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Christmas In July!

Christmas Eve is only 5 months from today! Now I know there are lots of people who cringe at the thought of uttering one line of “Jingle Bells” before Thanksgiving. If you’re one of those people, hear me out. 🙂 I don’t believe in skipping over the fall season either (it’s my favorite!). However, I am a huge fan of planning ahead. Now is a great time to start thinking about your Christmas plans.

Last week I attended Gracious Designs’ ribbon cutting at their brand new store. They were showcasing their Christmas preview as well, and I want to share some of their ideas with you.

Gracious Designs is now located in this beautiful old Tennessee home. Isn’t that wraparound porch to die for?

Gracious Designs Ribbon Cutting

The house was completely decorated for Christmas – even the grand foyer with the Santa collection marching up the stair case. I love the garland around the railing!

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Across from the stairs is a lovely entry table, with battery operated lights woven throughout the greenery. Don’t you love how the mirror reflects the green decoration across the hall?

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Gracious Designs offers free decorating classes several times a year. This class was a preview of the main trends in Christmas decor for 2014. The tree and mantle have been decorated in the “Holly Berry Holiday” trend. This uses lots of cheery red holly paired with cardinals, owls and woodland creatures. Burlap, pine cones, branches and even moss work easily with this trend.

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The dining room is dressed in my favorite trend for 2014- “Vintage Christmas.” Fine silver, burgundy accents, fresh greenery and reflective ornaments give a nostalgic charm to this decor. I am in love with the centerpiece!

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The linens, glassware and plates are not exclusively Christmas items. I love that you can incorporate things you already have!

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The third trend for 2014 is a “Gracious Manor” style, very much in the realm of Downton Abbey. Textural accents, jewel tones, glittered florals, velvet and harvest hued florals all work well to give a Gracious Manor feel to your decor.

I didn’t get any pictures of their examples for this trend…so let’s look at that gorgeous tree again!

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Here’s a closer look at their topper – have you ever seen a plate on top of a tree? They carefully wired it into the topper so it wouldn’t come crashing down on someone’s head.

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Now is a great time to start planning your schedule for the Christmas season. Strategize about the parties you want to host and the people you want to invite. Gather names and addresses for your Christmas card lists. My mom begins addressing Christmas cards around Halloween! Make good use of the end of summer and back to school sales, and start your Christmas shopping!

Did you find inspiration from any of the trends I shared? How will you plan ahead for Christmas?

4 thoughts on “Christmas In July!

  1. I love planning for Christmas almost as much as enjoying the holidays! We are planning a trip to see the Biltmore House during the week after Christmas. It is a joint bd gift to my husband and myself. Love that store and If I lived near it, I am sure I would spend too much money there!!

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  2. The dinner plate as a tree topper – genius! One of my favorite things to do is explore old homes with Christmas gift shops in them. You never know what you may find hidden within the clutter. Great pictures.

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