With December almost upon us, and Christmas just weeks away we want to share our studio theme for this festive season – Embracing a Slow Christmas
Turning to the fundamentals of Slow Design in the interior design industry, and how they can become a priority for your Christmas styling this year (and for years to come). Slow design is all about pulling things back, taking time to do things well, and to do them responsibly – so the décor will boast simplicity and organic materiality to ensure the pieces are designed to last a lifetime (or only the season when it comes to natural foliage!)
So here is how we are going to embrace a slow Christmas
EARTHY HUES & WARM LIGHT
Any décor theme needs to start with the overall palette and feel! This year we want to turn to the earthier hues, basing our slow look and feel around browns, nudes and terracotta’s with small injections of deep greens and reds. Complimenting this warm toned palette with plenty of warm light through the addition of candles (and plenty of them!). Candles always bring a lovely atmosphere to a home – offering scent, light and a lived in feel.
When it comes to the all important wreath this year we want to pair things right back. So be gone with the classic pine needle, or Australiana native arrangement – this wreath is all about embracing the restrained and uncomplicated. We’re opting for a tonal and sculptural wreath for our studio front door, combining brown twigs and dried foraged materials. We love that when the festive season is over, we won’t have yet another artificial wreath to add to storage.
Ensuring the styling elements are as natural as possible is super important when focusing your décor around slow design morals. Curating pieces that will last a lifetime, but not cost the earth. So move along plastic baubles, shiny tinsel and single use tableware – we’re handpicking conscious items such as fresh foliage, natural linens, ceramics and paper ordainments.
Another important element in the visual storytelling of your festive styling is a considered balance of materiality. Ensuring there is a blend of various natural materials like ceramic, metal, paper, wood and glass to capture a sense of curation. Mixing materials aids in visually decluttering and elevating the table or shelf, by creating different points of interest to draw the eye. Mixing heights and scale of these items will also help!
Another great place to pull back the reins this year is your Christmas tree decorating. With way too many cheap and nasty tree decorations out there, it can be difficult to source quality ordainments that are both timeless and sustainable. So we challenge you to hunt out beautiful handmade ceramic or wooden pieces for your tree this year. We love the delicate look of a wooden garland or natural rope draped over the branches, or a small selection of fine decorations.
Next week we will be diving into our Designer Gift Guide for 2022 – so if you’re in need of some gifting inspiration stay tuned for that!