Over­flow­ing with Charm

Shim­mer­ing lay­ers of pink, cream and gold dress this home from top to bot­tom in an al­most fairy-tale vin­tage hol­i­day decor, show­cas­ing the cou­ple’s ta­lented works.

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE - Pho­tographed by John El­lis and Sun­day Hen­drick­son. Styled by Sun­day Hen­drick­son.

Shim­mer­ing lay­ers of pink, cream and gold dress this home from top to bot­tom in an al­most fairy-tale vin­tage hol­i­day decor, show­cas­ing the cou­ple’s ta­lented works.

Step into Cindy and Bob El­lis’ Red­lands, Cal­i­for­nia, bun­ga­low home at the hol­i­days and it’s al­most like step­ping into a mag­i­cal fairy-tale won­der­land. Can­de­labras teeter atop door frames with sil­ver strands of shim­mer­ing beads drip­ping from each arm. Gauzy bil­lows of sheer pink and white fab­ric and rib­bon drape around ta­bles, chairs and pic­ture frames. Mag­nif­i­cent ar­chi­tec­tural pieces an­chor each room—and oh, the chan­de­liers! Sus­pended from nearly ev­ery ceil­ing is a stun­ning glass-and-metal piece that cap­tures your fancy. The El­lis home truly is a Christ­mas fairy tale.

“My love of the old Vic­to­rian comes out in my dec­o­rat­ing,” Cindy says. As an artist, she cre­ates dreamy paint­ings of old-fash­ioned roses and gar­den set­tings. She of­ten finds her­self paint­ing her fa­vorite bloom onto Christ­mas or­na­ments or other dec­o­ra­tions, which she min­gles with vin­tage jewelry, old frames, glis­ten­ing crowns, lace and other ac­cou­trements of the Vic­to­rian era. Cindy’s hus­band, Bob, also an artist, crafts hand­made vin­tage-style gar­den struc­tures and bird­houses. He also puts his skills to use ar­rang­ing var­i­ous ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments and sal­vage pieces as show­cases for the cou­ple’s lav­ish hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing and the twice-yearly sales they hold at their home.

For Christ­mas, Cindy be­gins plan­ning the first of Oc­to­ber, fig­ur­ing out the theme for the dec­o­rat­ing scheme and their hol­i­day open house. “By the end of Oc­to­ber, I be­gin dec­o­rat­ing,” she says. “Ev­ery year, I have a new theme.” Cindy has cre­ated dec­o­rat­ing schemes around dress forms, gar­den pieces and more. This year’s theme will be an­gel wings and roses. In ad­di­tion to Bob and Cindy’s art­work, her daugh­ter, Elishia, also cre­ates many beau­ti­ful pieces for the shows. “We go all out for Christ­mas,” Cindy af­firms.

The bun­ga­low is a step back from the El­lises’ pre­vi­ous home—a large Vic­to­rian. The cou­ple an­tic­i­pated down­siz­ing, but as Cindy points out, “that all changed when we started adding on.” First, Bob cre­ated a vin­tage gar­den room, and then he built Cindy’s stu­dio, and last year, he cre­ated an­other

ABOVE: Cindy and Bob El­lis com­bine their artis­tic tal­ents to cre­ate whim­si­cal de­signs; he builds and she paints.

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