DECK THE HALLS IN COASTAL STYLE
It might be 70 degrees in the Lowcountry this Christmas, and traditional holiday décor of smiling snowmen and faux snow are at odds with houseguests wearing shorts and flip-flops. But with a little creativity, you can tailor your seasonal décor with a coastal spin on the tree, stockings and presents.
TRY NEW COLORS
Red and green are expected at the holidays, but don’t go overboard. A neutral palette of white and beige — like sand — is a good backdrop for holiday accents. Coastal chic décor is casual; simple silhouettes that take their inspiration from nature and unfussy details. Try royal blue and gold for festive, holiday colors that feel at home in the Lowcountry.
Mix simple, solid-colored paper with artisan prints. By attaching vintage ornaments to packages, you can make them work with your other decorations. Presents can also be wrapped in old nautical charts, tied with ribbon and finished with a shell ornament to bring together the furniture and colors of the room.
USE INDIGENOUS ACCENTS
For a native look that doesn’t feel store-bought, tuck pine branches into vases on the mantel. Real pinecones as well as faux silver ones can be placed around the house to continue the theme.
PUT OUT PRETTY PILLOWS
Easily give your everyday living area a holiday look by swapping out basic throw pillows for festive themed pillows. This quick fix is an inexpensive and easy way to redecorate a room and change the look for the season. Although pillows are small, they shape a room’s atmosphere. By adding Christmas pillows, you can forgo other holiday decorations and save time.
DECORATE THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE
Small groupings of mercury glass votive holders and ornaments bring seasonal shimmer to the stairs. And in the dining room, a touch of red from holly berries on place settings makes the room feel festive but not overly wintery.
MAKE IT FUN FOR CHILDREN
Bulky, woolly stockings just don't give off a seaside vibe, so children can put out small galvanized buckets instead of stockings ahead of Santa’s visit — this is especially festive if you don’t have a fireplace. Create a comfy spot for kids to open presents on Christmas morning with fluffy, comfortable cushions for them to sit on — perhaps monogrammed with their names.
ADD CHEER TO OUTDOOR SPACES
Don’t neglect outdoor patios and porches. Who knows — this year, we may be able to use our decks and screen porches all the way through the Christmas season. Decorate with wreaths, candles and large glowing orbs to draw guests outside to cozy up by the fire pit.
A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY
When it comes to Christmas decor, the value of your holiday display isn’t measured by how many lights you string or how many inflatable snowmen you prop up in your yard. Stick to simple, classic and rustic holiday décor — especially if you’re right on the water. In the antebellum period in the South, people hung simple matching evergreen wreaths on their doors and windows, and this is still a classic, timeless look that will have your home ready for the holidays in no time.