Welcome to my house. It looks pretty different n’est-ce pas? This year, my living room has changed a lot and the Christmas decor is just the conclusion of that transformation. My kids are growing and despite our huge comfortable couch, we were in dire need of more leg room. So in came the new tobacco leather sofa. It reflects much more the style I am going for in our Craftsman style home, but I just could not get rid of my more country looking Montauk. It was my first large solo purchase as and adult and it’s followed me through thick and thin ever since. We are like family it and I. So, it stays. Now we have a ton of seating space, with a bit of a clash in styles that makes it all feel like home. Plus I painted the fireplace last winter, in a deep shade of blue, to accentuate it’s natural presence but also to complement the dark wood mantle that is original to the house and which my hubby refuses to see me paint. Love and compromises, isn’t that a Jane Austin novel or something?
But back to Christmas shall we? Two years ago I went for an apple green and teal look for my holiday decor. This year I went instead for a more muted palette in shades of blush, warm metals and wood. The effect is lush and yet now overwhelming or glitzy. I also chose to move the tree from the window to the back of the room, where I feel it has more room to breathe with the 2 couches now occupying that space entirely.
photos: Phil Bernard for Damask & Dentelle1