It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Shabby Sweet Cottage. With a beautiful use of whites and neutrals, this living room has been transformed into its own winter wonderland.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: KAREN @ SHABBY SWEET COTTAGE
WRITTEN BY: SOUTHERN GUIDE TO LIFE
In a small space, a large Christmas tree can feel overwhelming. For this reason, Karen opted for a tabletop tree in her cozy living room. She placed the tree in an antiqued galvanized bucket. The silver-tone of the bucket echoes the white and silver color scheme used throughout the room. The stylized burlap printed ‘No. 5’ lends itself to a French Country flare and also echoes the burlap ribbon used to decorate the tree.
Crystals dangle from the tips of branches, reflecting the Christmas lights and create a new dimension to the design. Antiqued and matte finished silver ornaments are dispersed amid soft white and muted black ornaments. The use of such varied tones in the monochromatic color scheme allow the design to be both interesting and sophisticated. The burlap ribbon grounds the ethereal quality of this tree by adding a natural element.
Antiqued black and white images of the Immaculate Heart of Mary adorn miniature drum ornaments. They echo the white porcelain statue of the Virgin Mary proudly positioned beside the tree.
Both obvious and subtle repetition of colors, styles, and elements is a key aspect of any great design. Here, Karen placed white feathers inside clear glass balls. It is a subtle nod to the white feather wreaths she has used elsewhere in the room.
A white lace tablecloth adds texture to the round table and provides a base for a design that is both well edited and elegant. Silver balls overflow a white ironstone tureen in front of a porcelain statue of the Virgin Mary. Notice how the eye moves between the various levels, from the tureen lid all the way up to the tree.
Lace doilies are wrapped around pillar candles with raffia. Silver and white tags with the word “Joy” complete the look. When designing with a monochromatic color scheme, texture and hue variation are important. For the display in front of the sofa, Karen chose a vintage silver tray topped with white candles and an oversized lantern with beautiful patina.
She picked up the white pom-pom throw at her local Target.
Karen used an antiqued silver tray and glass dome to create a wintery Christmas village complete with faux snow, a white dove, and painted acorns.
Candles are interspersed amid fresh greenery and pine cones that adorn the mantle. A feather wreath is hung around the neck of a white porcelain deer head, adding an extra touch of whimsy.