Transitional decorating is how I easily move from one season to the other. It’s how I give my home a little breathing room between the season at hand and the next big holiday coming up! Transition is the PROCESS of changing from one state or condition to another! And transition is a big, big buzz word in the vocabulary of how I decorate! Late fall is upon us and my pumpkins and mums are getting a little tired and need to be seen to the door! They have really overstayed their welcome! But I’m not yet ready to decorate for Christmas. Finding a transitional style not only allows me to put away the majority of the season’s past decor but also lets me enjoy my home decorated with a lighter, less-is-best feel! Here’s why I love transitional decorating…
LAST DAY TO ENTER!
Right now my home is “between” seasons and holidays. But that does not mean that there is not a nod to the time of year or the season in my decor! It means that I have taken down all the obvious, big and abundant seasonal decor like pumpkins and leaves and jack-0-lanterns, and acorns and deer sheds and put them away.
I love having my fall decor put away before I drag out the Christmas decor!!!!
Transitional decor allows me to have a semi-clean decorating slate to work with. I usually choose one or two small decor elements to leave behind and enjoy. This year that means leaving behind the pinecones I used in the fall dough bowl I created and using them in a fresh way.
In this living room vignette I piled pinecones in a pretty vintage urn. I love the look of pinecones for late fall decorating! Their color and texture sing late fall!
My pillows have also taken a more transitional look too! Gone are the fall motifs and autumn colors. I replaced them with darker, neutral colors.
I also like to add a little bit of organic elements that can work with the transitioning season. Boxwood is my first pick for fall to Christmas transitioning!
I’m not a fan of what I have coined “crossholidation”. When two or more holiday’s decorations appear together! Like Christmas lights with spring decor or pumpkins and Christmas trees. It hurts my designer sensibilities!
I like when my home is a clean slate! It makes me so much more creative and inventive! It’s hard to decorate a Christmas tree when there’s a pile of pumpkins laying on the floor to put away!
Transition those pumpkins out! And give yourself a little window of time to enjoy a stripped down room. When all the excess of a season is removed a room is a whole lot easier to clean!
Transitional decor is that clean slate! I can take down and put away transitional decor in less than an hour!
So, pare things down and enjoy a less-is-more decor until it’s time to decorate for the next season or holiday! Give yourself and your home a little breathing room!
If you are not ready for Christmas decorating yet but your fall decor is getting spent, try a little transitional decorating!
Here are some great elements to use for Fall to Christmas transitional decor…
- willow balls
- mercury glass
- nuts in shells
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