Urban Holiday

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Image: Beth Evans on House to Home

Hanukkah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. No matter how you celebrate the season—and even if you don’t celebrate a specific tradition—holiday decorating can sometimes be the last thing on your mind this time of year. For me, I’m the son who still helps his mom with her holiday decorating and some years the effort that takes makes me decide to skip my own holiday décor. Plus, sometimes being in an urban environment during the holidays takes its toll on a person’s energy level. Whatever the reason, there are years when I don’t feel much like decorating for the season.

But when it’s one of those times and I’m not going to put in the time on my own décor at home for the holidays, there’s still a simple and elegant way to bring in some spirit—in a completely urban holiday way: hanging a strand or two of lights.

The hallway above shows a variety of lights brought together in what seems like a haphazard way, but when you add it all up, it’s actually pretty joyful.

Holiday Spirits Urban Holiday

Design & Image: Urban Outfitters

See how a simple strand of lights added to your existing décor can help bring in some sense of festivity? It doesn’t take much to get into the spirit.

Magic Mantle

Urban Holiday

Design & Image: Urban Outfitters

A strand of colored globe lights, a few evergreen sprigs, and a variety of candles is all it takes to turn your mantle into a holiday focal point.

Down-Home Holiday

Urban Holiday

Design & Image: Urban Outfitters 

These white globe lights strung overhead are the kind of décor you could leave up year round.

Trimmed Tree

Urban Holiday

Design & Image: Urban Outfitters

And if you’re especially handy, you can also make yourself a yarn-wrapped tree to decorate with these jewel-like lights.

Who wouldn’t get in the holiday spirit with this simple urban holiday décor?

 

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.