Best Holiday Designs 2011: 7 Design Crave FavesBy Diana Cook
From tree trimming to table settings, the holiday season kicks design elements into high gear. We’ve combed the web to find the best holiday inspired designs of the season. Whether it’s kitschy trees to do it yourself ornaments, these top seasonal designs offer creative inspiration or at the very least, put a smile on your face.
7. Best Holiday Tablescape Design
Sure, we all enjoy poking fun at Semi-homemade’s Sandra Lee goofy manner and inexplicable need to dress like her decor, but we have to hand it to the hostess guru, she really goes all in when it comes to decorating. This holiday season her White Christmas themed table decor really wowed us and placed her at the top spot for best holiday tablescape.
6. Best Handmade Christmas Stocking Design
While there are tons of handmade stockings to choose from over at handcraft haven Etsy, this series of elf inspired stockings by Heather of Wilmington, North Carolina really caught our fancy. Handmade with drapery fabric and trim, the whimsical hearth hangers are lined with soft fuzzy fabric and sport a curled toe tipped with a jingle bell. Any combination of colors are available by request. Set of four $130.
5. Best Over-the-Top Christmas Tree Design
It’s a tie! Now that Treetopia is offering both a candy cane and candy corn themed tree we just couldn’t decide which sweet inspired tannenbaum is the most over-the-top design. While the I Want Candy Cane Tree has been available for years, this is the rookie season for everyone’s least favorite corn syrupy treat, the Colossal Candy Corn Tree. We think they both have delicious, kitschy appeal. The trees, along with other funky styles including I’m Just A Rainbow and the Zebra Tree are available for purchase at Treetopia.com.
4. Best Contemporary Menorah Design
Last year one of Nambe’s gorgeous eight metal alloy creations made our list of 50 Unique Menorahs to light up Hanukkah. This year a different Nambe design, the Twist Menorah tops our list of best contemporary menorah design. Neiman Marcus is offering both holiday pieces for those looking to add modern expression to an ancient custom.
3. Best Unique Holiday Wreath Design
Not only is it stylish and unique, but the Cushion Moss Wreath will thrive all year. How’s that for getting the most out of a labor intensive project? Made of natural materials, Martha Stewart (who else) gives detailed instructions on how to create this long-lasting wreath for your home. To learn how to make the wreath we feel is tops for 2011 check out MarthaStewart.com.
2. Best Ostentatious Tree Topper Design
Let the world know your tree is king when you top it with Cortina, the Crown Finial Tree Topper. Available through Neiman Marcus, the Cortina adds some royal flavor to any home or castle. The lavish over-the-top topper will set back the regal minded $325.00
1. Best Do-it Yourself Holiday Ornament Design
Just like the real thing, when it comes to these handcrafted wax snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Celebrating wintry goodness, these flakes are created using a special cookie cutter set that contains separate pieces for making cutouts. To learn how to make you own wax snowflakes visit MarthaStewart.com.
So there you have it, our top picks for the holiday season 2011. For more seasonal design related goodness, check out these other DesignCrave posts.