Think of holiday decorating as an extension of your design sensibility and coordinate the colors, the materials and the mood of your holiday decor to your home's existing style.
Decorating With Whimsy
To the left of the bed, a small astronaut figurine holds another wedding memory, pressed flowers from the wedding table. Incorporating art and accessories from important places and events is the best way to create a space that is full of meaning and connection. And adding unexpected moments like an astronaut on the bedside table helps create a fun and relaxed atmosphere that feels like home.
Give each guest a pastry bag filled with icing to use as mortar for their holiday home. Or, simply put out a few bowls filled with frosting so that the guests can spread it on with a knife. Kids may need a little help with this part; parents can frost while kids attach the candy.
With so many shades to chose from, it’s important to get violet tones right before layering them. Red violets tend to cast pink or burgundy hues onto their surroundings while blue-violets tend to make nearby objects appear periwinkle. But when the two are used together (as seen here), they usually cancel each other out, striking up a perfect balance.
From the walls and area rug to upholstery and art, the entire great room is layered with lavender tones. When combined, the overall effect is soft and light rather than overly rich and saturated. That’s the result of white accessories which help neutralize the purple tones of the lavender.
If you have a bit more room to play with, the wet bar offers the opportunity to incorporate extra refrigeration, a second sink and even a recycling center. Designer Nathan J. Reynolds fit all this and more into this project. “This wet bar was designed with entertaining in mind,” he says. “The top refrigerator drawer is perfect for storing cold water, soda, beer — even juice boxes for the kids. The bottom freezer drawer makes ice and is great for chilling glasses and liquor. Fill the sink up with ice and display the beverages offered to guests for the evening. The far right drawer is handy for bottle openers, napkins and bar utensils for the bartender. Below the drawer is a recycling center pull-out with trash and recycling for the empty bottles. The countertop space is generous for displaying beverages and making your favorite cocktail.”
This year designer Tiffany Brooks used framed art on the backsplash behind the five-burner cooktop. “I wanted to add humor, place art where it’s not expected, and also make the kitchen less serious,” says designer Tiffany Brooks. “The art solved all of this.”