Homes For The Holiday: Bright & Beautiful

December 4, 2017

By Tab Byrum

HELLO!!! Sorry for the “radio silence” last week but I decided to bear down and get as much done as possible in my decorating for clients.  This year I had 18 places to decorate, most of them were private homes and there are also a few businesses on the list. This week I’m going to share a home with you that I’ve done for several years and a restaurant that I did for the first time this year. I’ll also share a couple of doors I did that we changed up since the last time we featured them on the blog. 

First off we have a home that I’ve decorated for Christmas since the owners moved into it which was probably about 8 years ago. The home is a traditional European designed home with a cream stone exterior and on the inside, there is a lot of beautiful woodwork. The rooms in the house are large and open with lots of windows that let in the natural light.  In the past we’ve done two trees downstairs, one in the formal living room and another in the Family Room/Kitchen area, but this year we added a third tree and moved the more bright and colorful tree to the Entry of the home. I’ll go into more detail with you on the decorations as I share the photos of the home with you. I’ve gotten to be great friends with this homeowner and it’s always a joy to help her and her family celebrate all their holidays and know that I played a part in making their time in this home enjoyable and a little more beautiful. Enjoy!!!

We’ll start in the kitchen, we always do a fun cookie and candy theme here with Gingerbread figures, candy cane striped topiaries and candy jars with fun lids. 

On the light fixture over the island, I add greenery more food ornaments and also black and white ornaments. 

This tree was a new one we added this year with a gold and silver theme. 

I love using beautiful ribbon as garland on Christmas trees. This one is a champagne color with a contemporary look to it. 

You can see we have a mixture of shapes and sizes in gold and silver ornaments. 

In the breakfast room, we continue the candy theme from the kitchen with candy-colored houses, ice cream topiaries…

…and a bouquet of lollipops and cupcakes in a big mercury glass vase.

On the light fixture over the breakfast table, I string this fun garland to bring lots of color up in the room. The homeowner found this at Target a few years ago and it was the perfect compliment to our candy decorations. I also hang candy ornaments off of the fixture and you can see in the background we hang ornaments in the large breakfast room window. 

As you leave the kitchen and breakfast room you head down a hallway, this is where we display the homeowner’s nativity. 

At the end of the hallway, you turn a corner and there’s a beautiful leather chest on a wall, on that chest, I put this display of busts of the Three Kings.

Greenery is always a great way to add bulk and drama to a holiday display. The busts are sitting on a decorative base my client owns, I surrounded the base with a full garland then I strung two garlands around the mirror and added large pinecones. This has a very natural and elegant feel to it. 

The homeowner’s dining table is a long, long table that seats like 14 with no leaf in it, I place a fabric runner down the center of the table and fill the hurricanes that are always here with ornaments.

I add burgundy trees of different heights and fill in around the base of everything with more ornaments of red, burgundy, and gold. 

This is a view from one end of the dining room down the hall to the entry. A beautiful green Santa dressed in velvet keeps watch over the dining room. 

I always love decorating the mantle in the formal living room. The room is very traditional as you can see from the fireplace but the homeowner has added several beautiful contemporary elements in the accessories, art, and furniture. 

Again, greenery gives a simple and dramatic look to the fireplace. In the center of the mantle I place this beautiful Santa bust, fill in with greenery and ornaments and we add seasonal candles. Doesn’t it look stunning in front of the contemporary painting?

This year we changed things up in the Entry of the home. This tree used to be back in the family room, it has a fun combination of brightly colored ornaments coupled with black and white checkerboard ribbon and ornaments.

Checking his list one more time. 

The Santa painting was done by a local artist several years ago and used to sit on the mantle at Christmas. Last year we bought a large floor easel to display it on, it looks perfect next to the fun tree. 

The staircase continues with bright colors, here we have lime green, red and gold all combined on a lighted garland to create a fun and dramatic look. You can see the lime tree on the left under the curve of the stairs and the formal living room at the back with the mantle on the left. 

Looking up you can get a better look at the Lime and Red Checkerboard ribbon.

One last peek at this year’s newest creation. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of this beautiful home and find some inspiration for your home. Have a great day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow with a look at another recent decorating project. Enjoy!!!

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