Decorating a Modern Home for Christmas

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!Christmas Collage

Silver_Christmas_treeI 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”.  Bowl_of_PineconesThis 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!  All_is_CalmThank 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.  Christmas_tableI 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.  Christmas TablesettingI love how the hydrangea look  like big snowballs and the babies breath like a light dusting of snow!Christmas ArrangementsOur 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. Merry Christmas PillowI 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. Baby it's Cold Outside  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.  Vase of Christmas GreensA 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. Merry Christmas Pillow 2My 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. French bulldog with red bowThis 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.   Christmas ChaiseOne 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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  1. Beautiful Chloe! I didn’t realize you’ve been in Germany this whole time. I love the pillow covers from Pottery Barn. I have been eyeing them all season! I love all of your fresh greenery too. As I get older I find I don’t have the energy or desire to put out all of my Christmas decorations and would rather decorate more with fresh greenery. I still have a long way to go in terms of parting with things, but maybe one day I’ll get there. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Dawn, since I only arrived back home a week before the holiday, I figured I may as well go with fresh greens! Yes, 4 whole weeks in Germany, but baby has arrived and is home, so I could come home too! I loved your house tour, you put out plenty, especially all your beautiful Santas! Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Chloe,
    Your decorating of your modern condo is smashing! Your keen eye and minimalist approach is refreshing. I also enjoyed your new years eve party decorations and ideas. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Germany and congratulations on your little granddaughter. All the best to you and your family in 2015!

    1. Leslie, Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments, and, more importantly, thank you for helping us acquire such a wonderful apartment that was a blank canvas for me to sculpt into the wonderful home it is today!

  3. Hi Chloe, I love your twig tree and was wondering where you purchased it from? Your condo is beautiful.

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