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Looking for ideas on how to style mid century Christmas decorations? Look no further than our friend Krys Melo, the photographer/interior stylist and blogger of Melodrama.
Krys lives in Palm Springs, California, in a mid mod apartment built in 1960, along with her husband, Javier, and their dog, Pandie. While their home is a poppy, colorful expression of mid century design all year round, at the holidays it takes on a whole new level of retro goodness.
Creating a festive ambience that reflects her favorite era was not a difficult transition for Krys. “My holiday décor is just an extension of my everyday décor,” she says. “I use a lot of the same colors and the same style in my regular décor, so the transition was very easy.”By Krys Melo of Melodrama
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One of the secrets to the success of the nontraditional Christmas décor is that Krys showcases her collection of vintage ornaments alongside her newly-crafted creations.
“I collect vintage ornaments and bottlebrush trees, so I make sure those collections are displayed as much as possible,” she says. “My vintage ornament collection brings me so much joy. New ones that I’ve collected throughout the year go on the tree, and it makes me really happy to see the tree fill up more and more through the years. I love exploring flea markets and antiques shops looking for vintage decorations. I also try to incorporate a new DIY project into the rotation every year.”By Krys Melo of Melodrama
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As with most unconventional undertakings, there were some challenges for Krys in executing her creative vision. But as is often the case with overcoming obstacles, it worked out even better than she hoped. “For years, we had a tradition of getting a flocked natural tree, but that proved harder to find when we moved to the desert,” Krys says. “We went for a pink artificial tree instead and ended up loving it! We had a few mishaps with our attempt at using a rotating stand and ended up just leaving it on a stationary stand.”By Krys Melo of Melodrama
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Krys offers her tried-and-true advice for holiday decorating without the hassle. “Pick a color scheme and theme that bring you joy,” she says. “Collecting decorations throughout the year is fun and takes away a lot of the decoration shopping stress. Plus, it’s really fun to go through what you’ve collected throughout the year and may have forgotten about.”
“Cellophane wreaths were really popular at one time, and I remember making versions of them as a kid with cellophane or tissue paper and a wire hanger,” Krys says. “I made this one using iridescent cellophane strips and tying them around a wire macramé ring. Instead of the traditional electric candlestick, I used some of my bottlebrush tree collection.”By Krys Melo of Melodrama
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But after all the ornaments and crafts have been hung in their appointed places, the most important measure of decorating success is how your home makes you feel. “Christmas has always been our favorite holiday. We’re homebodies, so our décor is a really important factor in our holiday experience,” Krys says. “I try to incorporate a little something festive into every room. The way I decorate during the holidays makes me feel nostalgic, cozy, festive and happy.”
“I love having Christmas trees in multiple rooms, so I usually put a smaller tree in our bedroom,” Krys says. “We love to collect ornaments from all of the places we travel and exchange ornaments with close friends every year.” The champagne-gold tree is from Target.By Krys Melo of Melodrama
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If you like the idea of adding a Mid Century vibe to your Christmas home this year, check out our sister magazine’s annual special, Vintage Holiday. It has information on Christmas collectibles and home tours to get your MCM inspiration flowing.