Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Decoration - part 2

Nature's Gifts
Bleached sea stars mix with man-made ornaments on this coastal Christmas tree. Palmetto leaves peek between branches. Remember, you don't have to spend a fortune on decorations; the tree's white lights, glass ornaments, wrapping paper, and ribbon all came from a discount store.

Memorable Wreath

This creative kitchen wreath is a fun way to display a unique collection. To begin, purchase an evergreen wreath, which can be found at garden shops, roadside tree stands, and even home-improvement stores during the holidays. Next, attach a bow the coordinates with the room where you'll hang the wreath and wrap it around several times. Next, add family collectibles to the wreath; to camouflage the attachments, use green-coated florist wire. Finally, finish off the wreath with fresh greenery.

Amaryllis Bulbs and Cranberries
Bring Christmas cheer to any tabletop or dresser with an easy, inexpensive flower arrangement. Plant an amaryllis bulb in a narrow glass vase. Carefully place the narrow vase inside a larger glass one, filling the empty space between with cranberries. 

Classic Holiday Table Setting
Monogrammed linens, crystal stemware, and silver flatware establish a classic tone; while bold red chargers and graphic gold-trimmed china update the display. 

Room with a View
Take the Christmas spirit to every little nook and cranny -- this front porch is not overlooked as a poinsettia and a wreath made of berries welcome guests as they arrive. 

Fine Festive Foyer
Lavish Christmas decorations in classic red and green give this entryway in Dallas, Texas, fine, festive glamour. A garland accentuates the height of the front door’s antique mercury glass transom. 


Dramatic Holiday Mantel
A simple fir garland and arrangements of fir sprigs and red berries adorn the fireplace in this Virginia country home.


Refined Holiday Dining
Antique English sconces glamorize the rough-hewn posts in the dining room of this Virginia country home. Garland and wreathes bring cozy Christmas cheer to this warm, sophisticated entertaining spot.

Country Christmas Tree

Natural ornaments decorate this Sabot Hill, Richmond, Christmas tree, which is topped with a star made from branches.

Green Christmas Foyer
Boxwood wreaths hang from the molding and wainscoting in this Dallas, Texas, entryway. Packages wrapped with garden-y motifs line the bench, and a basket filled with ‘Shooting Star’ lacecap hydrangeas is ready for giving. 

Christmas Table

A simple, low-set flower arrangement and fine china is all that’s necessary to ready the dining room table for a holiday feast.

Natural Holiday Charm

Rather than playing with traditional red-and-green Christmas ornaments, this nature-inspired tree in Aiken, South Carolina, is adorned with ornaments in varying shades of green and brown. 

Holiday Card Table
This English card table in this stately Atlanta home gets a festive update with a collection of potted paper whites. During a Christmas party, the card table serves as a spot for hors d’oeuvres.

Antique Holiday Living Room

Contemporary sofas and antique chairs mix with ease in this Atlanta living room. Rather than dressing the tree in a complementary color, this all-red Christmas tree contrasts the room’s furnishings for added dimension.

Christmas at Sea
To maximize seating for large family gatherings, a rich wooden daybed and plush white sofa with two striped slipcovered chairs furnish this Florida living room.

Traditional Master Bedroom

Wreaths of fresh greenery bring a touch of the holidays into this New Orleans master bedroom, which features a 19th-century English four-poster bed.

Holiday Library
In this New Orleans library, walls glazed brown to resemble leather form a dramatic backdrop for comfortable furnishings and an antique serape rug. Magnolia garland and wreaths lend festive Southern elegance to this masculine room. 

Classic Blue and White Kitchen

A mix of materials -- walnut on the island and honed Carrara marble on the countertops -- makes this a real cook’s kitchen. Potted paperwhites on the countertop take up little space, but feel decidedly festive.

Traditional Living Room Decor

With two sofas, one upholstered in an olive linen and the other in a Bennison floral, the living room is the perfect place to gather on Christmas morning.

Coastal Holiday Living

This living room receives lots of natural light from two walls of large windows, creating a bright and cheerful welcome. To make the living room more festive, glass jars and vases are filled with simple pine branches. 

Cottage Christmas

A pair of 10th-century Danish chairs flank the living room’s fireplace and mantel, which is decorated with sprays of boxwood, plenty of pine cones, and flowers in all-white to match the brown-and-green Christmas stockings. The effect is charming and casual. 

Pretty Paperwhites
This white-and-green living room gives a festive addition during the holidays with a large helping of potted Paperwhites displayed around the room. 

Elegant Table Setting

At once fresh and formal, lush and clear, this green dining room makes you feel as though you are dining in a garden. Custom embroidery on the upholstered chairs and an exquisite crystal chandelier above the dining room table create an air of lavishness. 

Natural Ornaments
Pomegranates and paperwhites complement the nautical red, white, and blue accents on this Point Clear, Alabama, porch for the holidays.

Kitchen at Christmastime

This Dallas kitchen includes a custom beaded-board island and Danby marble countertops. Antique delft tiles that are variegated in color adorn the backsplash, and antique French light fixtures hang over the island. Red roses and a clear container filled with cranberries bring a pop of color and a festive touch into the space.  

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