We have something very traditional for this table decor. (above) It’s quite a stunner isn’t it? I believe all of the Holidays Tables are stunners, you have to decide what your style is and what you feel like doing this year. Has the family increased or decreased? Have you just moved to the Beach? Are you back to Maine or Colorado? Many times where we live dictates or has some influence on our decorating style. Just think if you have more than one house! Oh the opportunities that await you! Everyone I talk to, says it’s too much work, but I would adore this job. It’s play time for me!

This room, is so traditional. So rustic. Don’t you just want to be enjoying this comfort and beauty all day?

And this rustic, traditional decor is done with a very small budget. The greens are local if not from the very tree in the room. The brambles on the table are the same. Add candles and you are ready. Remember to never leave lit candles unattended. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.

by Antonia Ludden


Bright & Cheery Holiday Table:

We will move from dark and moody Table Decor to bright and cheery. (above) Somehow bright and cheery fits the holiday season, don’t you think? Although I admit the dark colors are handsome and beautiful. (Thursday’s post) But they are not as fun as the bright ornaments on the sparkling white tablecloth. Maybe you have your own thoughts on the matter. Please share.

We had a fabulous tip at my networking meeting this morning, Jennifer of Palm Beach Organizing recommends if you have Christmas, Holiday ornaments that you don’t love, you don’t use every year, donate them! Click to see the value of great organization. A Place for Everything!

Casual Holiday Table Decor:

If table number one wasn’t cheerful enough, what about this one? (below) It looks like a birthday party doesn’t it? Christmas is a time of good cheer so this just might be the cat’s meow. There is not the usual serious overtones, of elegance, the usual beautiful decor. The statement here is FUN! It is a very casual approach to decorating. There are no flowers, no candles, no pinecones, no greenery. If it weren’t for the red trees, you wouldn’t know it’s Christmas. This is a very non-traditional table-setting.



Holiday 2017 by Etsy

Have you thought about decorating a Gothic Christmas? Dark and Moody Decor? It’s the latest according to Etsy. Black appliances are popular. They didn’t call it gothic. I did. Try the rustic and navy, or deep red or pine green. I’m sure to good affect. Remember to add candles, candlesticks,  and other shiny elements like stemware, and porcelain.

by Country Living

A lot of work:

The Christmas Tree signifies the extra work for this room. Also the small vignette of Christmas trees on the night stand. Small, thoughtful details make for good design. Changing the bed linens and hanging the wreath make a complete Holiday Picture. A lot of this decor depends on how much storage you have. How ready you are to have an assortment of different bed linens depending on the season or the holiday. Are your Christmas trees fresh or are they stored? Are the pillow covers changed out, now that would be an awesome way to creatively change the room without using up a lot of space. Wayfair has a ton of pillow covers. Holiday Pillows @ Wayfair

A little work:

Now for another minimally decorated bedroom. (below) This canopy bed has draped green foliage and hanging stars and that’s all that is needed to make this a decorated bedroom. It’s a rustic styled bedroom and it has stayed that way with the casual greens draped over the canopy. The stars are easy to hang with fishing line. See more @ Great Christmas Bedrooms

This really gets the wheels turning doesn’t it?  Which room that you don’t usually decorate can use one of these decor ideas? Wouldn’t it be fun to do at least the guest bedroom, especially if you are having guests for the holiday! Have a very merry Holiday!

posted by digsdigs

posted by digsdigs

Decorating your bedroom for Christmas might seem like an unnecessary evil. But I looked this up and was amazed at the marvelous ways this can be accomplished. We will start with bedroom decorating with a lot of fuss and then move to minimal fuss.

Add the tree:
To get these astounding results, with this bedroom (above) takes a bit of time and creativity. The wallpaper is perfection. The Christmas tree is fun we know, but time consuming. The room is at heart neutral, so were the red accents, the chair, table, pillows, quilts and bedding already there or switched out for the Holiday? What an absolutely charming room. Beautifully embellished. Enjoyed tremendously. OMG! I just realized the presents under the tree. More work, more treasures, more surprises, more JOY.

Minimal Christmas Decor for your Bedroom:
This bedroom decor (below) is like night and day for holiday decor contrast. The Holiday items are minimal, maybe half a box marked Christmas from the attic/closet. The wreath, the bow and small tree comprise the total accoutrements that say Merry Christmas! Just a little bit of detail making a big impression.

by digsdigs

by Kirkland


Lots of Accessories:
Here are some great ideas for decorating your foyer for the Holidays. Start with  large Merry Christmas greeting (above) and a garland of greens make this foyer ready for December. Notice the snowflake decorated bike wheel, it’s a beautiful detail. These lovely accessories can be used or placed any number of ways and each time it will be unique, a feast for the eyes. For instance maybe the bike would fit on your front porch or stoop another year, the Merry Christmas Sign could be propped on the floor and the console could hold three of those darling mini trees.

A simple bowl of pinecones is welcome on anyone’s coffee table or counter. Spray the edges with gold if you have a few minutes for a special touch.

Minimal Accessories:
This foyer has only a garland to make it ready for the Holidays.  (below) A bright splash of red with the flower and vase make the Holiday colors pop. These two decorative items make a powerful good cheer statement. There are endless ways to design a very good and very pretty foyer.

by Southern Living

by Designer Timothy Whealon

Small Kitchen Design
This kitchen came up with Trend 2018 as the search word. A small kitchen making a bold statement with its painted floor. The bead board walls and the nice mix of metals make it very contemporary, yet at the same time it is a casual, classic look. That is a mouthful. But mixing metals is an Avant garde methodology.  Painting a wooden floor with such a bold pattern is also a mix of styles and that is how this kitchen so successfully makes a dynamite presentation, despite its modest size and nothing over the top or any bling factor. Working with a savvy designer will get you such great results. Trusting your designer will get you everywhere. The white color scheme is smart in this small space. The use of texture is fabulous, the shiny floor, the matte cabinets, the rustic flower pot, the three patterned plates, the stripe bead board wall treatment. The flowers and the heaping bowl of fresh vegetables are the diamonds for this beautiful room.

Rustic Kitchen Design
Designers can work anywhere. A Florida designer can do a rustic kitchen (below). And my readers are far and wide so I like to keep everyone aware of good design. Your interiors should reflect the architecture of your home and its location. These vintage or well-worn brick walls are such a great backdrop. So much history and time has been absorbed by these vertical, stationary structures. Open storage is still a popular method of keeping your things handy. So again this room while ancient in some respects is modern in others. Of course, open storage is ancient. Kitchens such as this used to be far away from the living quarters of a well-to-do household. Today’s kitchens have long been the center of the home, much like ancient one-room dwellings where life centered around the fireplace, source of heat and a good meal.

by Cameron Schwabenton

by Designer Katie Ridder

Tall Cabinets – Add a Ladder
These ladders are usually reserved for the library. Here they are in the kitchen! Love ladders? – Why not put them wherever they are needed! They add a conversation piece, they are an eye catcher, they add architectural interest. With white everywhere we can afford the handsome dark floor. (above) The floral patterned wheel covers are a gorgeous detail. Soft touches of green and red color and pattern make this kitchen pretty. A woman’s touch. I would say adding a ladder to your kitchen is a kismet production! More About Library Ladders in the Kitchen!

Three Dimensional Wallpaper_Tile
This three dimensional wall paper or tile is still popular. (below) Again we see it acts as an eye grabber, a focal point, an OMG feature. This is not for the faint of heart either. Remember your style is whatever you want it to be. Do you want something pretty, casual, modern, romantic or classic? There are a million ways to design a room properly, why not make it your way? More Great Ideas for 3D Tile!   Lynda Louden Interiors would love to help you find your Design Style!

by Designer Stephen Shubel HB

Handsome Kitchens:

Black & White Kitchens are popular. They are kismet because they are unusual. They take your breath away. They take a very brave heart to want one and live with one. No one is ever going to say, “How Pretty!”. Black is always dramatic. It’s handsome, beautiful, professional and even traditional. Always remember to add a lot of white when working with strong colors. The floor in this kitchen (above) is dark as well, so the walls need to be white. A stark, bright white. The glass doors of the upper cabinets lends itself to a more ‘airy’ look. The white dishware collection was smart. The white pendant lighting, the simple window treatment of white blinds adds to the large volume of white to balance the dark cabinets and floor.

Black is not friendly. It is sophisticated. It is elegant. This kitchen (below) has black appliances with an extraordinary amount of brass trim and black cabinets . The walls are white tile as is the crown molding. This balance of dark and bright and light is vital so the room stays handsome and doesn’t become dark and gloomy.

Black & Brass Bailey-McCarthy HB

by Kara Mann Design

Penthouse Design:
Now we move on to Penthouses. Sorry for the chasm in between garage sale finds and penthouse design, hope you didn’t get injured on the way over. The point is – everyone needs a pretty space. A space that is carefully curated with what you love – that you are happy to come to. It might be you are a billionaire – but you want to surround yourself with vintage everything. It might be you are a billionaire and want to surround youself with bling. Either way is great!

Let’s see what makes this room so fabulous, what makes it comfortable, what makes it doable:
The chairs in front of the fireplace must be heirloom or museum pieces or at the very least totally custom. Are they comfortable? No. Do they have to be? No. The fireplace wall is masterful design. The glass cocktail table merges into the fireplace making it a gorgeous marriage. The black side tables, the black trim on the cocktail table, the charcoal fireplace surround make a beautiful path for your eye.

This is a good example of using dark colors, with a lot of light and bright for balance. To avoid a ‘dark’ look. But we still have dramatic!

Budget Dramatic: Black is still the rage. Black and White. Here is an excellent way to do drama on a budget. (below) Black walls, stark white bedding. Interesting lighting and accessories. We don’t know what makes the black wall such an interesting pattern. Is it wallpaper? The paint technique? Or the imperfect wall surface? The design savvy here is the drama with voluminous use of black and white. The simplicity of a bed, side table, and a window. Add a light, a plant, drapes – ready set go! Great Design.

by Domino