The Dwelling Place: Deck the Halls
article & photos by Claire DePinto
On this tranquil Christmas morning, the snow falls gently, the tree gleams with twinkling lights, and a peaceful quiet fills the air, allowing us to take a deep breath and reflect. It's a moment to consider the blessings surrounding us and reflect on why we celebrate this joyous holiday - a season unlike any other.
For me, Christmas conjures up magical childhood memories, with specific scents and the coziness that instills a profound desire to decorate my home in a way that not only welcomes you but also entices you to stay. I readily admit to eagerly decorating early in the season. Year after year, I find that I decorate with less but enjoy both the process and the result more. There are several fundamental elements I use as the basis for my decoration:
I adore integrating greenery throughout my home. It's the simplest way to infuse warmth, establish a foundation for layering, and create a harmonious atmosphere. While the aroma of fresh greens is unparalleled, practicality leads me to primarily use lifelike faux options. Realistic faux greenery, such as wreaths, garlands, sprigs, and boughs, offers an adaptable canvas for styling. I enjoy draping garlands on shelving and nestling in candlesticks, seasonal mementos, or pinecones.
Patterns & Colors:
The classic Tartan pattern springs to mind when I think of Christmas. It exudes a traditional charm that instantly transports me to the 1950s setting of It's a Wonderful Life. Including pieces that evoke cherished memories plays a unique role in heightening the sensory experiences of the season.
Lighting: Lighting is pivotal. Christmas lights craft their own kind of magic with their twinkling, soft illumination that imparts warmth to dark winter evenings. Experimenting with lights of varying sizes and shapes on the Christmas tree that resemble ornaments adds a playful touch. Battery-operated string lights are indispensable in locations without easy access to electrical outlets. There's nothing quite like waking up on a cold, dark morning, switching on the tree's lights, and snuggling up with a good book and a steaming cup of coffee. The mere thought gives me goosebumps. Come quickly, Christmas!
While I don't advocate outlawing tinsel, I believe in balancing it with natural elements in holiday decor. Pinecones, dried orange slices, wooden beads, pomegranates, whole chestnuts, and shed antlers are exquisite materials that can be seamlessly integrated to craft visually appealing Christmas decor. These elements blend effortlessly with greenery and prevent over-decoration.
Christmas is truly the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to celebrate and rejoice in. I encourage you to pause and enjoy the beauty found in life's simpler pleasures. Dwell…live.
Claire is the owner of Scout Interior Design & Decor, located in Billings. Claire specializes in sourcing and selling unique furniture and accessories, as well as providing services ranging from redecorating/rearranging a room to the design of an entire interior. Claire has a warehouse full of curated furniture and accessories, too! Follow Claire on Instagram @scout_interiors.design and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like (a design consultation for a project or are looking for a specific item for your home!
Simple, Seasonal, and Stylish: 5 Festive Ways to Deck the Halls
When it comes to Christmas décor, it keeps things fun and fresh when you subtly change things up each year. Consider switching up the accent color of your tree, new placement of old decorations, or unexpected pops of Christmas in rooms throughout your home.