Holiday Open House–Heather from Southern State of Mind

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11 ML button Holiday Home Tour

YAY!!! Today is the day 🙂 Break out the holiday punch and grab a comfortable chair-our Annual Holiday Open House series has begun!

Our Holiday Open House will run daily until December 2oth. Each day we’ve invited a special blog guest to bring you a project, a home tour or something special to inspire you for the Holidays so be sure to tune in so you don’t miss anyone. Our line up this year is a group of bloggers who always inspire us, and we’re thrilled to be able to share their holiday homes and projects with you.

To kick the series off this year is our monthly Preppy Party co-hostess, Heather from Southern State of Mind. Her house and decor is always full of inspiration,  I couldn’t wait for this post to see how she put her ‘holiday’ spin on her decor. Welcome Heather!



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My name is Heather from Southern State of Mind– and one of the co-hostesses of the Pretty Preppy Party. I am thrilled to share our Christmas home with you today! Fa, la, la, la, la… ‘Tis the season and the halls are decked!

You know that saying “less is more”? Weeelllll…. how about “more is more”?!?! More plaid that is! This year it’s all about nutcrackers, plaid… and more plaid! Because you know I’m all about the plaid, ’bout the plaid…




I used a plaid ribbon as my starting point and pulled the traditional greens, reds and blues into the decor. Oh, and anything I could find that was plaid was fair game! 




When in doubt, I just added more plaid. I used scarves to drape over our Slipper Chairs, and an old Lands End throw is the Christmas tree skirt. 


My mother-in-law started a Nutcracker collection for my husband years ago. When we bought our house she gave them all to us and has not stopped buying them every year! We have quite the collection at this point and it’s fun to pull them out every year.


I ordered monogrammed stockings from Pottery Barn a few weeks back. I had been holding off on family stockings until the family was “complete”.  With baby boy’s arrival this summer, it was finally time and I LOVE them! 



When I ran out of plaid, I added polka dots! 








I also made this Magnolia Leaf wreath and had to highlight here at 11 Magnolia Lane! It was super simple, and would you believe it only cost a buck?! 
This guy greets you at the front door. Funny story… the three year old calls the Nutcrackers… Coconuts. Almost kiddo. 


The guest bedroom got a little sprucing with some leopard and…

you guessed it! PLAID!



This was the first year the little guy is in a big boy room. So he got some Christmas spirit too! 



Thanks for having me and I wish you all the most joyous Holiday season. I’d love to invite you over to my blog to check out my 30 Days in a Holiday State of Mind Series where I’m tackling all kinds of fun holiday projects! 

xoxo, Heather


Did you spot her Elf on the plane in her son’s room? Adorable and those black polka dots–seriously?! They are fabulous! What is your favorite part? Thank you Heather, for all the inspiration. Be sure to visit her at Southern State of Mind for even “more” ideas!


Here is the Open House series line up~
December 5th~ Emily from 11 Gables
December 17th~ Krystine Edwards
December 18–Pretty Preppy Party
December 19–Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane
December 20–Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane


Also, please be sure to follow our Season of Giving series we are hosting on our social media channels this month. Of everything we do on this site, this series is by far the one that Christy & I feel committed to bringing back each year. We know it’s hard to find the time and the energy during this hectic season, but even small ways of giving can make a huge difference.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Holidays 🙂




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  1. I am all about the plaid. Your home looks amazing, I love, love, love it all.

  2. Oh how simply beautiful and festive the plaid lends to the Christmas decor…such a classic…I am crushing on the many beautiful patterns throughout the room…the nutcrackers are wonderful..such a treasured collection. Beautiful, beautiful room Heather!!

  3. Love Heather! And, her home is beautifully decorated for the holidays!!

  4. Love Heather’s bight and cheerful decor, and of course her plaid!! What a fun, festive mix she put together!

  5. Emilie Cenatiempo says

    Hello! Where is the ribbon from?

  6. Where is the Atlanta sign from??

  7. The sign near the tree! Where did u get it?!!

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