Personally, I don’t really decorate for the holidays. The dog and cat don’t seem too concerned with my lack of enthusiasm for holiday bling, so it’s just something I don’t spend time doing.
Other people, however, seem to be crazy about holiday decorating.
As you might guess, I follow a lot of interior designers, interior design companies and magazines on social media, and I’ve noticed a trend towards subtle Christmas decorating – and I like it a lot. Christmas doesn’t have to be loud, and in my illustrious opinion, it should be seen and not heard (I’m not a fan of blaring Christmas music).
I’m seeing a lot of gold, silver and light blue this year with splashes of crimson instead of huge splotches of Santa Claus red. Retro and whimsy seem to be very popular. For instance, hang a couple big silver stars on an inside tree or plant and drape a few lights from it, call it whimsical and you’re good to go.
Speaking of retro, the vintage Christmas tree is back! Yes, those shiny aluminum trees that first became popular in the late 1950s are trendy again.
Between 1959 and 1969, the Aluminum Specialty Company sold more than one million aluminum trees. Their popular “Evergleam” tree retailed for $2, and aluminum trees were even available through the Sears catalog.
Sears’ 1963 Christmas Book said, “This exquisite tree is sure to be the talk of your neighborhood.”
According to multiple sources, the Charlie Brown movie is thought to be responsible for the demise of the aluminum Christmas tree. After the movie aired in 1965, the trees were hidden away in basements and storage units, and many were simply thrown away. Today, however, a true vintage tree sells for big bucks on Ebay.
Take a look at Pinterest. Yes, I’m pinning. I pin as HeidiTown, but my “Colorado Home” page features a lot of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture and other interior design stuff that I like. If you search “Christmas” on Pinterest the latest trends become readily apparent. Holiday colors are soft this year with light green opposed to emerald green and lots of white. I’m even noticing a lot of browns and earth tones.
I have no doubt that gaudy Christmas décor will find its way back one day, but for now, I’m going to enjoy this respite from tacky tinsel and baby Jesus nativity scenes.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. She is also a full-time freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com.