Design Holiday Home Decor

It’s December! Let’s Decorate.

December 3, 2014

Yikes! Thanksgiving has come and gone already! I hope yours was awesome.  We had a small gathering, just the family, with good, healthy food.  Leftovers were made into a Shepherd’s Pie (also called “Cottage Pie”) which was so amazing and delicious- almost better than the actual meal! We’ve decided to make one every year.

And that folks can only mean one thing. It’s time to get out those Christmas decorations!


{the cutest assistant ever}



Do you decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving?  I don’t – but I know there are many who do.  I prefer to keep the holidays separate, and in all honesty it takes me forever to decorate for Christmas, so I’d have to start in early November. And I constantly worry about the lights on my tree burning out before Christmas so the less time the lights are up and on, the better. I put thousands (literally) of lights on my tree, and lights burning out early is not an option.  So I wait until the first week of December to start.  I also leave my decorations up for almost the entire month of January so we can enjoy them.  There is so much rushing around in December I think some of the meaning of the season is not fully appreciated and the extra time for reflection is good for the soul.

I like very non-traditional Christmas colors – mainly pastels; pinks, whites, light blues and greens.  That being said, I love the idea of doing something different one year. I have always thought it would be fun to decorate with a black and white theme.  I love the look of black and white with fresh greenery – it gives a modern, crisp feeling to the home.

I love this modern mantel with black stockings and fresh magnolia greenery.

And these gorgeous quilted white stockings with black and white decorations
and garlands cascading down the stairs.


This very modern approach to decorating the front door is amazing. What about you? Could you live with black and white Christmas decor? I could!

{all images via Pinterest}


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  • Reply Susan T December 3, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Lovely 🙂
    The black and white theme makes me think of Mackenzie Childs.

  • Reply GayVanBeek December 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Susan you are so right! It really does!

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