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”!