I find it so much easier to transitioning decor from fall to Christmas instead of taking all my fall decor down in one or two days and then putting up all my Christmas decor. PHEW! Lots of work and lots of shuffling and schlepping decor! Let me show you a much easier way to gently float from fall into Christmas without losing your Christmas spirit!
I have such an aversion to pulling down all of my seasonal decorating at one time! I’d rather slowly, gently and beautifully edit and replace, edit and replace. I’ll show you what I mean. You may love this type of decorating too and decide to embrace it in your home.
TAKE DOWN ALL PUMPKINS AND ANY OVERTLY FALL DECOR
The first thing I do is to remove all pumpkins and very fall looking decor. My real pumpkins go into my garage so I can keep them for my Thanksgiving table. DON’T kill yourself trying to purge my home from all things fall all at once.
I might take away pumpkins and leaves and acorns one day and Indian corn and fall wreaths the next. In several days my home will transition from a fall palette to a clean slate.
Here are things that get put away. Just make sure they are in great shape and look very in style.
- faux pumpkins
- autumn leaves and garlands
- autumn colored tartans
- Indian corn
- fall wreaths
- fall inspired pillows
- fall inspired tableware
I keep things like…
- dough bowls
- warm throws
- chunky lanterns and candlesticks
- dried hydrangeas
- faux apples and pears
- willow balls
- pheasant feathers
MY GO-TO FALL INTO CHRISTMAS DECOR ITEMS
Once the overtly fall ornamentation is neatly packed away I like to add these decor elements to what I’m using from now until after Thanksgiving. Again, not putting all my Christmas decor up but adding accessories that would work for both this time of year and Christmas. Here are things I might decorate with this time of year…
- anything gold or silver mercury glass
- bleached pinecone
- pinecone wreaths
- moss balls
- boxwood balls
- boxwood wreaths
- metallic Christmas balls
- fairy lights
- birch logs
- bits of faux greens (don’t go overboard)
- faux snow
- deer sheds
CREATE ONE CENTERPIECE, VIGNETTE OR MANTEL FOR EACH ROOM
Just like taking down fall decor I add decor that will work both with late fall and Thanksgiving till Christmas. Create simple decor like centerpieces and vignettes that are organic and beautiful. And don’t over decorate. Just one or two transitional decorations per room! And celebrate the beauty of what lies outdoors!
- think about using lanterns, candles and chunky candleholders and put them in your entryway
- sprinkle a little snow on a table and add fairy lights to lanterns
- fill bowls with pinecones and metallic Christmas balls and put it on your kitchen table
- use boxwood balls to top off terracotta or mercury glass pots down the center of your dining room table
- fill a pitcher with pheasant feathers and add to a transitional vignette
- use lots of votives in gold and silver mercury glass votive holders everywhere
- fill a bowl with pinecones and snow and put it on a side table
- fill a dough bowl with pinecones, moss balls and silver Christmas balls and add it to your coffee table
- sprinkle pinecones and moss balls across the center of a table or mantel
- fill glass cylinders… one with metallic balls, one with pinecones one with pheasant feathers and one with snow… group on a buffet
- hang small boxwood wreaths on pretty ribbons over dishes hanging on the wall
- add a white creamer with pheasant feather and greens to your nightstand
- add neutral pillows to your sofa, chairs and bed.
Transitioning is a much more gentle way to go from one season or holiday to the next! And it’s sooo pretty too!