Ethical Décor Updates for the Holidays & Beyond!

Today's post is brought to you by Kim Hutt, director of marketing at Prosperity Candle.  Kim and I "met" (yay for skype meetings!) several months ago through our mutual love of ethical and empowering goods and have enjoyed collaborating and sharing resources ever since! Kim has some fantastic ideas to share regarding holiday decor that does good and doesn't need to be packed away in a box after just a month of display. Thanks for sharing, Kim! 


The holiday season is here, and with it, a whole lotta consumption. Everywhere I turn, it seems like someone is trying to sell me something – not just gifts for others, but things I supposedly need to be prepared for the holiday season. Like cheaply made twinkle lights, mass-produced, plastic-y décor . . . and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some advertisements for scented ornaments?!

It’s enough to get an ethically minded lady down in the dumps. Because when it comes down to it, of course I want my home to look lovely and festive! But I want to do it in a way that aligns with my values. And in a perfect world? I’d love those extra touches to have a life beyond the holiday season. So I set out to prove to myself that you can update your living room without compromising your values. And the search made me feel a lot better. Who knew? Turns out the antidote to too many holiday Target commercials is pretty easy: find yourself some conscious alternatives!

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1. Silk Bukhara Ikat Pillow by Dara Artisans, $75

Tapping into the ikat craze, this custom made silk throw pillow comes from the Ferghana valley of Uzbekistan. The bright red and gold colors are perfect for the holidays, but don’t feel Christmas-y, making it a gorgeous year-round accent.

2. Gather Here With Grateful Hearts Print by Brim Papery, $22

A beautiful statement for Thanksgiving, and an important reminder for the rest of the year. This 8x10 print is hand-lettered and illustrated by calligrapher & artist Jolie Ankrom of Brim Papery. It’d be beautiful in a dining room, above a hearth, or anywhere else you’re lucky enough to spend cherished time with friends and family.

3. Coco Shine Centerpiece Candle by Prosperity Candle, $45

My company! How could I not include them? I’m both an employee and an unabashed fan, what can I say. I like the Coco Shine collection as a holiday accent because, in my book, metallics equal easy holiday elegance. The bowl, which is actually a real coconut shell, can be repurposed after the candle is finished – a nice sustainable touch.

4. Pamoja Medium Mixed Basket by Pamoja, $40

Ethically woven by women in Kenya, this modern basket would make a great holder for a holiday poinsettia, wouldn’t it? The funky, geometric pattern makes this basket feel fresh and modern, and I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t need a little additional (stylish!) storage this time of year. 

5.  Cow Horn Whiskey Tumblers by Rose & Fitzgerald, $65

For serious scotch enthusiasts. Made from locally sourced Ankole cow horn by Ugandan artisans, this two piece set is a real statement piece, and would look smashing on your bar cart – they’re almost too pretty to hide in a cupboard!

6. Bora Bora Sustainable Mango Wood Box by Mela Artisans, $65

More storage and more ikat! Love this eco-friendly mango wood trinket box. I’d put it on my coffee table alongside a pretty succulent or flower arrangement, and maybe use it to store my remotes (because otherwise they always wind up stuck in the couch cushions. The simple black ikat design is a fun touch that would go beautifully with any décor style.

7. Mistletoe by The Little Market, $14

This is maybe the cutest holiday touch ever. Ethically handmade by women in Nepal, this sweet little felt mistletoe would be perfect on a Christmas tree, or hanging in a doorway during a holiday party. Bonus: it’ll never wilt, and it’s an A+ sustainable alternative to those cheesy plastic mistletoe bunches!

8. Brushstroke Swirls Wall Art by West Elm, $159

Yup, big brands can be sustainable, too! I love that West Elm has dedicated themselves to offering handmade, artisan items like this hand painted acrylic art piece. There’s nothing like a big piece of wall art to make any room feel refreshed and new. And going with a monochromatic color palette means you’ll have an easy time working this bold piece into your existing décor.

9. Polar Bear by The Little Market, $26

Another sweet little treat for your living room (one that’d be a big hit with little ones), this polar bear is hand knit by women from Peruvian alpaca. I could see starting a new holiday tradition with your kids – having the polar bear bring messages from Santa would be a really fun way to enhance the magic of Christmas! Sort of a sustainable alternative to those Elf on the Shelf dolls.