Cool BLUE

Crisp, clean and invit­ing, this West Coast show­case show­ers a touch of the coast into its hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing.

Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Festive Homes - Pho­tographed by LU TAPP. Styled by SUN­DAY HENDRICKSON. Writ­ten by KHRISTI ZIMMETH.

San­dra Lin­der­man has a lot of rea­sons to love De­cem­ber 6. That day marks not only her birth­day but also the be­gin­ning of her an­nual hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing. “We have a birth­day din­ner party and then go out to pick out our tree,” she says. “The dec­o­rat­ing of the tree and the house for the hol­i­days usu­ally goes on for a few days.”

Their “tra­di­tional farm­house,” built in 1966, is lo­cated in Thou­sand Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia, named for the pro­tected oak trees in the area. San­dra had her eye on the two-story home with its large yard and porch swing for years be­fore it went up for sale in 1988. “The minute it went on the mar­ket we bought it,” she says.

Once it was theirs, the an­tiques dealer and stylist (she has a booth in The Mart Col­lec­tive in nearby Venice) im­me­di­ately went to work. Her hus­band, Jeff, is a gen­eral con­trac­tor, and “30 years later, we al­ways have a project go­ing,” she ex­plains. Among the ren­o­va­tions they’ve tack­led is the kitchen, de­signed with en­ter­tain­ing in mind. “It’s def­i­nitely the heart of our home,” she says.

Sim­ply fur­nished rooms serve as back­drops for San­dra’s en­vi­able and care­fully cu­rated col­lec­tions, which she de­scribes as “a mix of French and Swedish an­tiques with a touch of mod­ern.” “Vin­tage ob­jects are a source of in­spi­ra­tion for my home and my busi­ness,” she ex­plains.

That’s es­pe­cially true dur­ing the hol­i­days, when she livens up her year-round pal­ette of white, gray and “a lit­tle robin’s egg blue” with fresh greens and other nat­u­ral el­e­ments. (For more on achiev­ing her style, see “Nat­u­ral Noel” on page 97.) “I love fra­grant green­ery and flow­ers,” she ex­plains. “Once those beau­ti­ful ba­sics are there, you don’t need much more.”

Christ­mas or year-round, San­dra’s top tips know no sea­son. “Don’t be a slave to trends,” she ad­vises, and “Al­ways buy what you love.” For her, that in­cludes old iron­stone, minia­ture French horses, and things with a chippy or aged patina. The daugh­ter of artists, she also grav­i­tates to­ward old painter’s pal­ettes, empty frames, old linens and sal­vaged ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments.

Keep­ing things sim­ple and in­te­grat­ing care­fully cho­sen sea­sonal items leaves her plenty of time to en­joy fam­ily and friends. “I love the hol­i­days, spend­ing time with our three grown children, dec­o­rat­ing our tree, cook­ing and play­ing games,” she says. “We en­joy ev­ery minute.” ABOVE A vin­tage dough box is pressed into ser­vice for pa­per­whites in the master bed­room, where San­dra adds cedar rop­ing to ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments and year-round art­work.

“I love fra­grant green­ery and flow­ers. Once those BEAU­TI­FUL BA­SICS are there, you don’t need much more.”

“Don’t be a slave to trends; AL­WAYS BUY WHAT YOU LOVE.”

“I LOVE THE HOL­I­DAYS, spend­ing time with our three grown children, dec­o­rat­ing our tree, cook­ing and play­ing games. We en­joy ev­ery minute.”

The Lin­der­mans’ serene liv­ing room is open to the kitchen, where the fam­ily fre­quently en­ter­tains fam­ily and friends.

LEFT San­dra and her 27-year-old daugh­ter, Emily, prep for the hol­i­days. San­dra’s fa­vorite or­na­ments are the ones her three grown children made when they were small, she says.

RIGHT A sweet bust and stack of books on the bed­side ta­ble in the master bed­room get the hol­i­day treat­ment with strate­gi­cally placed green­ery.

The master bed­room fea­tures high ceil­ings and the same pleas­ing pal­ette found through­out the rest of the house.

LEFT The daugh­ter of artists, San­dra col­lects vin­tage painter’s pal­ettes, among other things. She ro­tates items fre­quently, sell­ing ac­cents in her booth when she tires of them to keep her col­lec­tions fresh.

ABOVE The Lin­der­mans ex­panded the kitchen years ago to make it more con­ducive to their fre­quent en­ter­tain­ing.

RIGHT San­dra is drawn to old raw wood and vin­tage linens. This an­tique horse gets dressed in blue rib­bon for Christ­mas.

LEFT Pieces from San­dra’s siz­able iron­stone pot­tery col­lec­tion fill an an­tique book­case in the kitchen din­ing area. San­dra tucks pinecones and or­na­ments in for a fes­tive touch with­out a lot of work or ex­tra ex­pense.

BE­LOW San­dra mixes or­na­ments with drift­wood, pet­ri­fied shells, rocks and coral, or “ba­si­cally any­thing with patina,” she says.

ABOVE An an­tique apothe­cary cabi­net serves as stylish stor­age. San­dra adds sparkle with vin­tage and new or­na­ments in a patina- rich wooden trough. LEFT A vin­tage teddy bear from San­dra’s col­lec­tion of worn and weath­ered furry friends waits for Santa on the stair­case to the sec­ond floor.

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