Brushed wool, hides, velvet and feathers are ways to add cabin-chic or a luxe look to your holiday décor.
This season, faux furs, wools and other softly textured materials are giving holiday décor a cozy, festive feel.
The trend was prominent at this fall’s Maison et Objet trade show in Paris. Booths were populated with winsome, appliquéd, felt people and animals. Glamorous, jewel-toned feather trees dressed up tabletops. There were furry pillows printed with wildlife photos or embellished with metallic threads, sequins and pearls.
“That natural, organic, homespun feeling was all over the runways and it’s trending at home, too,” says New York designer Elaine Griffin. “For holiday, it manifests as an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in — think stylish, simple-chic arrangements of branches, leaves, berries, pine cones and moss — coupled with cozy, textured, wintry textiles like felt, faux fur and chenille.”
There’s a lot of versatility in these materials because faux fur, brushed wool, hides, and even velvet or feathers can say “winter cabin” as easily as “luxury suite.” It’s all in how you incorporate other style elements.
Here are some examples from retailers.
Threshold’s White Yarn Wrapped Tree ($12) adds to a cozy tablescape. A velvety, photo-printed Reindeer Pillow ($25, both at Target) makes a welcoming accessory.
Restoration Hardware’s baby line has a Wool Felt Stocking Advent Calendar ($45 at rhbabyandchild.com) in the form of a garland. And the grown-up shop has plushy Ultra Faux Fur Wine Bags ($12 each at restorationhardware.com) that can act as a centerpiece of their own.
Grandin Road has a collection of hooked wool pillows with whimsical images of moose, cardinals, foxes and various canines sporting holiday garb. There’s also a Pheasant Feather Faux Fur Throw ($89 at grandinroad.com) that would be lovely draped on the sofa or could be repurposed as a glamorous tree skirt.
Children and nature lovers might enjoy the whimsical Pier 1 Embroidered Faux Fur Stockings ($30), featuring owls or squirrels, and embellished with a faux fur collar, wing or tail.
H&M Home has sets of black or white feathers nestled in clear glass Christmas Ornaments ($13 for two at hm.com) on silvery loops.
Cone trees cloaked in feathers make pretty “evergreens” with their long silky fringes. Grandin Road’s Green Feather Cone Trees ($59 for three at grandinroad.com) have a bright, emerald-green hue.
Soft little fluffies festoon the CB2 Snowball Wreath ($50 at cb2.com), giving it texture and a winter-wonderland feel.