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Holiday Decorations Past and Present

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I finished decorating for the holidays at my apartment this weekend, and I wanted to share some pictures with you. This year, I chose more of a clean, minimalist look, with one tree and a monochromatic color palette. But I also wanted to show you how I decorated (much more extravagantly) last year. I hope you enjoy!

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This year, I've created a centerpiece with oversized kugels and ornament wreaths for my dining table.

1 This year, I've created a centerpiece with oversized kugels and ornament wreaths for my dining table.

The wreaths are made from shatter-proof ball ornaments. I outfitted each wreath with furniture protectors so that they wouldn't scratch the table.

2 The wreaths are made from shatter-proof ball ornaments. I outfitted each wreath with furniture protectors so that they wouldn't scratch the table.

I bought these mercury-glass ball ornaments from Pottery Barn. Aren't they beautiful? http://www.potterybarn.com/products/oversized-mercury-ornaments/?pkey=choliday-mercury-shop

3 I bought these mercury-glass ball ornaments from Pottery Barn. Aren't they beautiful? http://www.potterybarn.com/products/oversized-mercury-ornaments/?pkey=choliday-mercury-shop

I can't wait to gather around this table with friends and family this weekend.

4 I can't wait to gather around this table with friends and family this weekend.

I suspended a gilded wreath from the ceiling in my entryway to welcome guests as they arrive.

5 I suspended a gilded wreath from the ceiling in my entryway to welcome guests as they arrive.

I made the wreath using a 36-inch wire form, from U.S. Evergreens Inc. (usevergreens.com), and shimmery, silver garland from Jamali Garden (jamaligarden.com).

6 I made the wreath using a 36-inch wire form, from U.S. Evergreens Inc. (usevergreens.com), and shimmery, silver garland from Jamali Garden (jamaligarden.com).

Here is a close-up of the garland. I love this soft color palette of glittery silver, gold and pale pink. It's so festive without being red or green.

7 Here is a close-up of the garland. I love this soft color palette of glittery silver, gold and pale pink. It's so festive without being red or green.

This Christmas I decided to go big, stacking two flocked trees together to create this impressive display.

8 This Christmas I decided to go big, stacking two flocked trees together to create this impressive display.

I only used yellow and gold ball ornaments, and the glass icicles that I buy every year, wherever I can find them.

9 I only used yellow and gold ball ornaments, and the glass icicles that I buy every year, wherever I can find them.

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Last year, I did a more elaborate display with three gold trees and playful polar bears.

1 Last year, I did a more elaborate display with three gold trees and playful polar bears.

Instead of going with a monochromatic palette and uniform shapes, I mixed things up with ornaments in different shapes and shades.

2 Instead of going with a monochromatic palette and uniform shapes, I mixed things up with ornaments in different shapes and shades.

Crystal clear snowflakes are so lovely during the day, when they reflect the sunlight.

3 Crystal clear snowflakes are so lovely during the day, when they reflect the sunlight.

As you can see, I also hung pinecone and walnut ornaments on the tree.

4 As you can see, I also hung pinecone and walnut ornaments on the tree.

Traditional shapes work well with some of the more decorative ornaments. I love the combination of aubergine glitter and gold tinsel.

5 Traditional shapes work well with some of the more decorative ornaments. I love the combination of aubergine glitter and gold tinsel.

I also mixed in some cream-colored ornaments with the silver and gold.

6 I also mixed in some cream-colored ornaments with the silver and gold.

Isn't that snowflake gorgeous?

7 Isn't that snowflake gorgeous?

I love this mercury-glass bird.

8 I love this mercury-glass bird.

Decorating all three trees took a lot of work, and a lot of ornaments!

9 Decorating all three trees took a lot of work, and a lot of ornaments!

Another stand-out snowflake. This one is beaded.

10 Another stand-out snowflake. This one is beaded.

How cute are these polar bears, playing around?

11 How cute are these polar bears, playing around?

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Comments (5)

  • Kevin, I love the minimalist thing you did this year. I'm always curious to know how to decorate for Christmas in keeping with a clean, modern look. It was beautiful last year, but this year you really topped yourself. Happy Holidays!

  • I gasped when I saw you on Martha's show with your photos of your apartment. Your decorations are the very best I have seen this year. You have outdone yourself. Your pictures are going into my dream file.

  • I really love your tree this year, Kevin. (Also, I see that you and I have many of the same books!) What camera do you have? It takes beautiful shots.

  • Love this year's monochromatic look, Kevin. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and Happy (belated) Birthday!

  • Greetings from Beirut Kevin. Wow gorgeous decoration this year so elegant love it. Silver and gold are my favorite for Christmas and new year. Love your tree beautiful! Last years decoration was amazing.
    Been a busy week here, sorry I missed your previous posts. I enjoyed reading them, I voted for the gold and silver gift wrap. Your birthday surprise was amazing Kevin you are blessed having wonderful colleagues and you deserve it. Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Best wishes

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