When we moved into our house on Nov 12, there were a few things that I knew right away were not going into storage—my christmas decorations! Since we’re going to be out of town for 10 days right after Thanksgiving, and to help us feel cozy in our new space, decorating for Christmas moved up the priority list.
Usually, I pick a color scheme or decorating theme for the following year after the holidays. That way, I can find a couple of things on clearance and know what to keep an eye out for all year.
Last year, I got super excited about Palm Springs (I took 2 trips there in 2019, and we’re going again in 2020!) and settled on a decorating scheme: Palm Springs Christmas.
To me, this theme looks like palm fronds, flamingos, bright colors, and lots of sparkle. I envisioned adding some midcentury touches, like these vintage car ornaments and—who knows—maybe a candy cane pool float.
Here’s a vision board to help you get the idea:
Sources: Peppermint Pool Float | Tropical Wreath | Midcentury Christmas Cards | White Tree with Multicolor Lights | Flamingo Pool Float Ornament | Santa Flamingo Towel | Shiny Brite Ornaments | Vintage Car Ornament | MidCentury Pillow Covers | Flamingo Ornaments
And it was a scheme that would have worked great in our city house—modern, bright, and fun on a backdrop of white and grey would be perfect.
But then we moved into a 1932 farmhouse (which was definitely not in the plans for this year) and I’m left wondering…is it going to fit?
On the one hand, there are a lot of modern touches in our house, but on the other, it’s a farmhouse in the country.
I’m pulling out the few things I bought for Palm Springs Christmas this week and I’m going to see how I feel about it before I start ordering more. I guess I’ll just let my house tell me if it can handle flamingoes or if it really needs to be buffalo plaid.
Tell me on this Instagram post: do your christmas decorations have to “go” with your house? Or is seasonal decorating a chance to mix it up?
PS: One thing I did grab the second I saw it (even though it’s not Palm Springs-themed)? This sweet doormat—I couldn’t help myself, it made me feel emotional right after moving to a new home.