Here’s some pics from my home last year (I’m a year late…shrug).
1. Use what you have
A guiding principle of simple is to leverage what you have on hand. For me it is fallen things in the yard (pinecones and branches). Beautiful paper (old calendars and last year’s holiday cards) plus some flea market finds (metal letters, pedistal dish).
2. Work with techniques you enjoy
I can’t say I’m great with origami or paper arts, but I absolutely love the simplicity of paper. I also love anyting I can clean up with a vacuum. Here’s a tree-folding technique I’ll probably do again this year. Looks great with newspaper or pages from an old book (that would otherwise be thrown away). Window displays at Anthropologie and Light by Coco have been big inspirations.
3. Falalalala Fragrance!
The natural kind. Here’s a pot of clipping from the garden center. So wonderfully smelly! Very inexpensive too ($4-6). Place in water, lasts for weeks.
4. Hang things from the ceiling
This mobile created from a branch, paper trees and thread is very light. The placement above the table gives it more visual emphasis. Anything in your home that creates shadows and movement will change throughout the day. Such an easy way to add interest.
5. Fill your space with music
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra, Jingle Bells
José Feliciano, Feliz Navidad
I already live with two cats, so bringing home a giraffe was a pretty easy decision to make. I call him Fernando.
Image: West Elm
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Image: Idea Paint
One of my longtime favorites. It’s like the original Anthropologie.
Nomad 1741 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
I have a thing for vases. And by “thing” I mean deep, deep love. Especially adorable ones, like the Kiki Vase from Crate & Barrel (where, you’ll soon notice, I buy many, many things). I picked up three of these vases to adorn a naked, clearly unhappy shelf in my kitchen. This vase is perfect if you’re searching for a simple decoration that will still stand out. See for yourself:
Images: Crate & Barrel
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