Hello once again! I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations were meaningful, and that you are settling in for a warm, cozy and joyful continuation of the holidays. I love Christmas time in the South and have many fond memories of warm fires, over-sized meals and of decorating the tree with family to the band Alabama's Christmas album (which I humbly suggest to you as the best holiday album ever!).

So, as I prepared to celebrate the first Christmas in my new house a couple of years ago, I couldn't wait to get things decorated. I envisioned a simple, organic theme, inspired by the garden and Mother Nature, that would be both elegant and outdoorsy at the same time. As if on cue, it began to snow just as the work was ending and resulted in some pretty good photo opportunities that I want to share with you. I hope they will inspire you to live outside the box this holiday season!

The  Entry Garden gate and boxwood hedge stand out prominently in the fresh-fallen snow. Architectural elements such as these are a great way to add winter interest to your garden.
A wreath of mixed, fresh evergreens adorns the entry gate.
The house, painted in Sherwin Williams's emBlack Fox /emis a great backdrop to the blanket of snow and to the simple, natural decorations.
The warm glow of copper, gas lanterns is particularly inviting on cold, winter days.
Fresh, cedar garland embellished with all-natural elements complements the weathered teak front door.
Larger, cut 'Frazier' firs fill the urns flanking the front entry. Using cut trees like these in containers is a quick and easy trick of the trade that can save you time and energy during the busy holiday season!
Large pine cones, sandblasted grapevines and Spanish moss add an organic, southern flair to the fresh, cedar garland.
Interrupted by the rapidly falling snow, we forgot about this wreath that was intended for the back door, but it looks right at home here on the bench in the Fountain Garden.
The snow-covered Courtyard.
The rear stoop, draped in twinkling lights and cedar garland is a heart-warming sight to come home to.
Burlap ribbon, subtly shiny ornaments and pine cones continue the natural decorating theme...with just a bit of added bling!

Happy Holidays!


*****A Special Thanks to my good friend and decorating genius, Christopher Todd, for helping execute my vision! To learn more about Christopher's incredible talent, click here.

**All photos by Ironside Photography