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Last month, I mentioned I was in New York for Lowe’s Deck the Halls and Walls and All event, and if you follow me on Instagram, you may have even seen some sneak peeks (social media was tagged #holidayreadyhome). But today, I get to share images and tell you all about it!
This event was so much fun to participate in. Overnight, Lowe’s created a “house” in a studio space in Manhattan. There was a front porch + yard, an entry, a kitchen, a living room, and a guest room + bath. Then, they assigned each area to a different designer to furnish and decorate for the holidays — and as an extra challenge, we had about 2 weeks to make our design decisions, and then we had one day to install everything. Very exciting! On the evening of installation day, we were able to show off our work to bloggers and magazine editors that came by for a cocktail party.
I was assigned the Porch + Front Yard and I had a blast coming up with ideas to make it as festive as possible. Would you like to hear how I went about making decisions?
First, I ch0se red paint for the door — Valspar’s Art District to be exact. Red paint gives your home a pop of color and is a classic choice year round, but during the holidays, a red door seems especially fitting! Once I decided on the door color, I decided to keep the color scheme really simple — red, black, grey and white. (I know the siding on the house looks whitish in these photos, but it was actually a lovely grey. : )
When the color scheme for the exterior was in place, I started to imagine possibilities for wreaths and greenery. But instead of green, I went with a very modern bright white! In garland, wreaths, and potted trees — all pre-lit, which makes things so. much. easier. Lit up, the contrast against the house was even better than I imagined — and the white gave a snowy feel instantly. Pretty in the day and pretty at night, too. I added simple twinkle lights to the landscaping shrubbery as well.
Next, I looked to Scandinavia for some inspiration. As we know from practically every interior design image on Pinterest (hah!), Scandinavian design is clean and modern, but at Christmas, it often includes natural touches among those sleek surfaces, and somehow the combination works wonderfully. It manages to hit that sweet spot between modern and traditional. So I added my own natural touches. I hung the 3 wreaths with burlap ribbon (natural burlap against the front door, and red burlap against the windows), and wrapped the potted white trees with burlap as well. Then I filled out the front door wreath, and the potted plants with garlands of paper leaves. Adding to basic decorations is a simple way to make something store bought feel special and fit in with your family’s style. I also included a wooden door mat for another natural touch.
Then I lined up boots for Dad, Mom, and Baby and filled them with gifts. I think they make a charming alternative to stockings!
In the yard, I envisioned a magical little scene — a cozy bench with pillows (here and here) and a faux fur throw. Somewhere to sit with a mug of hot cocoa or mulled cider, while you get your fill of the wintery weather and the twinkle lights. I used these smaller trees, and these larger trees to create the scene. Both are beautiful, but in person, the smaller trees get lots of oohs and aahs. They are on my wishlist for sure! Then I hung these beautiful wooden snowflake ornaments (a combination of both designs) from the branches.
I’d love to hear what you think. If you were designing a holiday exterior from scratch, would you go modern or traditional? Or somewhere in between? Do you use pre-lit greenery? Or are you strictly a fresh-from-the-forest-real-live-boughs kind of girl? And lastly, would you enjoy a design challenge like this?
P.S. — You can find images of all the rooms in this “house” here.