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What’s Your Holiday Decorating Style?

Nov 2, 2015

by Stephanie Sisco

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Creating a festive holiday look in your home doesn’t have to mean completely abandoning the style you live with — and love — all the rest of the year. Or, for that matter, abandoning every last element of holiday decor the second the season has passed. For us, a happy medium lies in seeking out pieces that take your tried-and-true aesthetic to a twinklier place — some of which can even live on as part of your post-holiday daily decor with a few minor styling tweaks. Are you a committed minimalist? An unrepentant color-lover? A fan of outdoorsy flourishes (with a cheeky twist)? My fellow Real Simple editors and I have scoured dozens of Etsy shops to curate three lists of our favorite wintertime accessories. Find the one that suits you best and see what we’ve selected, below.

Modern Minimalist

Wild Ridge Design wreath, $75

Think beyond the evergreen when adorning your door and branch out with this twiggy wreath. Woven through with artificial bay leaves and sprinkled with white berries, it’s the ideal piece for transitioning from fall to winter.

Petit Helsinki ornament, $8

Add some edgy interest to your tree with these Scandinavian-inspired glass bead and wire ornaments. When the tree gets dismantled post-holiday, display them as sculptural objects on a bookshelf or gathered within a wide, shallow bowl.

Greenwood Store tree skirt, from $125

This velvety, geometric tree skirt offers a subtle hint of pattern beneath a festooned fir and acts as a sophisticated backdrop for that ever-growing pile of presents.

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Loop Design Studio wall hooks, five for $49

Multi-functionality is key when decorating within this category, and these dipped-oak wall hooks are a prime example. Use them to hang stockings near the fireplace in December, then transfer them to the entryway to catch coats and scarves come January.

Tellkiddo sack, $19

Santa’s toy bag needs an upgrade. Give him this reusable paper version to deposit gifts for boys and girls on the nice list. The rest of the year, it can corral stuffed animals and other playthings.

Waen terrarium, $125

When it comes to terrariums, it’s what’s inside that counts. (Although this gorgeous faceted-glass version makes a compelling counter-argument.) Try filling one with tea lights and making it the glowing tabletop centerpiece at your big family feast.

Urban Lumberjack

JadieCakes pillow, $24

If you gravitate toward traditional plaids and natural materials, consider updating your look to something an urban lumberjack might appreciate. Here, a metallic deer appliqué takes this buffalo check cushion from masculine to magical.

Three Bad Seeds pillow, $70

Layer the plaid pillow above with this adorable woolen mountain range option for a cushy and cozy landing spot for guests.

Little Orange Room tree skirt, $148

Handmade wood buttons, cheery striped loops, and sweet pompom trim: This not-so-basic burlap tree skirt is bursting with charm — but still won’t overwhelm those lovingly wrapped gifts.

Worley’s Lighting candleholders, $35 for six

Bring the outdoors in and outfit your mantel or sideboard with these wooden candleholders (best suited for battery-powered, flameless flickerers). A set of six stumps in various sizes, they would also make a dramatic statement strewn across the center of a long, rustic dining table.

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Knittings With Sense stocking, $52

Finish off the woodsy look with a classic hand-knit stocking (or five) along the mantel; they’re generously sized to fit all the fun little gifts and goodies that Santa delivers.

Bright and Colorful

Anek Designs pillow cover, $25

The rainbow-hued trim on this natural linen pillow cover captures all the excitement and electricity of a strand of string lights — without any of the untangling. And matched with a few less-flashy cushions, they can stay out on the sofa year-round.

Splendid Love Shop, $16 each 

Continue the theme of bright-on-burlap with these hand-screenprinted tree ornaments, modernized with mismatched neon designs. Fragrant cinnamon stick “trunks” add a touch of sweetness.

SuncatcherCreations star, $52

Hang this 11-inch stained-glass star above the Douglas fir for a new take on the traditional tree topper, or use fishing wire to suspend it near a window so it catches light and bounces color throughout your space.

EBW Handmade candles, $9 for three

Enliven standard candle holders with these neon-dipped taper candles; pick three similar shades for an ombré effect or order a matched set for a consistent, color-blocked display.

Jonna Saarinen trivet, $16

Bring color to your cooking station with these vibrant trivets for catching pots and pans as you whip up your holiday feast — since you know guests will find their way into the kitchen eventually.

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