Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

Once more # Design TV has inspired me to share some personal  vignettes of  year end holiday decorating. Founders  Jonathan Legate and Amy of ABCD Design and all the wonderful  #DesignTv tweeters,

no doubt are going to blow us all away with their offerings.

Snow globe with stones combines all the elements of a holiday package

This year has been a tumultous one full of unexpected growth and surprise.

My husband and I downsized to a small apartment, then we decided to get divorced, (I guess more downsizing) so right now I am living in a place betwixt and between.

Focusing on changing my business to a more mobile one, and less interested in holiday decorating.

The joy is different. everything I am doing en famille will be for the last time, and this year no annual open house.

I am in a mood for Reminiscent Decorating and this year I am focusing on using what I have

My collection becomes Holiday Fare

My daughter is getting ready to leap into her own life.  I am sad and happy at the same time.

So I have gathered some holiday decorating moments from past years to encourage you to explore the magic of creating your own special look for the festive season.

The most important element of the Festive Season is celebrating shared friendship and love.

Bubbles Rise to the top when friends & family clink in toast.

I love to pull together old and new in a seamless connecting garland for each year, adding or mixing an matching to recycle the past into the present.   Easy holiday decorating is what I love.

Twigs on the ground gathered in a vase, more beaded dolls mixed with doilies & crystals, for the layered look check my video for instructions of how to create yourself.

And so 2010 feeling is created, and will be expanded on with more twiggy magic.   I dont do my decorating on Thanksgiving,  I do it closer to the night of the party.

Last year was a much more glamorous feel, I was into pearls glitter snowflakes roses & my mother’s lace tablecloth.

Wrapping standard florist vases from the thrift store in pearl garlands, gave the decor a touch of Lavish

For an element of fun I used a chartreuse

Tables are made more festive with large bowls filled with limes and a white and chartreuse mix, shiny stones shimmer in the water

For Christmas Eve Sit down dinner of  Gravlax, Venison & Bouche de Noel, I used my mom’s trousseau embroidered tablecloths,

with a Christmas cracker at every plate and some orange roses wrapped with snowflake garlands. More bowls and dishes filled with “snow” and snowflakes

Same basic floral vases wrapped with snowflake garlands, the cheese and dessert plates ready at hand.

Many more moments of easy decorating,  some of which I will share in another post, but to wrap up, here is some paper I created from photocopying old family photos , just

looking at this picture takes me back to my childhood.  I dream of creating a photo focused decorating theme…. perhaps next year!

Paper made from old family photos tied up with lace and berries

Please share how you bring your home to life over the holidays.

and if you need help creating a home that celebrates who you are, call me Jennifer Duchene at  650.644.8592

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Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas — 29 Comments

  1. Wow Jennifer, I am flattered that DesignTV brought you some blog content inspiration. I hadn’t known that you were amidst such a transitional time in your life. Sometimes the 140 limit of Twitter just isn’t enough.

    I have no doubt that you’ll come out on the other side of this time in your life beaming with the style, grace, and optimistic vibe that I always feel when I read your replies on Twitter.


    • Dear Abcd, you always make me smile. Its true Design Tv has sparked some banked fires, it has been my delight to get to know you, and feel your energies and excitement come alive online. Thank you so much for your very kind and touching note. Which I cherish. It means a great deal. xoxx

  2. Jennifer, thanks for some much needed inspiration. Decorating over the weekend left me feeling tired of the same old thing, not to mention obligated to complete the task. You’ve inspired me to try some new decorating ideas, but more importantly to focus on time with friends and family, not trees and tinsel. Thanks!

    Janet K Fish

    • Janet your comment made me smile in so many ways. A little decor change is good but as you so correctly observed its all about the people and enjoyment.

  3. I must confess, Jen, that people with a talent like yours make me feel down right depressed! I can’t imagine ever being that creative and inspired. What you do is sinfully beautiful – you have an amazing gift! I’m so glad I know you so I can look at it and be envious…

    Sharon Hiebing
    Follow Your Dream Compass

    • Sharon you are so kind and generous, when I know what a fabulous home creator you are. What you bring into a space is worth way more than a few shiny baubles. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your truly beautiful words. I too am so glad I know you.

  4. Decorating for the holidays sets the mood for The day as much as it reflects the culmination of the entire year almost past. When I first moved into my little house I made ornaments out of sea shells. The house had been cannibalized away from it’s original, simple purpose of a weekend beach house. I felt a need to express that. Now that I am married, my husband’s (and my) childhood ornaments cover the tree. It’s an evolution!

    • So true Kristin, we do decorate with our history hearts and minds. Love that you are using your childhood ornaments, we cannot grow without referencing the past and pushing forward.

  5. What a season for you! The confluence of change and growth; sadness and joy–so much to experience. Your beautiful, creative decorations add such serenity and do not hint at any turmoil you might feel. Your strength is my weakness, so I love being inspired by your pictures and your post.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

    • Judy its true a season of all emotions and so much growth, happy and sad. Glad my decorations dont show turmoil, that would be horrible decorating for the festive season LOL! so happy I can inspire you, as your writing inspires me.

  6. All I can sat is…absolutely gorgeous. I especially love the wrapping paper made from old family photos. …what a great idea. You are so artistic and Your things are beautiful

    Julie Labes the…Fierce over 50 feels much younger, point and click junkie, loves to travel, does not use a jogging stroller, and before you ask, this is NOT my granddaughter..Woman

  7. Jen, I loved reading this post. It’s always a delight to see beautiful photos intermingled with inspiring text and your blog was just that. Thanks for being really human in this post and sharing on a heart-felt level. 🙂

    • Fiona you touched me and I appreciate your words more than you can know. It really is a gift to be able to share my feelings with you.

  8. So much change that you are going through right now, and yet I sense that your creative spirit and talents are at work giving you new direction and strength. You are obviously gifted in so many ways, and I look forward to watching how you will continue to grow and blossom in the future.

    • THank you so much Donna. I am touched by what you wrote and you know I think you are right. My creativity is giving me a place to go and grow and blossom. So glad I have you in my life.

  9. Jen – thanks for sharing a personal story. I love your liberal use of pictures. I really love the vase with the limes. The first one with the snowglobes reminds me of one of my mantel displays – I have a collection of globes. Last year I didn’t dig them out. I don’t know if it is age, boredom, or something else but the joy I used to feel in decorating for Christmas is not quite there – and hasn’t been for a couple years – I feel a need to downsize, but am reluctant to get rid of some of my old favorites… I have always used the same decorations, getting rid of some, adding some new, changing it up a little, but I find myself thinking ahead to the clean-up and don’t want to pull everything out. I fantasize about buying all new stuff and getting rid of it at the end of the season, but that is not quite my frugal and sentimental nature…

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero

  10. My Holiday decorating style is pretty standard, traditional, straight from the store kind of stuff. But yours is inspiring!!! We are embarking on the interior this weekend and I’ll try a little more panache thanks to you;)
    Yvonne Hall

  11. So much change with everyone. I think we are all getting ready for 2012! But unlike many people, you do your change with grace and style. I always take away something from your posts. Thanks!

    Candace Davenport
    www.ourlittlebooks.com ~ Little Books with a Big Message

  12. I too love sharing this journey of change and growth with you Jen. And I’m in complete admiration for your beautiful decoration ideas. We collect items over the years. When we see something special we buy it. My mum has also given us various special decorations she bought at German Christmas markets. Nothing as craetive as yours but we do love to look very festive.
    Louise Edington
    Facing Fears and Frontiers Over Fifty

    • Its an honor to have you along Louise. I bet your home is jolly and bright. Wish I could pop over for a visit and a glass of bubbly.

  13. You have a beautiful blog, and very inspiring. We are trimming the tree that we got yesterday, tonight. Great timing that I read this now! Happy holidays to you!

  14. I’ll have to report back on how I bring my home to life. For the holidays I will be with friends & family especially since my husband is deployed but but when he comes home we are going to have lots of life at home. I will definitely want to decorate for his return.

    Lisa Ann Landry
    Vibrating Positive Energy

    • sounds like a moment worth decorating and celebrating. I look forward to hearing all about it. Happy Holidays to you both, Lisa Ann

  15. Hi Jen,
    Beautiful post, as usual, and I love watching how you combine colors, shapes, and textures. But what strikes me most of all is your simple sentence, “The most important element of the Festive Season is celebrating shared friendship and love.” NICE!

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