Friday, 30 November 2012

charming spaces: minimalist holiday decor

It is time to bring in the holiday decor, isn't it? This Upper West Side living room of Susan Becher that appeared in Lonny last year is my idea of decorating a home before Christmas. I'm a holiday decor minimalist; I cannot stand decor clutter. All I need is a decorated tree, an Advent wreath, and of course a beautifully decorated table. When I see houses with all windows blinking and a life-size Santa or the nativity play set in the garden I just want to run and hide.

Speaking of the holidays, I'm pretty sure had the Creator gone Christmas shopping for four days in a row he would have rested on the fifth day! I'm exhausted after going to a few stores and carrying bags and I'm not even buying much! But I have to say that it is truly wonderful to walk the cobblestone streets in the city at this time of the year. The holiday decor makes the city even more beautiful and the people of Luxembourg are obviously not stressful; the atmosphere is festive and relaxed.

Have a wonderful day!

photo credit:
Patrick Cline for Lonny, November/December 2011, p. 200-201



  1. It sure is! I'm planning to head out and get the tree tomorrow and I'm super excited about it! Luxembourg at this time of year really does sound lovely, if you take any snaps be sure to share, I'd love to see your little corner of the world. Hugs! x

  2. that room is beautiful. I love how simple it still is. happy weekend xo

  3. Lovely living area

    and an impressive christmastree!

    ♥ Franka

  4. That's exactly my idea of holiday decor. The Christmas tree along with my favourite Christmas decoration, a silver deer I usually place on the coffee table, are enough for the living room. A natural wreath for the entrance hallway and a little something in every room, like a basket of pine cones and candles. Luxembourg must truly look wonderful this time of year. :)

  5. That is so simple and charming, I love it. I also wish I could reach through my computer and grab that coffee table! Have a fantastic weekend lisa!

  6. I'm about the minimalist decor too, the living room is tastefully decorated. I love a few wreaths, my tree with my pretty angel decorations, some greenery and candles.

  7. I mainly decorate with natural things - a tree and some candles and greenery. I am really trying to buy handmade gifts this year and books too and so far there is no stress in the holiday shopping. xxoo


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