Holiday Windows Spark the Imagination
“Creative” and “inspired” are clearly two of the words that come to mind when viewing this year’s holiday windows. However, the same qualities can be used throughout the year to create arresting displays and use other intriguing décor throughout your homes.
So what themes seem to have emerged from this year’s windows created by some of New York City’s leading department/specialty stores? There is an obvious emphasis on luxury and opulence, but also on fantasy and the incorporation of the arts. While most of us won’t translate what’s seen into these windows into our homes exactly, this creativity can certainly spark other ideas.
For example, while neutrals seem to be popular through the holidays, when it comes to seasonal decorating don’t be afraid to use bold colors and mix shapes, but perhaps not going quite so far as Bergdorf Goodman did with this holiday window. Inspiration this year was art forms such as painting and theatre being reinterpreted.
Art, or rather the reinterpretation of art is also the source of inspiration for the 2014 Henri Bendel windows. Specifically, windows are based upon illustrator Al HIrschfeld’s drawings of Broadway performers and other celebrities created by illustrator Al Hirschfeld to life in its windows. Tom Carroll Scenery has transformed many of these individuals into sculptures, including those shown in the fantasy dinner party below,while others receive further star treatment.
While these artistic recreations are a major project when it comes to time, money and more, we too can use art for inspiration in our own homes. Consider using a painting by your favorite artist (even if the closest you get to it is within a museum) as a source of inspiration for a new color palette. Or create a vignette based upon a still-life painting or photograph.
In other words, use your imagination – just as Lord & Taylor did again this year with its Fifth Avenue windows. The theme was “a journey through the imagination”, with “magical animals”used to quite literally tell the story. As seen in the bookshelves below these are certainly accessories with a difference. This style of decorating can be translated into your home as well, adding a touch of whimsy in spaces where it would be least expected.
Sometimes those touches of whimsy, or the unexpected objet, may come from your travels, whether close to home or farther afield. Just ask Bloomingdale’s where this year’s windows follow shoppers as they travel around the world. (Photographed by Rebecca Dale).
Iconic images such as replicas of the Eiffel Tower or a New York City cab can be used in unexpected ways once back home. Or pick up items that tell a story created by local artists or craftspeople.
Having a budget the size of these retailers’ isn’t always a requirement for creating arresting displays, whether in store or at home. Indeed, design talent (or a knack for thinking “out of the box”) can often trump dollar signs. Just ask the local artists who came together to create intriguing holiday windows for local businesses in Harlem.
The displays, all curated by Omo Misha, were inspired by the story of an 11-year-old boy who travels on a magical horse through seven decades of an ever- changing Harlem, written by Daniel Carlton. (All photos are by Greg Rout, and courtesy of The New York Daily News.)
These illustrate the creative use of relatively inexpensive materials, plus the power of using a story as design inspiration. Both are certainly inspirations for how we can approach decorating, and entertaining, in our own homes.
As these examples, and those found in cities and towns through the United States and around the world illustrate, when it comes to creativity there are simply no boundaries. We can’t wait to see where such inspiration takes us all in 2015!
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