Touches of a snowy scene with flocked garland and silver accents create a winter wonderland in our Alabama home.
Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Home Tours
It is my great joy to open our home to you as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Home Tours. This is one of my favorite blogging events each year. It is hosted by my friend, Krista at the Happyhousie.com.
If you are here by way of Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse, welcome! I am Leslie interior designer and blogger here at Deeply Southern Home. Be sure not to miss the links below to 14 other Christmas Home Tours. What a treat it is to get such an in depth look into blogger’s homes.
This year I embraced a whole new look for my Christmas decor. With the addition of a new flocked tree gifted from King of Christmas, I infused soft, snowy touches around the house.
While the snow flocked garland is new, the little tinsel tree I lovingly refer to as my “tacky tinsel tree” has a tradition of making an appearance every year. In this home, the foyer is the perfect place for it to shine against the dark blue walls.
My ongoing love of blue and white is as strong as ever. These blue and white urn Christmas ornaments were the prefect find for this tree last year.
This year alongside the tinsel tree, I collected more blue and white and a blue and white cake plate filled with silver bottle brush trees and snow.
The flocked garland tops off the monochromatic ornate mirror. I had often tried to add garland to this mirror and tree combo, but it was not until I added the flocked garland did this look finally feel right.
The Dining Room
We downsized to this home a few years ago and enjoy the combined dining and living space that is so popular in new construction. By grounding each space with distinct area rugs, the dining area feels separate enough to be enjoyed on its own.
The live edge table, built by my husband and me about 5 years ago now, is the table we sit at daily. I will wait until closer to Christmas to consider how I want to set the table this year.
For now, an oversized urn filled with pine and magnolia branches draw your eyes up to the vaulted ceiling.
For practical purposes, it is easy enough to slide the urn to the end of the table for our immediate family to dine on a daily basis.
The buffet at the far end of the room features another tradition that our home is never without for Christmas, the nativity.
If you haven’t surmised yet, I am a sentimental decorator when it comes to Christmas. Embracing tradition with our decor was something I embraced many years ago. We moved numerous times and each time we moved, I tired to create a meaningful Christmas for our immediate family, even if our extended family was far away.
I wanted to highlight this transitional space. This English side table was lovely find from a trip to Roundtop this year and ultimately it found a home here. Adding this droopy little tree seemed like the perfect way to adorn it for Christmas.
In the living Room
As I mentioned earlier, this new 9 ft flocked Queen Tree from King of Christmas is a real showstopper. It also fits into my sentimental Christmas traditions.
My mother would almost always have our live Christmas tree flocked by a local florist. It seemed like such an extravagant touch, but living in southern Louisiana it was the only bit of snow we saw each year and she was particularly fond of them. That fondness was passed down to me and I am thrilled to continue that tradition.
Shop the look
I had considered an entirely different color palette for the new tree, but I loved the touches of Burgundy ribbon and decided to do so again. This time with a large velvet ribbon.
Through the years, we collected ornaments with special sentimental meanings and a multitude of photo ornaments from almost every school year for our children.
My opinion on tree decor has never wavered. I believe you can have a beautiful tree, even a themed tree and still include ornaments with meaning and tradition.
Each year I add one more layer of a high quality faux garland to my collection. It is an investment that is truly paying off after doing this for several years.
I especially love the soft, flowing nature of cypress and Norfolk pine. This year I added in a flocked garland so that the mantel felt more in line with the flocked tree. It will likely be a companion to this tree for many years.
I also draped a few strands of faux pearls and a satin Burgundy ribbon for a touch of added glamour.
The pair of coffee tables are adorned with books, an oversized holiday candle and my favorite holiday pieces.
Droopy Norfolk pine branches are a new addition this season. Placed in this large urn it makes quite a statement.
I hoped you enjoyed this part of my Christmas Home Tour. I will be back in a few days to share more of our home, the kitchen and a few peaks around the rest of the house.
The next stop on this tour is my sweet friend, Brendt at She Gave it a Go. I know you will be inspired by her thoughtfully decorated home.
Don’t miss the other bloggers who started us off on this Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Home Tour yesterday! They are not to be missed.