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Holiday Decorating with Julie from Belle Maison—and a Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Julie here from Belle Maison, excited to be a guest blogger on Fresh American! The holiday season is officially here and Christmas is right around the corner. For many of us, that means it’s time to put on the festive music, make some hot chocolate, and break out the Christmas decorations. If you’re a little bored with what you usually do and are in need of some new ideas and inspiration, today’s post is all about creating a White Christmas theme in your home. Sure, you have the traditional red and green color scheme, but why not change things up and try something fresh and new? Continue reading for design tips, DIY projects, and more on how to create your very own winter wonderland! We’re also doing a fun giveaway from Pine Cone Hill, so be sure to check out the details and enter to win at the end of this post. Cheers!

Get the Look: White Christmas with a modern twist and touch of glamour.
It’s all about layering in various shades of white, lots of texture, and sparkly accents like clear glass, metallic silver or gold, and mercury glass. You want to keep the decor simple, fresh, and elegant. If all white is “too white,” then try adding an accent color like turquoise, black, or fuchsia.

Design Tip #1: A simple and elegant living room with touches of gold. The hanging paper star lanterns are festive and fun! I found similar ones you can purchase here.

Design Tip #2: Give your fireplace mantel “wow” factor by layering in festive artwork, candle holders, etc. How cute are these canvases? They were an easy and affordable DIY project, which you can see here. In addition to hanging stockings from the mantel, hang ornaments or paper snowflakes.

Design Tip #3: Hang a small wreath from the back of your dining chairs to bring in a touch of greenery.

Design Tip #4: Hang ornaments from a large branch or sticks placed in a glass vase. You can also spray paint the branches white!

Design Tip #5: Wrap a canvas with wrapping paper or fabric to add an exciting backdrop to a table vignette.

Design Tip #6: If you don’t have a fireplace mantel to hang your stockings, try a ladder like this vintage wood one! This is especially a great idea for small spaces such as an apartment.

It’s all about the details, right?! Here are a few more fun ideas to get you inspired…
Clockwise From top Left: Mason jars filled with Epsom salt and candles (the Epsom salt adds a little sparkle when the candles are lit); Set your dining table with festive plates, napkins, and decorations; A simple DIY wreath project you have to try!; Christmas star made up of glued buttons – another easy DIY idea.

Keeping with the White Christmas theme, I’ve selected this fabulous Sugari Check Throw from Pine Cone Hill to give away to one lucky winner! All you need to do is leave a comment about this post and you’ll be entered to win! All entries must be received by Sunday, December 9 at 11:59 p.m. ESTView the full details here. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 10. Good luck, and have a Merry Christmas!

Congratulations to the winner, Lindsay from Minnesota!

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Deborah December 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thank you for inspiring me to change-up my traditional holiday decor for something more “fresh” and white 🙂

Would love to win that throw to get me started !


KAREN COGBURN December 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

Great decorating ideas. Thanks!!

Carol Hoveskeland December 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

Love your fresh ideas for Christmas decorating. Sometimes, simplicity is so elegant !

Sherrill Long December 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

Love the decorating ideas for something different than the usual red & green!

Diane December 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

I love how simple and elegant the decorations look.

Carol December 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

just lovely and tranquil and calm!

Beverly Luter December 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Beautiful!!!!!I am ordering the stars.

Monica Flegg December 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I am inspired by the gorgeous pictures. My favorite ideas are hanging ornaments from a branch in a glass vase and
hanging small wreaths on the backs of chairs. Lovely!

jeanne smith December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

wonderful, wonderful ideas!! all are simple yet lovely!!

Pattie December 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Now I need a white tree. Beautiful ideas.

Laura December 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Love this post! Decorating with white with touches of metallics is my go-to scheme for the holidays. Thanks for the giveaway!

Holly C December 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

What a beautiful, white crisp Christmas! Love it all!

Louise W December 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Lovely ideas – simple and fresh!

Gina Gardner December 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I have been wanting to go with a white and gold theme for Christmas for awhile. Thank you for not only inspiring me, but also for giving me ideas and crafts to make it happen. Happy Holidays everyone

Pam G December 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I love all your posts and design ideas. I would adore the throw!

Wanda hammond December 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Love the look of different shades of white year round. So nice to finally see some white holiday introduced! Thank you. Simply beautiful.

Gloria Ash December 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm


Sara P. December 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm


michele@hellolovelyinc December 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

i hope i win this lovely throw!


Nantucketdaffodil December 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

It looks very cozy!

Karen Schneider December 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Inspiration in the form of fresh and white! Love the holiday look that feels so calm and serene!

Amanda December 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I’m inspired

Gretchen December 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I love the look of the all white Christmas, but I fear it would never work in my house. It is so tranquil, just lovely.

Barrie petersen December 7, 2012 at 12:10 am

I need this for my comfy couch

Barrie petersen December 7, 2012 at 12:13 am

Love the colors

Kay Lucas December 7, 2012 at 1:12 am

Beautiful and creates a warm atmosphere. Also the throw is wonderful.

Kay Lucas December 7, 2012 at 1:14 am

Beautiful and creates a warm atmosphere. Cody throw

Ashley December 7, 2012 at 2:21 am

All such great ideas-I love love love the chevron canvas and French-inspired boxes. Great job!!

Lindsay December 7, 2012 at 6:41 am

So inspired to purchase a white tree – love the elegance of white mixed with silver & gold!!

Delorys Lonnevik December 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

Very pretty.. thanks for the sharing simple decorating tips.

Big D & Me December 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

This is a beautiful throw – love all the decorating suggestions!

Hildy Lake December 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Gorgeous monochromatic theme

Christine Davis December 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Simply beautiful!!!!

Christine Davis December 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Simply … beautiful !

Sandy December 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I think this throw makes for a lovely addition to my white slipcovred couches and my Dash&Albert tin slate rug. Love your site!

Sherry Mearns December 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

White on white has always been a holiday favorite of mine! So fresh and crisp. Adding hints of silver or gold make for simply elegant, festive decor. Perfection!

Karen December 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Finally, I know what to do with the various jars I’ve been saving for the past couple years. Knew they’d come in handy. Love the ideas! Thx.

Rachel December 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I really love the white and gold theme–and adding the polka dots is lovely! Modern and timeless.

betsey December 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm

love the stools made out of vintage crates…

Betty December 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Love your design ideas….will add some Epsom salts for snow in a terrarium arrangement! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Veronica December 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

I love all of these ideas! I was really in need of changing my boring red and green decor and this really helps get me started. Thank you!

Chelsey Crespo December 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

Never thought of the “white wonderland” idea for Christmas, but it’s beautiful and simple! I love it 🙂

Jill ONeill December 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I have been looking for some inspiring new ideas as I need to replace some items in my home and this cozy throw is beautiful, would be a very nice step in the right direction!

Eileen Ryan December 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I love how fresh everything looks in white. Would be so elegant & fresh to welcome guests! The throw would definitely add the cozy factor:)

Eileen Ryan December 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Thank you

Jayme December 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Love the white with the grays-so elegant! And so fresh!

deborah grenier December 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Beautiful Decorations…Nice ideas…Colors are Amazing…Would love to try different things…Never imagined anything like this…Just gorgeous…

lj jasper December 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

NICE throw!

Lisa Hagberg December 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Peaceful 🙂

Amy K December 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Love the stockings on the ladder and the white wreath with the chalkboard frame!

Erika // Radiant Republic December 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I adore winter white for fireside evenings! And that pattern is gorgeous! Fingers crossed!

Amanda December 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I love design tip #2 – our fireplace mantel always gets this same decor during teh holidays but I might try this tip to liven things up a bit!

Amy Z. December 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Love these tips! I’d love to try putting together the candles in the mason jars for my home!

Amor August 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

I went to tons of links before this, what was I thgknini?

Donna November 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

Thank you for providing so many inspirational ideas!


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