“We wanted to hip up Hanukkah,” said Ellen Alvey, accessory buyer for Ashley. “It’s very tradition-oriented, and we wanted to modernize it.” She decided to pull in European modern design with organic, natural elements. “I liked the contrast between sharp, clean edges of modern and the organic lines,” she said. Each chair is adorned with a blue ribbon tied to a pine cone on the end.
“The deep blue is very straight and structured against the white leather,” she said. She mixed gold and silver of varying finishes in the ornaments, which hang from a repurposed cardboard tube.
Williams, of Dau, says she also sees a trend of creating a luxe look by combining silvers, golds and frosted tones. “One idea would be to get a bunch of glass vases and group them together in an entry and fill with ornaments in white and gold or gold and silver.” Another option would be to mix black and gold for a sophisticated look.
“Whatever colors are in the home, you can just sparkle it up,” she said, “instead of always trying to mix in red or green, which may not work with everyone’s décor.”
Holiday glitter, shimmer and shine are expected, but consider pairing them with classic neutrals to create visual contrast. The mantel was a thrift store find, and the deer antlers are part of Kreienkamp’s husband’s hunting trophy collection.
“We know that sparkle is what captures everyone’s eye during the holidays,” Kreienkamp said. They started with neutral décor and basic wooden tables and began adding glitz. The shine of crystal candelabras is highlighted against the worn mantel and weathered finish on the sunburst mirror. They used a faux fur throw as a tree skirt to soften the rustic aesthetic. The monochromatic backdrop gives the silver and crystal accessories a chance to pop. Adding natural elements, such as pinecones or branches, will instantly warm up any space.