Sunday, November 24, 2013

Holiday Decorating at Chinoiserie Chic

Every year the shelter magazines have less and less in the way of Christmas/holiday decorating. Another example of political correctness, I assume. I'm glad I kept so many old December issues of House & Garden, House Beautiful, and Southern Accents for inspiration. Not all magazines today fall in this category - magazines like Traditional Home, Southern Living, and Veranda still do a great job of showing homes all decked out for the holidays.

The photo above is Meg Braff, of course, in the December issue of Southern Living in her wonderful Chinoiserie dining room. Some great ideas to copy - red glassware, red chandelier shades, red hurricanes on the mantel, and red roses. I love the magnolia garland on the fireplace and the yellow tulipieres with red roses. And let's bring back the hostess gown! My mother and I always wore matching hostess gowns for the holidays when I was growing up. Society Social has them in red and green here.

Since Thanksgiving falls so late this year, we are starting today on Chinoiserie Chic with a whole month of decorating your home for the holidays. I hope this will be your go to source for decorating your home this holiday season with Chinoiserie Chic, Palm Beach Chic, and Hollywood Regency style.

I have booked the same photographer who did the wonderful photos of my One Room Challenge laundry room to come over in a couple of weeks to do a photo shoot of my own decorations to share with all of you. I will also be sharing my Chinoiserie decorating tips on my Chinoiserie Christmas Pinterest board, my December Houzz Ideabook, and over at The Pink Pagoda's Blue and White Bash on December 2ND.


  1. Yes please to the hostess gown making a come back!

  2. I'm Canadian and our two main decorating magazines, Canadian House and Home and Style at Home, aren't afraid of the C word (Christmas). The December issues of both feature beautiful homes with Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and gifts. That said, I'm so glad I kept all my December issues of Southern Accents, Veranda and Traditional Home.

  3. Finding the Society Social website has made my week if not month! I am thrilled at the idea of hostess gowns, and the console tables on the website are too perfect!