Holiday Décor: Bringing Festive Cheer to Sleek Minimalism

I've never been one to ascribe to the "more-is-better" holiday decorating approach. In fact, other than the space-age, Fred Flinstone tree I snagged at an after-holiday sale last year in Paris (above)…

I somehow managed to lug the tree back to the hotel and then to NY, the extent of my decorating has been to display select holiday cards I received on the entry console. Period. Perhaps it was growing up in a home with an annual tradition of celebrating the day after Thanksgiving by choosing the two trees to adorn that evening, unboxing and arranging what seemed like the full collection of Annalee holiday figures, along with loads of candles, wreaths, garland, miniature North Pole streetscapes, stockings, Santa and Ms. Claus figurines and decorating the counters and windowpanes with fake snow (it was Phoenix after all).

But as I get older, I've grown more appreciative of traditions and the comforting act of celebrating holidays, or simply commemorating the seasons, by unpacking my own box of treasured mementos.

I've rounded up a select group of holiday decorations that I would proudly display. Maybe not all at once though.

• Clean and simple, these white snow globes are $25 a piece at West Elm.

• A hand crafted wreath in yarn and felt is understated and sleek in gray and red, $40 at
Etsy.

• Looking for something more mod? A DIY wreath out of white PVC is simple and certainly commands attention.

• This cast resin antler wreath will set you back $850 for the small size or $1075 for the large size at Oly, or take a stab at making one yourself from naturally shed antlers, available at several shops online.

• The 3 foot tall Puzzle Tree is the perfect size for a console; $195 at Festive Tree.

• Create your own wintery light installation with found wood and miniature white lights.

• Laser-cut plywood tree by Buro North, previously featured on Apartment Therapy.

• West Elm's Double Glass Sphere Ornaments, at $8 each, are modern and classic.

• I am a bit obsessed with these hand cut and formed paper "urchin" ornaments by Kissa Design. From $16 to $40 per ornament, the urchins come in a wide range of sizes and colors, even recycled newspaper! I can see a tree decorated exclusively with these beauties. Previously featured on Apartment Therapy, check out their new 2011 Holiday designs.

• Votivo offers several holiday-scented candles, but my favorite is their Joie de Noel, $30, which marries the scent of fresh cut spruce with mulled cider.

Architectonic Menorah by Richard Meier, $1125 at The Jewish Museum Shop. Each limited edition pewter candleholder is an abstracted representation of an architectural style from significant moments of persecution in the history of the Jews.

Origami nativity set in white glazed porcelain, $84.50 at Bibelot.

Images: 1. Peugeot 'Tree Glow' and puppy Hoffman by Chad Schroer; All others as linked above.

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