House Tour: Opulent Christmas Decor Brightens up a Traditional Home
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.
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.
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.
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.
Merida’s team decorated the dining room formally, with gold and silver taking the forefront in the color schemes.
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.
Styled by Charlotte Safavi
Photography by Robert Radifera