Monday, December 6, 2010

Split-Personality Decorating

I'm torn between two decorating worlds--
one that practices simplicity and minimalism
and the other a stylist's world requiring many objects of affection.

Blogging presented me with a similar conflict.
Do I go with the ancient/modern aesthetic I like so much
 or go with the flow of the beach while living in Florida?
I resolved it with two blogs, one for each of me...

When it comes to Christmas decorating, the style question pops up every year...
do I go simple, pure, and worshipful
 or Florida quaint and quirky?

The solution? A house we acquired during the fix-and-flip era...
one we can't sell, thanks to the real estate fiasco. It's now a seasonal rental for Canadians
 January- March and a guest house for family during the holidays.
 This year, I'm rolling with a Florida beach attittude over there.


At our house, I'll keep the faith with simplicity--
white candles and Narcissus only--but a goodly number of them.

 What's your Christmas decorating style?
I'd really love to know :)

20 comments:

lakeviewer said...

I still tend to buy and keep too many books that end up littering the place. Otherwise,I'm practical, efficient, comfortable, shoes on the coffee table kind of life.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Becky
I understand the decor dilemma especially at Christmas time and have been mulling this very issue lately... Being stinky hot down our way most christmases, I'm always torn between the traditional [that is completely fantasy in Australia].. and a more relaxed summery xmas mood.. I think many Aussies are confused on this matter..!! hahha

but I love how you decorated the beach house... it looks fabulous!!! Have a great day.. ciao xxx Julie

Love of the Sea said...

Mine is coastal christmas combined with some french cottage inspiration. So I have a couple things going on too!!

simpledaisy said...

Well...I bet you already know!! It's turquoise and silver and oh so slightly beachy:)
I think it's perfectly fine to mix styles....your home and decorating should always reflect you! So aren't we all a little mix of this and that!?!!?!?
Happy Holiday Decorating to you!

S. Etole said...

It's quite traditional here ... Christmas reds and greens. And lots of "acquired over the years" things.

Dimple said...

Used to be quite cluttered in the decorating--lots and lots of eclectic stuff. Now much more simple and spare. I'm even considering foregoing the decorating completely this year...

Susan Erickson said...

rustic, relaxed....very minimal becsuse our house is small and crammed already. I like lots of candles and a few white lights.....

Stacey Dawn said...

Mine varies each year - depending on time limits, health status, etc. This year will be a bit minimalist/traditional. Enjoy!

lakeviewer said...

For Christmas, we cut our own tree, with family's photos and shell/driftwood finds all over.

Beach House Living said...

A few different styles going on here too.

Linda P said...

Since we have cottage style furniture we go for the traditional. I love candles all the year around, especially beeswax church candles, but more during the dark, Winter season. The smell of fresh pine says 'Christmas'to me. Otherwise decorations will be simple with old glass baubles for the tree, angels, Victorian style ornaments, Scottish tartan bows and one or two new additions made by the children or overseas women who raise money for their communities (these become special treasures).

Shellbelle said...

Will you adopt me please? I want to be family, so that I can stay in your fab beach house! I already jumped over to Beachsnaps to see more pics and I'm just in love with your tree.

You're so funny and so creative, I just adore the "both" of you. Happy Holidays and may you have the merriest Christmas ever!

P.S. Hopefully this cold weather will come and go quickly…brrrrrr…………

RuneE said...

We go for the simple style - like those lights. Not easy to shoot!

ELK said...

this is amazing to have two distinct styles and places to use them!!

paired down and simple is me ..especially since the children are older.

TSL said...

I am so conflicted, too! My tastes run all across the board, but at Christmas, I love the Cracker Barrel happiness!

Leslie said...

I like red at Christmas, and am particularly drawn to Scandinavian accents, but my style is very eclectic, a collection of well-loved things collected over the years. I love antique Santa figurines. My favorite thing right now is Swedish star ornaments made with straw and red thread, a gift from my sister. I am looking at them on my little tree as I write this!

I love your Florida tree : )

Mara said...

Hi Becky! Mine is a simple red and white nordic style! I decorated my home yesterday and will soon show something!
Hugs!
Mara

RuneE said...

Thank you for telling me! The server belongs to my former employer (University of Bergen), and it is sometimes down for maintenance in the week-end. I have no uploaded another version via Blogger.

Dimple said...

Hi again Becky,
Just wanted to say thanks for your comment, and reply to it: If something catches my eye, I am liable to catch it with my camera. Sometimes it works, and sometimes not, but that is how I get many of the oddball images I post on my blog, like tire tracks in the snow. Doing a photo blog has encouraged me to look at mundane things in new ways. It is a lot of fun!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Ohhwww love these...
My style is a real green outdoor tree (no fake one) and it's decorated only in white and silver...I might send out a pic when I set it up (after today).
Hugs beautiful lady.
D.