How to bring Christmas into your home – inspired by the Southern Living Idea House

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I know, I know, this is my third post regarding the Southern Living Idea House.  I can’t get enough of it.  I hope you are enjoying this little series.  If you missed the first two posts you can check them out here and here.  Today the focus is on Christmas decorating.  We aren’t even into November yet, but hey, let’s get in the holiday spirit early.  What do you say?

The Interior Designers at Tracery Interiors did a fabulous job on keeping the Christmas decor simple.  I say simple because the decorations were understated – not overdone.  There was Christmas in every room that complimented the original design.  Every interior and exterior room had a wreath hanging from the window.  You would find a splash of Christmas everywhere you looked, let me show you…

Starting with the Dining Room Table…

southern living idea house tablescape

The mercury glass hurricanes and votive candle holders reflect the gold and silver ornaments.  Tucking in greenery gives the added touch to make this an elegant  table setting.

southern living idea house

Look at the use of plates, mixing and matching with the use of texture, and placing a simple frosted pine-cone with candy cane treat for your guest is the perfect touch.  I might just try this for my table this year. 

Notice as we move to the kitchen and living room the same color palette is used.  The dominant colors are the silver, gold, with a pop of red as your accent color.

In the kitchen the pomegranates added the perfect touch off color

mimicking the shape of an ornament.

Christmas decor

Here you see a canister full of Christmas Christmas decor

Below is the Christmas tree in the living room…

Notice the use of color here, gold and silver.  I love the wrapping paper on the presents using the same color palette.

But where is the red?

The reddish tone is brought in with the simply decorated fireplace mantel.  Here we see mercury glass again as well.  Look above, isn’t this a great chalkboard covered with a wreath?  

Aaaah… Dreamy!

How you can get this look too:

  • Keep it simple
  • Maintain the same color palette throughout adjoining spaces.
  • Use wreaths in as many rooms as you can afford.
  • Bring mercury glass to your table setting to reflect light and color.
  • Use texture in place settings – no need to match. 
  • Use food items to give you a splash of understated Christmas color.
  • Be creative with what you love!

I do have more pictures to share… I thought I could get this series accomplished with 3 posts, but it looks like I may do one more.  Let me know what you think… would you like to see more photos of Christmas ideas?

Also, is there anything you have seen so far that you would like to incorporate into your holiday decorating?

I would love to hear from you!




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  1. Hi Angie, I love the Southern Living Idea House – thanks for the great posts. I think I will try the mercury glass and ornaments on my dining room table this year.

    1. You are welcome! I would love to see a picture of your dining room table this year Anne. I bet it will be beautiful!

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