Are Your Christmas Decorations Making You Blue?



Eddie Ross

Dear Laurel,

I really don’t know what I’m going to do. Every year I put up the same old tired red and green boring decorations. Same old tree. Same old ornaments. I’m so sick of it all, I can’t bear to even decorate any more. Any ideas?

By the way, you have got to be kidding. You’re GIVING AWAY THOSE GORGEOUS VASES?!?!? Oh, I hope I win them! Now, THAT, I love. Why can’t I decorate my home around the colors that I love? I love blues and greens, but red and green? yuck. It’s enough already. Any more ideas?

Thank you,

Forresta Green


Dear Forresta,

As far as I’m concerned, you don’t have to do a damned thing. I absolve you of the need to drive yourself nuts with the whole December mishigas. lol

[side note: Yes, I’m Jewish. Yes, I love Christmas and always have. However, I’m from Indiana. And yes, I often throw in some Yiddish words, but it’s not because I’m Jewish, it’s because I’ve lived in New York for 35 years! We all speak it! haha!]

In any case, I favor more subtle Christmas decorations. And everything doesn’t have to be all red and green. Some of us [not us idiots who live in New York] are blessed to live in a warm climate. Red and Green looks horrible! Some people have rooms that would be wrecked with red and green. You don’t even have to have a poinsettia. Any flower you love is fine with me!

Therefore, I’m going to continue with a series of posts that feature subtle Christmas decorations.  In fact, it’s so subtle that some of the photos won’t have anything at all, but the idea is that the colors will hopefully inspire you to try something new. You’ll see…

And of course, each post will feature blue and white Chinoiserie in honor of the blue and white Chinoiserie giveaway!

my best,



06-hbx-wah-tung-asian-porcelain-horn-0513-xlnNicolette Horn

blue-room-Mark-Sikes-homeMark D. Sikes

blue and white christmas trad homeAnd George

foo dogs and crystal table setting atl0002Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles


20130905-BUATTA-slide-4JS6-jumboMario Buatta

Mr. Buatta doesn’t appear to have a website. [obviously, he doesn’t need one!] The above link is to a fabulous post on the Quintessence blog

miles-redd-dining-room-curtains-suzaniMiles Redd

1. blue and white copyCarolyne Roehm

The only reason I know the source here is because I have another photo that’s styled differently but the same table and mirror. [that’s coming in another post]

david-nettoDavid [hot stuff] Netto

is it obvious that I have a superficial gurl crush on him?

Oscar de la Renta… may he rest his incredible taste— in peace. Thank you for all that you gave to us in your rich lifetime.

If you would like to see some more traditional-type Christmas decorations and Christmas trees please click here.

And Here

And by now… You have come into contact with my annoying pop up. Believe me when I tell you that when it first went up, the X to close it was obscured. Oh dear… great way to have your readers hit DELETE! But it’s all fixed now. Don’t forget to sign up to win the vases. Yes… yes… you have to gimme your email address. I promise and hope to get attacked by a foo dog that I will never ever share your email address. Believe me. No one and I mean no one hates spam more than I do! If you missed the pop up or closed it in disgust, you can scroll up to enter. Remember the drawing is on December 3rd.




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  • betty - June 14, 2017 - 10:13 PM

    Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - July 24, 2015 - 7:18 PM

    Hilarious! I thought I was the only one that hates all of my Christmas décor. My friends and family call me Scrooge. I hate my decorations! First of all, most of them have been given to me by family members who didn’t have room for them. They are old, worn, don’t go together etc. I’m thinking of buying an artificial blue ombre Christmas tree???!!! Honestly, it’s going to take something drastic to get me out of the holiday décor blues.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - July 24, 2015 - 9:13 PM

      Hi Holly,

      My sister is also Holly. Holly has made an art form out of Christmas. Her home is permanently decorated for Christmas 365 days a year. lol we’re Jewish. Well, not Jeeeeeewish, but still… it’s very funny. Thanks for stopping by! Can’t think about Christmas in July. Winter is not my favorite season. (understatement)

  • Dolores - May 25, 2015 - 7:23 PM

    I jumped from your Memorial Week-end post on the gazillion dollar Chinese vases to the lovely non-traditional Christmas color ideas post, and I just have to share one young niece works for Tory Burch in NCY and she tells me that she is the nicest woman- and she is so appreciative of her staff, and actually lets them know that! Now isn’t that nice to know?:-)ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 25, 2015 - 11:47 PM

      Hi Dolores! yes, it is! Knowing that, makes her all the more special. I think she’s one savvy business woman and immensely talented!ReplyCancel

  • Valarie Edwards - November 21, 2014 - 10:12 AM

    Ooooo …love the blue Foo dogs. And all the trappings of Christmas as well.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Lonergan - November 21, 2014 - 7:57 AM

    I adore Christmas decorating, and I as my children are getting a little bit older I am happy to transition from candy cane stripe everything to a little more sophistication. Thank you Laurel! I am stealing the red branches in the huge ceramic bowl idea. Beautiful.ReplyCancel