If you’re a lover of the cottage aesthetic, chances are the word “new” isn’t a good thing. Rainbows of color don’t immediately come to mind when you think of time-honored Christmas motifs. When the holiday season arrives, shops fill their shelves with decorations of nostalgic themes such as snowflakes and snowmen, forests of evergreen trees and reindeer in sleigh bells. Interior designer Alison Kandler (alisonkandler.com) chooses to stay true to her style roots, and each Christmas she forgoes the jewel tones of red and green, instead opting for a world of candy colors that fit her sunny home and her year-round aesthetic without compromise. If you’re a lover of the cottage aesthetic, chances are the word “new” isn’t always a good thing.
Traditional Touches with Modern Proportions
True Colors Revealed
If color provides happiness, then there’s plenty of joy to be found in every room of the house.
Deck the Halls with Whatever Suits You
Alison’s dining room table may be red and green, but even during the holidays, the typical colors of Christmas are balanced among seasonal decorations in an expanded palette. On the living room Christmas tree, a spectrum of felted wool balls makes up a garland that weaves through branches hung with whimsical ornaments right at home among the room’s vintage accessories. These ornaments are in the same shades of pink, purple, yellow and blue already used in her everyday décor. Likewise, in the family room, pastel-dyed bottlebrush trees on the coffee table and pink poinsettias in Bauer pots are seasonal symbols combined with the designer’s cheery style that fit the mood of her home very well.