Holiday Decorating Inspiration from the Retail World

The lavish holiday displays at the major NYC department stores are a lovely, time honored tradition, but I've noted some really simple holiday decor in stores near the Apartment Therapy offices that can easily be replicated at home: (apologies for the subpar iPhone photos!)

Anthropologie's artsy, creative displays are fabulous all year round and reason enough to visit the store so I wanted to see what they had up their sleeve for the holidays:

Photo 1: Paint chip sample ornaments: If you finally did get around to choosing a paint color and still have a bunch of sample chips left, turn them into simple ornaments hung with string. (They'd also make great gift tags.)

Photo 2: Paint stirrer wreath: You probably don't have 30 paint stirrers around, but it reminded me of popsicle sticks - perhaps your kids would like to make mini versions of this wreath.

Photo 3: Dyed doilies hanging garland: These simple doilies were dyed, layered by size and strung from the ceiling in groups - surprisingly elegant for such an inexpensive material. Of course you can skip the dye and go all white.

I've also been admiring this super simple garland in the window of WeSC (We are the Superlative Conspiracy):

Photo 4: Hanging paper leaf garland: What could be more simple than stringing cut out paper leaves on ordinary string or yarn? Maybe mix it up with feather shapes or snowflakes.

I snapped this photo back in the fall (maybe at Brooklyn Industries?), but think it could easily be considered a snow cloud. Some smaller ones could hang over your Christmas village.

Photo 5: "Snow" cloud: I joked with Ben that these folks must have read his post on how to "Make Your Own Clouds" so if you'd like to try your hand at this, visit the tutorial.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.