HOUSE OF GOOD CHEER

Southern Living (USA) - - Contents - BY KATHER­INE OWEN PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY HEC­TOR MANUEL SANCHEZ STYLING BY BUFFY H AR GET T MILLER

Natasha Lawler de­signed her home with par­ties in mind.

Step in­side the world of Natasha Lawler, a con­sum­mate host­ess who de­signed her Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, home with joy­ful par­ties in mind

FOR NATASHA LAWLER, HER LOVE FOR host­ing ac­tu­ally dic­tates her in­te­rior decor. “I re­ally like en­ter­tain­ing,” says the woman who cites a crown roast as her go-to crowd-pleaser. “It’s easy. Ask the butcher to tie up a rack of pork like a crown. Then just bake it like a roast.” Not sur­pris­ingly, Lawler works in event plan­ning and pub­lic re­la­tions. In 2013, she moved from Hong Kong with her hus­band and their old­est son into this 1929 Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, home. (She’s since had two more boys.)

“Ex­cept for a bad 1970s paint job, it hadn’t ever been up­dated. There was no air-con­di­tion­ing. The grass out­side was 6 feet tall. I wanted to keep it tra­di­tional but still rel­e­vant for to­day,” says Lawler. To pre­serve the house’s charm, she main­tained as many orig­i­nal de­tails as pos­si­ble (down to the win­dow hard­ware) and up­dated only what was nec­es­sary. They ren­o­vated the kitchen, where the fam­ily spends the most time to­gether, and added air-con­di­tion­ing. “My mom wasn’t com­ing un­til that was done,” she ad­mits. Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, it takes Lawler about 100 lemons, 30 rolls of striped rib­bon, a scat­ter­ing of box­wood wreaths, and a mas­sive tree to get her home ready for Christ­mas. Read on for her fab­u­lously fes­tive ideas.

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