Traditional and modern are, for me, the two primary design soul styles with “practical” and “sensual” being the two secondary design “soul styles.”  I’ve covered this extensively throughout the years. Today I thought I’d touch on how these are seen in holiday décor.  (click here to review your soul style combination)


Quintessential of traditional and sensual is my clients’ historic Victorian home in historic downtown Murfreesboro, TN. We recently renovated the kitchen area (see renovation here) and updated their main floor with new paint, wallpaper, lighting, furniture, drapes, and décor. The clients love to decorate for the holidays and have a room in their stone basement designated just for holiday décor. What I love about what they did this year, is how they dialed the decorations into our new, elegantly Southern (and so them!) décor: emphasizing whites and golds. I also love their impishness in the little touches of Christmas popping up here and there unexpectedly among the year-round décor.

Image: Tree. Front “receiving room” now turned into a great room.

Formal Parlor
Dining Room Details


There is nothing more modern and practical than a holiday party in an office shared by a (modernist) architect and an interior designer who insists on a party budget. Enter our amazing Director of Business Development, Heidi!  She presided over the party decorations, using Nandina which had sprouted red berries from her yard, as well as gold metallic sprayed curly willow and baby’s breath.  I provided the already-existing succulents, pillar, candles and battery-operated twinkle lights, and voila!  A fabulous holiday party setting! 

Here are some more cool winter holiday styling ideas, from some favorite design sites of mine

And I can never get enough of Flower Magazine.  Ever.

Dering Hall, featuring holiday tablescapes from some of the top designers around the country:

Dering Hall – Elegant Ideas for Holiday Tablescapes

Happy Holidays!  

– Marcelle Guilbeau, 

Nashville Interior Designer
Soulful Living By Design

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