I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Southern Living Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Bierman, about his personal holiday decorating style. What better way to get us all in the Christmas spirit? A goody for you: below Lindsay’s interview is a chance to win a copy of Southern Living’s “Christmas At Home” special edition filled with decorated Southern homes, DIY ideas and recipes for pulling off the perfect Christmas in your home. We’re giving away 5 copies, compliments of Southern Living.
Please welcome Lindsay Bierman!
SS: You have access to every imaginable resource at your fingertips…what are your favorite materials to work with when in comes to holiday decorating?
LB: Here at Southern Living, the holiday rush starts in January (seriously) with reader submissions for our Big White Cake contest and continues until we ship our December issue to the printer in October…
“Mrs. Billetts White Cake” 2012 winner Sue Winter [get the recipe here]
LB: After our white cake contest, then it’s time to get our own homes ready. At that point, I’m ready to pare down to what I consider the holiday decorating essentials: white lights, natural garlands, a flocked tree, and silver ornaments. It goes with my house.
LB: I also love anything made of magnolia – is there a better color combo in the world than that green and brown leaf? If you want some amped-up color, spray-painted magnolia leaves also make the prettiest wreaths!
Magnolias, spray painted red here, almost take on a poinsettia look.
Magnolia garland embellished with bits of evergreen and holly.
SS: Three clever ways to pulling off a charming holiday look on a slim budget…
LB: It doesn’t get any cheaper or easier than holly or magnolia or nandina branches from your own yard in a vase! The taller the better. Just a couple of good tall cuts in a clear vase will do—it’s all about the scale. Or cut poinsettias – take them out of that foil pot and make a simple arrangement in, say, a creamware vase or silver pitcher. Gorgeous.
Poinsettias looking lovely with creamware and a simple touch of holly…
SS: My secret to keeping holiday entertaining stress-free…
LB:. Bourbon. I like to rub the inside of a lowball glass with a wedge of orange, add 2 oz of rye with a few dashes of bitters and a splash of simple syrup, stir gently, and fill with ice. Takes the edge off every time.
SS: I love to wrap gifts in…
LB:. Brown kraft paper and and sage-y green ribbon, maybe with a spring of cypress for the fragrance, and a letterpressed gift tag. It’s understated and elegant. I’m also in love with the way Miles Redd wrapped his box for our 2012 gift guide: elegantly simple with navy paper and a classic red bow.
SS: Favorite Christmas song…
LB: The theme song from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
SS: What I enjoy most about being Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living magazine…
LB: I work with some of the most inspiring and creative people anywhere. Every day I see something—a photo, a scouting shot, a product someone called in, a flower arrangement, a beautiful layer cake—that makes me swoon.
SS: Southern Living magazine is clearly the style icon in the print magazine industry. What is your secret to keeping such loyal readership?
LB: Staying true to our Southern roots. As an editor, I want to keep our audience informed, inspired, comforted, and entertained. At some deep emotional level, I hope everyone who subscribes feels that we truly reflect who they are and where they come from. You can’t be all things to all people, but there’s a pride of place in the South that transcends all other affiliations. I want every issue to embody what a joy and privilege it is to live here.
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Thank you, Lindsay for taking the time to visit and share your holiday decorating ideas with us. Think I’m going to use his Magnolia branch idea this weekend on our mantel!
Lindsay has offered a copy of Southern Living’s “Christmas at Home” Special Edition to FIVE simply seleta readers. This special issue is filled with every stylish holiday idea and Southern recipe imaginable. You will love it.
HOW TO ENTER…
1. Name your favorite Christmas song. Mine is Little Drummer Boy (the old version by Harry Simeone Chorale).
2. Tell us one decorating idea you have used from Southern Living magazine OR what features you enjoy most in Southern Living. Are you a recipe person? A design junkie? Or maybe a D.I.Y. kind-a-girl? Do share!
Winners will be chosen at random by yours truly and announced on Sunday ; ) I’ll ship out the magazines to our five winners on Monday morning!
[all photos courtesy of Southern Living]