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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ho ho uh oh

For the design-minded, the holidays can prove to be a challenge. How to smoothly integrate festive decoration, which too often means cloying cuteness, into your contemporary home is addressed in LivingEtc's online Christmas gallery. Two of my favorite photos showcase oversized clusters of simple colorful ornaments.


erin@designcrisis said...

I am boycotting Christmas this year. There. I said it.

Raina said...

Why Sweet Pea?

erin@designcrisis said...

Growing up with a single mom meant Christmas came in October, when my brother and I finally broke down and begged for this, that and the other. We never really had a tree... well, maybe one year. With those bubble light things. Those were kind of awesome.

I don't know... I love buying presents, but not under pressure. Christmas just makes me feel grinchy.

Raina said...

That's a very good reason.

Halloween is Teh Gayz Christmas and I'm gonna lobby for it to include gift-giving as well.

I can't imagine a better holiday than one that would include presents, candy, and drag queens.

karly / design crisis said...

Now, here's where erin and I swap our negative outlooks: I LOVE christmas!!!! But I've worked hard to make an awesome celebration that requires the following:

-no travel (this is key!)
-no malls (almost as important as #1)
-minimal gifts
-spiked nog, spiked cider
-mixing wine and holiday crafts.

That image in picture #2 is climbing to the top of my holiday crafts to-do list, it doesn't look like it requires sobriety and it could even work year round if you pick non-holiday colors. done and done.

karly / design crisis said...

PS, I come from single-mom land too, Christmas isn't about gifties, Miss Erin.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

My family favors a sort of bizarre aesthetic indigestion--my aunt, who generally has pretty eclectic taste that tends toward strong, graphic pieces and burnt-yellow/clay adobe-ish colors, develops an attack of The Old Country every Christmas. Symptoms include cream and red damask table linens, sterling flatware, Portmeirion holiday china and Waterford Clannad goblets.

And curiously, despite supposedly being a designemifier, in my own home I like nothing so much as a Christmas tree covered with a deranged hodge-podge of ornaments, including some that have been in my family since before I was born. Multicolored lights. There will be no theme trees or monochrome trees or highbrow trees in the NerF household.

Raina said...

Really, NerF? I thought for sure you'd have a tree with tiny Speedo briefs, wee gold medals, and little Sports Illustrated covers.

hello gorgeous said...

I like the doornamentation - sorry - but I imagine bits smashing off every time the door is closed.

I do admit to having a sort of theme on the sunporch - brown and white and gold. But the real tree is like NerF's tree - all about the ornaments I've had for 30 years. But it is smothered in tiny whiteys (lights, not undies).

erin@designcrisis said...

I like the idea of a tree smothered in whitey tighties. That would make me enjoy Christmas much more... Christmas should be goofier.

nkp said...

Personally, on my tree I like to...hee hee just kidding Raina. But seriously, even I have to admit those are both beautiful ways of using ornaments, almost sculptural, and that second photograph is stunning.

Raina said...

*cracking up*

You kill me, NKP.