It’s all about ca­sual el­e­gance this hol­i­day sea­son.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY JICKIE TOR­RES PHOTO BY D. BLACK­MORE/ TI ME­DIA

This year we’re all about em­brac­ing the comfy and cozy part of the hol­i­days.

We love per­fectly im­per­fect el­e­ments, cozy tex­tures and high­light­ing the ca­sual side of grace­ful spa­ces. After all, once the cook­ing, shop­ping, wrap­ping and host­ing is done, what’s left—and what’s most im­por­tant—is that you find your­self in a hol­i­day space that is warm, wel­com­ing and good for the soul. So if you’re ready to em­brace easy el­e­gance, fol­low these tips.


We love beau­ti­ful neu­trals as the base for your hol­i­day color pal­ette. Sure, red and vi­brant green warm up the space and add that clas­sic hol­i­day touch, but from the slip­cover to the throws to the brown pa­per pack­ages around the tree, our fa­vorite part of this space is the sooth­ing cream white and flax foun­da­tion pieces.


From the wood tex­tures to the lantern and pinecone ac­cents, easy coun­try el­e­ments give this room a sweet charm. They are rus­tic rather than fussy, sim­ple and hand­made rather than sleek and mass pro­duced.


We love this or­ganic and spon­ta­neous style of tree trim­ming, where or­na­ments are a mix of tex­tures, sizes and mo­tifs. You’ll be hard-pressed to spot a pat­tern here! Just be sure to re­ally pack the branches and in­clude a few larger-scale or­na­ments to help punc­tu­ate the ar­range­ment and make it look fresh and full.

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