Cool HOLIDAY Decor

I absolutely love the holiday season.  As a matter of fact, I'm listening to Christmas music as I write this. The older and cheesier, the better. I always put my tree up during the weekend after Thanksgiving because, well, there are only four weeks to enjoy it at that point!  And I LOVE it!  And then I spend those weeks trolling the internet, looking at beautiful holiday images, and wishing I had the balls to do something super new and different and chic in my house.  Something like this:

via The Pink Pagoda - who knew a fake white tree and a bunch of store-bought ornaments could look so happy and fabulous?

via The Pink Pagoda - who knew a fake white tree and a bunch of store-bought ornaments could look so happy and fabulous?

Or THIS:

via Domaine home - I love these simple branches placed in glass jars.  great for a small space.

via Domaine home - I love these simple branches placed in glass jars.  great for a small space.

I actually find that I'm drawn to simple.  I love looking at green trees with little or no ornaments on them. 

via dreamywhites.blogspot.com.es

via dreamywhites.blogspot.com.es

via refunkmyjunk.com

via refunkmyjunk.com

via dreamywhites.blogspot.com

via dreamywhites.blogspot.com

via carlaaston.com   

via carlaaston.com

 

via willowdecor.blogspot.com

via willowdecor.blogspot.com

via awakenedbysunrise.tumblr.com - these nontraditional greens are super fun.

via awakenedbysunrise.tumblr.com - these nontraditional greens are super fun.

As a matter of fact, this year I had to put up my tree in stages. So it stood there with only white lights for a full day, and I was loving it!  I was so tempted to leave it like that, but didn't want to dash the hopes and dreams of my children. ;)

And herein lies the problem.  I just can't bring myself to veer very far from the traditional, green tree, brimming with ornaments that date back to my childhood.  And Joel's.  There are some UGLY ornaments hanging on our little tree.  But they all carry with them a memory - from when we made them or when we received them from someone special.  And now, the tree also holds countless photos of our kids from each of their early years. And ornaments that they've made in school or received as gifts. They love pulling them out and remembering where they came from. So there you have it.  Sentimental wins.  Style does not.

But that doesn't mean I can't dream.  And drool over other people's awesome style.  So I've put together a collection of holiday decor photos that inspire me.  There's a lot in here that I CAN do. Hope you're inspired, too!

Let's start with some lovely wreaths:

via apartment Therapy

via apartment Therapy

via downtoearthstyle.blogspot.com

via downtoearthstyle.blogspot.com

via biba.blogspot.com - there's just something about plain green and white wreaths. 

via biba.blogspot.com - there's just something about plain green and white wreaths. 

I'm digging these simple garlands:

via aprilandmaystudio.blogspot.com

via aprilandmaystudio.blogspot.com

via refinery29.com

via refinery29.com

via remodelista

via remodelista

These branches, lit up with white lights, are magical around a fireplace:

via casa sugar

via casa sugar

I'm also a sucker for a beautiful tablescape.  We aren't hosting this year, but when we do, watch out!!

via apartment34.com - how beautiful is that?!

via apartment34.com - how beautiful is that?!

via centsationalgirl.com - sprigs of evergreen in champagne flutes.  simple elegance.

via centsationalgirl.com - sprigs of evergreen in champagne flutes.  simple elegance.

via ljo-s.blogspot.com - so pretty!

via ljo-s.blogspot.com - so pretty!

via blog.stylizimo.com

via blog.stylizimo.com

via simplysweetsoirees.com.au - my kids would LOVE this table.

via simplysweetsoirees.com.au - my kids would LOVE this table.

And then there's just the extra touches that caught my eye and wanted to be included:

via willowdecor.blogspot.com - there's nothing more beautiful than snowflakes...

via willowdecor.blogspot.com - there's nothing more beautiful than snowflakes...

via thistlewoodfarms.com - clever advent calendar, with a new ornament for each day of the month

via thistlewoodfarms.com - clever advent calendar, with a new ornament for each day of the month

via Suburble - gold-dipped ornaments!

via Suburble - gold-dipped ornaments!

via theinspiredroom.net - fun pastel color scheme

via theinspiredroom.net - fun pastel color scheme

via linprobable.tumblr.com - great giftwrap idea

via linprobable.tumblr.com - great giftwrap idea

via princesspinkygirl.com

via princesspinkygirl.com

via etsy.com - these empty threats rarely work.  I've tried. but they're cute!

via etsy.com - these empty threats rarely work.  I've tried. but they're cute!

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Wishing you health, happiness, great food and even better company this season! 

XXXOOO
-Anna