House Tour: Opulent Christmas Decor Brightens up a Traditional Home

garlanded front door
A grand entrance deserves an elaborate display. Garlands laden with ribbons and ornaments set the tone for rest of the house.

Christmas is not the time for restraint. This year, pull out all the stops when it comes to decorating your home.

Jamie Merida, owner of Bountiful Interiors in Easton, Maryland, was asked to decorate a client’s home for the holidays. “Our client absoultely loves Christmas,” says Merida, “It’s her favorite thing. She has her grown children living nearby and lots of grandchildren. They all come over for the holiday.” Tired of old and worn out decorations, the owner’s instructions were “no holds barred” when it came to transforming her Colonial-style home for the holidays.

This large foyer required a striking focal point that sets the tone for the entire home. The grand staircase is bedecked with an equally impressive garland.
This large foyer required a striking focal point that sets the tone for the entire home. The grand staircase is bedecked with an equally impressive garland.

The amazing architecture and elegant, traditional interior design lends itself naturally to an elaborate, multilayered decorating approach for the holidays that takes advantage of the amazing architectural features in the hosue. The tone is set in the foyer, which features a grand staircase wrapping up to the landings. A thick, lit garland encrusted with ornaments jeweled and silver ornaments is eye-catching from a distance, but is even more impressive viewed up close.

It’s these small, elaborate details that make all the difference.

foyer with stairway
The lighted garland on the banister is thick with ribbon and ornaments, a posh look that can be replicated with a little effort.

Because the homeowner is not a fan of traditional red and green Christmas decorations, Merida and his team worked with a palette of alternative colors, choosing silver, gold and white, with natural green, peachy pink and robin’s egg blue to play off the existing decor in the parlor. “The palette is both elegant and traditional, a sort of restrained opulence,” says Merida.

white living room with pink and gold tree
A bright tree decked with gold and pink is the perfect match for this mostly-white living room.

Each mantel in the home is likewise decked with garlands, twinkling with lights and dripping with ornaments like jeweled berries and gold-dusted holly leaves.

Christmas tree
Gold lights and plentiful gold ribbons make the Christmas tree glow with holiday warmth.

Merida’s team decorated the dining room formally, with gold and silver taking the forefront in the color schemes.

Elegant dining room with christmas decorations
The dark wood table matches the woodwork in this elegant dining room, but light carpet and walls keep the space from feeling heavy or overladen, even with the abundant Christmas display.
Dining table set with white and gold dishware and crystal
Pull out all the stops when it comes time to set the table for Christmas dinner. This special meal demands the best dishes and crystal.
Silver gilt decor provide plenty of shimmer and shine on the dining room mantel. In this display, it's all about the little details.
Silver gilt decor provide plenty of shimmer and shine on the dining room mantel. In this display, it’s all about the little details.

Elsewhere in the house, a more rustic approach to decor relies on natural materials and greenery, but with no less an eye for intricate detail.

Christmas console decorations with natural green and red

Small details, like this fiber bird and nest, are what make the lush decor of this home really work.
Small details, like this fiber bird and nest, are what make the lush decor of this home really work.

Styled by Charlotte Safavi

Photography by Robert Radifera

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