A MODERN TOUCH
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.