Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Decorating in White

Martha Stewart

Why do we love using white for the holidays? Perhaps its the way it sets off the table setting or the tree, or decorations in such a way that makes everything look fresh and magical. Here are some of my favorite holiday decorated rooms. Some of these photos I have been saving for years and may not remember where they came from. If you recognize any as your own please let me know so I can give credit to these wonderful images.

Above, an entry way with fresh greenery and a moss wreath. Cast iron urns and small trees add to the wonderful mix of textures.

Min Lilla Veranda
A small tree decorated in the traditional Scandinavian style with real lighted clip on candles. Windows adorned with fresh greenery and a gingerbread house on the counter. I love the warmth and simplicity of this room.

What a beautiful dining room! I love the small flowers at each place setting. I also like the way the three trees, only adorned with white lights, bring your eye out of the room. They add a simplicity to the what could be a very formal and fussy space.

Perfect for a cozy holiday breakfast. Just the right amount of decorations. Notice the pine-cones and fresh greenery. This is a simple look to duplicate in your own home. All you need is a white tablecloth, a linen topper and them some items found in your back yard. Don't forget the candles!
Marie Claire Maison
Austere, but very chic. Not necessarily something I would choose but I like the interesting tree and the how it adds so much texture to the room.

Another more modern look, but also lovely and elegant. The wonderful chandeliers add drama. I especially love the angels.
I have had this picture so long and I absolutely love it. Is it the black server, the linen, the wreath, the canisters?? I love the pears and the ornaments. This picture makes me want sit at this table and share a cup a tea with friends. (It also makes me think I should start painting some of my pine pieces black.)

Annette Hus
Another room I adore! I especially like the wreaths on every chair. A simple tree with small lights and homemade linen ornaments. (A tip: make sure you hot glue some linen or cloth to the backs of the wreaths so you do not have sap and dirt on your chairs later.)

Magdalenas Hem

Magdalenas Hem
A simple spray of white paint or spray snow transforms the ordinary into extraordinary.
Magdalenas Hem
Is this bark or linen? Either way, with the branches and the berries it had a wonderful unusual texture and makes a unique wreath.


Two more white wreaths-both simple and beautiful.

Camilla at Home
Finally - a sweet vignette that you can do anywhere in your home. Just find a small chair, add a tray or plate with candles and some greenery and at tiny wreath - viola !

Simple, lovely decorations to lift your spirit!


  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures, full of wonderful ideas!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Quite the loveliest post of the Season Gina! You know you mentioned one word that speaks to me perfectly about why white works so well for our Festive decorating-simplicity. White acts as a wonderful back-drop for the traditional greenery of the Season & all our little Christmas treasures. A beautiful post, so thoughtfully composed - thank you.
    Millie ^_^

  3. Thanks for these gorgeous Christmas images Gina! Very inspiring! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Hayley & Tracey xx

  4. Just Beautiful, You have some of the most beautiful images of Christmas.

    I just love white as well!

    Merry Christmas to you,

    xxxx Coty Farquhar

  5. so beautiful -!!!!! that's from IKEA???

  6. Oh these images are so lovely..i want to eat them all up. Very inspirational...makes me want to go set the table...just have to get hubby to somehow get it where i want it! Mel xx

  7. Those are so pretty - I wish I had the self-restraint for all white! Ikea... hmm... maybe time for a quick road trip!

  8. OMG what a beautiful post...I so love white, it reminds me of the snow we will never have in Australia at Christmas time! A-M xx

  9. Hi sweetie!
    Thanks for the sweet post! I also would like to add you to the "Inspiring Yayas" if that is okay?

    Have a beautiful rest of the weekend...xo...deb

  10. These are so of the most fabulous photos. Love them all! Happy Holidays! Daisy~

  11. LOVE the Wintery White decor! ENJOY the season and th first day of Winter! Fifi

  12. I can never get enough looking at rooms filled with WHITE. The pictures are just fabulous..Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love white, just makes everything pop in a room. Happy Holidays, Theresa

  14. Just lovely. And white looks so wonderful at night.

  15. *~*~*~*Merry Christmas*~*~*~*
    enjoy the holiday hugs from Tanja

  16. These are all stunning. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, filled with those you love.

  17. Love all the white. Amazing how much variety there can be using it. Love the pictures.

    Best Christmas wishes.


  18. holy moly...........these wreaths are incredible. Wish I had seen this before the holidays although I don't know how I would find the necessary makings in Marrakech!

  19. lindas imagens ...obrigada e um maravilhoso 2009

  20. Beautiful images. Gina, thank you so much for sharing with us. Yes, something about the whites and mixed in with the greenery etc. Lovely!

  21. Just found you via Things That Inspire where you were mentioned.

    Beautiful, gorgeous post.

    Happy New Year to you.

  22. I found this post when I was searching online for "wreaths on the back of dining room chairs." Your pics are beautiful and I am glad I linked this to my blog so that I can come back for inspiration!

  23. Thank you for a lovely blogg and inspiration! I saw this christmas pictures from last year and wanted you to know that the 3 images of wreaths with the wite ribbon is pictures I have taken and are from my interior store: (PAR COURRIER - Interior on Line)

    Wishing you a lovely christmas!
    Kind regards,
    Magdalena (sweden)


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