Kitsch: design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality. Most commonly seen over the “festive” season in homes without an ounce of creativity.
It is Christmas time again and I am in a state of deep despair! The amount of junk and pure commercialism that is thrown in my face on my shopping travels is, in my opinion the equivalent to the oceans being carpeted with plastic garbage.
What for? Why?
It is time to take stock and stop this Christmas vulgarity. Ho Ho and a big Hum.
What about the simple things in life, and the whole idea of style in one’s home? Escpecially, in one’s small home. Clutter is a dirty word. Just a reminder…
Yup, remember my “deers” that at MiCasa we believe in style, elegance and good taste.
Here are some tips on keeping your home looking chic over the Christmas period:
they wont break the bank
they wont contribute to global warming
nor burden our environment
they wont go unnoticed
Jingling all the way.
DON’T HAVE SPACE FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE?
Well, my reindeers, turn your drinks table into a festive one by adding a mirror and some old fashioned crystal glassware, some white porcelain and a few baubles in a vase along with a bit of greenery. Class on a table.
MAKE USE OF EVERY NOOK FOR SPECIAL LIGHTING
Make use of spaces to display candles, lamps and always go and forage around for some Christmassy greenery to set it all off. Fairy lights are a win! Thanks to Pinterest, and the Unlikely Hostess, I found some lovely examples of using fairy lights in containers.
A dash of greenery and lined up candles – what could be more stylish? A big yes.
IF YOU DO HAVE SPACE FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE – MAKE SURE IT IS A CLASSY ONE PLEASE
Simple, uncluttered and minimalist color usage. That is the answer. Show restraint. It is getting out of hand and you must take control.
Lots of restraint here – although I can see that the owner couldn’t help himself by placing yet another decoration in the form of a wreath behind the tree? No. Remember when to stop.
Size does count. I simply love this completely bare tree in a lovely setting.
USE SPRAY PAINT LIBERALLY TO MAKE OLD DECORATIONS, OR OTHER ITEMS, FIT IN WITH YOUR COLOR SCHEME.
Paint plastic toy animals and old star ornaments and used leftover fabric to make tree decorations – that will help in giving a fresh look to your decorations.
MAKE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN – DON’T SHOP.
These Christmas trees were made from discarded paperbacks. Simply fold a page in two and cut out the shape of half a tree; then cut between four to eight sheets depending on how full you want to the trees to look. Staple down the middle.
These simple wreaths are placed discreetly on kitchen cupboards – an example of how to keep it simple but sylish. I found this on Gurudecor and am going to do them on mine.
REMEMBER THAT IT IS YOUR CHRISTMAS AND YOU CAN MARCH TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN DRUM.
YOUR HOME SHOULD REFLECT GREAT TASTE AND GOOD CHOICES.