Holiday (Not Holiday) Decorating

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend and are looking forward to the upcoming holidays! Holiday decorating can be a challenge, and can be costly too for something that will be displayed for such a short time period.

When I buy something for the home I want to be able to use and exhibit it for a long while, so here are some holiday themes that veer away from the expected red and green where you can repurpose some of the decorations year-round through accessories such as pillows and throws.

Faux Fur

An art deco-inspired bedroom with faux fur accents. Source unknown.

An art deco-inspired bedroom with faux fur accents. Source unknown.

Nothing says “warm and cozy” like a soft furry throw.  Faux fur throws and pillows in patterns such as rabbit, mink, and chinchilla evoke ski lodges and crackling fires, and maybe a little Bing Crosby. Combined with Christmas ornaments and lights in white, gold and silver, this theme presents itself as a winter wonderland. Once the holidays are over faux fur touches in the living room or master bedroom bring a hit of Hollywood glamour to your home.

Peacock

Decorating with peacock colors and motifs began in the Victorian era and remains perennially popular. Using the colors in the peacock feather – gold, copper, emerald, and sapphire – brings a richness and sophistication to your holiday parties but also looks beautiful throughout the year.

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Both of these pillows are available at Pier1 Imports.

Both of these pillows are available at Pier1 Imports.

Bold Colors

The holidays are festive, so why are the traditional colors so dark? Have some fun by decorating with a palette of turquoise, tangerine, aqua, peridot, and hot pink. Against a neutral backdrop, your holiday home can look like a candy coated paradise. Some of the accessories can then be moved into a kid’s room or as a whimsical pop of color in a more grown-up space.

Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Blue and White

This is a versatile theme that can work for both Christmas and Hanukkah, and the look is timeless. Blue and white china is surging in popularity once again and can serve as your starting point for creating the holiday table. Classic silver flatware and candlesticks complete the look.

How darling is this teapot?

How darling is this teapot?

So tell me, how are YOU decorating your home for the holidays?