Looking out from the log room on today's gray, cold drizzle. It's toasty warm inside by the fire, though.
I've noticed that over the years my decorating taste has changed. Nowadays I use more natural decorations--evergreens, wreaths, apple and orange garlands, fruits, and live poinsettias. I am also using more fabrics--table covers, pillows, wall hangings, etc. Many of the things I have out year-round fit the holiday color schemes anyway. So it's easier to do, but messier too, because pine boughs do shed and fabrics need laundering.
I like warm reds and golds and deep greens for Christmas. Traditional colors. I am still surprised when I see lime-green ornaments and wrapping paper. That's a summer color to me! I suppose in parts of the world it is summer, so maybe that's why we're seeing more of it? I like the deep cranberry reds too, but they would certainly look odd beside lime green.
I suppose I'm old-fashioned in my tastes. Christmas time reminds me of my mother's absolute delight in the holidays--the old ornaments and decorations that were re-used year after year, the special baked treats only made at this time of year, the traditions she continued from her childhood that have now become part of my holiday routine as well.
The new colors--pinks, silver, cool greens and orange-reds--are probably right at home in some places, and I admire the magazine spreads showing daring new takes on the season. That's for other people, though--at my house, it will always be a simple, country Christmas with the old carols, lots of pine, and the smell of fruitcake and cinnamon in the air.