6 Modern Holiday Decor: A California Girl's Nostalgic Journey

Dec 13, 2023
Modern Holiday Decor

As the holiday season unfolds in the golden state of California, there's a unique blend of modern flair and nostalgic charm that infuses the air. Growing up in the sun-kissed landscapes of this vibrant state, I've come to appreciate the art of curating holiday decor that seamlessly fits into the clean lines, natural lights, and monochromatic color schemes characteristic of modern homes. Today, join me on a journey as we explore 6 Modern Holiday Decorations that add a touch of California cool to the festive season.

Curating California Cool for the Holidays

In the heart of California, where the sun meets the surf, holiday decor takes on a distinct vibe. Modern homes, with their breezy designs and relaxed elegance, inspire a unique approach to festive adornments. Let's dive into a curated selection of 6 Modern Holiday Decor items that not only embrace the contemporary aesthetics of California living but also weave in nostalgic moments of my own holiday history.

6 Modern Holiday Decor


  • Bows Galore: A Nod to Nostalgia


Bows have always been a quintessential part of my holiday memories, thanks to my mom's love for turning them into festive masterpieces. From silky ribbons to rustic twine, bows of all sizes, colors, and textures bring a sense of nostalgia to the present day. Adorn your tree, staircase, and gifts with these modern renditions, paying homage to the joyous moments of my childhood when bows were the ultimate holiday adornment.

  • Wreaths Reimagined: A Californian Welcome


Step into a Californian holiday with a modern take on wreaths. Think geometric shapes, metallic accents, and even air plants to redefine the traditional wreath. Hang these stylish creations on your front door or as a focal point in your living room, blending the warmth of tradition with the cool, contemporary vibes of the West Coast. Check out my reel on Instagram on how I made the Spanish Moss wreath. 

  • Gifts as Decor: Wrapping Up Memories


Make your gifts part of the holiday decor by employing wrapping techniques that are as beautiful as the presents themselves. Early wrapping not only adds a festive touch to your living spaces but also builds anticipation for the joyous unwrapping moments. Incorporate eco-conscious materials like up-cycled paper or foraged greens for a sustainable and chic holiday display. 

  • Eco-Conscious Elegance: Nature in Every Detail

 Infuse your home with eco-conscious holiday decor items that reflect the Californian commitment to sustainability. Utilize up-cycled, repurposed, or recycled paper for your holiday crafts, and integrate foraged greens into your holiday decor for a touch of nature's elegance. By embracing eco-friendly choices, your home reflects not only a modern aesthetic but also a mindful approach to the environment. Learn more ways to be sustainable and conscious during the holidays.

  • Floral Bliss: Fresh Greens Everywhere


Bring the outdoors in with modern floral arrangements featuring fresh greens. Whether in pots strategically placed around your home or a live Christmas tree in a pot in your living room, these arrangements add a breath of fresh air to your holiday decor. The vibrant greens harmonize effortlessly with the modern color scheme, creating a living, breathing holiday haven.

  • Cozy Pillows: Luxurious Comfort

Wrap your living room in the luxurious comfort of velvet, teddy bear or boucle throw pillows in holiday hues or festive color scheme. From deep emerald to rich burgundy, these plush accents not only add a touch of opulence but also provide a cozy spot to unwind. Scatter them on your sofa or arrange them on your favorite reading chair for a perfect blend of comfort and modern elegance. Here are some of my favorite holiday pillows for the family room: Santa Claus Gingerbread Man, Textured Boucle White and Red Round Velvet Cushion.

California Dreamin' in Every Detail

In every bow tied, wreath hung, gift wrapped, and green placed, there's a touch of California dreamin' that infuses the holiday decor. Whether you're lounging in the living room surrounded by cozy pillows or admiring the modern wreaths adorning your walls, each detail contributes to the unique fusion of modern sophistication and cherished nostalgia.

As we embark on this California-inspired holiday journey, let these holiday decor ideas be a testament to the beauty of blending modern elegance with timeless memories. Check out my Cure Design Style Pinterest for more inspo! And if you're considering bringing a touch of California cool to your home beyond the holidays, check out these incredible home renovation tips. Happy decorating, and may your holidays be filled with the warmth of modern cheer and nostalgic joy!

With Love,

Jessica Cure