My Southern Magnolia Christmas Porch

How do you decorate a porch in the South? You use Magnolia leaves!

My inspiration for the Christmas porch theme this year

were these beautiful fresh wreaths from Lynch Creek Farm

that were embellished with magnolia leaves.

Welcome to my Southern Magnolia Christmas Porch.

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The Holiday Master Bedroom

In keeping with the more simplistic holiday decor, I decided to dress the master bedroom

with the Pottery Barn Winter Birds collection as I did last year.

I did use different pillows and accents as the room has definitely changed from last year.

I just love this bedding that can take you right through with winter months.

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Christmas Decor in the Great Room

When I am “Decking the Halls”..

~ ~ one of the first rooms I decorate is our Great Room where we always gather.

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I usually start with the mantel.

With the large wood and iron shutters, it has become somewhat of a challenge to decorate it.

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This year is more of a more simpler woodland theme..

~ ~ well, as simple as this person gets.

Today, I am participating in Day Two of the “Deck the Halls” Holiday Home Tour.

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See below for all of the links for today’s party ~

~ ~ and if you missed yesterday’s, the links are below too!..they were all fabulous!

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Flying deer on the mantel ~ He is M.I.A. from Santa’s reindeer team.

~ ~ I think it’s Dasher..

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Faux evergreen and berry arrangements in Pottery Barn urns.

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I intended originally to have a “plain” garland ~

~ but could not resist adding some stems of white and silver leaves to add a bit of bling.

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Sammy the Squirrel (that was a tacky gift exchange rescue) ~ returns again this year..

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Now moving over just a bit to the tree ~ ~

~ I wanted to change out the tree this year to a smaller one.

Definitely next year ~ after I hit the sales this year.

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The tree is placed at one end of the stairwell with branches actually going through the balusters..

~ a line of poinsettias at the base of the stair rails…

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A vintage French basket sits at the base of the tree holding packages and woodland decor.

~ a basket that I purchased from Kristen before it hit the antique booth floor!

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The beautiful burlap tree skirt is from Sonya at Beyond the Screen Door..

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Ta-da!!

~ ~ the really big tree that this person is getting too old to be climbing up and down the 12 foot ladder!

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And here it is in the *”moonlight”*

And now some tidbits around the room ~

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Changed out the container of this topiary and added some berries.

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One of my favorite holiday stories and quotes ~

~ ~ *”Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”*

You will find that quote in our media room, all year round _

~ ~ However, Virginia is replaced by our granddaughter’s name.

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This caroler is also one of my favorites.

~ ~ announcing the Dickens’ play among the bottle brush trees.

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A Norman Rockwell figurine atop a antique Charles Dickens book, a collection of 5 of his novels.

~ ~ a great find as it is in excellent shape for being over 70 years old.

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A beautiful print by William Mangum sits proudly.

~ ~ given to me by my friend Sherri last year.

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My “poinsettia angel”

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Even the Demi johns get a holiday facelift.

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The foyer table..

~ ~ By this date I thought I would have my Antique French buffet in this area..

~ ~ ~ however, it is on its way and can’t wait to get it.

The stained glass will be relocated to another area ~ the great Domino effect.

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Another view…

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A table transitioning to the kitchen..

~ ~ all dressed in winter white.

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And I shall leave you with this guy who was following me around all day ~ ~

~ ~ Giguere a.k.a. “the photo bomber” ~ ~ my son’s dog.

Next time I will put a Santa hat on him and let’s see if he follows me around!

Thank you for enduring this very long tour..

And speaking of “tours” ~ ~ please visit my fellow bloggers today for Day Two ~

~ ~ of the Deck the Halls “tour of Christmas inspiration” ~

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Kim ~ The Beautiful Home

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Kelly ~ ~ Eclectically Vintage

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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

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Ann ~ On Sutton Place

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Yvonne ~ StoneGable

Here is yesterday’s great line up of fabulous inspiration.

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ADVENTURES IN DECORATING

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CREATIVE CAIN CABIN

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HOME IS WHERE THE BOAT IS

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SAVVY SOUTHERN STYLE

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SOPHIA’S DECOR

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HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND WEEKEND FILLED WITH BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION!

I am joining:

HomeGoods Holiday Party

Common Ground for Be Inspired

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Jen Rizzo at Holiday House Walk Linky Party

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Sophia’s Decor for The Scoop

“Coffee Table” Vignette…and a Linky Party!

So busy this week trying to complete my Christmas decorating…

With the exception of the large tree…the living room is almost complete…

Here is one more table vignette to present to you…

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I was excited to use my Arhaus bargain I purchased this summer..

…..large silver metal antlers that were on clearance..

……….they were originally $50 each, but got them for $10 each!!…Yay…love bargains!!

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I always have my Waterford bowl on this table…a gift from my brother…

…..it makes me smile every time I see it…

……….added my faux crystal deer and lots of florals and an evergreen swag for a base.

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I used the color scheme of white, cream and silver…

…..adding white ornaments and cream poinsettias.

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And here is the other side of the table…

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There is a set of three crystal candlesticks…a compote of cotton…and a silver tree…

….on the other side of the floral swag.

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The compote is Heisey Plantation…

…..started collecting a few pieces of this years ago…then they became a tad pricey….

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And now let’s move over to a small accent table next to my “bee chair”….

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There sits my little Waterford lamp and commemorative crystal ball from the Millennium…

…..along with my blue transferware “potty bowl”…

And my Norman Rockwell figurine…

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I just love White Cyclamen this time of year…

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And one more table….

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Placed a topiary in a Spode bowl…purchased at HomeGoods…

….with my pal Suzy from Worthing Court

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And my “French Hen”..from a 12 Days of Christmas series….

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Just love her!!

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And now I would like to announce a great Linky Party coming your way!!!

It is the Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations Link Party…

…..that I will be participating with these wonderful bloggers…

Amy from Atta Girl Says

Barb from The Everyday Home

Laura from Top This Top That

Suzy from Worthing Court….and ME!

The party will start on December 12th…

Link up any one of your holiday posts…

Your link will appear on all five blogs…

Hope to see you then!!!

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