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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

If you go

What: 26th annual Homes for the Holidays event

When: Noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday


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.

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.”