10 Favorite Rooms Ready for the Holidays

holiday ready rooms Christmas tree with packages for the holidays
BHG

 

If we weren’t sure before, we’re positive now that the holidays are here! Saturday alone held Santa brunch, the Christmas parade and a flotilla-watching party. (A flotilla is a boat parade if you’ve never seen one! All the boats get totally decked out in Christmas lights, and make their way down the waterfront. It’s amazing!) We’re feeling full of good-cheer and holiday-ready. But, if you aren’t quite there, let us help you get in the spirit! Check out ten of our favorite rooms that are sure to get you in a holiday state of mind. 

 

Christmas tree in entry of house for the holidays
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

entry with wreaths ready for holidays Gray door and shiplap
One Kings Lane

 

entry with garland from Sarah Bartholomew for the holidays
Sarah Bartholomew

 

Joshua Young via Domino Christmas holidays decorations in the living room
Domino

 

breakfast nook decorated for Christmas holidays
Denise McGaha via One Kings Lane

 

Christmas tree in foyer entry of house for the holidays
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

dining room ready for Christmas dinner wood paneled dining room for the holidays
Jean Randazzo Photography

 

built-in bunkbeds with garland for Christmas Holidays
Ken Fulk

 

closet with a Christmas tree and red dress for the holidays
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Whether you’re finished with your decorations or just getting started, we hope the whatever the rest of this holiday week holds, it fills you with joy.  Thanks for making Design Chic a part of your celebration!

 

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Things We Love: Holiday Traditions

Christmas traditions
Erica Dines George Photography via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

While we love adding modern aspects into our decor, when it comes to the holidays, we’re all about traditions. Christmas in particular is, to us, about family, about everyone gathered around the same tree. And, while it seems contradictory, maybe that’s the reason that we’ve scarcely had a Christmas with only our family around the table…

Christmas traditions table
Lauren DeLoach via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Because, of course, as we all know, family isn’t just what you’re born into.

Christmas Traditions dining
Clary Bosbyshell Photographed by David Christensen via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Family is who you choose in your life, who you love and cherish.

christmas traditions
Cottages & Gardens

 

Family is the people whose stocking you want to be right beside yours, hung by the chimney with care, on Christmas morning when you wake up, bright-eyed, to see what Santa brought.

Christmas traditions
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Christmas morning is magical, of course, but, for us, Christmas Eve has always held a special place. Our Rocky Road candy is waiting beside the fireplace for the big man’s arrival. (Our Santa doesn’t do gluten… Plus, he has to get sick of cookies at some point.) And we turn the logs off, of course. Can you imagine if Santa slid down the chimney into that? Little Will has always been a  stickler about this.

Christmas decorations
Southern Accents

 

The night starts with all the family around the set-to-perfection dinner table. We use it all: the linen tablecloths, napkins, fine china, silver, silver service, crystal…

Christmas traditions dining table
Southern Accents

 

It’s a grand occasion, after all. Why wouldn’t we celebrate it in the finest fashion? Mom always cooks the same dinner: company chicken, brown rice, marinated asparagus, biscuits… Even the slightest deviation in the menu is cause for serious alarm. (And I grew up thinking that you can only eat company chicken, brown rice and marinated asparagus on Christmas Eve.)

cookies
Connecticut Cottages& Gardens

 

For dessert, there are cookies, of course. But Mom and I always cook meringues, as well. At least twice. Because, well, we never can remember if it’s a metal bowl you’re supposed to use or a glass one. (Even now, I have no idea.) And one of us feels sure. And we’re always wrong. Then they don’t stiffen properly. And we have used all the egg whites and we have to go back to the stuffed-to-the-gills grocery store. Then we mash Heath Bar with a hammer and fold it into whipped cream for a delicious topping. I, myself don’t much care for meringues. Neither does Mom. But, like I said, changes to the menu–even parts that no one even seems to like that much–are met with major consternation.

meringues Christmas traditions
Lark & Linen

 

But the BEST part of the dessert. The best, best, best part is the party poppers! The spark, the noise, the faint scent of gunpowder… It’s an event not to be missed, the right compromise for those who are more partial to Fourth of July.

party crackers Christmas traditions
Amazon

 

Some years hold musical instruments that we all must learn to play, some have games or tiny treats. But the constant is the crowns. And, if you’re going to sit around our family Christmas Eve dinner table, you wear the crown. No exceptions. Kind of like the meringues.

gifts- Christmas traditions
Bijou and Boheme

 

Dinner holds this kind of magical expectation, that tense balance between wanting to savor every moment and wanting it to be over. Because, after dinner…

gifts - Christmas traditions
Lily Bunn via One Kings Lane

 

Everyone gets to pick one present to open! One well-chosen, hand-picked gift from underneath the tree. But only one. It is meant to whet your appetite, tide you over until the morning when the real unwrapping begins.

Hanna Anderson pajamas Christmas traditions
Hannah Anderson

 

And everyone gets Christmas jammies, of course. Because everyone must look his or her most dashing to greet the treats that Santa left.

We tuck in our beds way too late. Far, far too late. So late that when the little feet pitter pat down the hall wanting to see what Santa brought, we might, for a moment, regret how late we talked and laughed into the night. But then, there is coffee and Moravian Sugar Cake. And, of course, more time with family.

The pecan pie will be delicious. Grandmommy’s homemade caramel cake too. But, if you ask us, those special moments, those memories that we will cherish forever, are the sweetest part of all.

 

What are your favorite holiday traditions?  We’d love to know!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide

 

Click on each image Below to Learn More About the Product:

 

Gifts for Her



Gifts for Him



 

Gifts for Kids


 

Gifts for the Traveler


Gifts Under $50

 

Gifts for Hostess

 

Gifts for the Home

Gifts of Beauty

 

 

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and

 

Great news, Kindle readers! Slightly South of Simple is now available on Kindle Unlimited. If you haven’t started my Peachtree Bluff Series, now is the perfect time 🍑 And, oh my goodness, thank you to all who have downloaded! Slightly South is 

still #1 in Southern Fiction.

The Huffington Post said of Slightly South: “Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.” I’d love it if you checked it out!

 

 

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

beginning blue-and-white
One Kings Lane

 

Hooray! Hooray! It’s almost here! Our family Christmas, part one, is starting next weekend, as a matter of fact!

beginning christmas decorations
One Kings Lane

 

We couldn’t be more excited!

wreaths
Williams-Sonoma

 

The wreaths are perched on the windows and doors…

living-room
Lily Bunn Design via One Kings Lane

 

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care…

ornaments
Terrain

 

Our favorite ornaments are hanging on the tree and filling our favorite bowls and trays…

dining
Jean Randazzo Photography

 

The centerpieces are all done…

dining
Rose and Ivy

 

And, come about 4pm this Christmas, the food will arrive. (So, yeah. The food is being catered. But, hey, there’s nothing wrong with taking the stress out of the holidays. And for us, cooking=stress.)

car
Orvis

 

Now all that’s left is for the family to arrive in a few weeks. (If they want to bring me this car, that’d be cool. I have pined for this one since high school. Stick shift does not equal stress!)

gifts
J.Crew

 

And we have the suspicion that, whatever they’re driving, the family will come bearing gifts!

tree
Tricia Foley Jeff McNamara Photography

 

And, since the weather is so warm, getting out on the water will definitely be a part of the equation. If there’s an extra tree involved, well, then, so be it!

 

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Our Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions
Erica Dines George Photography via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

While we love adding modern aspects into our decor, when it comes to the holidays, we’re all about traditions. Christmas in particular is, to us, about family, about everyone gathered around the same tree. And, while it seems contradictory, maybe that’s the reason that we’ve scarcely had a Christmas with only our family around the table…

Christmas traditions table
Lauren DeLoach via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Because, of course, as we all know, family isn’t just what you’re born into.

Christmas Traditions dining
Clary Bosbyshell Photographed by David Christensen via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Family is who you choose in your life, who you love and cherish.

christmas traditions
Cottages & Gardens

 

Family is the people whose stocking you want to be right beside yours, hung by the chimney with care, on Christmas morning when you wake up, bright-eyed, to see what Santa brought.

Christmas traditions
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Christmas morning is magical, of course, but, for us, Christmas Eve has always held a special place. Our Rocky Road candy is waiting beside the fireplace for the big man’s arrival. (Our Santa doesn’t do gluten… Plus, he has to get sick of cookies at some point.) And we turn the logs off, of course. Can you imagine if Santa slid down the chimney into that? Little Will has always been a  stickler about this.

Christmas decorations
Southern Accents

 

The night starts with all the family around the set-to-perfection dinner table. We use it all: the linen tablecloths, napkins, fine china, silver, silver service, crystal…

Christmas traditions dining table
Southern Accents

 

It’s a grand occasion, after all. Why wouldn’t we celebrate it in the finest fashion? Mom always cooks the same dinner: company chicken, brown rice, marinated asparagus, biscuits… Even the slightest deviation in the menu is cause for serious alarm. (And I grew up thinking that you can only eat company chicken, brown rice and marinated asparagus on Christmas Eve.)

cookies
Connecticut Cottages& Gardens

 

For dessert, there are cookies, of course. But Mom and I always cook meringues, as well. At least twice. Because, well, we never can remember if it’s a metal bowl you’re supposed to use or a glass one. (Even now, I have no idea.) And one of us feels sure. And we’re always wrong. Then they don’t stiffen properly. And we have used all the egg whites and we have to go back to the stuffed-to-the-gills grocery store. Then we mash Heath Bar with a hammer and fold it into whipped cream for a delicious topping. I, myself don’t much care for meringues. Neither does Mom. But, like I said, changes to the menu–even parts that no one even seems to like that much–are met with major consternation.

meringues Christmas traditions
Lark & Linen

 

But the BEST part of the dessert. The best, best, best part is the party poppers! The spark, the noise, the faint scent of gunpowder… It’s an event not to be missed, the right compromise for those who are more partial to Fourth of July.

party crackers Christmas traditions
Amazon

 

Some years hold musical instruments that we all must learn to play, some have games or tiny treats. But the constant is the crowns. And, if you’re going to sit around our family Christmas Eve dinner table, you wear the crown. No exceptions. Kind of like the meringues.

gifts- Christmas traditions
Bijou and Boheme

 

Dinner holds this kind of magical expectation, that tense balance between wanting to savor every moment and wanting it to be over. Because, after dinner…

gifts - Christmas traditions
Lily Bunn via One Kings Lane

 

Everyone gets to pick one present to open! One well-chosen, hand-picked gift from underneath the tree. But only one. It is meant to whet your appetite, tide you over until the morning when the real unwrapping begins.

Hanna Anderson pajamas Christmas traditions
Hannah Anderson

 

And everyone gets Christmas jammies, of course. Because everyone must look his or her most dashing to greet the treats that Santa left.

We tuck in our beds way too late. Far, far too late. So late that when the little feet pitter pat down the hall wanting to see what Santa brought, we might, for a moment, regret how late we talked and laughed into the night. But then, there is coffee and Moravian Sugar Cake. And, of course, more time with family.

The pecan pie will be delicious. Grandmommy’s homemade caramel cake too. But, if you ask us, those special moments, those memories that we will cherish forever, are the sweetest part of all.

The Peachtree Bluff Series

The third book in my nationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7 from Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster! Preorder now–or catch up on SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE and THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM (available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio) before the big day!

 

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Our Christmas Traditions!

tradition
Shop Terrain

While we love adding modern aspects into our decor, when it comes to the holidays, we’re all about tradition. Christmas in particular is, to us, about family, about everyone gathered around the same tree. And, while it seems contradictory, maybe that’s the reason that we’ve scarcely had a Christmas with only our family around the table…

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