne Dimma. "And it wouldn’t be the holidays without paperwhites. I place them in a cylindrical glass vase for a modern spin."
Look #3: Bright & Playful
Do you gravitate towards jewel-toned ornaments and gift wrap?
Instead of going for an overly coordinated tree, mix and match new and vintage decorations in a variety of shapes, sizes and saturated hues to achieve a playful feel — the more colour, the merrier! Use a graphic patterned giftwrap — here, it’s stripes and polka dots — to amp up the drama of the tree.
Do you love decorating with rich colours?
Splashes of fuchsia — one of designer Jennifer Worts's favourite colours — energize this space. The overdyed jewel-toned rug bathes the room in lively colour. Gifts with lime green, fuchsia and glossy white wrapping and patterned ribbon dress up a simple side table and animate the room.