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Traditional, Minimal, Whimsical

When it comes to decorations there are three types of people. (Four actually, if you count the grouchy, under-their-breath-muttering Grinches who don't decorate at all.) First, you have your traditionalists. For them Christmas is cherry red and ever green. Period. Second, there are the minimalists. These people like golds, silvers and whites with subtle hints of deep reds (maroon, burgundy or ox blood this year if they're on trend) and maybe some moss greens. The last group is anyone else. Bright colors for Christmas? Holla! Tacky ("vintage"), every color lights?--they're their.

I find myself in the latter two groups. I guess I'm a bit of a rebel against the man. (You know, the man who decided Christmas colors were red and green.) This year though I'm saving my whites and silvers for New Year's and I'm trying to make our home merry, bold and bright for Christmas.

These are some easy diy decorations to get your home all cozied up for the holidays.

(The first one is a link to a kit which is a little too pricey in my opinion. If I make these, I'll probably get some stiff felt from Joann's and trace the shapes from the cookies cutters that we got from IKEA. (These cookie cutters are ridiculously awesome by the way. The package included animals like a porcupine, a squirrel and a moose.))

Are you a traditionalist, a minimalist, or a do it your own wayist?


  1. I'm a minimalist! I try to keep it to two colors (normally silver and gold) and try to keep the clutter to a minimum!

  2. I'm a combo of all three. A minimal amount of traditional things (like garlands and maybe a wreath) and then something whimsical for a finishing touch. We were super proud of our Christmas tree that we built out of books last year! Here are some photos: http://makingroomwithus.blogspot.it/2011/12/its-beginning-to-look-lot-like.html.

  3. how cute is that wreath?? i need to pull out my decorations. and start listening to christmas music. before we know it, it'll be 2013!

  4. We are 'do it your own wayists' in my house. All the ornaments in our Christmas box get put on our Christmas tree; we generally don't decorate any more than that but this year we're spreading the tinsel to more places and that excites me, I love tinsel! :)


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