Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Inspiration for Decorating for the Holidays

Shelley Johnstone - Flower Magazine

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone, a favorite interior designer of mine, lives in Lake Forest, Illinois where I grew up. Her home, beautifully decorated for the holidays, is featured in Flower Magazine. Interestingly, her favorite color is chocolate brown which is probably my least favorite color, but she uses it deftly throughout her home. She does not like red for her own home for Christmas decorating, so she uses instead lots of green, white, chocolate brown, silver, gold, and touches of pink. The home is filled with chinoiserie including blue and white Chinese porcelain, rattan, wicker, Chinese Chippendale chairs, Greek key, framed chinoiserie panels, and bamboo flatware. She uses fresh greenery in her Christmas decorating and lots of fresh flowers like white paperwhites, amaryllis, and poinsettias, and pink and white tulips, peonies, ranunculus, and anemones.



Trellis hallway looking into dining room

Dining Room

Dining room holiday table setting

Christmas tree in study

Breakfast nook

Breakfast nook table set for the holidays

See more of this wonderful home decorated for the holidays here. Flower Magazine has a great deal for the holidays - buy one subscription for $19.99 and get a second subscription for free. Click here.


  1. With her love of chocolate brown she's taken the Billy Baldwin look and given it a fresh, modern update. I love what she's done.

    1. Totally agree with her taking the Billy Baldwin look and making it her own. So many people don't care for a rich chocolate brown, but it pairs beautifully with so many, turquoise, pink , greens etc. It is chic color that is rarely used.

  2. These photos are gorgeous. Different and refreshing.

  3. What interesting pleats on the draperies behind the Christmas tree—looks like an upsidedown pinch pleat?——Shanna

  4. Great post, Beth. Each picture is stunning!

  5. I like brown for so many settings. Great with pale pink, well, most any pink. Also with green. Beautiful home.

  6. Brown is actually one of my favorite colors in both clothing and home decor. Just love how it goes with so many great colors.