Anna G. Larson, Published November 02 2012
Touches of warmth and whimsy: Homes tour offers inspiration to make holiday decor match your house’s personality
What: 26th annual Homes for the Holidays event
When: Noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday
- Eric Baker and Gina Gould home, 1625 S. 8th St., Fargo (décor: Baker Garden & Gift)
- Virgil Seibold & Michael McAllister home, 1449 S. 10th St., Fargo (décor: Northern Home Furniture and Design)
- The Depot, 701 Main Ave., Fargo (décor: Local artists and The Soft Touch)
- Brian and Angie Schulz home, 223 S. 8th Ave., Fargo (décor: Holland’s Gift & Garden Shoppe and Unglued)
- Chad Ostby and Teresa Harland-Ostby home, 559 Queens Court, Moorhead (décor: Scheels Design Studio)
Info: Tickets are $20 and available at Baker Garden & Gift, Holland’s Gift & Garden Shoppe, Northern Home Furniture and Design, and Scheels Home and Hardware. During event, tickets are available at The Depot. Coffee and cookies will be served at The Depot from noon to 5 p.m. both days.
MOORHEAD – Christmas colors take on a mod personality this year at one Moorhead home.
Paprika, chartreuse, light teal and black pair with metallics for a lively, warm holiday vibe at the home of Chad Ostby and Teresa Harland-Ostby.
“When people walk in, we want them to feel like they’re welcomed home for the holidays and are surrounded by the warmth of the season,” said Julie Alin, visual display leader and design consultant at Scheels Design Studio in Fargo who decorated the Ostby residence for the tour.
The Ostby home is one of four featured in this year’s Homes for the Holidays tour. All but two rooms are decorated in seasonal splendor.
“It has an eclectic mix to it, which makes it fun,” she says. “We like a collectible-looking mix of decor rather than matchy-matchy.”
Two truckloads of décor transformed the home into a welcoming space of holiday whimsy. Alin says she kept the theme modern but played up the idea of Christmas past by incorporating vintage elements into the design.
“Vintage and modern work well in the house because it already has a creative mix of casual European elegance and contemporary components,” she says.
The embellished Ostby home also showcases a few holiday décor trends that Alin says anyone can apply.
- Christmas colors are more than just red and green.
“It used to be that you’d haul the red and green stuff out for Christmas, and then pack it away again,” Alin says. “A holiday color scheme can work with the colors already in your home.”
- Transform what you already have to create holiday décor.
“It’s all about working with what you’ve got,” she says. A vase once full of decorative rocks finds a new use as a vessel for shiny tree bulbs. “Tie on some fabulous ribbon, and you’re done,” Alin says.
- Lit branches combine rustic and contemporary. Whether realistic-looking and topped with faux snow and berries, or magical- looking and dotted with tiny lights, lit branches are popular in home décor this season, Alin says. They come in all sizes, and can be gathered together to created centerpieces or mantle focal points.
- Reindeer motifs add fun.
“In the past, it was snowmen and Santa Claus, but now, reindeer motifs are really big,” she says. Sprinkle pairs of reindeer around the house to diffuse the trend.
- Vintage Christmas décor adds a “homey” feel, Alin says. Whether faux-vintage or genuine, combining vintage with modern is a fun and classic, she says.
- Candles shed light. Both faux and real candles offer soft light that sets a magical mood, Alin says.
Faux candles are used throughout the Ostby house. “I’ve never seen a fake candle look so real,” she says.
Anything battery-operated is popular this year because it doesn’t require an outlet, making it easier to light unusual places, she says.
Teresa Harland-Ostby says she is excited for people to see how Alin added touches of holiday dazzle to her home.
“I love to decorate, too, so this is right up my alley,” she says. “She did things I would’ve never thought of doing.”
A portion of the proceeds from the tour benefit the Cass Clay Backpack Program and event sponsor Alpha Gamma Delta’s philanthropy.
“We’re honored to partner with a charity each year,” event chairwoman Jan Schlaht says. “We’ve had a nice, steady increase of attendees over the years, and it’s always fun to see those regular attendees. People really enjoy the tour.”