Holiday decorating for the 2019 Season is upon us. Easy and simple decorating has been appealing to me lately. I have no business blogging about DIY holiday trends today. My family won’t allow any Christmas decorations to be displayed until the day after Thanksgiving. My husband just complained about hearing Christmas carols and it’s mid November. Our tradition is to get the tree the day after Thanksgiving. It used to be cutting it down at a tree farm in the Cascades, but we have simplified that as well. However, I do like to gather inspiration. As I am hauling out less and less of our collected assortment of all kinds of nostalgic decor, I love to be in the know and “on trend” and festive.
This year I am absolutely attracted to simpler ideas. So the emphasis is on simple. I wasn’t trying to find DIY ideas but that is what has been appealing to me. Simple and easy. And I might mention that most are truly budget friendly.
Less is More
Let’s begin by getting rid of all the brown, rusty, fall, Halloween, pumpkin and gourd style decor. Now that the Christmas season is officially here, let’s get a fresh start. It’s time for pine cones, evergreen, holly and red berries. Here are some of my favorite finds and ideas. Popular in the South which I have done for years is a glass vase full of fresh fruit. Layer in-season citrus like tangerines and oranges, lemons, and apples and cranberries and a few sprigs of greenery and voila! And it smells heavenly.
Another absolutely easy centerpiece uses fresh greenery and fruit interspersed with pillar candles. I love to pick up the fallen branches from a windstorm typical this time of year in my nearby Lincoln Park. Think of using fragrant eucalyptus, holly and pine cones. So pretty!
Having picked up those fallen evergreen branches I also look for interesting limbs needing to be trimmed. So many ideas can be crafted from these such as hanging ornaments, ribbon, and positioning where you might desire intrigue. From a window, a ceiling or over a dining table or console tablescape, my friend is invisible fishing line or twine for an organic look. You can use any of your favorite ornaments to develop the theme of your choice. Your all important individual style can so easily be expressed!
2019 is the Year of the Modern Farmhouse Trend. A great segway into this craze is preppy plaids and buffalo check incorporated into the decor. Ribbons, blankets, pillows and even shower curtains for the holiday are all welcome!
Try using pruned tree limbs on the wall and adding ornaments for this organic and simple idea.
Don’t Buy New…Just Yet
Discover a new use for what you already own….imagine the possibilities for that bucket or bowl, or various shaped candles and votives. Instead of scattering all your sentimental items, group like items, like your silver, to make a majestic statement. Add some fresh greenery and your favorite holiday color accents. Any surface will do. Consider adding a string of twinkle lights…you know you can never have too many white twinkle lights…to any and all vignettes in your home for the holidays.
Add Natural Greenery!
Some of the simplest, least expensive, but most festive ideas are to just add natural greenery to your place settings, your vignettes, window sills, mantel.
Garlands around doorways and staircases are pretty popular standards because they absolutely make a beautiful seasonal statement of beauty. They do not even need to be elaborate. While I love lighting them up and adding a few adornments, it is not necessary. You can see in this rendition there is little embellishment and the effect is fantastic.
More simple ideas include napkin rings made of natural evergreen ( these are faux from Target but you can make your own easily) or a welcome sprig on the place setting.
The Monochromatic Trend
This trend is not just 2019. Have you noticed that the ideas presented here are not that colorful? One color or a combination of neutrals in different values are fairly predominant. Nostalgic themes will never go out of style and I am guilty of hanging every memorable ornament on my tree no matter what the color. To create a more formal or sophisticated “statement” try using only one hue. Want to express yourself in a dramatic or theatrical sense? A monochromatic theme is individualistic and impressive and can be absolutely stunning. Some of my favorites are shown here.
Hanukkah decor can easily be incorporated in a monochromatic theme with simple ornaments interspersed in a garland. A statement piece of favorite art sets the stage.
Notice how a little Red goes a long way in the refined Farmhouse theme below.
The Biophilia Design Trend
The idea is to cozy up the winter season, bring the light inside, and embrace hygge (see my former post here ). The Biophilia trend is here to stay and will grow as we have a natural attraction to nature. I plan to write more about my studies in this area soon. The “biophilia effect” describes a number of positive impacts experienced when this affinity is evoked through a sensory experience of nature: sight, sound, smell, or feel. Candlelight, favorite scents, cozy tactile throws and pillows all contribute to a sense of well-being, comfort and joy.
I hope you have enjoyed some of the ideas I’ve shared which tend towards an attraction to simplicity and nature. In closing I share a photo of my own entry to my home from last year. Simple! I can’t wait for next week to start my decorating! Happiest Holidays from our home to yours!