Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Greenery at the Holidays

Pantone recently announced Greenery as the Color of the Year 2017.  A verdant yellow-green shade, Greenery is a vibrant and fresh color as pleasing as it is refreshing.

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I couldn’t help but to make an immediate Christmas connection between trend the tree decorating and the selection of greenery as the Pantone Color of the Year 2017.

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Better Homes and Gardens

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Color and pattern checks in for festive greenery complement throughout the holiday season.

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Snow White Amaryllis

Greenery at the holidays.

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Limoges Porcelain Soup Tureen France 20th Century

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If you follow my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista Pinterest board, you’ll note a fascination with antiques and vintage porcelain.  A vintage porcelain soup tureen doubles beautifully as a vase for fresh flowers, becoming a new traditional part of traditional holiday decorating.

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Southern Living

‘Tis the season for dressing up for a night out on the town.

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Aimeiya Fashion Magazine Perfume Bottle Evening Hand Bag 

Strike a chord of holiday cozy by spending a winter night in or outdoors by a warming fire.

absinthe-match-strikerFrench Absinthe Porcelain Match Strker

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Green & Gold Luana Capiz Square Candle Holder

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Louisiana fa la la la la, la la la lagniappe.

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Unique finds make the best stocking stuffers.  This vintage glass desk prism is not only an excellent conversation piece, but an on-trend color of the year 2017 gift for the lover of all things vintage on your holiday gift list.

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Care for a spot of holiday high tea in high greenery style?

reveries-tea-setReveries Tea Set

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Images of Christmas In Seasonal Splendor

Season’s Greetings!  I love that traditional greeting, and it seems a most befitting introduction to these Christmas images in seasonal splendor post.  Andy Williams serenades “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as I live and holiday, and by gosh, by golly it most certainly is.

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The sight and sound of traditional holiday colors, songs, decorations and displays delight, and these images of Christmas rich in traditional trimmings are a few of my favorite things.

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Victoria Magazine

As the holiday pace picks up, I remind myself it will come and go like the blink of an eye.  I make sure to fill the house with Christmas music, the slow cooker with scents of the season, and Dave the Builder’s Christmas cookie jar full of whatever cake mix cookie combination I come up with this week.  Most of all, I am making sure not to lose sight of the true beauty of and reason for the season.  That definitely brings to mind and eye images of Christmas in seasonal splendor.

blue-white-christmasAt Home In Arkansas

This holiday show and tell is a small sights of the season sampling of featured images of Christmas finery gifting gorgeous oohs and aahs. Enjoy!

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Southern Living

gallery-1474482085-clx1206food013There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.  Country Living

sl-foyerStunning!  ~  Southern Living

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Conversation Cards

peppermint-sticks-in-silver-cupsSimply elegant!  Good Housekeeping

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Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas 2015!  From our hearts and home to yours, Dave the Builder and I wish each of you the merriest of Christmases. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and may it be one spent in the presence of love of family and friends who are like family, extraordinary joy, bountiful blessings, delicious delights and precious memories new and old.  We consider it an honor that you choose to spend time at our house.

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Our Home For The Holidays

Happy Holidays friends!  We are T-3 to Christmas 2015, and the joy of the season is electric by way of white Christmas lights and treasured traditions.   Welcome to our Home for the Holidays where the theme of comfort and simplicity is well represented.

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Our tour is of the dining room and the part of the foyer decked for the holidays. The dining room, a forever work in progress, has seen several design and decor changes in 2015, and will continue to see more in 2016.  The walls are devoid of artwork (the piece you see in this photo is part of the kitchen gallery wall) and the style jury is unable to reach a unanimous decision on accent rug vs. hardwood floors.  The dining room isn’t the only space getting a makeover.  My Mother’s Day gift from our son was paying for the new wallpaper I fell in love with at first sight but took several months to decide if I really had to have it. Turns out I did. Dave the Builder began the project, but real life obligations and unexpected circumstances stepped in and halted the foyer beautification project.  Patience is not only a virtue it is a necessary tool of the trade in design and decorating.

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On the Monday before Christmas, my true love gave to me.  A single Santa leopard-ing

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and a Christmas goose in the foyer displayed in front of the new zebra wallpaper sitting pretty (pronounce it prit-tee and it rhymes with tree.  Get it?  Partridge. Pear Tree).

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A  holiday table centerpiece of magnolia leaves and holly is indeed so Southern, so holiday, so easy and so beautiful.

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Bob’s Sweet Stripes as swizzle sticks and crystal finial ornaments as wine charms? You bet!

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I purchased these vintage mini framed Madonna prints for my kitchen gallery wall.

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Inspiration is everywhere.

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The subject matter is holiday appropriate, and the petite size of the framed prints sealed the DIY deal.  Napkin rings it is!

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I have collected Victorian inspired Santa Claus figurines for years.  Due to the epic move aka the gift that keeps on giving, combining two households into one and the renovation of my childhood home into our new to us home, most of my Santa collection now resides in climate controlled storage.  These inexpensive stand-in Santas have no great provenance or famous artist signature assigned to them, but I do love the colors and facial features of these old world replicas.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and this perfectly imperfect image serves as a visual reminder of my personal design and decorating philosophy.  Perfection, style and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more gorgeous than a home that beautifully illustrates personal style lives here.  Design and decorate it with a sense of you!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Christmas Simplicity

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is pegging the Christmas tree needle on the it’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas meter.  Christmas at Places In The Home will be quite different this year due to the recent passing of my dad. Our Christmas celebration and holiday revelry will be rooted in Christmas simplicity.  I am finding the smaller, quieter and simpler way of doing things a comfortable addition to our traditional holiday decorating and festivities format. “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

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A hot cup of cocoa, homemade marshmallows and a gingerbread house home sweet home topper says welcome home for the holidays.

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Owl be home for Christmas.

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As it goes in the excitement of the season and in all their young and innocent glory, children can be noisy.  In 1670 a choirmaster from the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany called upon of a  local candy maker to create candy cane sugar sticks as a treat  for the children of the congregation.  The intention and hope of the candy treats was to quieten the children of the congregation during the Christmas Eve Living Crèche.  The choirmaster asked the candy maker to make the candy in the form of a shepherds hooks in order to evoke thoughts of the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus. These candies were originally all white in color symbolizing the sinless life of Jesus. It was not until around the turn of the century that the traditional red stripes as well as the peppermint flavor was introduced.  Peppermint remains the number one selling flavor among non-chocolate, hard candies. The United States produces 70% of the Worlds peppermint supply.

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white-cake-peppermint-frostingWhite Cake with Peppermint Frosting

What is Christmas without classic holiday films and dreams of a White Christmas?   ♫ It won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow ♫

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“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

Dr. Seuss

Christmas-in-IrelandChristmas in Ireland via House Beautiful

“Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”

Freya Stark

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Deck the Halls Decorista Holiday Gift Guide

For the making a list and checking it twice crowd, those of us who aren’t exactly finished with our holiday shopping and may just need a tad of inspiration in the gift giving department (and you know who you are), holiday help is here.  With the shopping days left until Christmas growing ever closer, The Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide is updated and ready to lend inspiration for your deck the halls gift giving needs.  We’ve got a wide range of gift ideas for the halls, foyers, kitchens, powder, bed and dining rooms, dens and places and spaces that make a house a home.  For stylish measure I have also included accessories of the sparkle, glitter and catch the eye kind for our first cousin of style, the fashionista.  To view the complete Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide Pinterest board, click on the image below.

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Let’s kick off this decorista’s Dear Santa wishlist with a necessary tool of the blogging trade that sets the gold standard.

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kate spade new york – Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Black/Gold Saffiano

Double the chic and double the style.

crystal-lampsSafavieh Indoor 1-light Olympia Crystal Table Lamps (Set of 2)


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Our pets absolutely are a part of the family.

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Primp and pamper pet and owner accordingly.

fur-collarElizabella Drop Earrings  ||  Tuscom Faux Fur Collar Wrap Stole

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The ooh la la factor is always an appropriate gift giving theme to go with. C’est si bon!

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Ladurée Macarons 

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Macaron Lip Gloss Set

Add a good read, an elightening read, delicious read and stylish read  to their personal reading library.

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The more I look at this faux leather gold crocodile trunk, the more I like it.

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Louisiana is Home for the Holidays!

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‘American Flamingo’ by John James Audubon

Gorgeous knows how to make an entrance.

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Serpentine 3 Drawer Trim Chest

Tools of the trade we use in the busy blogging, working, creating, planning, scheduling lives we lead need not be plain, boring or ugly.  Stay connected, informed, tuned in, organized and caffeinated in style.

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Nate Berkus Scissors and Stapler || Leopard Trinket Box ||  Gold of Dreams Coffee Cup  ||  BOSE SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker  ||   BOSE in-ear Headphones  || More Creating Journal ||  Glam Ooh La La Pencil Holder  ||  Gold Zebra Frame

These gift suggestions are just a preview of the bigger holiday gift giving (or anytime of year) ideas picture.  Pop on over to Pinterest to see the other goodies on my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide.  Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Holiday Open House

From our holiday open house to yours ~ may I present a glimpse into the holiday life lived within at Places In The Home.

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The dining room is holiday decked and detailed in the new color. Our one more coat standoff is ongoing- hence the bare walls.  Small steps to big changes.

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