holiday decorating ideas: introduction
Posted in christmas ideas, pia's photos, trend December 3rd, 2008 by piablog

Have you all been enjoying the holiday gift ideas thus far? I can tell you I have! I am just so wrapped with the treasures I’ve found for all of us – they are so cool and I would be wrapped if any of them landed under my tree this year. Although I have categorized them don’t let that stop you from thinking outside the square and mixing up categories (I know I am hankering for everything in my ‘for kids’ and ‘for him’ round up!!). Which reminds me of a little story from my childhood…

…one Christmas when I was not yet ten, my parents had decided to put all our goodies in big sacks instead of gift wrapping each one individually. When it was time to open the sacks I was so thrilled with everything I was finding – a walkman, a board game, a heavy duty skipping rope… but when my brother opened his sack something was not quite right -there was a doll, hair clips, a barbie boutique, a flower press… in my parent’s haste to get the sacks under the tree in time the night before my mum had accidentally put the wrong name tags on the sacks. I was gutted! But I recovered rapidly, I promise (that flower press and the barbie hat boutique very quickly became my two favourite play things in the world)…

Anyway, let’s get back to what this post is really all about! It’s all about my 2008 holiday decorations and styling ideas. Each year I come up with my holiday theme by simply looking around my home. I collect things from my inspiration board, props shelves, craft box and linen cupboard. Last year you may recall I was right into this colour combo – lots of dark browns and earthy colours – rich plum, soft greens inspired by peacocks, shells, stray buttons and found cards. But this year, I am loving white with the focus on textures – light feathers, soft fabric buttons, natural string, beautiful crochet garlands, skeleton leaves and antique cream linens.

So my holiday decorating ideas for this week will be very much inspired by my colour palette for this year, with touches of traditional colours here and there. I do hope you will enjoy it! Coming up first will be all about decorating your tabletop, and at the end of the week we will look at gift wrapping and cards. And all of it, as I’ve mentioned before will be following my styling philosophy.

To get us started, here is my holiday decorating ideas moodboard…

And when the night falls…


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  1. cindy k says

    i love your holiday decorating ideas! the palette is so natural and non-holiday. i’ve been looking for some feathers with no luck. is there a particular type of store where you find them?

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  2. pia says

    Hi Cindy K, i’m so pleased you like!

    And for your request, I just did some research and found this etsy shop called renewed resources which sell the feathers that they collect from their chicken and guinea farm in texas- the feathers are gorgeous! Here is a post where they write about their free range chickens:

    and here are a few links to their etsy boutique feather listings:


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  3. cindy k says

    thank you so much, pia! you’re such a doll. those really are the prettiest feathers. i’m going to purchase the mixed colors and tune up my imagination. cheers!

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  4. Miss B says

    so lovely in white!!

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  5. Maia says

    Absolutely poetic

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  6. Danielle says

    i LOVE your palette of colors. they are so soft and sweet. I am so into color generally, but for some reason this year for holiday i have gravitated to white too, just using all white lights on white strands with white doilies to create a snow effect in my windows at the store…with all the chaos and hub-bub of holiday the soft hues seem to quiet it all down a bit…and this year, that is EXACTLY what i need! I look forward to all your decorating and styling tips this week!

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  7. stephanie says

    This palette is so tranquil. I’m so excited to see what you have in store for us this week.

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  8. Shelby says

    I’m love, love, loving all the white. Happy Holidays!

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  9. Yoli says

    Pia, I live in Key Largo, Florida and I love your present wrapped in shells! Can you tell me where you got the chain? I am loving your ideas. Right now I am looking at my Christmas tree all bare. A canvas and have no idea how to decorate it. More inspiration please from the Master!

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  10. corine says

    I love those images with the dainty white scribbles.

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  11. stacy says

    I think the best part about presents is that you get to wrap them with pretty paper and bows. I personally love newspaper wrapped items.

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  12. sofia says

    it’s lovely and beautiful 🙂 me too since 2 years my little x-mas deco is all white; feathers, balls, snowflakes, rendeers 🙂

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  13. Shannon says

    I’m just about to start decorating our home for the holidays so this is wonderful inspiration! Can’t wait to see further posts!

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  14. Sara says

    Ah, Pia… such a whisper-soft, seductive mix here. It’s like eye candy for the soul. Such a coincidence: Two days ago in preparation for the holidays, I pulled out all my remnant fabrics and papers and selected similar items for my own home: textural burlap, linen, feathers, raffia, torn book pages, etc. Thanks again for the lovely inspiration.

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