I have a mini panic attack whenever I see those big plastic bins people use to pack up their Santas, ornaments and wreaths for 11 months out of the year. I don’t have it in me to worry about the whereabouts of snow globes and porcelain nativity scenes during the off-season. It all just seems like too much of a commitment. How am I to know if I’ll still feel the same way next year about a set of Christmas dishes?! I just can’t get locked in like that, man.
I know some people love the ritual of digging their treasures out of storage each year and taking a walk down memory lane, but to me that spells allergens, potential contact with mouse poop, and yet another box to lug around the next time I move. So naturally, I’m fond of decorating ideas involving branches, pine cones, fruits, vegetables and other living things for the raw, unprocessed and impermanent qualities they offer. Aside from the lack of obligation to save them for next year, there’s also the genius of it all… the I-can’t-believe-she-did-that-with-string-and-twigs effect. It’s that magical moment when you realize you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have beauty in your home. I’m so inspired by these people who creatively incorporate ordinary objects into their decor.
I also love simple holiday decorating because I think Christmas just gets too darn complicated. You know, like company parties that take months to plan and involve scavenger hunts, elaborate themes, and bizarrely complex point accrual schemes that attendees must navigate in order to earn door prizes (not that I have personal experience or anything). I mean, whatever happened to low-key get-togethers with good tunes and some whiskey punch? That’s about all you need as far as I’m concerned. Sigh. I’m just over here yearning for the simpler times of yesteryear.
Anywhoodle, have you been following Jennifer Rizzo’s holiday house walk? I can’t get enough of it. She’s been featuring links to home tours of several bloggers each day this week, and these ladies have tons of thrifty and creative ideas. I’ve been staying up late and getting up early to browse through them all. So far I’ve viewed close to 30 house tours, in detail. Don’t have time for that? Not to worry, I’m going to share my favorite simple, beautiful looks from these bloggers below.
Here’s what the internet has been whispering to me about the unfussy Christmas decorating I’m drawn to:
Natural greenery, stashed everywhere. You can cut extra from your Christmas tree, or I’ve read it’s possible to ask tree lots attendants for pruned branches they have laying around. Laura from Finding Home knows what’s up.
You know what looks great with all that greenery? Snow, in the form of Epsom salt. Apparently that’s the faux snow substance of choice for home décor bloggers.
And produce. Pomegranates, cranberries, artichokes, kale. Look at those beautiful colors and textures.
And speaking of edible arrangements, how about the sweet simplicity of candy canes, the most quintessential Christmas treat of all.
What do you have laying around the house or yard waiting to be put to use for the holidays?