A Holiday Home
A guide for adding a touch of Christmas spirit to every room in your home.
Christmas is just around the corner, and there are few things more festive than gathering around a crackling fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa or hot mulled wine. This was our first year celebrating the holidays in our new home, which meant many parties and hosting lots of friends and family. I wanted each and every room to feel welcoming, merry and bright and am delighted to share my tips for creating a holiday house that shines with the warmth of the season.
A Holiday Table...
The Living Room...
For an easy and elegant centerpiece that lasts all season long, arrange a variety of natural cotton bolls, lotus pods, winter berries, and pine cones secured to twigs or wooden sticks in a glass vase wrapped with a bit of colored twine and filled with rock salt "snow".
I used fresh evergreens adorned with berries to create a fragrant table spray. Festive napkin rings serve double-duty as candle wreathes.
I like to make sure that my coffee table books coordinate with the colors of the season. This vintage edition of the "Cummings' Encyclopedia" was a thoughtful gift and looks just right. A small vase filled with a bit of rock salt "snow", dried bay leaves and holly stands in for fresh flowers, and a winter lantern housing a fragrant candle lends a gentle glow.
Poinsettias are lovely, but I abhor the tacky foil in which they usually come wrapped. Mercury glass planters are traditional and festive; however metal ice buckets such as the one shown here on the right prove an ideal and economical alternative.
A "Tradition" Tree
When my brother and I were very small, my parents began collecting Christmas ornaments to commemorate our family trips and adventures. My husband and I have carried on this tradition, and always make it a point to procure a holiday trinket when exploring new places both near and far away. Although our Christmas tree bears little resemblance to those that appear in design books, it is a wonderful and whimsical scrapbook of our travels, memories and milestones.
A Welcoming Guest Room
Nantucket, is, quite simply, our most beloved little corner of the globe, and our guestroom decor is a nod to this lovely little island all the year round. When decorating for the holidays, I incorporated small but thoughtful "ACK" inspired touches, such as adding a tiny tabletop tree trimmed with nautical baubles and filling my Nantucket basket with seasonal guest soaps and hand towels from Nantucket Looms.
During the holidays, I dress the window of my guestroom with a festive red balloon shade. Adorning the window seat with a pot of holly and plaid blanket creates a cozy nook.
Beneath the Tree...
Packages wrapped in simple brown paper look festive when tied with twine or jute ribbon and adorned with holly, cotton, pine cones and handmade candy canes. Twisting the rope into sailing knots (such as the carrick bend shown below) adds a fanciful nautical touch.
The Master Bedroom...
An oversize evergreen wreath, splash of greenery on the mantle and gold and burgundy coverlet transform the master bedroom into a cheerful and cozy retreat.