Cherished memories. Unpacking the holiday ornaments, heirlooms, and figurines brings them to life every year. To see these precious pieces in a whole new light – and to avoid a decorating doldrum – let your traditions evolve with a few simple changes.
find your filler
Ornaments, collected over the years, are often quite varied. One simple “filler” element can harmonize disparate styles. After hanging the ornaments on the tree, find a single embellishment that reflects your overall style. Try plumes of feathers, swathes of ribbon, or oversized bows to create a feminine look. Sprigs of shimmering faux blooms, glistening berries, and glittered branches infuse nature-inspired glamour. Unexpected botanical embellishments, such as magnolia leaves, introduce vibrant dimension. Use the same filler throughout the house to create a cohesive look.
separate ornaments by style
Sift through your ornaments to find pieces that share the same materials, shape, or style that would complement the décor of a specific room. A collection of delicate blown-glass ornaments made for German feather trees could be placed on a lightly flocked tree in the bedroom. Handpainted wooden ornaments or flat metal engraved ornaments, with shapes that call to mind cookie cutters, would look charming in a kitchen. To create an even more cohesive look, hang all the ornaments with the same ribbon.