Atlanta Holiday House

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There is something special about Southern hospitality and never is that more evident than at the holidays. In finalizing my own holiday decor, I am finding inspiration in the Home for the Holidays designer showhouse and marketplace, sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. This much anticipated event of the season showcases the work of Atlanta’s top design-industry talents.

As this is the last weekend you can visit the showhouse, if you are anywhere near Atlanta, I encourage you to visit this gorgeous existing home, which has been renovated in the Buckhead area.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-17-24-pm screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-16-40-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-05-19-pm screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-03-04-pm screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-04-06-pm screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-04-27-pm screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-04-58-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-04-14-pm screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-05-36-pm screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-06-21-pmNow, I want to hang a wreath in every room! See what I mean….there’s just something about Southern style!

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Holiday Outdoor Decor

img_0771Over the weekend, our home got its outdoor holiday update.

Always a variation on a theme of greens, magnolia and red berries….this year’s holiday decor is simple and classic, but with 4 miniature lit trees, definitely a festive look. I love the sound of “jingle bells”, so hanging our sleigh bells on the front door is a mark that the holidays and guests have arrived. The red laquer wreath is from the Magnolia Wreath Company. They have so many gorgeous colors, so if the typical red isn’t your thing…you are sure to find one you love.

This doesn’t happen without the help of a little team of garden elves…so my thanks to the team at Gardens for creating a little holiday wonderland.img_0773img_0775 img_0779 img_0780 img_0781First impressions begin at the curb, so dress up your home from the outside in!

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Holiday at Home

img_4981As I prepare to get the house ready for the Christmas holiday, I like to look back to see what I did the year before. Over the years, I seem to “decorate” less and less, focusing on a select group of favorite items and adding in a little something new. There are a few things that I always gravitate towards….nutcrackers, santas, Spode Christmas, greenery, antlers/deers and silver.

I typically use the Spode Christmas pattern for breakfasts or informal meals and save the Bernadaud Grenadiers (Nutcrackers) for dinners or more formal meals. The silver sleigh bells that hang from my dining room chandelier were a special gift to my boys, over a number of years, and I enjoy using them, creating memories with them, knowing that one day I will give them each their set.

Savoring the holidays is more important to me than “doing them”. I enjoy a holiday party as much as the next person, but am seeking the quiet days and nights on my calendar so I can calmly listen to holiday music  while wrapping gifts or planning special moments for my family.

As you begin to transform your home into the holiday wonderland of your dreams….make time to savor the process. It’s part of the magic of the season.img_5010

img_7846-1024x1024 img_7916 img_7945 img_7948 img_7949img_4881 img_7906Cheers to you and the first weekend of this blessed and busy season! Remember….S…A….V…O….R it!

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