a fake white wreath scored from domestications last year for 7 bucks is our only exterior decor. our white tree is visible from our front window, so we don't need anything else- plus, our neighbors have more then compensated for our restraint with their exuberance. don't want to compete!
here ). so our tree doesn't look lonely as the only bit of christmas decor, we like to fill bowls with silver balls to bring some holiday sparkle to the rest of the house, adding a little cheer to every room. pretty much our only other nod to xmas is our beloved white poinsettias (we'd probably go overboard with them if we had our druthers, but being a responsible cat parent means we have to settle for just one, on our 5 foot high mantle where richard can't get to it). last, since xmas is about family and tradition, we also bring out a pair of mom's kosta boda snowball candles to sit on our coffee table- they were part of our holidays growing up for as long as we remember so we like the continuity they bring to our holiday celebration (we added the lucite box they are displayed in, just to zhoozh 'em up a bit. mama maison21 was stylish, but not lucite stylish). last, we complete the scene with a roaring fire, and boom- m21 is done with holiday decoratin' and ready to entertain! simple, and we hope, chic:
the black candles (on the silvered ceramic pillars) aren't very xmas-y, but they help tie in the vintage italian black glass bowl and b&w german planter which reside on the mantle year round, along with the vintage 1970 light sculpture (prettier in person- has more of an over all glow). m21 changes all the vignettes in the atelier frequently- except the mantle for some reason- it stays as-is, year-in & year-out (minus the poinsettia and ornaments of course).
now just because we prefer our own holiday decor to be "less is more", doesn't mean we don't appreciate it when others go all out! we'll be seeing lots of blogger homes on the internets this holiday season, but we'd like to give our lovely friends and readers without blogs an opportunity to share their hard work and creativity too! so send m21 a photo of your own decked out holiday decor- if we get enough photos, we'll devote a post to readers' homes sometime before christmas- email your pix here!