Making Spirits Bright: Simple Holiday Decor

VIA WEST ELM INSTAGRAM

VIA WEST ELM INSTAGRAM

I have always loved this time of year.  It’s kind of interesting that when you ask anyone their favorite season, most people will say, “fall.”  Especially, if they are from the Northern Hemisphere.  There is something about this moment, when the weather turns brisk and people retreat indoors.  It’s the perfect hygge (hoogah) season.  If you’re not familiar with this word, it’s Danish, and translates to something like “coziness.”

My husband and I don’t celebrate Christmas and this year, Thanksgiving will be a simple dinner at home with a couple of friends. However, since having children, we have been inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and his legacy of Waldorf schooling.  One of the mainstays of Waldorf homes is acknowledging and celebrating the uniqueness of each season.  It’s a way of giving thanks for the natural beauty and bounty that is ever-changing. 

So, if you’re not celebrating the traditional American holidays this year, but still want to recognize this special time of darkening days and cool mornings.  Or if you are celebrating this season and are tired of the old colors and too muchness of past years, here are some modern, Scandinavian-inspired décor ideas. 

Try to incorporate items for all the senses.  I am obsessed with pine scented candles and room spray.  Trader Joes is a surprisingly great source for holiday scents and décor.  I went a little crazy today and chose some garlands, balsam candles, eucalyptus and dried orange slices.  Choose a variety of textures, like Eucalyptus, tree branches, and pine cones, bonus points if you gathered them yourself.  Citrus is in season; slices of dried orange are a lovely touch.  The key to this style is drawing inspiration from nature and bringing the outdoors in.  Also, stick with lesser used colors like whites, greys, pinks, pale blue, orange, or even charcoal, and of course, it’s never a party without the bling of gold and lights!!

VIA FEMINA

VIA FEMINA

Finally, some images of my home after today's design rampage ...

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