December 12, 2017

‘Tis the season, friends!

This month, in between many of our ongoing design and remodel projects, we decked the halls of our lovely Studio Mate and Client, Kayla Adams’, home for the holidays. We wanted her home to be a natural extension of her day to day aesthetic and personal style, so we sought out to bring in even more of what she loves, and added an extra touch of merry for the holiday season. Take a peek below for a closer look at her beautiful home, and all the goodness we added to make it shine even brighter…



We focused on a few distinct areas to style and decorate, namely: the front door, dining area, family room and stairway. Read below for a bit more on each special space…




Kayla used the prettiest shade of blush paint for her front door, which is the perfect accent to her otherwise neutral palette throughout the home. We chose a classic bay leaf wreath accented with gilded bells, and hung it from a black & white striped ribbon. One of our favorite things to do is start the overall design aesthetic on the exterior of the home, and tie it together seamlessly from outside in. Much of Kayla’s home is clad in black & white decor, so we loved adding in a hint of the same palette on the front door.




Everyone loves a good tablescape, particularly during the holidays when friends and family gather round. Since the home has mixed materials and textures throughout, we kept the natural texture of the oak table visible and added in varied greenery for a pretty pop of color. To accentuate the length of the 9′ table, we used two faux rosemary garlands, and mixed in both pillar and traditional candles with gold taper holders. We love the soft glow of candlelight, and wanted to incorporate as many candles as possible here as the main focal point.

To play alongside the black & white palette in her home, we chose to use simple white dinnerware with contrasting matte black flatware. And because we’ve been loving so many of the pieces from the new 31Bits goods collection, we knew we had to incorporate a few of their items into our tablescape. We opted for their crisp, white cotton napkins with a fringed edge detail, and brass napkin rings. And because we can’t quite get enough, one of their new brass rainbow trivets as well, which doubles as the perfect functional and decorative tabletop accoutrement.

We believe every tablescape should have some sort of natural element highlighted, namely greenery and florals. We used a mix of seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus here, in handcrafted ceramic vases. It’s such a simple and easy way to add height and color, and eucalyptus seems to be a home run for just about every occasion and season, so you can’t go wrong!





In the family room, we built upon Kayla’s existing palette with layers of whites, creamy ivories and black, further accenting with metallics and winter greens. We added in the softest basketweave pillows and a pair of plaid pillows for the sofa, along with a cozy knit throw.

We filled her silvertip fir tree with lots of metallic and neutral ornaments, including these antiqued glass, silver dropsand ivory bulbs.

We wanted to create a special little (albeit, styled) moment at the coffee table. We layered in a few brass details, blush cotton napkins, fresh greenery in the most fab knob vase, and a few of our favorite holiday yummies.

Because we didn’t have a fireplace or mantle to highlight, we used the media console as an extended mantel to create a little winter wonderland. We snagged Kayla’s existing burlap wrapped trees, and covered them in the sweetest mini bulbs and twinkle lights.

She’s collected some of the cutest white and wooden houses as well, which we mixed in alongside little brush trees with some of her itty bitty brass animals that she brought back from Bali earlier this year. We then anchored the corner with a pair of brass lanterns, added a bit of faux snow, and voila!




With the stairway serving as a main focal point of the home, we dressed the stairs with classic cedar garland, which is one of our favorites to work with, swag and all! We hung the cutest ivory knit stockings with touches of gold and blush interwoven, and attached them to the garland with a simple knot, using black & white striped ribbon for a finishing touch…




We hope you enjoyed this peek inside Kayla’s home, and our take on decorating for the holiday!

Let us know what your favorite part is…we’d love to hear your thoughts!


*Video by: The Hubs Films

*Photography by: Kayla Adams




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