If you follow me and have read some of my other posts you know that I moved to CT in January of 2015. We are back for Christmas in UT to celebrate with our family. While I am here I get to help some of my past design clients put up Christmas. This is the home of one of my favorite clients. I helped her and her husband build their home from the ground up close to 6 years ago. It was such a fun project, you can see more photos of their home HERE. They wanted it light and fresh and so much of it we would do again right now. I am going to share her Classic Christmas Home tour with you.
I have done her Christmas every year for the past five years. It is such a nice way to see her and catch up and work on a other things she wants to update. I had her take pictures of everything the first year I did it. She can put most of it up herself then I come back through and touch it up and add to it. I do her tree and garland every year, she says she just can’t do it the same as me, so lucky me I am still needed!
We have a simple garland that goes around her gorgeous banister. It is flocked and I layered simple yarn ribbon through it.
Some of the Christmas accessories on her tree are things that she had from over the years that mean a lot to her. I absolutely love using items that are sentimental rather than going out and buying all new. I just added some berry picks, green branch picks and gold leafed picks to add some fullness to the tree.
She had these glass red and green ornaments that I clustered together to make a larger impact. I did groups of twos and threes all over the tree, they stand out so much more.
They are all big readers and have so many fun Christmas books that I love to use all over her home. I put them in stacks on tables, in baskets and ottomans. Using useful items like her books and yarn make your home feel so much more collected and personalized.
I pulled out bowls and plates and used them to display the gorgeous glass ornaments. I have her take down all her spring and light floral and we switch them for little mini flocked trees and fresh florals.
The first year I did her Christmas we put it up right after Thanksgiving. I used fresh garland, unfortunately it dried up so quickly and just didn’t look as nice. I found these simple garlands with lights that look real and lets face it last a lot longer. I prefer anything real and fresh over fake but sometimes it just isn’t as feasible and the fake can look so close to real that it works lovely.
In her kitchen we added fresh rosemary topiaries and I filled her tired cart on her island with christmas dishes and jars filled with candy.
I had said that they love to read. When we designed her home 6 years ago we made sure to do this functional, yet stunning library. You can see this room from the street so it was fun to add a little sparkle to the window and to a room that they spend a lot of time in.
I decorated the tree with little book ornaments and neutral colors to match the decor in the library.
I hope you enjoyed this gorgeous home as much as I do. I enjoy the people who live in it, they are the most charitable people I know. I love when clients become such good friends that I love to create a cozy space for them and their families. Next year I will have to share more of this home and the fun nautical basement!