Warm Metal Christmas – Bronze, Copper & Gold

I guess I actually did much more Christmas decorating than I thought…and without spending one thin dime! Here’s the last of it since Christmas is now less than a week away. We’ll take a little tour of the dining room, the foyer, and the library which are all done in elegant, warm metal shades of bronze, copper and gold with a little cream thrown in for good holiday measure. This melds nicely with this year’s bedroom level decor, but is a complete departure from the back of the house decorated in black, red & silver.
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Photos by Sheri L. Grant & Alycia Nichols)

IMG_0291WMThe dining room artwork includes a lot of bronze, copper, gold, orange and cream hues, so the colors chosen for this year’s Christmas Eve dinner tablescape are perfect! This tablescape would also work well for New Year’s Eve!

IMG_0265WMThe table is kept bare to add to the warmth of the room. Each place setting starts with a goldleafed glass charger and creamy white gold-rimmed china from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

IMG_0488-2WMI bought these pretty gold-footed martini glasses at Target several years ago. They alternate with bronze-footed ones around the table. They’re great not only for my signature cocktail – vodka martini…2 olives, please! 😉 – but for serving salads, the sorbet course, or dessert.

Flatware, Stemware, Napkin collageGold and white water glasses are paired with gold-rimmed crystal champagne flutes. Simple gold flatware and crisp white hemstitch napkins round out the place settings.

IMG_0263WMI bought these fun ornament place card holders at Pier 1 several years ago.


Votive, Bead Garland, Centerpc. Foot collageThe main part of the centerpiece is actually an ornate stone candlestick. I draped beaded garland across the top and extended it to the four corners of the table for a little drama. The bronze and gold mercury glass votives are from TJ Maxx.

Centerpiece Ball collageThe secondary components of the centerpiece include these beautiful bronze glass vases topped with fabulous bronze glittered Christmas balls and flanked by gold sequined ones.



Buffet Urn collageThe buffet behind the dining table is aglow with lots of tiny white lights in a wreath just kind of propped against the mirror. Its only other embellishment is a single brown Christmas ball dangling top center. Flanking the wreath are the “cousins” of the fireplace hearth arrangements seen HERE, this time in stone urns. The wreaths that cushion the chocolate brown oversized balls are wrapped in the same garland as the table’s centerpiece. Lots of beautiful amber crystals hang from the edges.


Dining Room Tree collageThis room gets its own miniature tree made, to look a bit taller courtesy of a fabric-swathed riser. A rich brown ribbon swirls its way down the length of the tree among the many gold, bronze, copper, orange and cream ornaments.

Entry Hall Tiered Arrangement collageWe transition from the dining room into the foyer where at the entry there are clear glass cylinders (yes, the cylinders are making one final appearance this Christmas!) filled with pine cones, jewel-toned ornaments and soft white lights. The cylinders are further embellished with one of the long amber crystals seen on the dining room buffet urns and Christmas tree.

Garland around front doorWMThe front door casing is treated to a faux pine greenery garland laden with ornaments and sheer gold ribbon. Notice how both the greenery and the sheers on the windows are again embellished with the amber crystal ornaments. I would like to do this again next year but make it much thicker, lusher, more 3-D.

Long Entry Hall Table collageClear glass cylinders make another appearance on the long table in the foyer. Like the shorter cylinders by the door, these tall ones are filled with pine cones and ornaments that are illuminated with Christmas lights that extend out and across the table filled with faux greenery and still more pine cones. This really lights up the hallway!!!

Banister & Library View collageYou may notice that some photos do not include ornamentation on the banister. This was a later addition that I thought necessary to complete the view for guests entering the front door. The ribbon is the same as that used on the door casing garland. Let’s head on into the library.



Library Tree Ornaments collageAnother tree loaded with gold and cream-colored ornaments greets guests at the library entry.

IMG_0336WMThe secretary on the north wall is adorned with a flocked wreath and single candle.

IMG_0461WMThe side table near the stairwell holds a gold sleigh filled with jewel-toned ornaments.

Geoffrey In Antlers collageGeoffrey has taken to switching up his head gear on a daily basis now. He’s totally in the spirit of the season! Imagine how delighted he was to hear from his long-lost cousin, James, who he recently discovered in the service of Jenna at The Painted Apron! They have promised to Skype weekly. 🙂

Whew! That was a lot!!! As we go into these final days before Christmas, I want to extend from our household to yours the very best of the holiday season. We hope that you and yours enjoy a fun, loving, safe and warm one with the reason for the season always front and center.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

For more holiday tablescapes and decor visit:
Waking Up to Christmas – Bedroom Decor
Black, White & Red All Over Christmas
Christmas 2012 – Red, Black & Silver

Checkered Christmas
Pink & Purple Chocolate Christmas
Sugar High Payback
Contemporary Christmas
Gentlemen’s Winter Retreat
Cranberry Christmas
Cranberry Christmas Squared
Get Me To the Church On Time
Christmas Progressive Dinner
White Hot
Winter Brunch
Really Red Christmas
plus NINE other tables on one page under the WINTER tab!!!

I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for “Let’s Dish!” (anytime after 6:00 p.m., CST on Wednesday) and Susan for “Tablescape Thursday” (anytime after 9:00 a.m., CST on Thursday). If you’re looking for lots of inspiration from around the world, join me!

63 thoughts on “Warm Metal Christmas – Bronze, Copper & Gold

  1. You have done so much decorating this year!!!!! LOVE it all! You know me and the colors you used in your dinning room and entryway – I’m diggin it! 🙂 Merry Christmas my dear friend!


  2. Alycia, you are the Energizer Bunny! The decorations are fabulous, and they keep coming! I worn out just viewing what you done, but can’t help myself because everything is so wonderful. Wishing you and your family much happiness! Enjoy the Holidays!


  3. I really enjoy gold and bronze together…so rich looking. Those white and gold glasses are so interesting. I hope that last photo is your Christmas photo this year! Perfectly joyful! Blessings…


  4. So much for not doing too much b/c of your shoulder! You are more decked out that Macys! But your decorations are way more elegant and beautiful than Macys too. I love the glow of all the metallic touches. Love the photo of you and Ramon too. Dianne


  5. Awww…you and Ramon look adorable. 🙂 Your house looks gorgeous! I really like this color combo. Whew! All that work!! Do you leave your decos up through Epiphany? Merry Christmas!


  6. Beautiful and very elegant decorations! The colors are so unusal but well executed for your lovely home! The tablescape is very dramatic and especially lovely. The darling martini glasses are my favorite. Hope your family has a great Christmas!



  7. Beautiful Alycia. I love gold and bronze. Metallics are so beautiful. The wreaths on the buffet lovely. I adore those gold and white glasses….simply elegant. You have created a gorgeous table, fit for a king and queen.


  8. Alycia~ I LOVE All your holiday decor! You have decked the halls and it is oh so festive! Geoffrey is always the life of the party, or maybe you are! 🙂
    I adore the picture of you & Ramon, at the risk of repeating myself, you are so photogenic! Wishing you the Merriest!!


  9. Beautiful as always, Alycia! I love those footed martini glasses from Target. My favorite are the urns on the buffet with the bronze crystals hanging. Those are stunning!! Those place cards are wonderful from Pier 1. You and Ramon are sooo cute…Merry Christmas!!


  10. I love gold and bronze for C’mas and I don’t have bronze…umm..I’ll make a point for next C’mas, you just inspired me!! You have been decorating a lot hon, although you thought you will not, lol..Everything looks gorgeous and elegant, I just love this kinda glitter, pal and specially the martini glasses, and the water glasses,SO SPECIAL!! Your house looks so feative and stunning!You and Ramon look lovely and glittering with love too..lots of hugs from me for you both and have a blessed C’mas and a terrific NYear 2013.


  11. awww, love that picture of you and Ramon. It’s just fabulous. You two are certainly lookers!!! Alycia, your home is so lovely. I love the decor theme you have carried out so beautifully throughout. Your table is fabulous and looks so perfect. Where is your book? I wish you the merriest of Christmases and many many blessings for this season and next year.


  12. Alycia, you do the most amazing tables…this is beautiful. I love the candlestick being the centerpiece and having the beads draped from it. Best of all is the wonderful photo of you and Ramon!
    Wishing you guys the Merriest of Christmases!


  13. What a sweet picture of you and Ramon together to celebrate the holidays. Love your warm metal decor that is so popular now. I recently bought these colors in strains to use in scrapbooking. You have certainly been able to carry your colors throughout. Love the ornaments in the sleigh and the gold ribbon used with the pinecones. Enjoy the holidays and get some rest.


  14. Hi Alycia, You are just so cute in those antlers! Your decorating is so pretty. I don’t know how you do it all!!! After all the decorating you manage to photograph it and give us a wonderful explanation. Have a very merry Christmas with your honey. Give him a giant hug! Linda


  15. Oh Alycia this is beautiful! Your dining table is so pretty! The beading design is really lovely. Love those gold and white glasses- really pretty. Those tall glass cylinders turned out beautiful and I can imagine they were difficult to get the lights in there just right! Love the entryway door and the trim you gave it- very cozy and attractive! Your ribbons on the stiarway turned out really pretty. All your trees are beautiful and it must be really pretty at night.
    Merry Christmas to you both (love your picture),
    Your friend, Liz


  16. That Geoffrey is such a party dude! I love him. I saw someone comment on Geoffrey’s Santa hat and their James had gotten himself one, so I had to get the pig one. So far no one has noticed – what a family!!!
    It is gorgeous. You have so many lovely trees and decorations. I love to decorate but just hate to have to be the one to put it away too. Everything is just stunning and unbelievable. I love the photo of you sitting on Santa’s lap! Have a very wonderful Christmas dear.


  17. Details, details, details! You always think of the tiniest ones! Everything looks so pretty and the way that decorated those urns is brilliant! I love all of the shine! Great picture of you and your sweetie – he is more handsome, than Richard Gere – lol!!


  18. My goodness Alycia, I can’t imagine what your home would look like if you decided to decorate!! You really got in the mood after your earlier words this month about not doing much! I love that you have a different color scheme in the front rooms, that keeps everything so exciting. The metallic colors are so elegant, your dining room is dramatic and stunning! Those giant balls are so cool! All the white lights in their make it a dining fairyland….hmmmm, I need to try that next year! Thanks for the shout out, that is so creative making James Geoffrey’s long lost cousin! Hilarious! He really looks great in those antlers. James will keep his Bama hat on through Jan. 7 when Alabama plays for the National Championship. You and Ramon look SO HAPPY! I wish you a very MERRY HOLIDAY indeed!


  19. Thank you for your Christmas home tour. Your home is all gussied up for the holidays. i just wanted to say that you write some of the funniest and most thoughtful comments in blogland! I just know that you would be a hoot to hang around with! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.


  20. Hi Lady A,
    This is what I call “luxurious decked” home. I truly love your ornaments in your banister, the Christmas trees are one of a kind. I didn’t see like this in our blogie world.

    Above all, I drool to the max to the mega-Urn §:-) that’s huge and my huge thoughts blown my heart to heaven.*suck* …

    Hope you have a great w/end ahead. BTW, how are you? Did the tragedy affects your neighbouring area? It is horrible specially a human being committed the crime.

    My 3 nieces ages 32, 30 & 28 and their families were one of the victims of the horrible tornado Bopha that passed the island of Mindanao, that I came from. I don’t know if we still wait for them after 2 weeks? But we are all hoping for the best. Many were stranded somewhere in the mountains and hopefully they are there somewhere waiting for the rescue. This is not the best of my Yuletide 2014 but we have to do the best of it.

    God Bless and relax to the max.

    Hugs from a snowy and chilly Stockholm,
    /CC girl


  21. Alycia, everything looks stunning! I need to remember your idea to hang crystals from the wreaths in the urns. So pretty. Thank you for your prayers for our little Cooper. If I don’t get back here before the holiday, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. laurie


  22. Alycia, your tablescape is wonderful! So elegant for the Christmas holiday. Thanks for the tour of your home decorated for the holidays. It’s beautiful! Things are going to feel so bare when we start taking it all down, won’t they? Loved the picture at the end…a very happy reindeer couple. 🙂 Great pic for a Christmas card with the Christmas tree in the background. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  23. Oh Alycia…I so love the picture of you and Ramon.!!!…and your table is gorgeous…I love the colors..and Target?…you got that great glass at Target…Your home is beautiful…love all the trees so wonderfully decorated…MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS MY WONDERFUL FRIEND!!!!
    Have a most joyous one with your family….


  24. Ah, you have now gone totally grown up with a very sophisticated palette. No matter what you do, it is always just right with every detail perfect. You have shared so much over the months and every one of us who follow along has benefited. You are a gift.


  25. You have done a fabulous job decking your house for the holidays. The table is very elegant indeed!
    I didn’t buy any new decos this year either, I don’t think…But I did treat myself to new plaid plates from PB Outlet, deal of the day! I am baaaaad!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish, and have a very Merry Christmas, A! All the best for a happy, healthy 2013 to you and Ramon!


  26. I love those white and gold glasses!!!! Gorgeous!! And not just the glasses but all the decor!! It makes me want to go home and take out more decorations! Maybe next year…
    Merry Christmas Alycia!!


  27. Your home really doesn’t need much to take that grandiose look… the same way you don’t need a jewel to shine and sparkle. You (and it) just do. Just are!
    I would gladly live on the place where you store all your things… I imagine their antecipation wondering who’s going to be chosed for the next Tablescape and Celebration ahahahah 😀
    Wishing you a Merry and Blessed Christmas!


  28. What a sweet photo of you and Ramon! You guys look great! Alycia you have truly inspired me this Christmas season and it’s because of you that I found myself buying glass cylinders and filling them with pinecones and silver ornaments. They look stunning! I will be posting my Christmas Eve table very late tonight or tomorrow morning. I hope you’ll stop and see what you’ve wrought! 🙂 May you and your family have a blessed and joyful Christmas!


  29. Alycia, you and Ramon are so cute and you really know how to decorate a home for Christmas. Wow! I’ll bet you’re ready to put your feet up and celebrate with a glass of something bubbly. I really appreciate your friendship and inspiration…and giggles from your comments. Thanks so much. 🙂
    Hugs, and have an awesome Christmas,


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