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The Cottage Journal Holiday Home 2019

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United States
Hoffman Media
5 Issues

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1 min.

Nine beautiful homes are included in this special issue of Holiday Home from The Cottage Journal. This is the season to share prized holiday ornaments and decorative collections, welcome loved ones for a visit, and make memories that last a lifetime. The homes in this special issue greet all with bountiful wreaths and garlands at each door while lavish trees of every style and size become focal points of joy. From a cottage with a creamy, neutral palette in Savannah, Georgia, to an elegant colonial in blue and white outside Washington, DC, home interiors play a role as the backdrop for our festive holiday celebrations. May you and your family spend time not only hosting but also visiting as we close another year and welcome a new one!…

3 min.
decked in decadence

Blair and Taylor Smith’s home is a sight to behold any time of year, but Christmas is when the house shines extra bright. Passing through the interior designer’s front double door laden with traditional wreaths tied in red ribbon, guests are greeted by the family’s massive 12-foot tree decked from skirt to topper in glittering spheres and trinkets. “The tree is the biggest job,” Blair says. “It is pre-lit, which helps, but my mother always said, ‘You can’t have enough ornaments.’ I start from the inside out and hang by collection. I’ll be honest—it takes a couple of hours each day for a few days.” The home’s beauty is well-earned, with Blair spending days decorating the entire house. While Taylor helps her with the exterior decorations, the interior is her forte.…

3 min.
timeless tradition

When it comes to Christmas décor, the holiday design of this Federal townhouse in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, celebrates the season by keeping with timeless tradition. “Our home is 200 years old, so I stick with that as my holiday decorating inspiration,” says homeowner Brian Branton, who shares the 2400-square-foot house with his partner, Adam Podbielski. “I want the décor to be traditional but also fitting for a much lived-in and beloved home, so that resonates throughout.” Not only is the house filled with family antiques and priceless heirlooms, but its warm color palette of rich, earthy tones—with shades of green, yellow, and blue layered in—lends itself to a traditional Southern Christmas decorating style. “I’ve always loved Christmas,” says Brian, whose own heritage hearkens generations back from North Carolina. “My approach…

5 min.
full house

When Elizabeth and Tom Higgins found a house in an established neighborhood on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, they also found a place where their large family could feel right at home. The original house was built in 1964, but in 2015, with the idea of creating a home their entire family could enjoy together, the Higginses took down the original structure and rebuilt. “We took the bricks from the original house and used them on the front steps, porch, foyer floor, and bar backsplash,” Elizabeth says. “The goal for this house was to ‘build it and they will come.’ We wanted all seven of our adult children—and their spouses, friends, and future children—to have a home where they could blend and all be together as a family.” And that’s exactly…

3 min.
decorating for the home

It has taken Leah Bailey years to work out the perfect formula for her Christmas décor, but she’s finally got it down to an art. “Your holiday décor should blend with your house,” says the designer, who is based in Savannah, Georgia. For her, that means finding things that work within her serenely neutral color palette. The result? Boxwood wreaths on every window, a centrally located tree, and an ever-changing landscape of mixed garland. “I think the key to having interest in a neutral palette is to introduce texture, antiques—things that have life, things that have character,” Leah notes. Items like old books, shells, and architectural artifacts add story and character to her home’s design—and find their way into her Christmas décor. “When I’m decorating a banister with greenery, I incorporate feathers…

3 min.
be her guest

It’s simple to say “the more the merrier,” but to make holiday entertaining look not only enjoyable but even easy—that takes someone special. Enter Phylis Smith, a hostess with the mostest who frequently opens her heart and grand abode for festive fêtes. And with a refined style that makes guests feel both wowed and welcome, it’s easy to see why. Over the years, Phylis has found a few clever shortcuts that simplify the process of setting up for the season. The first comes in the form of a designer-turned-friend, Dana Holcombe of Holcombe Interior Design. Years ago, Dana designed a condominium for the Smiths that included a comprehensive plan for holiday bedecking. “The beauty of Dana’s work was that it was essentially transferable,” explains Phylis, who has since opted to use…