“Joy is in the de­tails.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Cottage -

“Have a cup of ap­ple spice. It makes ev­ery­thing nice,” and in­vites guests to make them­selves com­fort­able with a warm bev­er­age.

TELL A STORY

For home­owner Katie, the hol­i­days are about uti­liz­ing the din­ing and liv­ing room, spa­ces that she feels are ne­glected through­out the rest of the year. “Be­cause of the hol­i­days those two rooms get their time in our lives,” she says, adding that the fire­place, decked out with stock­ings, gets its time to shine then too.

For stylist Michelle, at the heart of hol­i­day dé­cor is the idea of a story. “They say, ‘Home is where your story be­gins,’ so the ques­tion to ask when dec­o­rat­ing is, ‘What do you want your story to say?’”

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