Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Tips from Gretchen + Hilary

If you listen to Gene & Julie on 103.7 in the morning, you might have heard Kimberly Schlegel Whitman talking about Chateau Mistletoe last week on her radio segment. Here are some tips we shared with Kim for memorable holiday entertaining and decorating!

* Layers for your home - Just like winter fashion... layer your home with blankets and pillows.  This is a quick and affordable way to change the look of your home.  Make sure to mix different textures (mohair, silk, jute, cashmere, linen, wool) for a luxurious and livable look!

* Experiment with Style - Afraid to commit?  Now is the perfect time to try out a style you secretly love.  Mix mirrored accessories and glass ornaments for sparkling Christmas glamour!  Or skirt a table in burlap and top with winter flowers in white pottery for antique swedish charm!

* Make a Family Tradition - Christmas is all about memories, so create a new family tradition! Try decorating the Christmas tree as a family... play a mix of favorite holiday music, start a cozy fire and lay out a spread for "indoor smores"!

* Fresh is Best - Whenever you can afford it, use fresh garland, wreaths and trees.  The smell is incredible and they will look great for weeks!  Be sure to lightly mist often with cool water to keep them fresh and green.

* Gifts as Decoration - Coordinate your wrapping papers to create a collected (not matching) look around your christmas tree.  If you're a last minute shopper like me, wrap empty boxes which you can use again next year!

* Inside Out - Don't overlook patios and loggias, which should be decorated as an extension of the home.  Be sure to have a fire source, a basket of blankets and hot spiced wine for family and friends.  They will love to cuddle up outside and talk for hours!

* Set the Table - Host a whimsical and memorable holiday tea by setting the table with assorted plates and tea cups.  If you don't have enough sets to make an eclectic mix, borrow a few from family or friends.  If you're intimidated to mix patterns, stick with all white dishes in different styles!  Keep the look polished with paper white flowers potted in footed silver serving bowls.  For a personal touch purchase individual glass teapots for your guests to keep!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Classic Christmas

Sometimes all you really want for Christmas is a touch of tradition! Beautiful trees, wreaths and swags of garland, accentuated with ornaments, bows and berries set the tone for a classic Christmas home.  This look can work well in both casual and formal rooms by using a few easy tricks!  Keep the color scheme understated in formal rooms, sticking with neutral accents of gold, silver and ivory and add sparkle with glass and mirror.  For a more casual and festive look, introduce brighter colors and always remember to add personal touches that are special just to your family.

via Traditional Home

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rustic Beauty

Sorry its been awhile, but I have been out of town styling a photoshoot in Colorado. All of the beautiful scenery has gotten me in the mood for Christmas decor inspired by nature! If not done well the rustic look can be a little too masculine and uninviting... Pair soft elements like floral, ribbon, berries, and decorative ornaments to rustic branches, nests and grapevine wreaths for a sparkling rustic Christmas that is pretty, organic and totally gorgeous!

ornaments from Pottery Barn


ornaments from Pottery Barn
via Material Girls blog
via Country Living via Cottage Living
      via Southern Accents