Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Carolyne Roehm Christmas


I will go on record to say that I hate the look of all white Christmas decorations. The same goes for white and silver or ice blue and white. I find this look cold, sterile, lifeless, and creepy. White is not the only choice if red and green do not work in your home. Carolyne Roehm has wonderful examples of non-traditional Christmas color combinations that are elegant, sophisticated, Chinoiserie, and not afraid of color.

Blue and white is wonderful-but use the beautiful blue and white of Chinese porcelain and cobalt blue glassware. 


Caroylne Roehm's living room is a great example of using color with the green sofas, blue and white porcelain, and elegant tree and gifts.

Red flowers with blue and white Chinese porcelain are stunning. My favorites are red roses, amaryllis, and carnations.

An all red approach is so Chinoiserie, chic, and perfect for Christmas.




(Photos courtesy of Carolyne Roehm)

22 comments:

Lize said...

BEAUTIFUL IMAGES! Carolyne Rhoehm normally turns the mundane into something spectacular, she seems to be a few steps ahead of the pack. And I second you on the white on white on white Christmas decor, after all, it is still white! But what difference a dash of colour makes!

Fabulously french said...

Fabulous images, especially love the blue and white vases with the red flowers - gorgeous!

Leeann x

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Image after image is just so beautiful. The flowers arrangements are just stunning.

Shannon www.OldWorldCharm.info said...

Her work is fabulous! I agree that white alone can feel stark. Im my humble opinion, it needs to be accented with splashes of color to look its best. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Shannon

Dumbwit Tellher said...

So beautiful especially fond of the red/pink roses with the red glassware. I have got to get my rear in gear & stay off my laptop. I have not broken out one box of Christmas decor, shame on me.

Great post Beth!!

Averill said...

I'm a fan of just about any color combination, so long as it's done well and in good taste (after all, colors are generally what you make of them). This year, I'm doing a lot of blue and white, with plenty of greenery of course. But in the past I've done more golds, bronzes and browns as well as the traditional red and green. At some point I'd love to do purple and gold, but it's a tricky combination that can easily veer towards Mardi Gras.

DoxaHome.com said...

I absolutely LOVE the red flowers in the blue and white porcelain...so dramatic, chic and timeless.

Best,
Jaime

Cristin said...

Wow, these images are lovely. The tiered red rose centerpiece is amazing.

xo,
cristin

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Those cobalt glasses are to-die-for! I'm a firm believer in an abundance of fresh greenery - whatever your holiday color scheme may be!

Kitty said...

Be still my heart, I almost fainted dead away. A Blue and White Christmas. I. Love. It! Great post.

Style Redux 2 said...

Lize-Carolyne Roehm has great style. These are all wonderful ideas.

Style Redux 2 said...

Leeann-That's my favorite-such gorgeous colors.

Style Redux 2 said...

CC-Some great inspiration.

Style Redux 2 said...

Shannon-Agree-splashes of color bring white to life.

Style Redux 2 said...

Deb-I've almost finished decorating!

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-Yes, some combinations are hard to pull off.

Style Redux 2 said...

Jaime-Yes, that blue and white with the red flowers is so elegant.

Style Redux 2 said...

Cristin-Those roses are perfect.

Style Redux 2 said...

Alison-I love the cobalt blue too.

Style Redux 2 said...

Kitty-This is blue and white done right.

Shandell's said...

I am lucky enough to live near Carolyne Roehm's home. Always beautifully decorated. Blue and white is such a fresh way.

Style Redux 2 said...

Shandell's-I'm sure it's stunning!