This year, I’ve intentionally done less around the house for Christmas. And, I actually like it more. A few weeks ago, I got out all of my Christmas magazine issues from the last several years (pretty much the only magazines I’m saving anymore) and looked through them for some new inspiration for this year’s decorations.
What I kept noticing was that the houses I loved best had very simple greenery, a paper garland here or there, clipped branches and a few wreaths throughout—just a little touch of Christmas in each room without being over the top.
In year’s past, I’ve turned toward catalogs (Wisteria, Pottery Barn, West Elm, etc.) for decorating inspiration where every nook and cranny is decked out. I still think it’s nice, but there’s something that seems all too much about it for our house right now. (Maybe the chaos that’s already going on here on a daily basis?) Of course, I know they’re trying to sell product so there’s merchandising involved, but there are definitely those that decorate their houses in the same way. (Some are really beautiful, I might add.)
What about you? Do you lean more toward the magazine- or catalog-style Christmas decorating?