Christmas in Savannah - The Updated Traditional

As you enter into the home stretch before Christmas, we know all you really want to do is drop everything and go take a nap! But instead of napping, why not rest a few minutes and escape the holiday chaos by feasting your eyes upon some beautiful holiday decor.  Today we're showcasing one beautiful Savannah, Georgia home that was elegantly spruced up for the holidays. Designer Elizabeth Camp Wynn, with Elizabeth Interiors, helped orchestrate this holiday facelift. We're delighted today to have her share more about this beautiful home and also provide you with some tips for incorporating holiday decor into your own homes.

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Christmas in Savannah - The Updated Traditional I was delighted to help create a classic, refined, yet refreshing twist of Christmas decor to this beautiful Skidaway Island home. Located about 20 minutes southeast of historic Savannah, Skidaway Island echoes many of the same characteristics of Savannah's well-known classic architecture and authentic identity. This newer home was no exception. Traditional "bones" established the landscape for this cool color scheme, that were also warmed and brightened by metallic tones. Hints of the Low Country highlighted the area without overpowering. As I approached the overall idea for the decor in this home, it was important to me that continuity remain key in the design concept. By incorporating the existing color palette and transitional style, a definite message was established.....that it was possible to compliment your surroundings while celebrating the season!  The following pictures show how that message came to life:

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As you can see, this Christmas decor was woven into this home's color palette without competing against it. Careful attention was paid to complimenting pre-existing color schemes and enhancing the interior elements already in place. The result? A seamless mix of temporary seasonal items and permanent fixtures looking festive and ready for the holidays!

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Needing some tips on using Christmas decor within your own home? Here's Elizabeth's Christmas Design advice: 1. Allow your existing surroundings to be a starting point in selections. This is the best way to dictate direction. Be your own authentic self! 2. Go for brighter and oversized on the exterior of your home. This will generate better visibility in the evening. 3. Use a variety of shapes and sizes in ornaments - and bigger is usually better. Establishing color concept is imperative. In this design, there are only four to five colors utilized, but a definite assortment of opacity and form. 4. Weaving ribbon and incorporating metallic branches throughout greenery and your tree breathes new life. It also serves as a connecting factor. Even if you have many mismatched or family-made ornaments (which we all do), here is a simple way to set continuity and give a polished appearance. 5. Preparation is key. Begin early in your decorating venture. Holidays can be stressful; allocate an appropriate amount of time in order to not become overwhelmed. We all know it usually takes longer than the time initially allowed. 6. Infuse local flavor into your Christmas. This home encompasses the lifestyle of Savannah and the Low Country - Traditional. Coastal. Vibrant. Inviting.

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Thank you, Elizabeth, for infusing some Christmas cheer into our day!

And thank you, our readers, for making Interior Canvas so successful!  We have loved bringing so many wonderful articles your way and can't wait to turn to our next chapter in 2014!  We'll be off the next 2 weeks to spend holiday time with family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!!!

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 For more information on Elizabeth Camp Wynn, and other contributors for this story, please read below.

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Elizabeth Interiors - Elizabeth Camp Wynn

elizabethwynn@comcast.net - 912.667.1998

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Other Contributors for this Story:

Floral Designer: Harvey Designs - www.harveydesigns.com 912.495.9300

Photography: phc Photos - Paul Camp Photography 912.352.7965/912.308.7428

Homeowners: Lindsay and Edward Sammons

Items purchased at America's Mart - Raz, Sullivan's, Jim Marvin, Meravic, d. Stevens

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