Colorful or Classic Christmas? That is the question.

When I think of holiday nostalgia….A roaring fire, hot cocoa, some smooth Christmas jazz, snuggles with our loved ones. My idea of holiday perfection.

DIY Colorful Village from Studio DIY.
DIY Colorful Village from Studio DIY.

We’re slowly but surely decorating for the holidays at home and I’ve been having a creative direction internal conflict…should we stick with a classic decor, or switch it up and add some pizazz? This of course prompted a mass Pinterest investigation.

I fully believe that the space you occupy is an extension of your personality and an opportunity to showcase your creative flair. The Holidays give us an opportunity to put this creative flair to use and to express our creativity in the name of sweet little baby Jesus.

For us, our space around the holidays is truly a great time to try out new furniture or decor arrangements in our home because in order to fit a tree in our quaint Old Town Scottsdale abode, we have to physically move furniture into another room. Surprisingly, I’m OK with it and having done it 2 years in a row now, I’d venture to say I even look forward to it. It’s a chance for a new perspective!

itsalwayssunyinphx photo
Usually when a tree is not there, there’s more of our couch. This was Christmas 2017: The first in our current house. Our hue lights + eclectic year round style makes for a colorful holiday on it’s own! You know you love my onesie.

Decorating for the holiday season doesn’t have to mean giant changes or elaborate displays of festiveness. It can be subtle and sweet, a little holly or some Christmas swag with a string of lights. OR it could be colorful and non-traditional, which sorry to my hubs, I think that’s the way I’m leaning.

I’ll have to report back later on how that conversation goes….

tablescape via Coco Kelley.
Swooning over this vintage inspired bottle brush tree tablescape via Coco Kelley.

Nonetheless, I spent some time today gathering MAJOR colorful holiday decor inspo & I wanted to share!

When I think of a colorful Christmas setting, I think of vintage meets modern, pom poms, texture, and of course lots of COLOR. If you’re still waiting to decorate and are thinking you want some pops of color, I hope you’re able to draw some inspiration from this post. (Click on pictures to take you to their sites of origin)


…and delicious things.

Like this DIY Retro Camper Gingerbread House:

retro camper gingerbread house from sugar and cloth
Um, excuse me….can this be any cuter? Head over to Sugar and Cloth for instructions!

…and this Ugly Sweater Cake from Studio DIY:

ugly sweater cake
This ugly sweater makes you itch less.

This colorful DIY Cake Topper from Oh Happy Day is so darling:

Use this cake topper again and again….click on this photo to head to Oh Happy Day for the instructions!
DIY Three Dimensional Evergreen Cupcake Toppers from Oh Happy Day.

These stockings from World Market:

Ivory Sweater & Pom Pom Stocking Available at World Market- $24.99
Felt Stuff Llama Stocking from World Market – $34.99

ALLLLLL the Pom Poms!

DIY Pom Pom Tree Topper from Oh Joy.
If making pom poms aren’t your thing, search Etsy for shops like “Hoiahoi” A shop based in Croatia, full of colorful embroidery with a bit of fluff.
This colorful pom garland is available from the Etsy Shop: The Blushing Fig.

A colorful take on usual holiday decor:

A colorful do-it-yourself balloon wreath from Studio DIY.
Pom Pom Wreath Inspo from
Studio DIY does it again with these DIY Ornament Pillows!
This giant rainbow candy cane- so unnecessary and necessary at the same time. Via Oh Happy Day. shows us how to DIY copper splattered colorful cone trees.

And lastly….being able to relate to this SO MUCH:

Christmas cactus anyone?

How would you describe your holiday decorating style? And what say you about a colorful Christmas? Yay or Nay?

As always…sending sunshine,


One thought on “Alternative Holiday Style: Eclectic and Colorful Decor Inspiration”

  1. Love this roundup. I have a base of holiday decor in earthy tones. But each year I add a pop of something else through DIY. This year, I added some of those bright tones like your post.

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