A Colorado Home Decked Out for Christmas
See how this cozy mountain abode is decorated for the holidays
Holidays in the high country are a special time of year and an opportunity for homes to reflect the holiday spirit with festive décor. Courtney St. John, principal designer and owner of Courtney St. John Studio, decks the halls in a client’s Colorado home each year, working with the family’s preexisting assortment of holly jolly nutcrackers and stuffed animal polar bears.
“The wife really enjoys the same classic décor every year—think traditional red, green and white. She loves the nostalgia of the holiday,” St. John explains.
In fact, step inside the abode come Christmas Eve, she continues, and you will discover a Santa, accompanied by the “World’s Tallest Elf,” singing Christmas carols with guests and offering presents to the gathering children. “While that’s all going on, the homeowner is passing out cookies she’s made. She bakes hundreds of them all December long. The family’s Christmas Eve party is always something to behold.”
To match the home’s ranch-meets-rustic vibe, St. John applies ribbons crafted from leather or suede, working them into garlands for the mantelpieces found throughout the home. “Each bedroom actually has its own fireplace, making the whole house feel warm and cozy in winter.” She selects chunkier ribbons, four to five inches wide, to achieve a charming classic aesthetic in the mantelpiece displays.
“The holidays can be so personal, so choose what you love to live with.” – Interior Designer Courtney St. John
But St. John also expands the family’s collections. “Every year, we try to add another piece, like a new garland,” she says. Or, she might play around with which nutcracker stands front and center on the living room mantelpiece, as the lanky fellows are too tall for a bookshelf. “It’s always best to think about proportion and scale when determining what should go on the home’s largest mantel.”
When deinstalling the holiday décor, St. John is careful to mark where everything went. “That’s the beauty of sticking with predominantly similar décor each year; it’s always easy to figure out where things might go next time,” she says. Plus, reusing wreaths and garlands that you can return to every year can be a great way to become more sustainable during the holidays, she says.
For those eager to weave a more modern touch into their traditional Christmas décor, St. John suggests trying differently colored lights or other details that set a contemporary vibe. “There really are no hard-and-fast rules to getting the perfect holiday décor. Choosing whatever resonates with you is really the way to go. The holidays can be so personal, so choose what you love to live with.”