Monday, November 29, 2010

Make The Season Bright

Happy Monday, friends...how did you spend your Thanksgiving weekend? We made our way to Whidbey Island after celebrating the holiday with family (perfect, except for the small matter of Lila, my parents' terrier, who decided to help herself to the apple pie, nose first). We recharged our batteries for the holiday bustle with long walks on the beach, listening to the rush and whisper of waves on the sand and even basking in a little sun. But now, back at home, I'm gearing up to make the season bright.

 
Image from Carolyne Roehm 

And of course, it all starts with the tree.

Image from Traditional Home

How do you decorate your tree? Do you stick to a theme or color? 

Image from Traditional Home

I admire trees that have a well-planned look or theme. 

Image from Martha Stewart

Apparently, Jackie Kennedy started the tradition of having a themed tree at the White House in 1961 with a "Nutcraker Suite" tree.

President and Mrs. Kennedy with the 1961 White House tree.

When I first started collecting ornaments for a my own Christmas tree, I had great intentions for a styled tree with the perfectly edited selection of decorations in a uniform color palette.

 Image from New York Social Diary

But I'm such a magpie. My collection turned out to be quite eclectic--more like this tree from Benjamin Bradley that I found on New York Social Diary.

 Image from Carolyne Roehm

Just like any other aspect of decorating your home, it seems best to just work with what you love. So I start preparing for Christmas by thinking about how to best use things I already have as the center for our holiday decorations.

Image from Traditional Home

Like a collection of blue and white... 

Image from Veranda

...or vintage mercury glass.

 
Image from Traditional Home 

Chandeliers...

Image from dear departed Domino

Image from Veranda

...or antique mirrors.

Image from Veranda
My favorite part of decking the halls is bringing the outdoors in. We're indoors so much this time of year that the smell of pine and cedar, or the sight of bowers of greens and other natural elements are very welcome.

Image from Martha Stewart

Image from Traditional Home

And it doesn't have to be over-the top or expensive. This image from Eddie Ross inspired a similar touch for my dining room window last year-- I love the red ribbon against the green leaves. 

 Image from Eddie Ross

This stairwell, also decked out by Eddie Ross, makes me want to steal branches from the magnolia tree in our front yard this year... 
 Image from Eddie Ross 

 Flowers add the perfect bit of color to a table top. Red carnations or roses....

  Image from Traditional Home
Or white...
 
 Image from Martha Stewart

I think white narcisus are my favorite holiday flower...

 Image from Veranda 

Of course, you can't forget the outdoors, either.  I love these porch and door ideas....

  Image from Martha Stewart
...they are so welcoming and beautiful.

  Image from Eddie Ross 

I guess it's time to roll up the sleeves and get to work. How are you planning to deck your halls this season?

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I can't wait to see how you decorate your house and tree this year. I'm sure you'll dedicate a post to them!?

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  2. What FABULOUS images. I wish Eddie Ross would come and do my front staircase with a garland like that - mine never looks half as good.

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  3. Beautiful images...Carolyne Roehm can do no wrong!!

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  4. Yes, if only Carolyne and Eddie could come over and decorate -- can you imagine how fabulous that would be?! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! Fun to see your comments.

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  5. So far an empty tree which I like to think of as an empty palate. Just trying to decide which direction to go! We usually do a color theme and I haven't picked one yet!

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