Holiday House Tour: Yuletide Elegance | Midwest Living

Holiday House Tour: Yuletide Elegance

Get holiday decorating inspiration from this Minnesota home, decorated with elegant, natural touches.
  • Warm and welcoming

    To make this warm and welcoming Deephaven, Minnesota, home even merrier, the homeowner brings Yuletide elegance to every room, pairing natural materials with holiday decor in calming, muted tones. In the living room, pomegranates and pinecones fill bowls, vases show off branches with berries, and burlap ribbons dance across a mantel. White hand-knitted stockings suit the festive but soft color choices.

  • 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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