A twinkling tree hosts a collection of old and new glass ornaments. “We’re at the place in life when our tree is full of memories and meaning,” says Glenda Greeson.
Classic Christmas cookies reflect the same tastefully simple decorating as the rest of the home, with ornamental silver beads and a pop of brightly colored frosting.
To underscore the symmetry of his home, Sam Greeson flanked the simple mantel that he designed himself with two slender exterior doors topped with classically inspired transoms. Where typical French doors would have been difficult to design around, this pair of openings allows the mantel to be centered on the wall.
This charming home is a variation of the Charleston Single House style, evidenced by its verticality and telltale gated side entrance, which opens to a loggia and the real “front” door.
Muted stone fixtures on the patio allow for the homeowners to switch up their style based on the changing Charlotte seasons. The white frame against red brick brings this small window to life day and night.
Mirror-image boxwood wreaths hang back to back on the inside and outside of the tall, slender windows in a nod to Southern tradition. Elsewhere in the formal living room, natural touches and vintage mercury glass stand out against clean backdrops and soft colors.
Ebonized wood floors in a Versailles parquet pattern ground the formal entry, where fresh greens and silver glints announce the holidays.
Glittering pear ornaments in a wooden bowl warm a marble countertop.
Glenda at the gated entrance to her classic home. The greenery outside festively offsets the red brick of the house’s exterior. Details on the following slide.
Cherubs flanking the main entrance herald friends and visitors; magnolia and holly are signature holiday greens of the South.
This outdoor space glows merrily after the sun goes down, illuminating the backyard. Note the “X” pattern on the bottom of the Christmas tree, which matches the window transoms of the exterior doors.
“Not being tied to a strong color scheme allows our rooms to change with the seasons. We like to mix things up,” says homeowner Sam Greeson.
An elegant mirrored vanity in a small bath visually enlarges the limited space.
Homeowners Sam and Glenda Greeson celebrate the season.
Traditional furnishings pair with contemporary amenities in this sunny kitchen. An antique bureau provides a colorful focus and a unique counter space.
Silver pieces on the mantel catch the fire’s glow.
A distinguished side table is both a space saver as well as a conversation piece in the living room. It seamlessly blends the ebony of the floors with the gilded frames above.
Moldings in the master bedroom are downsized in proportion to the smaller scale of the bedrooms. A hushed palette keeps things clean and serene here; a mix of textures and carefully chosen pops of pattern add a bit of eye candy.
A few splashes of color and light are enough to hint at the holidays in the master bedroom.
Gift trim complements the decor.
Patterned upholstery adds a touch of surprise to this elegant living room without distracting from the seasonal décor.
Symmetry, structure, and a soft palette are design effects that soothe. Biedermeier pieces punctuate this strategy in the dining room and throughout the house.
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A cool, airy palette keeps things light in an ageless Charlotte home