Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Decor... which stocking to hang???


I've come to the realization that I need (ok, I would really like) a new set of stockings. I had bought three (two red and a green) before I bought the Noel stocking hangers. When I bought them, the green was sold out and so I got a purple. Not my favorite look.

my mantle

However, determining which stocking to buy completely describes/illustrates my interior design dilemma. Which direction to go with our current interiors. Traditional or modern. Fru-fru formal or relaxed casual. Investment piece prices or on the cheap.

Take a look!

First up, the embroidered linen stocking from Wisteria. A little homey, a little casual, more towards the French Country side. And, coordinates with the pillows I want to buy from Wisteria.

Continuing with the French Country theme, the Bespoke Angel stocking from Wisteria. I like how the angel pulls in the meaning of Christmas as well.


These burlap and velvet stockings were cute too, but alas are sold out.



They still have the couture stockings, which incorporate a fun print...


Similar French Country options from Garnet Hill


And then we have the traditional Pottery Barn stockings, in red, green or cream velvet.





The glamourous traditional take from Horchow...





with prices that reflect the glamour... $70-$115.

This is a happy compromise between traditional glamour and French Country (I think).


I ADORE these sea-inspired stockings...

but am less enthralled with the $148 price (am I just cheap??)

Saks has some lovely champagne options




And then there's the fun options, like Mackenzie-Childs.

available for $115 each here or here

And who could forget Lilly... though I can't really imagine Mr. Southern having a Lilly stocking...
Lilly Pulitzer  Custom Crafted Monogramed Christmas Stocking
Lilly Pulitzer  Custom Crafted Monogramed Christmas Stocking
sold out, but from Etsy seller WeLoveLilly

Handmade Christmas Stocking Lilly Pulitzer Fabric Reserved AQ782

Handmade Christmas Stocking Lilly Pulitzer Fabric

Handmade Christmas Stocking Lilly Pulitzer Fabric
available from Etsy seller Hickitypickity for $22

Then of course, there's the value option at Target.


in-store selection better than online.


If I wait long enough, most will be sold out and my decision will be easier (not that that's a good option of course).

What are your thoughts? What style of holiday decor do you gravitate towards?

-Emmie

32 comments:

  1. The Lilly stockings are adorable, but as a pretty simple gal, I love the burlap stockings. I find them to be understated and elegant. Just my two cents, though. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  2. They are all just beautiful. For the price of some of these I think I would just buy fabric that coordinates with my decor and have some made or make them myself. Stockings really are very easy to make. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I am having the same dilemma. I have a stocking post coming up and I am going to have to use some of these I think!

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  4. Hmmm...I really like the set from Wisteria and Garnet Hill -- for some reason the French Country style really speaks to me right now (and feels very Southern). I actually have the basic red/green velvet from PB and they're fine but I'd like new ones to go with all the blues I've brought into the new house...those Saks options are gorgeous! Ack..decisions, decisions.

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  5. Hm, I actually love the crazy expensive ones the most. They're beautiful!!

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  6. I'd hold out for some home made ones, the older the better. Even better if they were made by children.

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  7. So many great choices - I think the Garnet Hill and Wisteria ones are my favorites. What a great dilemma . . .

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  8. I love the Pottery Barn white ones. I'm like Terry, I so love home made ones but it's all about having the time isn't it?! I take into consideration how wide they are. Sounds a tad silly but makes it easier to fill & stuff. All the more for the kiddos. Great choices & you'll pick the perfect stockings. x

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  9. The sea inspired ones are really tastefully done and have no resemblance to the kitsch that usually comes with such subject matter.

    My family lives in Gloucester, MA and would be delighted to hang these. Eeek, should I get them? Had no intention of buying anything today!

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  10. And, oh yeah, forgot to mention that that chair you asked about was truly flat. It baffled me and I got to see it in the flesh.

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  11. Just when I think I'm all settled in with my Christmas style, I open the ornament box and find that my style has mysteriously changed. Nothing I can do about that this year, but next year I see myself buying glamorous white stockings and other goodies.

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  12. P.S. Our homemade stockings are big enough to house a small family (with pets). They look really pretty when full.

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  13. What a fun little shopping trip. I loved them all, but if I really had to make a purchase, I'd go for the white ones.

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  14. I tend to gravitate towards the really rich, red velvet ones shown in image 14. Mine is soft and glam, but very different from everyone else's in the family. It's fun to have a variety -- one that matches each person's personalities and tastes, I think. I hope you find the perfect ones :)

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  15. I love the Lilly Pulitzer ones! Never knew she had Christmas decorations until I discovered her ornaments last week. Also a big fan of the Wisteria stockings - very pretty.

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  16. i just don't like any of them!! not sure why...i guess i just can't figure out a style i like or want! i could say the wisteria ones and ballard ones are cute (and they are) but i know once i put them up i would hate them. nope, it's silver buckets for me this year.

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  17. Love all the Christmas stockings! Ax

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  18. I love the ones from Garnet Hill. And I adore those sea inspired ones... but a bit too much $$$ for me to spend on stockings!

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  19. I love those polka dot and pom pom ones in the first pic! I need to buy stockings, too, I've just been lazy as to the fact that my two-year-old doesn't realize hers is ho-hum! ;)

    Also, wanted to thank you for the very sweet comment you left me regarding my Good Grief post. It is so true - It's hard to beleive that so much of my life IS now rooted in a foreign land, but as the saying goes...home is where your heart is, and mine is with my Portu-Giese trio!
    Best to you and yours this Christmas season!!
    alison g.
    MyLittleHappyPlace

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  20. I'm in the market for new stockings too- I'm having a hard time finding some I might just have to make them

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  21. I love all of the options we have these days. When I was a kid, it was your standard red and white stocking. They're so much more stylish now!

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  22. We don't have a mantle at this apartment, so we don't have any out! I really wish I did though. I hope you find the ones you are looking for :)

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  24. My tastes are all over the board. I like them all. I think if I had to choose though it would be the Horchow stockings. I love the mantels also. I do lean to traditional decor.
    Take care, Sue

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  25. I love the Ballard Designs, but If I came home with those there would be an uproar. My husband, not so design focused would argue, they aren't big enough.

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  27. Hey, I know I'm a year late but... Are those polka dot stockings for sale or are they hand made?? They are just what I have been looking for! Can't find anything like it anywhere.

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