Celebrate in Style!

December 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Design Space

The Holidays have arrived! The parties, the food, the friends, the décor, it’s all here. So what does your home say about you this year? Simple or sophisticated you can pack plenty of style into your home this Holiday Season without all the fuss. Yes, holiday decorating takes effort, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. This year I am going all out kids style. Every couple of days or so, we work on a craft that we can display. This week it’s a gingerbread house, and bannister decor. Here are a few ways to celebrate in style, while keeping it real.

pb2This table has a really fun oversized centerpiece, but it could be equally dramatic with just a few beautiful branches, and plenty of candlelight. Candles play an important role in the look of this dining room. In groups or scattered throughout, candles add instant warmth and romance. Bowls or vases filled with shiny ornaments also add a stylish touch. Play around with different sizes, styles and textures but keep the colour uniform.

pb5All these fancy recipes over the holidays, what ever happened to good old fashioned pizza? Everybody loves pizza! It’s great for kids or adults, you eat with your hands, and best of all, it’s a wonderful companion to wine. I am a big fan of homemade pizza, but no one ever complains about delivery. You can cheat too. It will cost you more to order round pizzas, but you can indulge in various gourmet toppings.

pb6And for those of you with a more refined palate, a wine and cheese is the simple solution to a sophisticated soiree. I have a bad habit of preparing cheese last, and I forget to take it out of the fridge. But cheese, like wine, is best served at room temperature. Naming your selection so people know what they taste is a nice touch, but I am guilty of neglecting to do this too and then guessing. “Uhm, it’s either gorgonzola or Roquefort.” After a couple of glasses of wine does it really matter?

pb7Hang the stockings by the chimney with care. Or hang them on the stairs. We don’t have a fireplace, so the stockings are hung on the bannister with care. Some years, garland will present itself, but this year, its stockings and kids crafts.

pb8Every year I buy a few ornaments to add to the tree. This year my daughter chose an interesting shade of purple, so on it goes! Some choose to have two trees. The kid’s one and the adult one, and I think I may even adopt this practice in the future. I have always wanted a perfectly co-ordinated tree, but for now it’s just one tree, with a few of everyone’s favorite touches.

pb9I have a bit of a weakness for beautiful wreaths. You can still make a stylish statement without the festive filled urns and bright flashing lights. Make it a little more interesting by hanging two or finding a square one. I went to a party once where the homeowner made the wreath out of wine corks. Well that kind of set the precedent for the night.

I wish you a very special Holiday Season.

Whether this year’s celebration is over the top or pared down, may it be filled with peace, warmth and comfort of family and friends.

Images: Pottery Barn


11 Responses to “Celebrate in Style!”
  1. Beautiful collection of pictures…perfect for the Holidays!
    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  2. Gorgeous post- definitely puts me in the holiday mood!

  3. Lovely:)

    My husband and I are casual urban artist style. This year I am following along he is “curating” our window and I am doing what he tells me to do…..hehe


  4. Mary Ann says:

    Funny how a piece of parchment paper can make a pizza look more elegant! I Like the branch idea, too for a centerpiece…I have some white ones I can use…thanks!
    Mary Ann

  5. Victoria says:

    Such pretty and peaceful images! I love the tree! Spiky beauty!

  6. vitania says:

    Jenna, Christine and Victoria – Thank you so much. I wish you guys a fabulously Stylish Holiday.
    F.F. – you are one lucky girl. I am not sure my husband would ever be responsible for any home decor, and I am not sure I would want him too..
    Mary ann – Parchment = Rustic ! I am not sure why but every time i see food wrapped in parchment it looks 10x more appealing..:-)
    Hope you both also have a fabulously stylish holiday..


  7. Bo Mackison says:

    Love the tree, all in white. What lovely holiday decor.

  8. vitania says:

    Beautiful in white! I love the crazy branches Bo.. Our tree this year is as straight as an asparagus. So funny.

  9. I love the idea of having more than one tree. I love so many types of ornaments that I may end up needing a few!

    And, really, who doesn’t love pizza?

  10. I loved this post and the beautiful photos you shared, along with the great ideas. It’s amazing how simple things can become beautiful and add just the right festive feel. For years now I’ve placed a few bowls of various sizes out, filled with Christmas balls or Christmas spices or candles and berries – simple, but elegant and cheery. We also take some shortcuts with our food … and keep cheap bottles of red wine on hand (for some yummy mulled wine) and a wheel or two of brie. In five minutes, I can spread some jam on the top, wrap it in some phyllo and throw it in the oven. This baked brie is beautiful with crackers, crostini, or fresh, crusty French bread.

    Wishing you a very merry and happy holiday season, Vitania. :)

  11. vitania says:

    Carla – put the brie in the overn! I am coming over..:-) It’s true that simple is best!

    Connie, I am with you. From now it’s pizza for Christmas! Hmm.. my pasta loving family may object to this. Maybe for a dinner party with friends..:-)