Elegant Holiday Decorating

Set the tone with a front-door welcome.

Set the tone with a front-door welcome.

For this Southern location, a magnolia garland drapes over an upstairs balcony. Bushes glisten with Christmas lights, and a wreath adorns the door.

Don’t leave tradition behind

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
 

Don't leave tradition behind

Bring in some of the established elements of Christmas, and give them a coastal twist. Decorate a fir tree with shells and bleached sea stars. A Christmas favorite, the poinsettia, blooms not only in red, but also in beachy shades of pink, yellow, and white.

Make a sea of gifts

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
 

Make a sea of gifts

Incorporate shades of the ocean in your present presentation. The dazzle of a decorated tree doubles when paired with shimmery gift wrap in silvers and blues. Instead of bows, tie on seashells and palmetto leaves.
 Gift wrap, glass balls, and ribbon from Kmart; kmart.com.

Don’t spend a fortune.

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Don't spend a fortune.

Even if you're going for a classic look, it's easy to do it for less. These white lights, glass ornaments, wrapping paper, and ribbon all came from a discount store. When shopping large retail markets, purchase decorations in solid colors and similar tones.

Use what you have

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
 

Use what you have.

Standard beach house accessories take on a holiday tone when mixed with a few seasonal touches. Intersperse seashells, fishing floats, and coral with glass-ball ornaments and greenery. Table linens in sandy brown and ocean blue create an elegant backdrop that unifies the elements. Items include linen napkins by Sferra Bros.; mother-of-pearl napkin rings by Kim Seybert Designs, kimseybert.com; stemware by William Yeoward, williamyeowardcrystal.com; shell candelabra from Caspari Studios, staciecaspari.com. Outdoor furniture by Kingsley-Bate; kingsleybate.com.

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