Creating a Christmas Masterpiece


Every room tells a story! Throughout the Radcliffe home, special mementos and pictures are displayed amongst twinkling lights and Christmas decorations. Every inch is tastefully decorated for Christmas and welcomes visitors throughout the holiday season.

“Christmas is a special time for me,” said Carla Radcliffe, Interior Designer and owner of Total Design Interiors. “Every year, I start decorating early and love the newness and freshness decorating brings to our home during the holidays.”

The totes come out in early November and room by room Carla transforms into a beautiful masterpiece. The colors she’s used have changed through the years but her overall decorating style has remained the same.

The evergreen trees are covered with sparkly neutrals and unique textures. Unique Santas in neutral attire are strategically displayed throughout the home and pictures of Christmas past fill the indoor patio wall.

“When Jac was young, we would take his cousin and him to see Christmas lights and to visit Santa,” she shared. “Now, he’s 24 and I love bringing out those pictures of special memories. I think it’s important to bring out personal touches throughout your decorating.”

Decorating for Christmas

Each Christmas tree throughout the house is decorated with unusual elements and textures. Carla enjoys adding different types of feathers, macrame, and wood to certain trees. The uniquely textured ornaments are in neutral colors of browns, tans, and creams. Other trees use buffalo check ribbon and blacks and whites.

When Carla helps a client decorate for Christmas, she suggests picking decorations and colors that make you happy and display your personal uniqueness.

“I have found every home is decorated differently, whether you use golds, neutrals, reds or greens,” she said. “I love decorating for Christmas, whether it’s my own house or helping others with their homes.”

Carla adds touches of Christmas to every part of her house, from the kitchen to the office. She said decorative changes can be easily added  with special pillows, seasonal cutting boards or adding evergreens throughout the house.

The rustic fireplace is filled with a forest of unique trees layered atop of furs.

In the dining room, Carla displays a beautiful Department 56 Snow Village – all pieces her husband John has gifted her throughout the years.

“He gave me my first piece in 1998,” she shared. “It became a special gift he gave me many Christmas’ after, often remembering a special memory from that past year.”

In 1998, she couldn’t attend Sturgis with her husband, because she was pregnant with their son Jac. Knowing how much Carla loves to ride, John found a special Harley Davidson Shop. Other years he gave her a Truck Stop, the Nascar Cafe, or the M&M factory they enjoyed when they were in Las Vegas.

“I leave them up year round, as they remind me of special memories we have together,” she said. “However, I only have them lit during the holiday season. I will change out the light bulbs every November and enjoy turning them on for the next few months.”

While decorating for Christmas, Carla recommends enjoying the process. She also said to add a few new pieces every year, whether getting them new in the fall or shopping the after Christmas sales and saving the decorations for the following year.

For advice on decorating for the holidays or designing outdoor holiday pots, contact Carla at (712) 320-3701 or via