From disco trees to Sputnik ornaments, celebrate the season with a sparkly, giddy vibe.
Midcentury and 1970s and ’80s motifs are strong players on the home décor stage — and that includes holiday decorations too.
These retro styles have a different kind of energy than traditional, nostalgic holiday décor does. No deep and evocative snowy forests here; no rustic urban farmhouses or hygge-inducing fairy lights.
Instead, you’ll find more of a sparkly, giddy vibe. This look is all about the holiday party; Santa’s riding a rocket instead of a sleigh, and the family tree might be tinsel instead of pine.
The Lil Umbrella’s Retro Christmas Ornaments Wrapping Paper ($9 for three sheets at etsy.com/shop/TheLilUmbrella) is printed with stylized ornaments in a midcentury palette of aqua, red, white and gold. The California-based studio’s owner, Susie Ostrowski, wanted to create holiday wrap that’s whimsical and fun.
Artist Robin Soltis and her husband, Alvin, run Scotch & Cream, a Los Angeles studio they bill as “all things modern, beautiful, nostalgic, familiar and comforting.”
Soltis laser-cuts Holiday Ornaments ($28 for four at etsy.com/shop/ScotchandCream) out of solid wood so they’ve got an interesting tactile quality. There are four different sets, and they can be hung as decorations or used as gift tags.
Dallas-based graphic designer Landon Pelt, of Strange Little Onion studio, does cartoon-style illustrations of ’60s-era holiday scenes.
The drawings depict kicky, Jetsons-era holiday soirees in cool midcentury abodes. Pelt says he leaves out facial features on his cartoon revelers “so that no matter what you look like, you can see yourself attending the chic cocktail parties thrown by my kitschy little friends.”
Illustrations can be ordered on canvas or poster prints, or pick up the party-ready Retro Holiday Cartoon Couple Pillow ($32 at strangelittleonion.com).
At the Swiss design firm Vitra, you can find midcentury designer Alexander Girard’s Holiday Ornaments ($21 each at vitra.com) in playful shapes like a mouse, sun and heart crafted in gold metal.
Or make an eye-catching display with Grandin Road’s Gold Starbursts ($39–$49 for three at grandinroad.com). They come in 12-inch or 14-inch sizes, and are ready to hang or group together on a tabletop.
CB2 has several options for a retro holiday theme. There are Disco Trees ($15–$30) festooned with mirrored mosaics. The White Brass Foil Bubble Wreath ($100), made of white and gold metal dots, makes a frothy, festive accessory for the mantel or front door. Or create an atomic constellation using Sputnik Gold and Silver Ornaments ($8 each, all at cb2.com).
To celebrate Hanukkah in gilded ’80s style, pick up the Jonathan Adler Brass Bird Menorah ($350 at jonathanadler.com), in solid brass polished to a high shine.
ShopNW staff contributed to this story.