Master Bedroom- Decorated for Christmas {with sources}


I loved adding a little holiday cheer to our bedroom.  After a long day I enjoy crawling into my bed and turning on the Christmas lights on the tree and enjoying the soft twinkling lights.


***Photography via Laurie Perez***


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We add faux garland above the bed (no worries of sap or falling needles landing on your head at night!)



Dress up your night stands with a small wreath or stocking.

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Fill small bowls or trays with ornaments and place them on your nightstand or dresser.

Mirrored nightstand with ivory stocking


I love the smell of fresh greens during the holidays- we added this fresh mixed green wreath (Lynch Creek Farms) and tied it with silk ribbon to the floor mirror.  The smell is divine!

large mirror with wreath

Mirror- Restoration Hardware


On our dresser I filled a coral shell with greens and ornaments.  Simple and classic.


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Coral Shell- LADCO

Ornaments- Target


I found this small compact flocked tree (its called a half-tree) at a local nursery years ago. It’s meant to be tucked into a corner, but I placed it in between the chairs in front of the window.  The urn gives it a little more presence.

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Christmas Bedroom Details


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Gift Wrap- The Container Store

Ribbon- Blue Silk- local craft wholesale- similar here 


Christmas Tree detail

All ornaments- here


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12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes Wrap-Up


I hope you all enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas Home Tours these past few days. In case you missed any of the tours, you can click on any of the days below. And don’t forget that on Tuesday the 16th you can link up your own home tour!

Merry Christmas!!






Dining Room- Decorated for Christmas {with sources}


Holiday greetings friends!  Today I wanted to share some details of my dining room holiday decor.  Last year I was shopping our local HomeGoods and stumbled upon these gorgeous peacock salad plates and knew they would be perfect for my Christmas table.

***Photography via Laurie Perez***

Dining Room Christmas table peacock plates

Peacock Plates-HomeGoods

Gold Rim Dinner Plate- Mikasa Crown Jewel  (my wedding china)

Greek Key Chargers purchased 2 years ago- Z Gallerie

Gold Flatware- One Kings Lane- similar here

Black & White Chevron Runner-

Dining Room Christmas Decor

Gold Candlesticks- TJMaxx-years ago and I spray painted them gold

Faux Boxwood Balls- HomeGoods-similar here

Glassware- some vintage and some from HomeGoods

Chandelier- Currey & Company Demure chandelier (sadly it’s discountinued)

Dining Room Christmas agate centerpiece

The agate centerpiece was a DIY.  I used an old rectangular container that was water tight, applied gold leaf to the outside and attached blue agate coasters to the front using E600 adhesive.  Fill with water and fresh tulips! Easy-peasy!

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Dining Room Christmas table

Dining Room Christmas table overhead shot

Dining room Christmas chandelier

Dining Room Buffet Christmas

Lamps- Eklektik Interiors

Mirrors- Vintage shop- similar here

Boxwood wreath- Target (years ago)- similar here

Dresser-Vintage and refinished in a gray wash stain

Wall Color- Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

Dining Room seashell with greenery and candles

Clamshell-Z Gallerie

Fresh Greens- Lynch Creek Farms

Mercury Glass ornaments- Pottery Barn (years ago)

Ribbon- Gold Silk from a local craft wholesale shop- similar here

Battery Operated Candles- Pottery Barn These are my go-to for flameless candles, they have a great “flame” look and are programmable so you don’t have to worry about turning them on & off.  Tons of great sizes too!



Pantone’s Color of the Year | Marsala


Well Pantone announced the Color of the Year yesterday afternoon and boy was I off.


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It’s described as:

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Eiseman said in the release. “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

* ABC News


I say if your going to name the color after a food or drink- let’s call it was it really looks like………… Refried Beans

Pantone's Refried Beans


But the good news is that you can create your own interpretation of this color.  I am not a big fan of color trends or really trends in general. I think you should dress and decorate with the colors you love and colors that speak to you.  That being said I have been collecting some inspiration on my Pinterest Board with MY interpretation of Marsala and how I plan on using it in interiors and in my outfits.  And let’s leave the refried beans to our dinners, shall we?

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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year | My Prediction


As we all know Pantone is about to announce their Color of the Year for 2015 this week.  I am quite hopeful that this year it will be some version of BLUE.   Last year I really felt that blue was going to be it, but instead they picked Radiant Orchid.  So this year I am once again thinking that 2015 will be the year of Blue,  Indigo Blue or maybe even a Cobalt Blue.  I do love the dark inky, richness of indigo and its such a easy color to introduce into your space.  It pairs well with almost any other color.  I love it with gray, green and magenta!


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So what say you?  Do you think 2015 will be the year for blue?


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blue bowls







12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes {Day 2}


Welcome everyone!  I am so excited and honored that I have been asked to share my holiday decor with you!  I followed along with the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes last year and enjoyed seeing how everyone dressed their homes up for Christmas.

The Tour of Homes kicked off yesterday with Jenny from Evolution of Style .  Loved all her rooms, but my favorite had to be her downstairs living space with all the navy and grays!

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She also dressed up her daughters room in red and green!  So adorable!!

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Make sure you stop by Jenny’s  to see the rest of her home.


Ok so, I have to admit being an Interior Designer and living 24/7 around beautiful designs and inspiration everywhere can cause me to struggle when it comes to decorating my own home.  I tire of things easily and am always wanting to push my designs to the next level.  When it comes to my Christmas decor I usually start planning months ahead of time, deciding on my color palette and “theme”.  Many years ago I would spend hundreds of dollars buying “all the things!” at the after Christmas sales- and hence began a serious Christmas hoarding problem.  I have since changed my ways and now challenge myself to re-use my current Christmas decorations  and my everyday decor pieces to create new and interesting vignettes each year.

This year was all about simplistic glam.  I took the cues from my homes current color palette and injected lots of fresh greens, and mixed metals.

**All Photography by the talented Laurie Perez**

The Exterior Entrance:


Front Door Christmas Wreaths


Front Porch Christmas 2


Front Porch Christmas decor


The Interior Entry:

Christmas Entry


Christmas Entry close up


Living Room:

coffee table Christmas



The Dining Room:

Dining Room Christmas Decor

I will be sharing more details and sources for my dining room in an upcoming post- stay tuned!


Dining Room Buffet Christmas

The Master Bedroom:


mirrored nightstand with wreath

christmas tree bedroom

Thank you all for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the home tours!  Tomorrow’s host will be Amanda from Dixie Delights. 

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12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes


Hi Friends!  I am so excited that we are starting our 1st day of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes.  Kicking off the tour is Jenny from Evolution of Style.   I hope you’ll hop over and check our her beautiful home!   Tomorrow I am up and can not wait to share my home with you!!




12/1- Evolution of Style:
12/2- Amanda Carol:
12/3- Dixie Delights:
12/4- Simple Details:
12/5- Shine Your Light:
12/8- Driven by Décor:
12/9- Dimples & Tangles:
12/10- The Creativity Exchange:
12/11- The Little Black Door:
12/12- Steward of Design:
12/13- Oak Ridge Revival:
12/14- Day for you to link up! (Check back here for details)



12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes


I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in this years 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes!  I love getting a chance to see everyone’s home all decked out for the Holidays.  Mark your calendars because the Tour is starting early this year- December 1st! PLUS you will have a chance to link up your own home on the 16th! So get out that garland and your holiday baubles so you can join us!



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Modern-Luxe Bedroom


Hello sweet friends!  Sorry I have been MIA these past few weeks.  I have been crazy busy with client projects for which I am so very grateful for.  But sadly things like my blog and other social media outlets suffer when things are hopping for Amanda Carol Interiors.  Those of you out there who run a full time business, maintain a busy family AND have time to blog weekly- my hat goes off to you!!

One of the projects I am currently working on is a clients master bedroom. The clients wanted a space that was sophisticated, comfortable, and a wee bit glamorous.

This was our inspiration for the space:


Lauren Muse Interiors

For those who follow me on Instagram got to see a sneak peek of the rendering we presented to the client a few weeks ago.


Smith MBRrendering

The clients had recently purchased the upholstered bed, but that was as far as they had taken it, and asked us to step in and help create a luxurious space.  We will be doing several custom pieces in the room.  One of which is this fabulous lucite bench at the foot of the bed.

lucite bench


The legs came in last week and I could not be happier with them!

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The bench will be covered in a blue-green Thibaut velvet with contrasting  piping in a soft ivory.  We will be using my favorite Mary McDonald trim for the window treatments.

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The plan is to install the space before Christmas and I can’t wait to share more photos with you!!  What a great Christmas present, no?


Looking to create your own modern luxe bedroom?  We’ve pulled together some of our favorite pieces to help you do just that!


Master Bedroom

Lighting | Bedding | Art | Lamp | Bench | Rug








Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine


Hello friends!  Some of you may remember last year when I was frantically trying to decorate my home for Christmas and it was still October!!  Better Homes & Gardens came to shoot my home for the holidays and the long awaited magazine in finally out!  And although it is not even Halloween , I still wanted to share a few sneak peeks of the magazine with you.

For the rest of the story and for more holiday ideas, get  your Christmas Ideas magazine, on sale through 12/08/14 wherever magazines are sold or for a digital copy online at


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