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Holiday Theme Poll

How about a little poll? I have my holiday theme kind of sorted out already but I’m curious as to what your favorite theme is. Here are some scans from the pages of BHG Christmas Ideas. Which one’s your fave?


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Is it this mid century modern goes crafty theme in red orange and natural?


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Or this green and white modern and natural one?


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Perhaps you prefer the aqua with navy, red and pink accents of this Merry Color one?

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Maybe you like this traditional style for the holidays?

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Or are you more into the chic and glamorous style here?

Or perhaps none of the above? If so, what is your favorite look for the holidays? Please do share!

Blog Polls


  • Jo says:

    I voted for the second one.. I love the cardboard stags head over the fireplace, and the fresh clean lines. But I also like the Tiffany box inspired last one. Probably because the room’s decor is rich and comfortable and that’s my personal taste.
    First one’s waaaaaaaaaay too red. The third one, Merry Colour.. looks cold.. and a bit contrived. The last one, Traditional.. looks a tad too ordinary, maybe not contrived enough ;o)
    Jo xx

  • Rhonda says:

    I think the Merry Colors go well with your new navy wall.

  • Siri says:

    Jo: Great mind doo think alike! *laughing*. Personally I didn`t like the cardboard stags head though.
    I also found the first one to red – Benita that was what I meant when I asked you whether you preferred the dark Christmas red or the Scandinavian Christmas red. I relate this type of red to Scandinavian Christmas. I think it works well if you`ve got white walls, otherwise it`s just to bright. But I really was thorn between the first and the second, because I found the whole layout of nr 1 gorgeous. I immediately thought that the first picture had to be your favourite! Am I right?
    Your Q about Christmas decorations: I love to decorate with vintage Christmas decorations.. But I also love my Holmegaard Christmas decorations!! Preferably in gold, red and evergreens!

  • Nolwenn says:

    I voted for the second one, I love the 2 wreaths and the stag head with the bauble earring 😉 It also looks comfortable and warm. I also really like the last one with the blue-green-turquoise colours (love these!) and the curtains 😉
    The first one is too red-orange for me, the third one is quite ok, but I think it’s because I like the aqua wall. The fourth one is too traditional and looks too contrived (I just looked up the German word I wanted to post and got “contrived”, when I read Jo’s comment I didn’t know what it meant 🙂 )

  • I like white/modern and thought I’d like the clean looks of the first one. However, when I saw the traditional one I though “Oooh – now that’s a real Christmas”.
    Best wishes

  • Anna says:

    Lots of inspiration here, but I voted for the Traditional….as it just felt ‘right’.
    I then realised this is the only picture with people in it, I wonder if that will skew the results and us Traditional voters are unconsciously voting because the people are in the pic?!!? (rather than for the style itself!)

  • Peta says:

    Can I add a different option to the list?
    Modern and minimalist.
    All of the above are a bit over the top for my taste. They are all very lovely and I’d appreciate seeing them in someone else’s house/apartment but they’re just not for me. My idea of Xmas decorations could be considered boring to others I guess. I think it comes from living in a small apartment. I just like to keep it simple. Some tiny white lights out on the balcony, one colour decs (usually white or silver) on the tree and candles around the apartment.
    ps interseting about what Anna said about the pic with the people in it. It does make it look likeable and “real”.

  • Ellen* says:

    Hmm – I have a really hard time choosing. I like them all except the bottom one (too chilly for christmas). My own christmas is a mix of Merry colour and Traditional, I guess. The green and white one is really really lovely, but I don’t think I could have christmas without any red…:o)

  • Sophia says:

    Hmmmm…I’m the first to comment after having voted for the last one! I guess subconsciously I was drawn to the one I don’t do, at least until now and I find difficult to achieve in the near future because it involves utter organization, redecoration and shopping. What I do? Ahem, I stick with the traditional theme(which I like btw)!

  • Petra from NL says:

    Mm… tough one because the whole atmosphere of the room should also be taken into account. Colourwise I like the last one with the fresh blue but that room feels too classic. The first one is very bright yet but I definitely like the clean lines of the furniture and the simple white walls. So in the end I voted for the first one because the others seem too overdone to me.

  • Vår jul är helt klart traditionell, men jag blev väldigt förtjust i den andra bilden (förutom “huvudet”). Det har något att göra med att jag blivit helt galen i grönt den senaste tiden! Därför röstade jag på nummer två idag.

  • lisa h. says:

    I don’t really try to achieve any sort of coordinated “look” when I decorate for Christmas. For me, it’s all about the ritual of getting out my hodge podge of old ornaments, throwing them on the tree and calling it good. I do like to put up a new color of lights on the tree every year.
    I voted for “traditional” because it’s the most relaxed and unpretentious look, although I do find the red and green combo a little ho-hum.

  • Mary says:

    I voted traditional because it is the simplest looking one. I like the first two except for there being too much of everything so that, to me, they look cluttered. I guess I just like a light touch in decorating. The third and the fifth ones look cold with all that blue.

  • Maureen says:

    I lived through mid century modern first time around and it’s back to traditional for me. Much warmer for the cold months.

  • louisabellisima says:

    I love the first one a little bit more than the others, but they are all beautiful. Thank you for scanning those pages. Very inspirational!

  • Lisbeth says:

    I voted for the modern and green one but my actual style is much more random. Not that I decorate a lot anyway but my bits and pieces don’t ALL go together within the chosen theme.

  • Marianne says:

    Definitely merry!
    I’m looking for aqua ornaments for my tree but I don’t find any in France this year…

  • Currently I like white trees. With white lights, and silver ornaments. I usually pick one other colour – and accessorize with that usually blue. The reason being – that since we are in the southern hemisphere, and it’s a much ‘cooler’ set up then something more traditional – which usually makes a room more cozy – which is the last thing I want when it’s so hot!

  • Anna @ D16 says:

    I chose the first one because it’s the least flashy and the most handmade/natural in character. It looks a lot like the type of Christmas decor I grew up with. 🙂

  • Hmm. I guess I’ll have to go with the traditional. I love the first one, but when it comes to our own holiday decor, there really is no “theme”. That is what I think is missing from all the pictures–the personal ornaments on the tree, rather than a clean theme. Our tree is very eclectic with a new ornament added each year representing something “big” that happened or was accomplished by each child. It makes decorating the tree each year so full of memories as we talk about each one as we pull them out of the tissue. Happy Thanksgiving from California!

  • Jean says:

    I have this magazine and have a hard time choosing even as I flip through it! I’ve put sticky notes on many of the pages. My favorite, though, is the traditional one – it’s the most “true” Christmas decor to me. And that article featured the Nisse, which I adore.

  • Rose says:

    I chose traditional because for my family Christmas decorating is about family stories and traditions. The Santa from my mom’s childhood, the ornament from my first tree etc. Sometimes though I group decorations by color or theme on tabletops or walls.

  • I think it’s very hard to choose only one style…If I had to 🙂 I think I’d choose the first one with lots of warm colours. But I would mix the red/orange up a bit, with some blues :),probably bright blue, like no 3.
    Thanks for the Holiday inspiration!

  • Absolutely, add away! And I agree 🙂

  • THe first on’s my favorite too but so not anything like what I grew up with. I wish! The tree I grew up with had only silver baubles and silver decorations.

  • margarida says:

    Number 3 is my favourite: red and turquoise blue is my cup of tea! However, I love the first one as well, it’s traditional with a modern twist… I get so excited with Xmas decoration, I can’t wait to decorate my house, for the first time we will have a proper tree yay!

  • Franziska says:

    normally I like the red and white theme to the green tree. But here I also like the green and white theme. I stamped a card and two ornaments and they are in chilli (red) and baiblau (lighter blue). I like the combo. I think this year (first year with a little one that’s running around) we’ll keep the red and white theme as I have some childfriendly decoration 😉

  • paige says:

    yes, I completely agree. Although I really like the first one if it were severely edited and some of the red were cut. I agree with Siri who wrote that it was too red. Too red indeed, but some pretty, mid-century modern ideas were in there. My home is more eclectic – a mix of traditional and mid-century modern, so “traditional” will look best in it.

  • Polly says:

    Definitely the traditional one. For me, Christmas isn’t about having a “style”, it’s about tradition and family and food! hehe xx

  • brittany says:

    In my small town there is a Victorian era home that is decorated with period decor for Christmas every year. When I was little, one of my most favourite holiday traditions was taking a tour of the house with my classmates. I loved how everything was handmade, simple, and back to nature. That’s the kinds of theme I’m going for this year, with modern touches like lights in the tree instead of candles of course. Along with the decorations in the house, I always remember the strong smell of cinnamon a wood burning fire, so If I’m not doing some baking, I usually have scented oils or candles going with some sort of Christmas-ish scent.

  • Rebecca says:

    It’s usually a sweltering hot day on Christmas here in Melbourne. Traditional Christmas themes and decorations are all so out of place here, yet they are still oddly embraced. I guess if I had a theme this year, it would be colourful summer carnival. If I had my way, the shops would be full of Christmas decorations based on our beautiful native trees and flowers, but alas it hasn’t happened yet.

  • Jo says:

    I wondered that..
    But funnily enough, it was having people in it that made it feel contrived to me. Like the set dressers were trying to hard.
    Real tree.. check.
    Beautiful Adam fireplace.. check.
    Three beautiful children playing with wooden toys.. check.
    It will be interesting to see though if it has the opposite effect with most people though.
    Jo xx

  • Annika says:

    I love the tree in the first one. Just enough decorations on it and it looks natural.
    But my favorite was the second one. I just love green. The stags head is brilliant and the stockings lovely.
    It’s called natural and then it has fake snow on the tree?!
    Which one is your favorite? Can’t wait to see your decorations!

  • hannahk says:

    I couldn’t pick one either. There are three I like better than the rest (mid century modern, green modern and traditional) but none that I would actually do. The green modern seems to be the latest ‘cool’ colour theme in the UK (check out Heals catalogue) but I’m not so keen ~ somehow it’s not christmas without red.
    I also think there is a theme missing ~ 50’s retro tinsle trees. That is what I grew up with. But I’m not sure I’d put it in my home now ~ great for display though.

  • Rose says:

    I voted for modern and natural. But, we really don’t even have room for a tree in this house. I have little felt cutouts of ornaments and trees. I put up lights and occasionally I decorate the miniature Norfolk Island pine. Really, I’m all about the food and the presents!!!!!
    Oh, and I put ornaments on the branch sculpture at the front of the house.
    P.S. I have wanted a star light like yours for years, but my S.O. hates the way they look. : (

  • Monica says:

    I like the first one. Think it has mainly to do with the Knoll Risom chair. One of my favorites.

  • aqeela says:

    I love the traditional one, and was really suprised to see that most of your readers did too!
    aqeela xx

  • chelsea says:

    I’m for number 2 as that has always been my go-to decorating theme. I’ve always loved the use of minty greens, natural brown – I use lots of burlap to decorate the table and the tree and white feather wreaths. Beautiful!!