A Tour of Charleston Holiday Decor

GDC Holidays

As we all know, Charlestonians roll out the red carpet for the holidays, decking the halls with magical displays of seasonal cheer to further embellish our beautiful city. From garlands made of magnolia leaves to sweetgrass rose wreaths, you’ll find all manner of Southern culture and traditions utilized in the creation of truly enchanting Charleston holiday decor. If you haven’t been downtown to see all the homes dressed up for the season, then take a peek at some of our favorite decorated homes below!


Keeping it Classic

As there are so many traditional homes in Charleston, sticking to quintessential holiday decorations is nothing short of charming. Classic pine wreaths, swags, and garlands will never go out of style. We love seeing the variation in decor from this starting point, from adding red berries to string lights and plaid red and gold bows.


Dreamy Magnolia Leaf Creations

After traditional pine decor, the next most popular trend you will see for Charleston holiday decor is the usage of magnolia leaves. From wreaths to garlands, mantle banners, and table centerpieces, magnolia leaves have become a fixture of this season in the South. The unique rust-hued coloration and size of the leaves make them perfect for using in all kinds of decoration. You can even make your own fresh magnolia wreath at home using this guide from Southern Living.

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Tied with a Bow

Red bows are iconic in this time of year and we can’t get enough of them! They make homes look like wrapped presents that send holiday tidings to all who see them. We’ve seen bows placed at the bottom and top of the wreath – it’s up to your personal preference because both look great! Bows can also be used on mantels, tables, and gates, plus they’re very easy to make. Take a look at this guide to learn how to make a large bow for a wreath.


Cheerful with a Twist

For those who want to branch out from the same-old-same-old every year, there are lots of unique holiday decorating ideas, like these fruit-filled wreaths that brighten up their gate. From oranges to pinecones, ornaments, and winter florals, we’ve seen lots of fun accessories over the years that make a home’s decorations stand out.

Warmest Holiday Wishes from GDC

The holidays are a time to celebrate with your family and friends, and what better way to get started than by going for a walk to admire all the holiday decor in your neighborhood? Without a doubt, you’ll notice that bows, garlands, and other greenery give any home that classic holiday feel without being too over-the-top. Adding a bit of seasonal magic to your home can be as simple as adding candles, pinecones, fruit, and magnolia leaves to your fireplace mantle. Whether you’re near or far, we hope you are enjoying all the best this season has to offer!

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A geometric print in a velvet throw pillow to add a modern edge to your home. The vanderbilt velvet pillow has a rich green color.

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Forest Walk Set of 4 Dinner Plates

From Juliska’s Forest Walk collection – Found treasures from woodland rambles are artfully arranged in a coronet of wildly beautiful things – making a fine nest to frame your main course.

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