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Holiday House Tour: Yuletide Elegance

Get holiday decorating inspiration from this Minnesota home, decorated with elegant, natural touches.

Grocery-style pantry

The glass-front pantry with sliding doors "looks like a little grocery store," the homeowner says.

Cheerful red exterior

The home's ruby red exterior adds to its quintessential Christmas character.

Muted palette inside

A muted palette of rosy pinks mixes with natural greens. The refined hues suit the home's English cottage style. Here, clipped greens bring a wintry touch to roses.

Holiday dress-up

Sprigs of pine and berries dress up framed photos in the home's entry.

Fresh greens

Throughout the front hallway and other areas of the house, fresh greens add a seasonal touch: on mantels, behind picture frames and at place settings on the dinner table. 

Hydrangea and feather wreath

Dried hydrangeas and pheasant feathers dress up a faux pine wreath encircling the wooden deer head in the living room.

Dining room glitz

A wreath made of antique ornaments hangs in front of the dining room's mirror, adding subtle glitz. See the next slide for a close-up photo of the wreath.

Ornament wreath

Snowball cookies tempt passersby and, combined with a wildlife plate, offer a pretty holiday tableau in front of the dining room's ornament wreath.

Vintage style

The remodeled kitchen gets vintage style from counter-to-ceiling cabinets, soapstone countertops and subway tile.

Seasonal touch

Kitchen cabinets wear a mix of paints and stains for a done-over-decades look. Sprigs of pine add a seasonal touch.

Grocery-style pantry

The glass-front pantry with sliding doors "looks like a little grocery store," the homeowner says.

Cozy family room

The family room is the perfect place to congregate on cold nights. During a renovation, the homeowners added beaded-board ceilings and covered the fireplace's dated 1970s red brick with stone. Fresh greens and holiday pillows add seasonal color.

Holiday lantern

A vintage lantern shows off pinecones, candles, greens and a drawing of Santa.

Master bedroom style

Grass-cloth wallpaper adds texture and a hint of color behind the built-in nightstand and headboard.

More holiday touches

In the back entry, a mix of faux and real evergreens brings holiday spirit. Ice skates with red pom-poms make an easy entry table arrangement; an apothecary jar filled with twigs adds an unexpected accent.

A home for the holidays: Buying guide

Designer Lisa Lensegrav. Inside Out Design, Chanhassen, Minnesota (612/716-5592).

LIVING ROOM Chairs (Pair in front of fireplace) Bridgette's Chair. Calico Corners (800/213-6366; (Chair next to tree) Ethan Allen (888/324-3571; Coffee table Francis King, 275 Market St., Suite 465, Minneapolis (612/604-0033; Drapes RCC Interiors, 275 Market St., Suite 513, Minneapolis (612/375-7800; Hutch Antique pine. EuroNest, 5700 W. 36th St., Minneapolis (952/929-2927;

KITCHEN Cabinetry Rg Home Improvement, Elko, Minnesota (952/461-6137). Countertops Soapstone. Rg Home Improvement (see Cabinetry). Faucet Rohl (800/777-9762; Light fixtures (Above sink) 2201 Pelham wall sconce in aged brass. Hudson Valley Lighting ( (Ceiling lights) Pelham Moon in hand-rubbed antique brass. Circa Lighting (877/762-2323; Range Wolf (800/222-7820; Sink Zinc farmhouse sink. Handcrafted Metal (800/755-0310;

KITCHEN EATING AREA Furniture Table and chairs. EuroNest (see Living room, Hutch).

MASTER BEDROOM Bedding Que Sera, 3580 Galleria, Edina, Minnesota (952/924-6390;

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