These stockings were hung by the chimney with the utmost care, considering that this Old Preston Hollow living room was decked out by Chambers Interiors. Headed by interior designer Margaret Chambers, this firm works hard to infuse clients’ homes with tasteful and timeless design.

When a design client asked Chambers Interiors to decorate her home for the holidays, Allen Keith says they knew the traditional red color scheme wouldn’t wash with the client’s furniture. Likewise, Keith says they used a lot of copper and ivory, creating warmth and sparkle while keeping the decor inviting. The ribbons on the tree and stockings, along with the evergreen garland on the mantle, blend seamlessly with the upholstery and paint.

It definitely says “Christmas,” without saying “CHRISTMAS!!!!”

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I know you are out there shopping, looking for bargains. If you are looking to fluff up your home — somehow, the holidays always make us realize what interiors we need to spiff up —  head over to one of my very fave stores,  Mark Lafferty’s Gallery Interiors at the southwest corner of Preston Road at Royal Lane. Mark is having a “January end-of-the-year clearance sale”. That is, he is clearing out merchadise (holiday and other) at some pretty racy prices! (Mark, does your wife know you are doing this?) Some merchandise is marked 30% to 40% OFF and this is the best time ever to pick up holiday decorations for NEXT year.

(My mantra: never pay retail for holiday decor!)

Pop into Gallery Interiors, say hi to Mark, and then tell everyone how organized you are already starting Christmas 2012!