Holiday Style 2022: Nostalgic Noel

There are certain elements of a holiday look that give us that Christmas feeling. Images of holly and mistletoe, twinkling trees, and vintage Santas are what I conjure in my mind when thinking of holidays past, and Nostalgic Noel is a look that delivers in spades for me. Classic but fun, this Christmas decor delivers whimsical vibes at every glance.  

Nostalgic Noel is the perfect addition to the Missouri Bluestem room for the holiday season. Because the space features a very traditional home color, and this is an exceptionally fun traditional Christmas look, we knew it was a match made in heaven! Don’t fret though, this is a look that will blend with the colors you already have in your home as well.  

Punchy reds, silvers, and bright whites are the color story of Nostalgic Noel, in the Missouri Bluestem Room  

Nostalgic Noel Christmas Tree Design 

Showstopping colors are featured throughout this color palette. First to greet your eye are the punchy reds, followed by the tinsel-inspired silvers and a mix of bright whites. The red and gold ribbon elevates this tree from kitsch to elegant, and could create a totally different feeling if used somewhere else.  This tree makes great use of picks, and the holly and berries used here give it a real Christmassy feel. 

One of my favorite details that sets this vignette apart for me are the use of the classic bubble lights. They instantly remind me of my grandfather and a sweet story from his childhood that included them. He and grandma still feature bubble lights on a small tree every year, though they no longer use the original set.  

This tree is a great use of picks and holly, elevating the tree design from kitsch to holiday elegance 

Nostalgic Noel Holiday Decor  

Walking into this room feels like immersing myself into a vintage postcard. The decor is full of fun retro shapes, amidst classic elements, like the bottlebrush trees and wreaths that are always a customer favorite. A spindly tree with cheery white berries is the perfect addition to a tabletop or buffet. This decor would be a fun theme in which to incorporate non-traditional Christmas colors, like a showstopping teal alongside the standard greens and reds of the season.  

This holiday look acts as a cherry on top in an already delectable room. Trees, jovial Santas and frosted snowmen are tucked amongst the existing chinoiserie and refinery for a full look, creating Christmas vignettes wherever you turn. Paring down this design a little to fit your space does nothing to dull it’s shine. Thoughtfully placed elements like the two retro gold trees atop the buffet are enough to carry the continuity of the nostalgic Christmas feeling from the tree to the dining room. 

Cheery red and white Christmas decorations adorn the tabletop, mantel, and tree  
Garland is chocked full of berries and branches, ribbon, and ornaments for a full design with lots of dimension 

Nostalgic Noel Tabletop Design  

This place setting is full of new traditional elements, down to the cheery Christmas color palette. Standard white dishes are the base of the design, and red and green accents in the dinner and salad plates are easily added for some seasonal fun. There are many textures at play in this tablescape that make it feel cozy and warm, like the block print on the napkins to the bold pink hand-painted cane designs on the drinking glasses.  

Items are placed at varying heights for the tabletop centerpiece. An airy white tree is the backdrop for Santa’s sleigh about to take flight in the midline focal point. Bottle brush Christmas trees stand at attention, sprinkled throughout the tabletop. This centerpiece feels full without overcrowding the table and could be effortlessly recreated at home with even fewer elements for an easier sight line from seat to seat.

A place setting features a golden ornament, bringing the glamour to the cheery Christmas dishes 
There are many elements and textures that come together to make this tabletop stand out 

This room is a joy to be in during the holidays and I hope you have the opportunity to come in and see it for yourself. If not, I hope that it inspired you to bring out a few of those well-worn and well-loved pieces for a little piece of Nostalgic Noel in your own home. Until next time – happy decorating!

White light up “twinkle trees” add a dash of whimsy to the Nostalgic Noel design