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Silver and Sage

by habituallychic

12 . 06 . 08

I’m not a huge fan of red and green for holiday decorations so when I saw the home of decorator Michelle Morgan Harrison’s 1885 New Canaan Colonial in the new issue of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, I was immediately smitten. There are a lot of great ideas that anyone take away and use in their own home.

The front door color looks more bright green than sage in this photo but I love the contrast of the pale color with the dark greenery.

Handmade stockings are hung with care along the stairs, a great idea for homes that don’t have a fireplace.

The homeowner carries the silver and sage theme to the tree and presents. Mercury glass always reminds me of Christmas and sometimes be found at flea markets.

Vintage McCoy and Hager vases filled with paperwhites perfectly compliment the holiday color scheme and have inspired me to go pick some up this weekend.

Poinsettias usually come in not so pretty plastic containers covered in foil but here they are wrapped in what looks like fabric or burlap and wrapped with ribbon. A simple and easy idea that anyone can replicate. Even the books in the shelves were wrapped with paper and ribbon for the holidays.

A detail of the bookcase showcases glitter covered deer from Pimlico and Christmas village buildings from Christmas Traditions and HomeGoods. More proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate for the holidays.

Nothing says Christmas like sweet treats like these laid out on the dining table.

I love the color of the blue sideboard and the apothecary jars filled with meringues.

You can even decorate the kitchen for Christmas with a wreath and paperwhites.

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Sue December 6, 2008 | 6:07 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the great ideas. I’m about to start decorating the new guest house and thinking about doing it in white and green. Your post seals the deal.
    Thanks again,

  2. Blair December 6, 2008 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, this is beautifully decorated home! Reminds me I need to go get some paperwhites. I have been quite fond of silver and more subtle holiday decor latley (actually just posted some this morning!). Have a great day!

  3. The Southern Lady December 6, 2008 | 9:34 pm

    So lovely…I wish I had a more expansive area outside of our home to really have fun with our Christmas decorations. Silver and sage are such a soft, elegant color combination (honestly, I wouldn’t have thought of them). Thank goodness for inspiration and your blog-I’ve enjoyed reading through it immensely. A happy holiday season to you!

  4. Tina December 6, 2008 | 10:00 pm

    what gorgeous photos! filled me with so many inspirations & ideas! oh and that last house, so perfect

  5. Georgia (AKA g-bug) December 7, 2008 | 5:26 am

    green, green and more green! you can never go wrong with green.

    i’m visiting blogs this weekend that i see everywhere, but seldom have the time to visit and have wanted to.

    i’m glad i stopped by. it is a lovely blog!

  6. Joanna Goddard December 7, 2008 | 2:12 pm

    GORGEOUS. i love these.

  7. Anonymous December 7, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    thanks so much for your lovely blogs. i always look forward to see where you’ve ‘been’!

  8. Porter Design Company December 7, 2008 | 6:38 pm

    Beautiful…I think I’ll go start christmas decorating now!

  9. coco+kelley December 7, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    LOVE the beautifully styled bookcase! and the stockings on the stairs are too sweet. a great fresh christmas palette!

  10. Lauren December 8, 2008 | 1:28 am

    What a gorgeous house! So simple & classic. Feels like home should feel.

  11. Kari December 8, 2008 | 2:10 am

    I’ve been looking for understated holiday decorating ideas. This is beautiful!

  12. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou December 8, 2008 | 8:31 pm

    i LOVE it – so clean and fresh. i try and make my house look like this at Christmas. that house is so perfect it’s like a set!
    beautiful post.

  13. Sidney Ann December 8, 2008 | 10:21 pm

    I couldn’t agree more – unexpected colors at Christmas are so much more glamorous. Love the blog, keep yer chin up 😉

  14. Meg December 9, 2008 | 2:30 am

    I’ve immediately filed these photos in my inspiration folder, they are fantastic! Your blog always finds a way to capture elegant, understated glamour, keep up the good work 🙂

  15. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs December 9, 2008 | 5:34 pm

    Wow! This is really gorgeous. I am love monochromatic color schemes, so I am really diggin’ the green door surrounded by evergreens.


  16. pve design December 19, 2008 | 11:21 am

    love green and the freshness of this spot.

  17. April November 29, 2009 | 1:30 am

    I’m looking for understated holiday decoration ideas for our restaurant in rural Idaho and this is one of the most helpful and inspirational pages I’ve found. Thanks!