The Minimalist's Guide To Holiday Decorating

We grew up loving the holidays, and we never really stopped. But, this year, we're taking a simpler approach. Getting into the spirit shouldn't have to mean going overboard. Just ask Caitlin Mociun. The jewelry designer is a master of minimalism, and she knows how to weave seasonal style into her subtle year-round decor. We were lucky enough to see it for ourselves and pick up a few tips when she invited us over to get her home December-ready.
The second we stepped into her Williamsburg, Brooklyn, apartment — a stone’s throw from her jewelry store, Mociun — it became apparent everything was purposeful, elegant, and ripe with inspiration. With holiday touches from Pier 1 Imports, she ensured her place was perfectly festive but not at all overdone. Ahead, a case study that proves the old less-is-more adage is actually true, even during the glitziest time of year.
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Photographed by Angi Welsch.
With a knack for displaying everyday objects uniquely, Caitlin chooses to cluster greenery on one corner of the floor instead of scattering it on windowsills and tables. The effect is striking without a hint of clutter.
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Holiday decorating calls for a cocktail, and a classic old-fashioned gets a festive twist with cranberries and oranges for garnish.
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Who needs a tree when you can create vignettes like this? Garland is easily draped over year-round decor for a natural, festive touch.
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Photographed by Angi Welsch.
Wear all the red and green you want, but when it comes to holiday decorations, Caitlin's all about white. Layer a white blanket on white furniture to play with texture without feeling too precise.
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Photographed by Angi Welsch.
No tree doesn't mean no ornaments. Find new ways to use them like with this white bowl filled with silver ornaments to create low-key glitz.
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To break up the sparkle of silver, add the slightest bit of color. Here, Caitlin mixes in a few red-and-white speckled objects for an extra-unique touch.
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Photographed by Angi Welsch.
Caitlin is a big fan of kitschy, fake-food objects, so this pickle ornament creates a festive look while meshing with other objects seamlessly.
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Photographed by Angi Welsch.
With a jewelry store full of her own creations, it's easy to be all about giving handmade gifts. Caitlin either customizes pieces for friends and family or handpicks items in her shop.
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Photographed by Angi Welsch.
Instead of wasting paper every time you need to wrap a present, consider furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping technique. Just lay out a square piece of fabric in a diamond shape, and place a box in the center. Bring the top corner over the box, and then tuck it underneath. Repeat with the bottom corner. And, voila!
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Photographed by Angi Welsch.
Pretty, right? Furoshiki is a great way to upcycle cloth napkins, tea towels, and vintage silk scarves. You could even work in some pops of red and green...after all, minimalism does not mean nothing.
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