Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Decorating in White - Part II

One of my most popular Holiday posts last year was the piece I did on Holiday Decorating in White. Why are we so drawn to decorating with white? Is the simplicity? Or perhaps the way it sets our everyday things off with a magical glow? My favorite part of decorating in this way is that it enhances your rooms rather than overpowering them. They become more elegant, more festive, more magical, but all the while still remain your same beautiful rooms.
(studio house design)
Let's try to picture the room above with out any Holiday decor. It is a lovely room - neutral with a bit of sparkle from the crystal lamps and silvery wall coverings. Perhaps the mercury glass is out all year. Now, look how the holiday accents add to the beauty of this room. The tree adorned in white, glass and silver ornaments and really becomes a focal point. Then add in the glittery branches and small wreath on the mantel; and the white roses and silver wrapped packages and you have an elegant room for holiday entertaining.
(hgtv)
This homeowner must have a large home to have a room set aside for a winter wonderland. I generally do not like white flocked trees, but these look lovely as a backdrop for the large green tree and winter white Santa. Perhaps this is a sunroom or conservatory that rarely gets used in the winter months.
(Country Living)
I love this room. Here just a few items set off this neutral room with a holiday glow. The mantel is adorned with branches and a white wreath, while a white decorated tree stands front and center. I like the packages all wrapped in coordinating paper.
(studio house design)
Here is another room with silvery branches. I really like the ornaments hanging in front of the mirror and the addition of eucalyptus. Again a predominately white tree and coordinating wrapped packages add elegance.
(hgtv)
This room comes alive with addition of white linen, white lights and greenery. The two trees on the mantel really add a lot of interest and sparkle,but my favorites are the white stockings by the fire and stocking adorned with greenery hanging on the shutters.
(Country Living)
Here is a simple vignette worth looking at because it can be adapted to any decor. This home owner has a lovely collection of white pottery, by adding small boxwood wreaths and a few ornaments you instantly create a holiday display.
(Country Home)
This room, adorned with long white chair skirts and gorgeous table cloth is perfectly accented with small burlap wrapped trees under glass. I love these Holiday terrariums and also the greenery tied with jute string on the backs of chairs.
(Country Living)
Another table set with items that bring the outdoors in. Here glass apothecary jars are filled with pine cones and small vases hold flowers and evergreens.
(Country Living)
I love the use of cast iron garden urns as vases. This one is lovely filled with lilies and flanked with evergreens.
(Country Living)
Here a white washed cast iron urn is filled with moss. Coordinating colored ornaments become more special displayed in silver bowl under glass. This simple effect can be added to any room and any color scheme.
(Country Living)
I love when people carry holiday decorating into the bedrooms. Here guests wake up to white trees, garland and white linen stockings draped along the footboard.
(Country Home)
Finally some cream and white antique linen stockings. Each tucked with sprigs of boxwood create a special holiday look that can be used in any area of your home.
For more ideas click on Holiday Decorating in White -Part 1. I love the simple and elegant style of decorating that enhances your home for the Holidays.

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful post as usual. Will we get to see your beautiful home decorated in white for Christmas? I struggle with this as indicated in my last two posts. I love the neutral, white look, but I also love the fun vintage colorful theme also. A little white here, a little color there is going to be my plan for this year. We'll see. . .

    Karen @ Elderberry Street

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  2. I could live in any one of those pictures. Love, love white and green. Yummy.

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  3. There is such a simplicity to it isn't there? And the greenery becomes so much more with a white backdrop.

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  4. Beautiful white christmas inspiration! Thanks!

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  5. I too have found that decorating with white adds to the beauty of a room. All these pitures are stunning.

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  6. I love the mix of good taste and whimsy on your blog. I will visit often.
    All the very best.

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  7. Now that's xmas I can live with!!!!! Love the stockings on the bed!!!!!So clever! It's all so calm and fresh. My kind of seasonal decorating.....Thanks!

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  8. I am in love with a room
    in all shades and hues
    of white. So Sooooo
    elegant.

    Yvonne

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  9. So pretty! Love all these images. Reminds me that I either need to either purchase or quickly have my sewing machine repaired and make some Christmas stockings!

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  10. Ahh yes, white is my favorite color to decorate with anytime of the year, but it is especially pretty at Christmas time! You've gathered up some gorgeous photos!!!

    :) T

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  11. What a wonderful post,I don't think there is a room I don't like in this post. White is my color of choice always in my home and shop. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Such loveliness! I just posted on my Christmas decoration and how I can't do such a stylish thing, because...but I LOVE it elsewhere! It's beautiful!
    A magical sight to behold! I can see fairies dancing around...

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  13. so perfect!!! one of those houses from country living is my absolute favorite holiday houses- the one with the worn wood mantle... so beautiful.

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  14. Beautiful ethereal whites! So perfect for Christmas decorating! Lovely images!

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  15. so pretty! Jeez - makes me want to change my decor - but I could never really live with all white.

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  16. Oh wow, great pictures. White decorations look amazing indeed. If you have little kid white is not the best color choice, though. It get dirty really fast, especially so with children. Still, it looks wonderful.

    Elli

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  17. So romantic & charming! Love your blog! Come follow me to http://apunchofcolor.blogspot.com/

    Happy Holidays!
    xos sheila

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  18. How lovely!!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful rooms. I am in love with white! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

    Tracy

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  19. All gorgeous, but love the 3 trees in one room...stunning! Tracey xx

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  20. So fun to see my own dining room photo from Country Home several years ago...I have moved to a new house my new dining rooom is fab but I still love that one!

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  21. oh my! how beautiful trees! I came here via marley & lockyer and I'm so glad I did! love your blog!

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  22. Love those pictures! I need some of those green ornaments near the bottom - they look old - I love that shade of green!
    -Trish

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  23. Beautiful post ~ I am working slowly to tansform my home with more white, ivory and sepia and I love it all. My tree this year is a really nice artificial tree that has that completely natural, random look, it's flocked with soft white snow. I used vintage Shiny Brite balls in silvers and faded creams, ornaments made from old linen, buttons and bits of fragile old laces and tatting, and natural elements like twig decorations. Decorations around the house are like the ones you mention, all soft and creamy white. It's so much more restful and dreamy this way. Blessings Eileen @ Star's Fault

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  24. I came back to look at this post again, and realized that I had not commented! I love all of these pictures - there is something so elegant about decorating in white for the holidays. But, in my house, there is something so traditional about decorating in the riotous colors of Christmas - red, green, and a tree covered with colored lights (I think we are the only ones in Atlanta who use colored lights). I will just have to come look at these pictures for a nice white Christmas!

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  25. Seems that white Christmas is the big trend this year and I just can't get enough of it! More more more! X

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  26. Love the images, but I can't live without colour. Just did a guest room using all white ... and kept sneaking colour in. I need pop in a room ... and white is too serene for me.

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  27. Just a fabulous collection of inspirational ideas here Gina! I'm smitten with the simplicity of all of them, nothing frilly or frothy or OTT here. These colours are perfect for our Aussie Christmas - which falls in the middle of our hot, hot Summer. I've always thought it weird that we've followed on with the traditional warm red & green colours of a cold European Christmas. These designs are much more suited to our climate. Santa comes to deliver our gifts in his board shorts & flip flops!
    Millie ^_^

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  28. OMG!!!
    I am drooling like a teething baby over here!!
    I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it so much that I became a follower!!!!

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  29. The 'perfect' Christmas Gina! Absolutely gorgeous images. I love the stockings on the bed :) Inspiration galore - thanks so much for sharing! Merry Xmas to you :)

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  30. Wow! I just stumbled across your blog from another blog and fell in love with it! Then, imagine my surprise when I saw my old living room on this post (it's the chocolate brown one from HGTV). Thank you so much for featuring it with all of the other gorgeous designs you have on this post!

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