Thursday, December 16, 2010

Colorful vs. Cozy Christmas

I've been thinking a lot this year about many different styles of Christmas decorating.
I mean, there's glitzzy sparkly stuff, vintage Victorian styles, woodsy-cabiny-outdoorsy, traditional, elegant, folk-artish, modern, etc., etc., etc.

How's a girl to choose?!

Overall I think my personal Christmas style is big mixture of outdoorsy-traditional-beautiful. (Throw in lots of greenery and some tree branchs and pinecones, and I pretty much love it!) It's kind of a work in progress. That being said, this season I've been a bit intrigued by all the bright Christmas decor I've seen. It seems like I've seen a lot of hot pink, turquoise and yellow thrown in with the traditional reds and greens.

I kind of like it. :)

I wanted to explore that color scheme a bit. Here's what I came up with:

It just screams of childhood giggles and fun to me.
(Clockwise from top left: mantel from Better Homes and Gardens, pillow from Piece n' Quilt, banner from Modern Christmas, wreath from She's kinda Crafty, and ornaments from Parent's magazine.)

 Now, clear on the opposite end of the spectrum, I've also been thinking a lot about really cozy, homey Christmas decor. It all started with some crafts I saw using old knit sweaters to make pillows (kind of random, I know). BUT, I thought, "oooo wouldn't a bunch of cable-knit pillows in cranberry and cream be so warm and cozy at Christmastime?" Which got me thinking about all sorts of cozy Christmas things.

So I got exploring decorating ideas that were all warm and cozy, and here's what I came up with for that:

Makes me want to sip hot cocoa while reading a good book.
(Clockwise from top left: Mantel from Good Housekeeping, rustic Christmas pillows found here, pinecone table runner from Good Housekeeping, ornament found at Wallcoo, stockings from Squidoo.)

So, what did I decide after all this looking around? Well, not a whole lot. :) No, actually I did come to some decisions. I decided that while the bright colors at Christmas are really fun and cheerful, they just didn't feel like Christmas to me. In fact, they felt rather cold, and since I've always lived somewhere cold at Christmastime, I think I'll go more for warm colors, fire places and my cable knit pillows. :)

What is your favorite holiday decor style?



  1. I'm not too picky. If anyone of those magazine covers wanted to take over my home, I'd let them. But if I were given mmmmmm.....$2000, I'd probably go traditional greens and dark reds with plenty of cream thrown into the mix. I'm ready for that check!

  2. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello what a great craft you shared there I'm your newest follower!

    I like the Merry and bright but find myself using the cozy colors I'm too afraid to waste money on the brights If i'm not going to use them very long...


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