It is always a pleasure when you can plan both your client’s daughters weddings and also help them Christmas decorate for the holidays. This year it was our distinct pleasure to help our client Shari decorate her new home for the holidays. She has a very calm and neutral home, which gives it the perfect balance for a vintage Christmas design. Shari wanted to stick to light greens, gold, taupe colors (like burlap) and ivories instead of the traditional reds, burgundy and hunter green colors.
In keeping with the vintage theme throughout the home, we did a more natural evergreen garland on the chandeliers, buffet, dining room table and the entertainment bookshelf. We added LED ivory candles throughout the greenery and the home – lighting is a very important element for any design. You want to be able to see the beauty of the designs so light it up! We added gold glitter ribbon bows to the greenery that was attached to the chandeliers. Everywhere we decorated, we decorated in layers. The 10’ real Christmas tree was layered with big and small ornaments and tons of floral picks.
Since there wasn’t but one fireplace mantle in the home, we chose to use a vintage wooden ladder to hang the stockings on. Lanterns and an antique sled, which was embellished with greenery and a bow, complimented the entry fireplace. The amazing stick LED Christmas trees from Restoration Hardware made a profound statement on each side of the fireplace– no need to put a real Christmas tree in every room…everybody has done that! Pier 1 and Hobby Lobby were our go to places for most of her decorations. We used lanterns (some with ornaments and pine cones and some with just LED candles) to accentuate tablescapes and the staircase.
Our favorite design was the window treatment – the simple but the awesome gold sequin 3 D stars on each side balanced the glittered burlap wreath. Who doesn’t love sequins!
Although Shari really wanted to keep with the vintage colors throughout most of the home, we did add pops of red to the screened in porch and the basement media room. In the screened in porch, since it already had a rustic country feel – we chose to add pops of berries, a red felt runner on the farm table and the red mercury votives. The red pillows on her taupe linen couch complimented the other pops of red.
We did have a custom made floral door piece made by Holiday’s Flowers, Inc. The massive floral arrangement was the perfect accent to their front door. We also had white Christmas lights professionally put in the clients trees and shrubs and in her backyard. Love how the lights light up the pool.