Classy Christmas

Classy Christmas | inspiredbythis.com | design-vox.com | #christmas #decorations

If you haven’t done so yet it’s officially time to bust out the Christmas decorations! My favorite holiday decor is typically on the subtle side. A lot of the traditional holiday decoration that you can get leaves my eyeballs a little bit upset, to put it delicately. Give me all the gold, white, and twinkle lights you have. Hold the overdose of jarring red and creepy Santa figurines.

Classy Christmas | egetrom.no | design-vox.com | #christmas #decorations

Why not put a wreath over your bed? I love the moody Christmas feel of this bedroom shot. If I was ever going to have “holiday” bedding, it would be something in this vein.

Classy Christmas | stylizimoblog.com | design-vox.com | #christmas #decorations

Cloches always win. End of story. Deer are my favorite festive animal.

Classy Christmas | nicolefranzen.blogspot.com | design-vox.com | #christmas #decorations

This basic boxwood wreath is striking against the dark door. Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful thing. I mean seriously, do a Google image search for “Christmas wreath” and tell me if a single one of those results is as lovely as this one? No, they are not. Folks need to lay off the bows and fake pine cones sometimes, am I right?

one | Inspired By This
twoHelle Tjaberg
three | Stylizmo
four | La Buena Vida

The Beauty in Quirky

The Beauty in Quirky | milkmagazine.net | design-vox.com

The interior design images I am most consistently enthralled by are the quirky ones. The ones full of personality and bold pieces. The ones that give you the impression that the person that lives there is cuckoo in the best possible way. This of course should be tempered with a certain level of taste and grounded with some timeless elements. I say that somewhat reluctantly because truly I believe you should decorate in whatever way makes you happiest, even if many might not call it tasteful. You do you. Especially if that includes little clothed duck dolls perched inside a glass cloche display.

The Beauty in Quirky | lonny.com | design-vox.com

There are not many who have the gumption to use a wallpaper like this. I don’t think I do. But man do I respect it. You can see that the entire room is not wallpapered (at least the wall to the left is white) which was definitely a good call. Stepping into a whole room of that might feel like what I imagine taking acid feels like. The floor is also a clean white, so clearly these folks understand the benefit of balancing quirky with timeless. The Andy Warhol hearts artwork perfectly breaks up the wall of flowers creating a welcome break and focal point for your eyes.

The Beauty in Quirky | oldbrandnewblog.com | design-vox.com

This bedroom vignette isn’t too wacky, but it definitely has personality to spare. Can we talk about the “cat” artwork with a man’s face superimposed over the cat’s? So silly and usual, and undoubtedly can make a person smile every time they see it. I’m realizing that that table lamp is a lot like one I just bought for a song at the antiques mall. It’s also a brass base but in a different shape. Didn’t come with a shade. I popped a vintage style Edison bulb on it and suddenly it’s the most charming little table lamp you ever did see. The base literally cost like two bucks. When I saw the price tag I said out loud to myself, “Why yes I will buy you for two dollars adorable little table lamp!” Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets goofy at the antique store.

one | Milk via desire to inspire
two | Lonny via desire to inspire
three | Old Brand New

Pretty Decorating Details

Pretty Decorating Details | Country Style Australia | design-vox.comPretty Decorating Details | susannavento.fi | design-vox.comPretty Decorating Details | nicolefranzen.com | design-vox.com

My brain is not coming up with words to say today. My mind is being pulled in too many directions to form thoughts about these images other than, “Pretty pretty.” Eloquent, I know.

Between work, wedding planning, helping my parents remodel their kitchen, daydreaming about Chris and I’s next house which is at least a year a way still, and trying to stay inspired and relaxed, I may be over-taxing my brain power a bit. Also my hand hurts like I punched a wall in my sleep last night which I’m pretty sure I did not do so that’s a fun mystery. Happy Wednesday, hope yours is a little more focused than mine. ;)

one | Lisa Cohen, Heather Nette King, Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
two | Susanna Vento
three | Nicole Franzen for T Magazine via coco + kelley

Add a Layer to Your Decor

Add a Layer to Your Decor | lonny.com | design-vox.com

Something that was a bit of an epiphany for me when I first learned it was the importance of layering when decorating. This can be taken rather abstractly but also very literally. Literally speaking, it’s not only okay to place items in front of each other it’s really quite a good thing. The mantle above is an excellent example. Frames in front of a mirror and figurines in front of frames, etc.

Add a Layer to Your Decor | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

Have you ever noticed this aspect of well decorated rooms? You very rarely see things lined up in neat little rows never overlapping each other. That can look forced and boring and is just not very appealing to the eye. Instead pieces of varying size and height are layered, overlapping each other and even covering whole portions of something behind. As long as you’re not awkwardly completely covering up something, it almost always works and does not diminish the appeal of whatever’s being partially obscured. You would be amazed how easy this is. Some aspects of styling are really difficult but once you realize you can and should overlap things in your vignettes it has an immediate and wonderful effect. Try it!

Add a Layer to Your Decor | abigailahern.org | design-vox.com

A more abstract way of layering is simply not being afraid to add more stuff. Certainly not for the minimalist, but truly something to consider if you feel your space is lacking life or visual interest. Have you got a vase on your console table? Great, but does it look a little sad all by itself? I think too many people stop decorating too soon and miss out on creating cozy, lively, personal spaces. It takes some skill undoubtedly to keep adding without verging on it being a cluttered mess. That’s the part of styling that isn’t so easy! Thank goodness we have pros like Abigail Ahern to emulate (that’s her home above).

one | Lonny mag via dustjacket attic
two | the design files
three | Abigail Ahern

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