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Rocky River Holiday Home Tour


Over the past few weeks you may have heard me mentioning that I was selected to participate as one of 6 designers assigned a historic or note-worthy home in the Rocky River, OH area. The home tour took place this past Sunday (over 600 people participated!) and while relieved that my work as a very-busy holiday elf is now complete, I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the house turned out. In case you’re still working on your own home (or just like to look at pretty pictures of festive home decor!), I thought I would share some images from this weekend along with sourcing details.

So, let’s begin!

Knock, knock. Anyone home?

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We kept the main entrance very clean and simple. A garland and two potted evergreens flanked the front door. A bright wreath with gold accents completed the porch decor. Once inside, you’re greeted by the most visually stunning dendrobium orchid arrangement nestled in a bowl of metallic striped ornaments. Not the typical holiday flowers, eh? This holiday house was all about keeping in the style of the traditional home, but with youthful and moderns spins on classics. You’ll see those stripes again…




Well, hello stripes! To the right of the entry is the formal dining room. My theme was bold black +white with glittery metallics and splashes of pink. The rustic wood table was just too pretty to cover with a tablecloth, so I decided to use a custom runner and matching napkins in black + white stripe. Custom does not have to mean $$$ these days: a 120″ runner and coordinating set of 8 dinner napkins were sourced through a great vendor I discovered on ETSY!

The homeowner provided the gold flatware, black + gold greek key trimmed china, and mercury glass bird votives. The rest of the VASES and tableware came courtesy of TARGET! The GOLD TEXTURED CHARGERS were a steal at $2.49 each. Those cute little trees above the mantle? Target dollar bin. Boom. I dropped a few extra GOLD ORNAMENTS ($5 for a box of 18) from Target into the glass vessels on each end of the fireplace and added a few festive, glittery, GOLD BRANCHES (SIMILAR) from my local craft store ($6.50 each). Oh, and for each guest of honor, a customized chalkboard place card and ornament. In case you didn’t know, Ralphie is the main character of the holiday movie classic, A Christmas Story which just happens to take place in Cleveland, OH.


So now, let’s take a closer look at those flowers. Again, not your typical holiday arrangement. Doreen from BEGINNINGS created these gorgeous centerpieces using kale, hypericum (green berries), dianthus (green fuzzy balls<– a very technical description), and pink tulips. Apparently, kale isn’t just for smoothies and salads anymore. All of the floral used was intentionally selected to be long-lasting so that the table looks beautiful for days AFTER your holiday soiree.



Next, we move on to the attached family room and we see our Christmas tree is all of her graphic glory! This one is DEFINITELY a “her.” I wanted to carry over the black + white stripe/metallic theme and keep the tree modern and sophisticated. All it took to get this look was about 50 yards of 1 ½” wide ribbon. This one was a velvet flocked black ribbon in a subtle animal-print pattern with metallic trim. I discovered it at the local craft store (PAT CATANS) for $5.55 for 25 yards! Total bargain. The poinsettias were snipped off of a faux wired bunch purchased at a craft store as well. I used about 20 blooms from 4, 21″-bundles ($4.99 each). Once the ribbon and floral was arranged, I filled in the tree with gold glitter birds ($.59 for a pack of 4) and more of those metallic striped ornaments. That’s all- little effort, big impact!


A few years ago I started coordinating my WRAPPING PAPER to my tree design. It’s a little touch that visually goes a long way. For this home, only more black + white stripes would do! I accented each gift with coordinating gold wired ribbon and a few metallic berry sprigs I had leftover from another project.

How amazing is this simple tulip arrangement?



We wanted something low profile for the coffee table to keep from blocking the view of the tree and let’s be honest here, the flat screen TV above the mantle! Doreen delivered the perfect solution that kept in theme with the floral design from the dining room.

Next, onto the kitchen!



Since the kitchen is one of the most functional and busy areas of the house, I tried to keep any decor minimal to keep clutter at bay. Rather than focus on the large center island, I kept any holiday swag tucked out of the way on the light, bright window ledge behind the sink. Glass containers filled with candy add a simple and inexpensive element of fun that anyone can replicate. The LED-lit wired tree actually belonged to the homeowner but she wasn’t sure how to best use it. We decided on whimsical, graphic Kate Spade ornaments (again replicating the black + white color scheme) that LOVELY PAPERIE was kind enough to loan. The homeowner loved them so much, she ended up purchasing them for her own collection to be used for years to come.

Quite possibly, my favorite room of the house is the formal sitting room to the left of the main entryway. It’s a modern, Hollywood-regency glam room complete with a dark reflective ceiling, leather nail head studded couches and a zebra hide rug. All it took were some textured knit throw pillows, LED “fairy lights” in encased jars (the homeowner’s own) and a quick wrap of the deer head’s antlers to simply light up the room and give it a moody glow.



Upstairs, we put small, 3′ PRE-LIT TREES  in each of the 4 bedrooms and allowed the room decor to dictate the style of the tree. In the case of the master bedroom, the homeowners wanted to ensure the space stayed serene, clean and peaceful. Rather than add any color with bedding, we chose to focus on texture to add visual interest. Pintucked white cotton, casual linen and sparkly details completed the refined look. To complement the space, I selected the most sophisticated of ornaments (all Target finds!)- white feathers, sparkly crystals and cool-hued metallics.




The boy’s bedrooms were a bit more colorful and played into each boy’s specific interests. I really love this idea of allowing children to personalize their own trees. It’s adorable to see the changes in their selections as they get older! Selfishly, it also allows Mom and Dad to maintain full creative control over the family tree on display downstairs. No need to hide “homemade” ornaments in the back of your tree anymore!



Overall, this was such a fabulous experience and a great day that raised over $20,000 towards scholarships, schools and local charities!

What does YOUR holiday home look like?

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