Wednesday Style Points: Why Do Last Year’s Ornaments Look Tired?
Each year, Clients ask the same questions…
Why did my ribbon look so great last year when I bought it and now I don’t like it
What about those ornaments…they look tired this season & last year were all the rage
Why can’t I get my Christmas Tree to look as nice as it did last year?
I haven’t changed anything….
Well, therein lies the problem
Some Cliff Notes on Custom Holiday Decorating Gleaned Over the Years:
1. A Tree (Living or Fake) & the Ornaments that live on it = Decoration
2. A Decoration (even if it cost you $1,750) is not an investment piece of furniture
3. A Decoration….is just that. It decorates something – temporarily – for a season or time
4. Decoration can last decades, but that is still just a season or time
5. Decoration = ultimately temporary
6. Decoration = Seasonal, Whimsical & Fun
7. Decorations, especially Christmas ones evoke emotion.
There in lies another problem. They evoke emotion.
That emotion draws us into a White Christmas, Bing Crosby vision of heirloom ornaments handed down from generation, hand made, custom fabricated, designer labeled…music & snow swirling...tree the same each year...It’s a Wonderful Life type of thing…
Truth? We can’t recreate or duplicate the past
That includes past Christmas Trees
Let me state that again because it is so important when it comes to this issue: we can not recreate or duplicate the past.
We CAN honor the past (also known as tradition) but we cannot freeze frame
If I had a dollar for every client who said: “Oh, I’ll take a picture of the vignette so I can duplicate it exactly next season” I’d be on my private 747!
Pardon me, but (edited bad word was here:).
Time for GRACE! Really? Will you be the exact same next year at this time?
Why would you want your Tree or Centerpiece to be the EXACT same?
YOU are custom. YOU are special. Why wouldn’t you want your space to reflect who YOU and YOURS are today?!
Use the same elements? Of course. Use the same Faux Tree? Yes, fine.
But please, change it up a bit…..
Trust me, your family will have changed…let’s HONOR the past while LIVING in the present
I liken it to this:
Imagine you wore a beautiful couture dress to “Friend A’s” Christmas Party in 2011.
Now, will you be wearing the EXACT same dress to the EXACT same party this year? Same shoes? Same hair? Same makeup? Same stockings?
Nope. Everyone would think you’d gone bonkers.
Your Holiday Home is the same way.
So, rules of thumb for refreshing your Holiday Decor? Check out our Holiday Helps Page with New Tips Today
“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™
p.s. we will miss you Noble. You were a great dog.