10 Dec Home For Christmas
By: Laura Nell Burton
Photography: Jenna-Beth Lyde, Parish Photography
At Cloche Designs, we love holiday décor inspired by the colors already prominent in our clients’ homes. At my house, you’ll find teal and yellow in all of my shared living spaces. This year, with the help of my sweet daughters, Nancy Nell (12) and Marguerite (8), I thought I’d share how I deck our halls and entertain family at home for Christmas. As a hostess, I love to match the party. In fact, when we staff client parties we always coordinate our attire (or at least some accessory like statement earrings or scarves) in a thoughtful way to match their event. Above I’m wearing an H&M strapless dress a few years old (but here’s another yellow dress I love) while Nancy Nell is wearing Alice + Olivia and Marguerite’s dress is from Zulilly. My family’s furry mascot, Grantham, approves of the color palette this year!I use only fresh greens and good quality velvet ribbon at my house to decorate. Personally, I love an old-world, simple look. I save the ribbon labeled by location in ziplock bags and use again and again. It holds up just fine outside in the elements, too. I always take home the branches they clip off when we buy our tree and nestle them into my chandeliers. Have your kids or grandkids help you scavenge from the pile of scraps wherever you buy your Christmas tree!At the end of the season you can recycle your greens (your community should have a drop site or curbside pick up). Over a lifetime, I promise you’ll spend less on fresh greens than you will on a storage unit! A trick on extending the life of greens is soak them in (or at least hose them down with) water once you get home then try to spritz every few days. Of all fresh greens, boxwood looks best once it dries but I mix a variety of fresh garlands and wreaths like cedar and magnolia purchased from various sources including Home Depot and Etsy.I’m a big believer in displaying relics of Christmas past made by tiny hands during the month of December. My mother was a textiles artist and she always specially honored my creativity during the holidays. I continue that tradition for my own children.This year it was such a privilege to be named a 2018 “Holiday Tastemaker” by Dixie Design Collective which included the opportunity to collaborate with amazing watercolor artist Gina Langford. Gina created a beautiful crest full of symbolic meaning featuring my family’s monogram which I designed several years ago (read all about it here). Dixie’s paper suite is available for purchase customized with your own monogram here. Dixie’s creative director Holly Hollon’s calligraphy took my paper details for entertaining and gifting this holiday season over the top!It’s time to set the table! Y’all, the Cloche girls are officially obsessed with all things Sasha Nicholas! Brides, this registry is a must! We love that founder Cynthia Nouri named her brand after her two children. She offers major china and stemware lines like Herend, Baccarat and Limoges but what we love most is her line of personalized, porcelain dinnerware. You can choose from her monograms, or send her your own. You can turn your family or wedding monogram into a set of china to treasure for generations and it’s truly affordable. You can even personalize the underside of each piece with a special message!
Shop (or register for!) the beautiful elements on this table here: Arte Italica Medici Wine Glass; Herend Queen Victoria Dinner Plate; Anna Weatherley Harvest Gold Charger; and our favorite Sasha Nicholas 24K Gold Salad Plate (which also comes with a plain rim). The linen napkin is by SFERRA. The flatware is my Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance and I also incorporated my William Yeoward Fern stemware.Our gorgeous flowers were arranged by our friends at Tres Floral. Their team is absolutely amazing! We have lots of events on the books with them in the year ahead so stay tuned! I love a perfectly styled tree, but my favorite trees are the perfectly imperfect ones that star precious memories…memories made by tiny hands, those gifted over the years by loved ones, and really any ornament that represents a precious memory. As a little girl, my late mother gifted and handmade me ornaments each year that represented the most important milestones from my year gone by. Each year as I decorate my tree I reunite with old friends as I unwrap them from their tissue paper slumbers and I am flooded with the most wonderful memories of my childhood and of being her daughter. When Cloche Designs decks our clients halls our first priority is treasuring what is perfectly imperfect, then we add pretty ribbon and some pretty details that tie the tree into the overall colors we are using throughout the rest of the home.
I also love to match my gift wrap to my holiday décor, I think it adds so much to the Christmas tree moment in a home! I usually pick one wrapping paper and this year I sourced our yellow wrapping paper on Amazon. The ribbon came from various retailers including Amazon and Container Store. I’ll pick one ribbon color and buy different widths, textures and shades.
From my house to yours, I hope we’ve inspired you as you prepare your own home for the ones your love most during this magical season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas!
Laura Nell, Nancy Nell & Marguerite ♥