Bauble Me This, Bauble Me That

- By Andrea Mestrovic -

We all have that one friend who is permanently and perfectly in style, flouncing around in her impossible-to-find Mary Katrantzou lampshade clutter skirt, one who will predictably be on top of the 2011 Holiday décor palette.  This year, why not beat her to it.

Claridge's and Dior glistening Frozen Christmas tree - 2009

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Season upon season, famed design houses reveal their new interpretations of what it means to be in style.  When they make a change, we choose to listen and most often, merrily adapt.  Same rules should apply to Holiday season décor.  In actuality, it is just as dense with not only color variations, but also changes in textures, themes, dimensions and levels of intricacy.  In 2010 Claridge’s and Dior went from the glistening ‘frozen’ Christmas tree to the under-the-sea dazzler decked out with giant seahorses, vivid jellyfish and sparkling corals.  This was big news and it started a worldwide movement to water themed Christmas 2010.

Claridge's and Dior under-the-sea Christmas tree - 2010

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Over the years Christmas trees changed colors – we went from staple green to blush pink, innocent white and even modish black.  The leading theme this Christmas is diffidently natural: bay leaf trees, dry lavender and red berry wreaths, moss and pine garlands.  The trend is very rustic and sustainable, which when done right, is exceptionally warm, almost magical.  Keep the ornaments in the jewel tone groupings with hues of weighty purples, variations of plums, Tiffany blues, and festive greens.  If you have the space, opt for a flourishing, verdant tree and you can skip the traditional baubles: make your tree snow-white with artificial snowflakes and a tin of glass frosting.  Add some twinkly white lights with brightly colored presents under the tree, and the room will gleam with delight.

It is not inexpensive to buy a new set of ornaments just to be in the 2011 plums; luckily Martha Stewart teaches us how to make them from recycled color paper, silk ribbons, Christmas cards, and even gingerbread cookies.  This can easily turn into brilliant family time, all while inventing, designing and saving your dollars.

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Those that live in petite, yet highly progressive, lofts might have no square to spare on immense Christmas trees (artificial or otherwise). This does not mean that the Holiday season design festivities end here.  There is a sea of charming alternatives to the conventional Christmas tree, approved and recognized by the big jolly man in red. White colored, modern wood branches (from the florist or your backyard) take on a haute couture attitude when fittingly ornamented and placed in the correct decoupage vase.  Your ornament theme options are endless: handmade pine cone picture frames, fresh and festive; random color scheme and size of frosted glass baubles against the white branches have a piercing effect; or tree topper bows made of shimmering silk ribbon.

With any of these you will surely be in vogue at home for the holidays.

Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering fab finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic

Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea

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