It’s quite literally the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the only time I can listen to Christmas music at any hour of the day without judgment, the only time sprinkle cookies are offered at every turn, and the only time I can go crazy decorating my house in red and sparkles. December always turns me into the female equivalent of Buddy the Elf, ready and willing to stay up all night to turn my otherwise ordinary surroundings into a winter wonderland.
I know we tend to focus more on dressing ourselves here at Diapers and Diamonds, but as my third trimester nears, that feat is getting more and more difficult to accomplish (and undesirable to document). Add to that a hormone-surged desire to nest and decorate a nursery in a condo with fewer bedrooms than humans, and you have a recipe for emotional Christmas projection. So, since I haven’t gotten decked out in six months, and I don’t have a nursery to deck out, I’m decking the crap out of these halls.
My approach to Christmas decorating is a lot like my approach to fashion; I like to mix things up a bit. From mixing patterns to mixing seasonal pieces, I’ve always been a fan of a good mash-up of opposing forces. For Christmas, I like to mix sparkle and glitter with more natural elements.
When it comes to the bathroom and my dining table, I like to keep things more on the natural side, opting for decor that I can keep out all winter. It helps lighten the deep sadness that sets in after New Years when I pack away all the Christmas-y things.
Now, on the other hand, when it comes to the mantle over the fireplace, I opt for a lot more glitter and shine because it’s the focal point of the room.
When it comes to a woodsy theme, that totally spills over elsewhere in the condo, most obviously in my clear obsession with the pine tree silhouette.
No window is left untouched by Christmas magic around here! In our old loft, I used to suspend ornaments from the duct work, but here, I chose our beautiful kitchen windows to frame this whimsical decor.
And because my son has an obsession with Christmas lights, you can’t ever have too many!
And then, there’s the best part of the Christmas decor: the Christmas tree. Some things you need to know about me: I change my tree decor almost yearly (last year I was all about mixing metals of gold and silver, two years ago I was into red flowers, and this year I’m sticking with the natural-glam theme). Also, I firmly believe that a tree should be packed with ornaments. Think about it: when you see the grand tree in the Walnut Room or the lobby tree of the Drake Hotel, they’re always bursting with ornaments. It makes the tree look bejeweled.
Happy holidays to you and your families!
Other Christmas decor I’m obsessed with right now: