If you’ve never been in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day (it’s March 17th!), you’re missing out. A few years ago I visited for a work conference and was shocked to see that the city had dyed the ENTIRE river green. It was intense – I could see it from my hotel room window. Everywhere was dripping in green and gold that day and while it was pretty, I was glad when everything went back to being a little more subdued the next day. I think the same goes for our homes – it’s fun to decorate big for one day, but to have loud decor up all the time would be too much. The good news is, I’ve got the secret to having it both ways. (PS: Kitchen update posts incoming, just polishing up a few things before they get posted!)
Here the secret:
Celebrating a holiday and decorating for a holiday don’t have to be the same thing.
You can have your normal home, with your normal routine, and your normal dishes and linens, and
I don’t typically decorate for holidays (except Christmas) because I just don’t like messing with that much…stuff. But that doesn’t mean I’m not inspired by it. I LOVE green – it’s actually my favorite color, and St. Patrick’s Day is chock full of it. But here’s the difference…I want to celebrate a holiday, not decorate my home for it. Celebrating lets you acknowledge the holiday, decorating is just more work for you to undo later when it’s all over.
As I was scrolling through Etsy during another midnight feeding the other night, and came across so many beautiful St. Patty’s day inspired home goods which inspired me to write this post. I think incorporating the hues/themes of a holiday subtly around your home is like the grown up version of the elementary school St. Patrick’s Day party with green glitter hats and lucky charms (and I’m up for anything that makes me think of candy disguised as breakfast).
For example, how cute are these green and gold pencils? I’m all about gorgeous office supplies, and these are right up my alley. Plus, grammar. The irony of that sentence is not lost on me. Green works all the way through spring and into summer, too, so even beyond St. Patrick’s Day they have lots of use.
I also love finding functional things that work well as decor in my home. Take this green and gold backpack for instance – isn’t it gorgeous? I would much rather stare at that than my ratty old backpack from high school. If something is bothering you (especially when it comes to open storage), see if there’s a more eye-pleasing alternative out there. The green color is perfect for the season, but would definitely work year-round.
It doesn’t get much more magical than this fabric – I think St. Patrick himself would approve. I mean, rainbows, forests, oceans, storms, all in one print? Yes please. I think I would make this into a pillow, or perhaps hang is as a mural on a small wall. What a conversation piece, right?
But here’s where my heart stopped – I’m a sucker for bowls. I have more containers in this home
While we’re on the malachite train, here’s a gorgeous stone that I would love to use as a paperweight or tchotchke on a shelf. It’s polished smooth, and is pretty mesmerizing to look at. I collected rocks when I was younger, and would have loved to have this beauty.
We have some royal blue throws just like this pillow, but I’m tempted to try out emerald instead. Any kind of jewel tone will never go out of style, and velvet is soooooo nice to lay your head on. Plus, I’ve heard leprechauns come visit you in your dreams if you fall asleep on one (kidding, but that would be SO COOL).
I’m eternally looking for a way to incorporate more light into our home. While I LOVE so much about it, it’s pretty dark inside, even during the day. These sconces are perfect for a bathroom or bedroom – the green and gold work together SO well. And if green or bolder hues aren’t usually your go-to colors, light fixtures are a great way to work them into your home in a small way.
Another great, but sneaky place to incorporate bolder colors like green and gold is hardware. It’s such a simple
Last, but definitely not least, are these poufs/ottomans. I can see the rectangular one in a kid’s playroom, the
I threw together a little mood board for ya – I’ve been really into them lately (I even did one for our kitchen remodel, which you can find here).
Overall, I love incorporating things that remind me of my leprechaun-laden heritage (I have more freckles than I can count, and I ONLY burn in the sun), but that doesn’t mean I have to have shamrocks dripping from every surface. Each holiday only comes once a year, and I don’t want to feel guilty when it’s over and my decor is still up. We’ve got enough guilt about all the other stuff in our lives, right? We might as well celebrate instead of decorate, and let the holidays inspire us instead of overwhelm us.