Memories of Christmas Past

Christmas magic used to spill out of shelter magazines inspiring homeowners to celebrate the season by creating beauty and whimsy throughout their homes.

 

November used to mean the arrival of Christmas-themed design magazines. They marked the beginning of the season as with them began the planning. Southern Accents, Verandah, and House Beautiful were beautifully produced in those days. Their pages overflowed with magical ideas that one wanted to emulate in their own home. Looking back at these photos makes me excited all over again.

The uber-talented Dallas based Mary Jane Ryburn was responsible for most of the gorgeous styling of the Verandah spreads such as this red and white beauty. (Photo: Bill Bolin)

The uber-talented Dallas based Mary Jane Ryburn was responsible for most of the gorgeous styling of the Verandah spreads such as this red and white beauty. (Photo: Bill Bolin)

Thank heavens for my numerous notebooks full of ripped out magazine pages. These books were started long ago. They have been looked through time and time again. I have considered discarding them as they were possibly obsolete due to Pinterest. These treasured images however are not readily found on line. Consequently, they are priceless to me. Who would have believed that a December issue would be void of garland, ornaments, bows, and tinsel? Some of my favorite photos are posted below. I hope that they make you dream of Christmas magic too.

Many past Christmas spreads featured loads of color and an extravagance of decorations.

A Christmas cottage. (Photo: Tria Giovan)

A Christmas cottage. (Photo: Tria Giovan)

This Creole cottage invites with its mix of damasks and chintzes, old-fashioned ornaments and beads all tucked into a charming rustic structure.

A Texas country Christmas. (Photo: Mick Hales)

A Texas country Christmas. (Photo: Colleen Duffley)

Jamie and Luit Huizenga decorated their Texas cottage with lavish florals and religious touches. The Huizengas used to own the wildly successful Dr. Delphinium in Dallas. There was nothing else like it at the time. Everyone went there to see the creative displays of gorgeous flowers. I have fond memories of working there for a time after college.

Angels bring a holy aspect. The tabletop tree and gingerbread people provide a touch of fantasy.

Had my mother seen this pinecone urn she would have attempted to recreate it. One of these days, I hope I will try because it is spectacular.

Natural decorations allowed festive touches without overpowering monochromatic interiors.

Cocktails and hot chocolate would taste best while sitting within a fir teepee.

Red is not a requirement. (Photo: unknown)

Red is not a requirement. (Photo: unknown)

Neither is a green tree. (Photo: unknown)

Neither is a green tree. (Photo: unknown)

Elegant dessert spreads always excite.

A touch of one’s hand adds an element of charm.

(Photo: House Beautiful)

(Photo: House Beautiful)

House Beautiful was so special under Louis Oliver Gropp and Margaret Kennedy. Above is an endearing article by Kennedy about homemade cards.

After seeing this charming tree in a UK magazine, I wanted snowflakes on my tree with homemade felt bags underneath.

A memorable feature on Christian Tortu provided European inspiration.

(Photo: Thibault Jeanson)

(Photo: Thibault Jeanson)

The presence of farm animals makes Christmas eve the holiest of nights.

(Photo: Thibault Jeanson)

(Photo: Thibault Jeanson)

After seeing this image, my potted citrus trees donned satin ribbons and sat above a mound of oranges.

(Photo: Thibault Jeanson)

(Photo: Thibault Jeanson)

Casa V Interiors can create Christmas magic in your home to celebrate the season.