PinkSlipInspiration via etsyDraw upon the history of colonial architecture with traditional Christmas stockings this holiday season—and if you need help getting in the spirit of things, take a look at the 10 small towns with the most holiday spirit. "For a more traditional option, opt for designs that reflect classic looks from decades past that never go out of style," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert. "Look for traditional colorways like red and green with a personalized punch of initials or customized names." A classic Christmas stocking, like this red reindeer one, will photograph well. Personalization is always an extra bonus and looks nice on ruffled burlap stockings like these.
via Birch LaneDon't let the holidays infringe on your home's cool minimalist aesthetic. Just like your home, seek out textured fabrics in a neutral palette, says Isom Johnson. This hand felted wool Christmas tree stocking is roomy and is made with eco-friendly wool. Isom Johnson also suggests looking for geometric patterns to complement your home's architecture, like this star-printed stocking.
via One Kings LaneLook to art and history this Christmas season for stocking inspiration in an Asian-style home. "The chinoiserie pattern on this stocking is apropos for a home that features the traditional blue-and-white patterned ginger jars, lacquered bamboo accents, and traditional Asian-inspired furniture," says Baer. "The simplicity of its pattern ensures that it does not compete with other brightly-colored chinoiserie prints but fits cohesively with the surrounding decor."
via Crate and Barrel"Mid-century modern design is known for featuring bold patterns paired with simplistic and streamlined furniture," says interior designer Meridith Baer, of Meridith Baer Home. "This stocking features a modern take on the classic mid-century-spoked star pattern, and its muted colors allow it to be cohesive in even the most brightly-colored mid-century home." A stocking like Crate & Barrel's will fit in nicely with antiques as well. Don't miss what expert antiquers reveal as the nine secrets to scoring the best deal.
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LittleBeach Tree via EtsyEven if you're not dreaming of a white Christmas, beachy Christmas stockings will bring some holiday spirit into your coastal home. Or if you're thinking of traveling to a warm climate for the holiday season, don't miss out on these eight gorgeous coastal towns that will leave you breathless. Handmade Christmas stockings, like these Etsy ones made from natural linen or nautical blue-and-white striped cotton, will add a cozy touch. "For those shoppers looking to add a touch of the sea, look for fun add-ons, like starfish, coral, and easy blue tones," says Isom Johnson.
via AnthropologieFor some inspiring themes, check out how University of Alabama professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rich Bragg decorates for Christmas in the South. A crafted winter Christmas stocking will add some Southern charm to any celebration, regardless if there's snow. This fringed knit stocking from Anthropologie complements brightly patterned rugs and rustic wood accents, says Baer.
via Restoration HardwareLean into the opulence of French architecture with equally glam Christmas stockings. "For those who want to jazz up their stockings with a bit of glam, consider sophisticated materials like velvet, fur, and of course, don't forget the sequins," says Isom Johnson. This Mongolian fur stocking from Etsy—in millennial pink, naturally—will stand out on your mantle. Equally furry but more toned down, these faux fur stockings from Restoration Hardware will make a splash.
FancySchmancyGifts via etsyNothing screams southwest more than turquoise! Keep that color scheme going all year 'round with a funky jewel-toned Christmas stocking. This Christmas stocking looks like one of Santa's elves left in a hurry, and it even has a silver jingle bell for a festive touch. It will also help keep questions at bay for young ones before you have to have The Talk: Is Santa real? In due time, don't forget to check out eight gentle ways to break the news about Santa to your kids.
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