Saturday, November 18, 2017
Home and Garden

Holiday decor trends: inventiveness, eclecticism

RECOMMENDED READING


Following the general trend in home decor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and nontraditional colors and styles. Style watchers say we're approaching the holidays with a more open mind. Households are more diverse, relaxed and less tied to old-school ways of celebrating. So it follows that ideas of what works in decor have never been more expansive.

Holiday hues

While jewel tones and creamy palettes hold strong, red is red-hot. "When it comes to an 'it' color for Christmas this year, it's red — a bright, cheery red like you find on traditional Scandinavian ornaments," says Sara Peterson, editor in chief of HGTV Magazine.

Ikea has a cheery collection of traditional Scandinavian ornaments including folk people, stars and goats. Land of Nod's Rising Star tree topper features curly white embroidery on crimson felt. Cranberry red candlesticks, from Pier 1 take mercury glass down a different road, while beaded reindeer and snowflakes bring glamor to red velvet and satin throw pillows. (ikea.com, landofnod.com, pier1.com)

Grandin Road's Zoey chevron-patterned, ruby-and-white-resin urn could be used to hold a live or artificial tree or an assortment of greens. (grandinroad.com)

Winter white continues to appeal to holiday decorators; with or without touches of sparkle, it's calming, elegant and chic. And don't disregard earthier colors. Think of bare birch branches hung with gold and silver stars; luxe bowls brimming with copper ornaments; chocolate brown mohair throws.

Rethinking the traditional

“Since folks are open to reimagining what Christmas can look like, we'll continue to see a looser interpretation of the traditional tree," says Catie Parrish, associate editor at Wayfair, the online home furnishings outlet. "We're starting to see lots of paper and cardboard tabletop trees, and people are getting inventive, creating flat Christmas trees on walls, doors and even fridges. They're even decorating them with real ornaments and garlands. For someone who craves the harm of a real tree, even an evergreen branch in a mason jar can lend a hint of the holidays."

Ikea has a popup cardboard tree that comes with ornaments. At Ellesstudio.blogspot.com, you'll find simple instructions on how to turn wine corks, wooden sticks, colored paper and glitter into pretty little trees.

Conserve

Parrish also suggests taking stock of what you already have around the house: "Instead of buying every holiday 'necessity,' shopping your home for existing solutions is one of the easiest ways to decorate. A throw blanket makes a cozy tree skirt. Use a scarf as a table runner. Use nature for holiday decoration — think backyard branches, berries and pinecones," she says.

"Fill a vase or candle holder with jingle bells or peppermints. Wrap red, green or metallic ribbon around plain white pillar candles. Instead of candles, top candle stick holders with ornaments or snow globes."

Faux fur or knitted throws and pillow covers; throw pillows with snow scenes or deer, antler and deer accessories; and glittery pillows evoke the festive spirit without overt reference.

Consider scented candles, bowls of spiced goodies, seasonal music and warm, soft textures. Bringing all five senses into play enhances the holiday mood.

Holiday themes

Beach: "It's an extension of the sea-life trend that's been hot in home decor for a few seasons," Parrish says. "Look for octopus and mermaid ornaments, especially in glittery silver and gold finishes." A beachy palette of blues, greens and whites sets the tone. A tree skirt block-printed with shells and starfish in soft blues and creams evokes a seaside Christmas.

Gump's has a collection of painted, blown-glass ornaments that include jellyfish, hermit crabs, stingrays and leopard fish. (gumps.com)

Find trees, wreaths and garlands crafted of shells and driftwood, as well as clear glass balls filled with soft white sand and tiny shells. (seasideinspired.com)

Retro: "Vintage is going to be a popular holiday theme, especially when it comes to typography," Parrish says. "Look for throwback fonts on everything from toss pillows to serving trays."

Jonathan Adler's Peace pillow (jcp.com) has that vibe. And HomeGoods (homegoods.com) has decorative hanging signs done in old-fashioned type with words like "Believe."

     
Comments
Why ‘Justice League’ nearly gets it right but still has DC movie problems

Why ‘Justice League’ nearly gets it right but still has DC movie problems

How many superheroes does it take to salvage a comic book universe?Six. Five doing the heavy lifting and the Flash, who’s the lowercase joker DC’s too-serious superhero franchise needs.Justice League assembles two overdone caped/cowled icons, a fresh...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Hometown Hernando for Nov. 17

Hometown Hernando for Nov. 17

Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17
What’s new in theaters this week: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Wonder,’ ‘The Star’

What’s new in theaters this week: ‘Justice League,’ ‘Wonder,’ ‘The Star’

OPENING FRIDAY:JUSTICE LEAGUEHow many superheroes does it take to salvage a comic book universe?Six. Five doing the heavy lifting and the Flash, who’s the lowercase joker DC’s too-serious superhero franchise needs.Justice League assembles two overdon...
Published: 11/15/17
Five cool things to see in ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ in St. Petersburg

Five cool things to see in ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ in St. Petersburg

Do you sense a disturbance in the Force?That would probably be the landing of "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, earlier this week. I got a preview of the blockbuster Smithsonian exhibit (docked in our co...
Published: 11/15/17
Timely Tendings: Use the least toxic option when controlling vegetable pests

Timely Tendings: Use the least toxic option when controlling vegetable pests

Control pests on vegetable plants using least toxic methods Scout your vegetable garden regularly for insect pests. Be sure to look for beneficial insects like lady bugs, green lacewings, and minute pirate bugs. These will help control common pests l...
Published: 11/11/17
Updated: 11/14/17
Disney announces new Star Wars trilogy and TV show as well as ESPN streaming service

Disney announces new Star Wars trilogy and TV show as well as ESPN streaming service

Disney is doubling down on "Star Wars." On a conference call with analysts Thursday, CEO Bob Iger said that the company is planning a brand-new "Star Wars" trilogy as well as a "Star Wars" series for its Disney streaming service coming in 2019. "Star...
Published: 11/09/17
What’s new in theaters: ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

What’s new in theaters: ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ ‘Daddy’s Home 2’

OPENING FRIDAY:MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESSAgatha Christie’s signature mystery Murder on the Orient Express gets a classy remake 43 years after Ingrid Bergman won her third Oscar as one of a dozen unusual suspects.Kenneth Branagh and an impressive fa...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/14/17
A peek at the Star Wars costumes coming to St. Petersburg with ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’

A peek at the Star Wars costumes coming to St. Petersburg with ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’

A galaxy far, far away just got a lot closer. More than 60 hand-crafted costumes from the Star Wars saga landed this week as part of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Star Wars and the Power of Costume," docked at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Peter...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/13/17
Hometown Hernando for Nov. 10

Hometown Hernando for Nov. 10

We want your news!Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it’s snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Yo...
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17
Who killed all the fun in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’?

Who killed all the fun in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’?

Kenneth Branagh’s somnambulant remake of Murder on the Orient Express is a murder mystery Agatha Christie never intended: Who killed her diabolical fun?The answer is right under our noses, like the cake frosting mustache under his. Branagh’s portraya...
Published: 11/08/17