As you all may know by now, I am a big fan of using what you have to decorate your home. In fact, a big part of my interior design business (in the real world) is helping people to take the nice things they already own and arranging it in a way that is pleasing and beautiful. I am passionate about creating beautiful homes for living, not about spending money or having expensive designer stuff. Everyone has their own niche and style, and this has always been where my heart is.
I enjoy looking for beauty and creating it in unexpected ways. I’ll admit it isn’t always easy to do (sometimes spending oodles of money would solve lots of problems!), but there is fun in the challenge of discovering new ways to use what you already have, or adding just a few inexpensive things to make something extraordinary. With some ingenuity, inspiration and creativity, you can make something magical.
I think the same thing translates to our holiday decorating. Using things you already have, like plants, bottles, cookie cutters, fruits and vegetables, mirrors, jewelry, garden pots and decor — you name it, if it is beautiful in some way it can be used in holiday decorating. I especially like shells and organic things for decorating — God already created beautiful things that really are more stunning than anything I’ve ever tried to create on my own. In the photo above I used those same sea urchins you saw in my star dish in a previous post. This time they are sitting in a bubble glass dish, on top of epsom salts. Simple, but I think it is so beautiful!
Also notice the simplicity of cookie cutters hanging on pale blue ribbon. While I am generally not a big fan of staging decor or vignettes (that is just me, I am more intrigued with having things you really use, not just use to create a vignette), I think during the holidays you can and should add more drama and festivity in your decor. I like the cookie cutters because while they are really simple, they conjure up thoughts of holiday baking, and might just inspire it!