I love drama in decorating. I think that is why I am so drawn to the color red, especially when it's coupled with the color white. The clean, bold palate created by the combination of those two specific hues, energizes me, yet calms me at the very same time. There is something very pleasurable about viewing such a room, at least to me anyway, and I know that there are many of you out there who are nodding in agreement.
So it only stands to reason, that Christmas should be my favorite decorating holiday. Red reigns supreme in December! The addition of even more red in my home (if at all possible) has heralded the season for as long as I can remember. Exhibit A is last year's tour.
However, this year, I felt the need to tone it all down a little bit. I don't know exactly why, but when perusing through my Pinterest boards and looking at pretty magazine pictures, I was drawn to a whiter, lighter look this year. The photos invoked a very calm feeling in me, almost like I was on a country vacation. That sounded wonderful, I could use a vacation. So I decided to embrace the lodge look of my living room and celebrate with a rustic Christmas.
I didn't want to buy much new, I have 20 years of Christmas in my basement already. I decided to give myself a $10 budget and I can honestly say that I have stuck to it. I repurposed decorations or used items that I normally don't put out, but mostly, I just put out....less. I have been on a simplifying kick all year.
Christmas has proven no different.
and I swapped out the red ribbons on my wreaths this year, in favor of a more charming accent.
The whole house has a little seasonal sparkle.
However, when I think of Christmas at home, this is the room that immediately comes to mind. I wrap presents in here, Santa shows up in here and we gather with family on Christmas day to celebrate in here.
Even more special to me are the times throughout the season, when I find myself sitting with my kids or my husband in this very room, by the lights of the season, talking quietly about their day...no iPhone, no tv, no distractions. There's something about that tree that just commands quiet and I love it.
Sometimes, I even take a minute to slow down myself. I grab something hot, take Santa on my lap, rock in that chair and just stare at the tree. I find it very meditative and peaceful and that is the feeling I was looking for this year. It's actually better than any present and it cost me less than ten bucks to create a room awash in serenity...
...and if you're wondering what happened to all of my bright sentimental ornaments, the colorful ones that make me ooh and ahh and maybe even cry a bit when I unwrap them that first weekend after Thanksgiving, you must know that this sappy Christmas girl put it out somewhere!! What are the holidays without babies' first handprints or red-nosed reindeer singing from an artificial bow?
It's the best of both worlds!
I wish you a peaceful holiday!
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