Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year Cheer: Sophisticated Holiday Décor

With the excitement of Christmas behind us, it's time to start gearing up for, er, the excitement of New Year's Eve. What kind of celebration are you planning — a swanky, dressed-up night on the town; a quiet evening in, contemplating the past year and making New Year's resolutions; or a drunken night at an overcrowded bar, hitting on strangers and ringing in 2010 with a bang (so to speak)? All viable options. This year I'll be hosting a very small party at home, so from now until Thursday, I'll be busy figuring out a menu, stockpiling booze and making sure the apartment is squeaky clean. What I'd really like to be doing, though, is executing a fabulous holiday décor scheme that strikes the perfect balance between "Santa has left the building" and "But it's still technically the holiday season, so happy 2010, bitches!" For me, NYE is about elegance and tastefully festive décor that doesn't scream Christmas. The tree can stay up for another couple of weeks, but ix-nay the red-and-green colour combos and ditch the empty stockings, abandoned gift boxes and all other depressing reminders that December 25 is once again a full twelve months away. Here, some New Year's Eve inspiration: 

Soft golds and champagne tones pretty much epitomize New Year's Eve, don't you think? 

Turquoise is also a gorgeous alternative. 

But turquoise and gold might just be the perfect NYE colour combo. I love this tablescape. The gold cutlery, blue goblets and yellow plates are stunning.  

Of course, you can never go wrong with a dash of bold pink...

... or ravishing red. 

For the colour-shy among you, let candles, fresh foliage and warm winter whites take centre stage. 

What's your favourite New Year's Eve look? 

Photos via Living Etc. and Homes & Gardens 
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