Merry G-Damn Christmas Decorations

by anna on December 21, 2008


No, this is not what my house looks right now. We are going to our relatives’ house for Christmas this year, and since Mini is so young I figured he wouldn’t miss the decorations at home. But since it’s the holiday season, I figured I might as well show what I did last year. Last year was my first real adult Christmas. When it was just me and Mr. Right-Click, we didn’t bother with the tree. But last year we had Mini, so we decided to go all out. I have always been a little wary of Christmas decorations because–let’s face it–it’s hard to do them up right without being tacky. I mean, if you’re going for tacky, then that’s awesome, because it’s hard to go wrong. But if you want to look nice, well, it’s hard.

So I called in the professionals, sort of. I did my research, and found some good ideas in magazines. In O at Home last year were several different “looks” for Christmas decorating, including this one which is kind of a modern take on the Vctorian Christmas. I should note that it wasn’t Oprah coming up with these ideas. If it had been, it’s highly unlikely I would have liked them, since I like modernist stuff and HAVE YOU SEEN THE AMOUNT OF FLORAL THAT WOMAN HAS IN HER MANSION?! Gah.

So, the tree is most notable for its consistency in colors. I liked the fact that they took neutrals (black and white, and green because of the tree, of course) and mixed them with only one color (pink, but if Mr. Right-Click asks, it’s “red,” because that’s what he calls it and there’s no need to call attention to the fact that it’s actually pink). I also splurged and bought about 8 of these special ornaments (in “red” aka pink) from The Artful Home last year:


The other key concept I got from this article was to look at your presents as part of the decor. Which, yeah, duh! Why didn’t I think of that? So I wrapped everything in black, white, “red” (aka pink) or some combination thereof. It made a huge difference in how the house looked.

I did not get around to making a christmas car display like this one, but I saved the picture so that I can in the coming years. The board is made from an insulation panel (?!) covered in dupioni silk. I also got several of the black beaded garlands because I thought they were so cool.


Here’s O at Home‘s suggestions for decorating the door. I searched and searched for a giant clear glass ornament to no avail.

Here’s what my version looked like.
I tell you what, nothing says Christmas like glue gun and ribbon! And lots of “red”!


Chris December 21, 2008 at 8:21 am

I like the touch of black. Our home has black in almost every room, including the boys’ rooms, so it would work. I’ve always coordinated wrapping and ribbon – ensured there was a theme or it worked with the tree and room. Pretty things. Nice ideas. Have a beautiful Christmas!

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J. December 21, 2008 at 12:28 pm

The clear glass ornament reminds me of a Japanese fishing buoy, but I think they only come in blue. And truly, I sometimes love tacky, like the psychedelic “hologram” tinsel I bought last year.

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