Every holiday season is a new opportunity to honor your family’s cherished traditions, while also keeping the celebration fresh and fun by trying something brand new. That’s how I like to approach holiday decorating at my home and at Nell Hill’s. Today, I want to share with you a few of my favorite looks for the season, and just maybe give you a few new ideas as you dress your home for Christmas…
When decorating your entry, add a splashy display, like this towering bouquet made of bare sticks, pine branches and a little nest, tucked in for good luck. A shiny silver candy dish on the table cradles a sweet collection of vintage tree bulbs in a bed of pine needles.
Little touches of plaid
For me, nothing says the holidays like plaid. Even just a tiny touch, like this covered flask and old papier-mache tin. These treasures are given special status, displayed atop this stack of books, including the Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street.
Welcome the woodlands
This bronzed deer, lending his weight to help hold up a collection of Dan’s favorite books, adds a hint of woodland charm to this tabletop display in our den. Woodland and hunt club looks are among my all-time favorite holiday themes for decorating.
When friends and family travel to be together for the holidays, it’s a joyful reunion. Old memories are rekindled and new memories are made. I like to make my visitors feel like honored guests by creating a guest room that’s warm and welcoming. It can be as simple as setting out a service of their favorite teas or coffees, served in a special cup, like this fox and hound demitasse set.
It can be easy to get into a rut when decorating your mantel. So this year, challenge yourself to come up with something brand new. This magnificent garland, a mix of pine needles and leaves, is simple yet stunning as it loops through the mantel’s year-round display.
Bring the garden in
After you clean out your planters for the winter, bring a few inside for your holiday decorating. Garden architectural elements connect us to the outdoors and give us a fine place to stage displays, whether it’s holding logs for the fire or your Christmas tree.
Decorate a light fixture
If you are looking for a way to decorate your home for maximum impact with minimum work, try dressing up some of your light fixtures. Add greenery and ribbons to the chandelier over your kitchen island or dining table. Or, jazz up some wall sconces.
Scout through your china cabinet for a special vase or pitcher or urn, like a family keepsake or a favorite find from antiquing. Then, fill it with holiday greenery to make a lovely centerpiece for your coffee table or ottoman.
Quiet Christmas morning
Holiday tables don’t have to be lavish. Dan and I enjoy a quiet Christmas morning bite in our kitchen, the calm before family flocks in for a big Christmas feast. Toss a vintage tablecloth over your kitchen table, add a bouquet of fresh flowers, a few candy canes in a little pitcher, and you’re ready.
During the holidays, your china gets to dance out of the cupboard and sparkle on your table. But when it’s not in use, our beautiful dishes can still dazzle. Take a moment to rearrange your cabinets so they look like a piece of art.
What do you have in your china hutch that you could use to make a unique centerpiece for your holiday table? We created this lovely display with a few odds and ends in my cupboard – an old silver riser, a glass bowl and a stemmed glass. Fruit and flowers, all in shades of green and white, give it a fresh finish.
Sometimes the tiniest details have the biggest impact on your table. Try tucking a fresh sprig of rosemary into your napkin rings when you entertain. It’s a clever way to add both color and flavor to your table.
Next Week … Come join us for a chocolate gathering, an after-shopping party with friends.
Linda Pinion saysNovember 28, 2016 at 8:41 am
In the picture you show some gold rimmed goblets. I believe these are the same as I have, a passed down treasure from my Mother, to which I have added to over the years. A special story behind my glasses. In the early sixties my parents had a cottage behind our house that they rented out. One of the tenants was a single mother and her daughter. Unable to pay the rent one month, she asked my Mother if she would take the stemware and a set of Diralyte (gold) flatware. My Mother agreed and that’s how we initially got the glasses. Over the years I have added many pieces to the collection. I believe that it is Minton, however, I am not positive. it’s beautiful and so classic. Thanks for sharing!
franki saysNovember 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm
I’m really digging that outdoor planter!!! The displays are just wonderful!! franki
Jeannie Glasscock saysNovember 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm
I also love red plaid for the holidays and have to fit it n somewhere, even if it’s just a throw or some ribbon.
Karen saysNovember 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm
The pictures you have featured in this post are absolutely exquisite! The beautiful details and artful arrangements have brought such peace and calm to my day. Thank you for the time you took to give all of your readers this special holiday gift!
Jerry Ballard saysDecember 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm
Love this beautiful traditional look, Mary Carol. Very calming and comforting! Wish I had started a Tartan collection years ago… do love that look. I enjoy the trays I bought last year at Nell Hills.
Sean Blaney saysSeptember 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm
Love that little stack of lock boxes and books! I wish I could find some cute little lock boxes like that. I’ll have to keep my eye out.