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Have Yourself a Dreamy White Christmas!


Mirrored surfaces, white and metallic tones create Christmas magic. Photos, left to right + top to bottom: Hooker Furniture mirrored nightstand; Pier 1 floral; Frontgate wreath; Sanctuary Fretwork Console, Hooker Furniture.

Wherever you live, delight in bringing the elegance and calm of white to your Christmas decor.

White gives serene sophistication to the whole house, one room, an entryway or tabletop.


A white cloth and accessories add the perfect understated touch to the Rhapsody Dining Table with its intricate carved trim and fleur d lis inlays. Photo: Hooker Furniture

Welcome the season with a gracious wreath — white with perhaps a touch of glistening silver.


Natural elements in wreaths with silk flowers and frosted branches create welcoming decor in white and silver. Photo: Frontgate

Place your wreaths above a console table in the entryway, or on an inside door. You can even use the wreath as the basis of a centerpiece of flowers, or a display of candles.


Awaiting guests and the perfect place for a welcoming wreath, this console table from the Auberose Collection. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

From the White House to your house, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of a holiday home. This year, the Blue Room of the White House has a tree encircled with white ribbons that might inspire you.


Decorating your tree with white ribbons, like the White House 2016 tree, always brings enchanting results. You might wish to refer to the video on decorating with ribbons at ellaclaireinspired.com for ideas. Photo: whitehouse.gov.

 Who doesn’t love the look of tree branches lightly kissed with a snow white? Such trees can be purchased, or get the effect by caressing branches with bows of baby’s breath. The tree becomes a canvas for a lovely selection of ornaments in white, natural hues and silver.


For your white Christmas tree, you may wish to select one like the frosted sugar pine which appears as though it has been lightly kissed with new fallen snow, like this artificial sugar pine tree from Balsam Hill.


This serene setting is ready to welcome a white Christmas. From the Sanctuary Collection, the console table has a versatile aluminum top, ready for holiday decorating themes. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Choices for ornaments for your white Christmas tree and home decorating are almost endless and very personal. When shopping with white as your guide, it’s easy to assemble a lovely collection. Ornaments may also make special displays about the house, gathered together in a bowl or arrayed among a garden of greens.


This glitter snowflake from Wayfair.com/Holiday Isle interestingly comes in myriad colors. Wayfair also has plain white Christmas balls that invite your personal touches. The starfish from Wisteria.com may remind you of summer vacation treasures.


Against the rich hues and traditional styling of Hooker Furniture’s Tynecastle Dining Table, white china, serving pieces and decorations stand out in timeless fashion.

All the amenities of a Christmas in an English country house are here beginning with the gracious Tyncastle Pedestal Table.  Use white to compliment such a mellow setting–crisp white napkins, fresh flowers as a centerpiece or in a tiny arrangement at each place, and of course, candles–tall and white as snow.  Choosing white tableware allows you to mix pieces from different collections, perhaps a collection of antique pieces.


The Sanctuary Mirrored Nightstand is the perfect place for a delightful surprising element to welcome a holiday guest. The white and silver snowy prelit floral arrangement from Pier 1 will glisten all season. Nightstand: Hooker Furniture.


This delightful sunny bedroom from the Sandcastle Collection calls out for a whimsical touch like Santa on the bedside table or bureau, all dressed in white. Photo: Hooker Furniture.


All dressed in white, this Santa from ChristmasCentral.com would be a whimsical addition to the Sandcastle bedroom.

To delight all the senses, don’t forget to bring the taste of Christmas to every table. Cookies dusted in white are a tribute to the season.


Russian Tea Cakes are a White Christmas classic. Photo: Betty Crocker.

Russian Tea Cakes

These buttery melt-in-your-mouth cookies go by many names but they are always twice rolled in powdered sugar and filled with finely chopped nuts.


1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

1/4 teaspoon salt

Powdered sugar


1. Heat oven to 400ºF.

2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.

5. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Happy, Merry, White Christmas!


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