This home, decked out with French furnishings and a simple, Nordic-inspired color palette, could belong almost anywhere in Europe. But, in fact, this is the home of Cindy Roberts, owner of Cute Pink Stuff, in warm and sunny Southern California.
“Our home’s year-round style blends French and Nordic with rustic and feminine elements,” Cindy says. “Having a neutral palette of white makes it easy to incorporate splashes of red for the holidays. Adding neutral tones of brown blends nicely without changing our year-round style.”
The traditional red and white color scheme in her home transitions very well to holiday time.
“In years past, I’ve been exuberant,” Cindy says, “opting for traditional red and green decor, colorful Christmas stockings, window dressings and poinsettia plants everywhere. This year, I kept it simple with splashes of red on a white background (walls, floors, furniture) combined with rustic elements (burlap, pinecones, bird nests) and elegant shine (mercury-glass ornaments).”
Cindy makes many of her own holiday decorations, incorporating vintage textiles like seam binding and fabrics along with natural elements to create a uniquely personal look. Tabletops, mantels and doorways are decorated with sentimental items such as old Christmas cards and favorite handmade ornaments. The overall effect is organic and cozy.
Against the neutral backdrop, it doesn’t take much color to add a distinctively festive air. Even faded pinks and green make a big impact in this setting, without the need to go overboard with decorations.
Beyond the front rooms, Cindy has used simple decorations to bring Christmas throughout her small cottage home. Feather wreathes and strings of tiny ornaments blend easily with her rustic style without feeling intrusive.
Every year, Cindy tackles her Christmas decor with new ideas. “Each year presents a different decorating style,” she says. This includes the incorporation of new DIY projects, color combinations and ornaments. The minimalist atmosphere keeps the focus on her handcrafted artwork.
Each year also brings a new tradition to the family, one that allows them to slow down and savor the pleasures of the season.