Monday, October 15, 2012

Simple Decorating for Fall and Winter

I'm not a big fan of holiday-specific decorating.  I'd much rather decorate for the season than for this holiday or that.  For example, here is our kitchen table dressed up for autumn. 

A table runner or scarf, a coordinating napkin and a basket of gourds and squash is colorful, yet simple.  This type of decoration will take us through all of October and November.

For some reason, this particular photo of the hutch in our dining room makes me start thinking ahead to winter.

I'm thinking of tying some red plaid ribbon around those cream-colored canisters and maybe add a holiday-scented jar candle, some old-fashioned cookie cutters tied with red raffia and maybe a few sprigs of greenery in place of the houseplants on top.  It will have a Christmas-y feel to it, but can tastefully stay in place from December until spring rolls around again.

We'll have a tree in our living room, but for this space, I'm envisioning no Santas, no snowmen, no angels, no plastic baubles or twinkly lights.  Just simple and basic decorations that speaks less of holidays and more of winter in general.

Just tossing some ideas out to see where they go.  What do you think?  Does an understated style appeal to you?
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