Life happens, things change, and throughout the years, so does your taste. Our personal style has certainly evolved as we’ve grown older. I remember spending feverishly online and in stores when we were first married trying to stock up on holiday decorations. I grew up in a home where decorating for the holidays was an all-day affair, took all hands on deck, and when it was done you felt like elves had thrown up in our home.
It was cozy and the twinkle from a few colorful lights still give me the warm and fuzzies. However, those days were chock full of stress and usually wound up in some sort of family spat with Nat King Cole playing in the background (I know we weren’t the only family). When you know better, you do better, right? Since finding our flow as a family, I’ve tried to really remain present and lessen the stress that comes with consumerism. We cut back and plan for more ‘downtime’ together so the holiday pressure doesn’t get to us. This includes our decorations. For the past few years, I’ve been grappling with the idea of switching out a lot of our decor to make way for my newfound more minimalistic style. We love a lot of what we bought, and luckily we spent a good deal of time purchasing quality pieces that have stood the test of time. Surrounding yourself with the stuff that makes you smile is key to finding a healthy balance at home. If all this “stuff” used to completely turn your home inside out each year makes you happy, I’m sure the job of storing all of this year-round isn’t exactly ringing your bell. I felt the need to scale back and move forward with a bit more intention. So I’m sharing three tips that have helped me move onward and upward towards a style that fits us as a family without the cost of peace, and free from clutter.
Sure in the eighties it was appropriate to stock your shelves with all the department store tchotchkes you could get your hands on (these items can even be found at the dollar store). It still doesn’t mean you should bring it home. Repeat after me… “I will not buy everything in the Christmas aisle just because it’s red.” Even holiday decor can reflect a bit of your style and still be festive. Less is more as in most things. So don’t feel pressured to pick up a dozen or so inflatables to get that jolly ol’ feeling (unless that’s totally your thing, not mine though). I find it best to add some sparkle to your already existing decor to spruce it up a bit, as opposed to completely changing your entire home into an enchanted forest.
One of the best ways to really feel festive, particularly in a warm climate like mine, is by bringing the outside ===>>> inside! You’d be surprised how a little (real) garland can change a table, add some love to a bookshelf, console table, or mantle; watch it come alive. Muted tones are definitely making a comeback (to my utter beige and boring delight), so adding a bit of greenery to a clean space can really up the va-va-va-voom in your living room. Plus, the house smells great! Faux garland can come across really cheesy indoors, its best to leave it for the outdoors if you aren’t ready to part with it.
Don’t get tied to thinking that the colors red and green have the market cornered. Over the years I’ve seen some really fun and festive color combos emerging. I love browsing the aisles of some of my favorite stores and watching new trends come alive. Every year I seem to find myself drawn to a particular color, across the board not just for the holiday. One year I was addicted to green, another I was obsessed with all yellow tones. This year I’m a rose gold kind of gal. My new favorite pumps, nail polish, and even holiday decor are trapped between classic muted tones and rose gold. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, take a perfectly good piece and spray it to match your newest color addiction.
The most important tip is to stop copying the trends online, or on Pinterest. Don’t forget to have fun and create the holiday and new traditions that speak to you!
While we have certainly made a lot of big changes, as with everything, it’s going to take time to keep purging and ultimately only keep a few things that really bring us peace. My goal is to get it all down to a simple science that can easily be stored in one small/medium bin. Fingers crossed!