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Thoroughly Modern Merry
When Abby Larson describes her northern Massachusetts home as a “dream come true,” she isn’t exaggerating. In 2014 she and her husband, Tait, purchased the property, which had belonged to a friend, after admiring it for years. Abby, founder of the Style Me Pretty and Style Me Pretty Living websites, knew the classic architecture and roomy interiors would be the perfect backdrop for her growing family and lifestyle brand. “We shoot most of our content here, which means we’re always rearranging furniture and changing up accessories,” she says. “The only real constant is the house’s good bones and beautiful views.”
Come December, it’s no surprise that Abby prefers natural touches inspired by what’s right outside her doors: incredible winter sunsets, towering trees, deer and even wild turkeys. “I love soft, well-worn linens and aged wood tones year-round because they let our land be the shining star,” says Abby. “For Christmas, all we add is fresh greenery from the backyard, some metallic accents and a touch of pink, our signature SMP color.” Decorating is definitely a family affair. Kids Audrey, 8, and Will, 5, gather pinecones for making ornaments and garlands, while little Thea, 2, helps Abby put the finishing touches on the tree. There’s time in their schedule for traditions too—that’s when Abby’s Texas roots shine through. “We put on a little George Strait and bake gooey skillet cinnamon rolls for our neighbors,” she says. “And like any good southern household, we fill our weekends with big gatherings and tons of food.”
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Comfort and Joy
Abby creates a focal point on the mantel by pairing bottlebrush and mercury glass trees with bud vases holding fragrant stars-of-Bethlehem. The red linen stockings were an Etsy find from WonderfulLifeFarm, a local New England vendor.
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DIY Decor: Faux Tree
Abby likes to turn holiday baubles, including retro ball ornaments from her father’s collection, into art for her credenza. To re-create this look, whitewash a piece of Homosote board with a 50-50 mix of water and paint. Gather a variety of trimmings and fashion them into a tree shape. Secure each piece with a decorative pin, and pop into a frame, if desired.
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Deck the Halls
Dressed up with a festive Serena & Lily cushion, a simple leather bench is the perfect perch for putting on winter boots. In addition to storing presents under the tree, Abby keeps a basket of grab-and-go gifts by the door for friends and guests.
DIY Decor: Stair Swags
Instead of a traditional garland, try hanging single boughs of blue atlas cedar spaced evenly along a banister. Abby uses backyard clippings when possible to save cash and time. Pinecones and wooden snowflakes, both whitewashed by Audrey and Will, lend rustic charm to the loose bunches. As a finishing touch, tie off each arrangement with ribbon.
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Abby, Tait, Will, Thea and Audrey enjoy a moment outside their front door with Chloe, the family’s beloved pup.
DIY Decor: Deconstructed Door Display
Forget the bling, and show your entry some love with a mashup of berry branches, small trees and pinecone garlands. Place plants in galvanized tubs, which stand up to the elements and will patina nicely throughout the season.
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It's All in the Details
Ethereal amber glass balls hang alongside frosted feathers and wool acorns on the Larsons’ Norway spruce. Classic meets mod with faceted orb ornaments in pink and mint, two of Abby’s favorite unconventional Christmas shades.
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Small Is Beautiful
A forest of tiny mantel trees are movable and can double as table decorations.