A MOD­ERN TOUCH

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The house may be full of the Thomas kids and their friends, but there’s still plenty of space for style. “I love early Amer­i­can bas­kets, pewter and fur­ni­ture, which I think, be­cause of the lines, can look quite mod­ern,” Christie says. She de­scribes her style as mod­ern Colo­nial, tak­ing el­e­ments from early Amer­i­can tra­di­tions and giv­ing them a con­tem­po­rary touch.

“It’s a sim­pli­fied, fresh look of us­ing old pieces from that era and ty­ing them in with pieces that are mod­ern,” she says. “I might take a re­ally old Colo­nial chair or Wind­sor chair and add a great piece of art that ties in with the chair and makes it look fresh and mod­ern.”

Christie’s Wind­sor chairs scat­tered through­out the home of­ten serve as stands to dis­play other dé­cor, such as pot­tery, pot­ted plants or sea­sonal ac­cents like pump­kins. The home has a neu­tral pal­ette so Christie can change out dé­cor with the chang­ing sea­sons. For fall, she keeps to browns, greens and golds, with nat­u­ral ac­cents like pump­kins and leaves, flow­ers and twigs she picks from out­side.

Christie en­joys us­ing pil­lows: For fall, she brings out her set of Ev­ery­day Oc­ca­sions by Jenny St­ef­fens Ho­bick. Vel­vety tex­tures, warm col­ors like rust and gold, and pat­terns us­ing nat­u­ral icons like acorns bring the feel of fall in­doors. “We change our wardrobes for the chang­ing sea­sons; sim­i­larly, I like to change my house,” Christie says.

THE GREAT OUT­DOORS. With the weather cool­ing down, fall is the per­fect time of year to en­joy a bon­fire and s’mores by the lake. Piles of pat­terned blan­kets in warm col­ors help fend off any au­tumn chill in the air.

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