Friday, December 24, 2010

Virtual Holiday House Tour Featuring Emily Clark, Tamara Matthews-Stephenson, and Everything LEB

The Virtual Holiday House Tour wraps up today with Emily Clark, Tamara Matthews from the Nestnestnest, and Lindsay from Everything LEB!

Emily writes, "I took a simple approach to Christmas decorating this year, simply because there is no time around here to do anything elaborate.  I used a lot of natural elements (greenery, pinecones, etc.) and added some sparkle with silver and white Christmas ornaments, candlesticks,  etc."

Tamara writes, "Decorating for the Holidays is a fun family tradition in our home.  Since we have many hand me down and homemade ornaments we enjoy unwrapping them every year and reminiscing their history.  Some of the traditions we keep the same every year on our tree:  baby’s breath tucked within the branches, a faux sugared cranberry garland we bought on a trip years earlier and bows tied on the edges of the branches (my German grandmother’s tradition).  This year we used gold bows.  Something new this year is we spray painted leaves and holly gold-colored for our Thanksgiving table so we used it on our Christmas tree to recycle.  I infused a bit more silver and gold this year than other years and was inspired a “Winter Wonderland” theme I saw throughout New York --Holiday House showhouse, magazines, store windows and the new Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue.

Since my children were very little each year we attend the Nutcracker Ballet at the NY City Ballet, so the music and decoration of the ballet inspires me a great deal every Christmas.  I have a large nutcracker that graces the bottom of our tree (made out of paper mache), as well as dozens of small nutcracker place holders that we use in various places:  this year we used them on our fireplace mantel alongside antique Blue Willow plates and red coral candlestick holders.  We have collected many beautiful ornaments over the years and I especially love mercury glass -- so I place extra ones around the house in large bowls – you can see here a McCoy shell inspired bowl houses a mixture of ornaments.  This year we opted for a single boxwood wreath on our front door.  I made a burlap bow with a gold ornament to adorn our red door."

Linsday from Everything LEB is super busy this year planning for her New England wedding, in just a few short months!  Check out her festive mantle, and those fabulous gold sconces!

Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Becky and Deb


  1. So happy to be included in such a great group of design bloggers!!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Thanks so much for including my home :) I've been out of town all week and am just now catching up on blog reading and email. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!