Removing red from a Christmas palette can have elegant results.
A pale Christmas palette is not traditional — not at all. And some may really not like that idea. But it’s icy and beautiful in a very different way, especially when the Christmas palette runs to silver and gold along with pine green. Anyone who cannot picture a way to evoke the Yuletide without the color of Santa’s suit or holly berries need look no further than some vintage photos of decorations in the home of Dallas interior designer Lisa Luby Ryan. The theme is metallic and pine. Its simplest form is a gang of tree ornaments filling an upside down mercury glass lampshade [top] — which looks like a bowl. But any silver colored bowl would do and the ornaments need not be precious at all — these certainly are not!
In the corner of the living room a full size tree is adored with white and silver ornaments in a variety of size and shapes. Since the room is mainly white and beige, the tree blends and enhances the corner which also features a huge standing white stag — so majestic.
In an adjacent room a second tree takes on a more golden hue. This one is professionally trimmed by special event designer Billy Milner. Garlands of thin copper tubing are mixed with gold-tone, crystal and white ornaments. Plus, there is one a very special element — small jars of fresh flowers. That’s a gorgeous idea, similar to having candles burning on a tree (though less hazardous, of course).
French grape-drying jars (Ms. Ryan deals in vintage and loves repurposing old things) were used as mini vases and filled with water to keep the white roses and hydrangea blooms fresh and fragrant on the tree.
A Granbury stone fireplace has a mantle deep enough for seasonal garlands simpy done with pine boughs, mistletoe and ornaments. It’s a surprisingly organic look that blends wonderfully with the 19th century French os de mouton chairs with pretty white linen slipcovers with scalloped bottoms — just the motif to go along with holiday swags.