I love my modern high-rise condominium. I have not yet, however really gotten into how to decorate it for the holidays. Traditional is so easy, modern, not so much. Last year I went all glitzy, bright colors. You can see it here, but I have to tell you, when I looked at the pictures, I really wasn’t happy with it, and my husband said it looked like the “Jetson’s”. If you are too young to remember, trust me, that is not a compliment!
I did have this little tree last year, but using a more traditional pallete of red and green and silver this year, I added some tiny red balls to this tree in my foyer. It really made the tree “pop”. This bowl, which I usually keep filled with family photos, I filled with cinnamon-scented pinecones and some fresh cedar. Having spent the last month in Germany, awaiting the birth of my second granddaughter, there was not a lot of time to decorate or bake this year. The scented pinecones at least make the house smell like I have been baking for weeks! Thank goodness for the internet! I got online from Germany and ordered a number of pillow covers from Pottery Barn and got my dear husband to pick up some lovely Christmas greens to use. When I got home from Germany on Saturday, I made a mad dash around to pick up a couple of red throws from Marshall’s and fresh red roses, white hydrangea and some babies’ breath. This would comprise my Christmas decor this year, and I think since I had a day to put it together, it turned out lovely. I picked up this lantern on sale earlier in the year with plans to use it for a nautical-theme party, but it seemed just perfect in the middle of the dining table. It can be moved when we sit down to eat, but looks lovely flanked by a pair of fresh arrangements. I love how the hydrangea look like big snowballs and the babies breath like a light dusting of snow!Our bookshelves which sort of act as a faux fireplace got the same treatment as the table, with another one of my little lanterns (kept short so hubby can still see the television), is flanked by a pair of arrangements. Without a real tree, I am loving the smell of all of the noble fir and cedar in the house. I like this gnarled wood seat, in a leather and chrome interior, it offers a touch of nature to contrast. It also makes a nice perch to tuck a little Christmas cheer into. This is one of the pillows I ordered nestled against these great fur throws from Ikea. Another one of my online pillow purchases with another one of my Ikea fur throws. I love this one, and it is an indoor/outdoor pillow. I think it will be so fun to have on the porch in Florida on one of those 80 degree December days. A big vase of mixed greens sits beside a collection of silver mercury glass trees I have picked up over the years. This is one place where I think this vase really shows the difference of contemporary shape filled with traditional Christmas Greens, Magnolias and Cedar. My husband’s Eames lounge chair is another place I tucked a Merry Christmas pillow and a fur throw. I don’t think these will stay here, the chair is too comfortable just as it is. This little fellow got a red bow to dress him up for the holiday. Just a touch of color here or there can be all that is needed to turn something from everyday to holiday. One last pillow with a red throw draped across a leather daybed, toss in a few gifts wrapped to match the decor and you have a nice blend of a modern interior with a more traditional Christmas decor. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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