3 Gorgeous Decorating Ideas for a Non-Traditional Christmas

This year bring a little change to your regular holiday decor with a mix of designs from Christmas past, present and future.
By: Jeanine Hays

Photo By: Courtesy of Cassandra LaValle

Retro Holiday Decor

It's great to be modern, but the holidays are all about tradition. So be sure to add a little retro styling to your holiday decor to celebrate all the joys of Christmas past. Don't be afraid to bring out the tinsel, your favorite red bows and the traditional Christmas balls to deck the halls for your retro holiday. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Lilien

Make It Your Own

Sprinkle the mantel with some personal touches. A vintage tinsel Christmas tree becomes the focus of this holiday mantel. Family heirlooms like these silhouette plates bring the personal touch that every Christmas theme needs. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Lilien

Vintage Meets Contemporary

Now that we've honored the past, make some new traditions with a modern twist. These gold logs are so much fun! A lick of gold spray paint brings this '50s style Christmas into 2010, and adds a lovely sense of whimsy to this holiday theme. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Lilien

Modern Christmas Glamour

Golden baubles, high-end finishes and metallic trees are all excellent ways to bring your Christmas decor into the 21st Century. Moving beyond the traditional red and green is a big step toward embracing a modern color palette. Here, green, blue and gold decorations add holiday sparkle to this cozy living room. Design by Cassandra LaValle. Photo courtesy of Sawaya Photography

A Touch of Christmas

Have fun mixing and matching every day decor with your holiday items for a seamless look. Choose items that reflect your current decorating scheme. A holiday stocking trimmed in gold will complement an existing table or bar cart. Add unconventional pieces like a modern peacock feather wreath for a new take on traditional Christmas decorations. Design by Cassandra LaValle. Photo courtesy of Sawaya Photography

Simply Glamorous

Simple can be absolutely glamorous. Small touches that integrate a few of your favorite accessories help to bring this glamorous look together. A modern candelabra, a few pieces of art and finishes that celebrate the glowing lights of Christmas in the city are the perfect way to complete the modern holiday look. Design by Cassandra LaValle. Photo courtesy of Sawaya Photography

A Contemporary Tabletop

A contemporary holiday table can showcase your favorite Christmas colors in a completely different way. Re-imagine Christmas dinner with new dishware, textiles and dining accessories. A snow-white tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for a newly realized holiday tabletop theme. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo

Unexpected Flowers

Bring in some of your favorite flowers to add color to your holiday table. Instead of poinsettias, white hydrangeas and pink carnations can add a lovely and unexpected touch. Use clean white vases to enhance the feeling of a winter wonderland. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo

Original Place Settings

Make a beautiful impression for guests with a one-of-a-kind place setting. Mix and match your favorite napkins for a contemporary feel. For a festive touch, add a napkin ring that sparkles, mirroring the holiday baubles that glitter throughout your home. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo

Layers of Interest

A Christmas tabletop recipe: Dress the table in your favorite pieces of porcelain. Layer a mix of new and traditional pieces to create an interesting setting. Add dashes of your favorite holiday colors for flavor. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo

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