I will tell you a little secret – I hate decorating for the holidays.
I’m an interior designer and I admit that my least favorite décor season is the holidays. I dislike that after I have carefully selected furniture and it gets moved around for a large dead or plastic tree. And don’t get me started on blue LED string lights that people don’t take down until June. All of my ranting and raving is ridiculous especially during 2020 but it seems wrong to spend a lot of money on decorations in this year.
To help me get over my Grinch phase I began thinking about the colors of the season. We can’t get away from traditional Red and Green but I have seen a lot of dark navy blue this year. Check out the navy blue tree in the photo above. Who says trees need to be green. I also like the ombre effect with green ornaments at the top cascading into teal and medium blue in this photo. Basic glass ornaments like the ones in the photo are extremely inexpensive.
New decorations every year can get really pricey. I am all about affordable interior design so I reuse items around my house. Think about placing a decorative wreath, ribbon or garland over a mirror or art hung on the wall as seen in the above photo. Hangers with suction cups are great for glass and mirrors. If you have a buffet or sideboard let the food be your decoration when you entertain. There is nothing more welcoming than holiday cookies on a plate.
I also believe that fairy lights are the best invention in recent years. I use them all of the time to brighten areas without worrying about an outlet location. In the photo above if you remove the battery operated lights and ornaments this would not be a holiday décor vignette. Magnolia trees and branches are everywhere in the American South and do not scream holiday but they are free.
I cannot finish this blog post without mentioning my own tree in Chapel Hill. I was determined to reuse my old ornaments rather than purchasing new so our theme this year is Sci-Fi from the Gen X generation. Yoda and Worf are very happy battling each other with Marvin the Martian reigning over all of them. If you are interested in holiday design ideas, give me a call.
First Impressions by Julie Wagner
Chapel Hill, NC