Thursday, November 27, 2014

Traditional Holiday Home, Garden - 2014

Here at Panoply, my Christmas style is mostly traditional, with some vintage fusion added to the mix. I am delighted to be joining Brooke Kroeger of Creative Country Mom with her lineup of bloggers for the Holiday 2014 Home Tour & Link Party. The tour series is called, "Christmas in the Country" (a play on her blog title), but you'll be treated to a gamut of styles. Today, I'm sharing some of my traditional Christmas style in my home and garden.

In a series spanning two weeks and more than forty homes, mine is one of four being featured on this first day. If you're visiting from one of the other featured bloggers today (Brooke'sCarolyn's, or Maggie's), welcome!  Come on, let's go inside!
Just inside the front door, I'll take your coat and hang it just beyond the foyer and living room you see below.
We'll pass the dining room as we walk back toward our home's great room space.
Situated just beyond the dining room is our great room area of kitchen, breakfast nook and family room. The family room/TV viewing area is where our Christmas tree is situated, openly visible from many angles in our floor plan. The photo below captures half of the family room, which is a long, rectangular space. One chair is removed to make way for the tree during the holidays, near the fireplace.
The other half of the space is where the TV is located, along with swivel seating for flexibility in TV viewing and/or conversation.
Adjacent to our great room space is our sunroom, filled with lots of natural light. This area can easily seat twelve to fifteen people and, together with the great room, accommodates large crowds easily.
Most of the furniture in the sunroom is indoor/outdoor patio style, but the chaise lounge was scored several years ago at auction and quickly turned this room into my favorite for relaxing, reading and listening to music. This area rug is a very recent addition, and you can read about it here. For the rest of the holiday decor pattern play, I'm mostly using textiles I already had, pulling reds, greens, browns and blacks together for an outdoor, woodsy theme, consistent with prior years.

Just beyond the chaise seating area, there is another part of the sunroom, which easily accommodates more guests.
As you can see, there's a table for four, and three additional chairs. To the left (not pictured) is a matching loveseat glider. I keep a set of snack trays and small, folding teak side tables at the ready, as well as a couple Parsons chairs (one of which is beside the chaise, pictured above).

Pillows, throws, and candles give the room a a feeling of warmth and a soft glow, as do a few strings of white lights on the wreath, the snowman caroler flag, the greenery swag on the baker's rack in the far corner (seen in pictures above), and the olive bucket beside the French doors (seen in photo below).
If we step outside the French doors, we'll be in our courtyard, with the landscape garden beyond. Most of the garden is sleeping for the winter, but the pansies will perk up intermittently throughout the winter when the temps rise and the sun shines, Other plants in the garden will provide fresh cuttings for the season, including magnolia, nandina, red twig dogwood and holly trees.
The garden flag and statuary are also styled for the holidays, as you can see below. The little bookworm dons a hat and scarf in winter months, and two of the four seasons are sporting candy-striped socks as stocking hats.
I hope you'll come back as I ready my home and share more of my Christmas decor this season. I'm still busy decking the halls and making my lists, so there will be plenty more to come.  In the meantime, you're more than welcome to enjoy a look back at my Christmas Home & Garden Tour 2013 - it's still one of my most popular blog posts here at Panoply.
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I hope you enjoy the rest of the stops on this two-week tour hosted by Brooke at Creative Country Mom. There promises to be plenty of pin-inspiring material, and there's also a holiday-themed link party where you can join in the fun by adding your own inspiring posts.
Happy Holidays!