Christmas arrives with a rush of special memories, with each ornament, figurine and package bringing with it images of holidays past. Drena Bathemess’s 1920s Florida cottage reflects treasured traditions throughout this festive season, her decorating style influenced by her childhood home and the home she’s built with her own children.
Drena grew up in a home decorated with multiple Christmas trees, a tradition she’s carried into her own home. Trees can be found framed by windows, on tabletops and artfully arranged in corners. A faux white tree brings a wintery feel to the home. Pastel mini-trees give rooms a fresh burst of color.
A natural tree, cut from a local forest, serves as the family tree. It’s decorated with a mixture of heirloom ornaments, pieces made by Drena’s son, and vintage baubles sourced from area flea markets and antiques shops. The family’s gifts are gathered under the tree, wrapped in brown paper and embellished with string, ribbon or a floral garnish.
Drena’s collections of ornaments can be found throughout the home, not just on the trees. In the dining room, ornaments are hung from sashes to dress up chairs. In the sitting room, ornaments are gathered on platters and under cloches. The living room fireplace is decked with a wreath Drena crafted from an assortment of vintage balls.
The look is topped of with a variety of new and vintage, fresh and artificial accents. A vintage tobacco-barn star is given a holiday makeover with twinkle lights and embellished with flowers. Fresh evergreen garlands swag walls and trim windows, while a variety of fresh and silk flowers bring a pastel touch to the rooms.
While all of these pieces hold special meaning to Drena, she’s not afraid to mix it up and experiment with the design of her holiday home from year to year, excited to find new ways to showcase the collections that hold so much meaning.
“I never decorate my home the same way; it changes each year, inviting friends and family to rediscover Christmas treasures,” she says.