Today we are thrilled to kick off our Holiday Open House series with Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick. She’s showing us her beautiful home all dressed up for the holidays, and some of her fabulously classy entertaining products, all of which are available in her store. Without further ado, here’s Jenny:
When it comes to holiday decorating, I find myself drawn to fresh, natural elements and classic colors. I try to pack as many fresh and real elements into our home that I possibly can – a fresh white pine tree, fresh cedar garland, frasier fir sprigs for my window box and boxwood wreaths. I also have many pots and bowls planted with blooming paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs. I use red as an accent with grosgrain ribbon on kraft paper packages, stripes on my natural linen napkins and cozy throw pillows on our sofa.
This table setting is a great example of what I love – traditional mixed with rustic elements presented in a clean and fresh style. I love the structure and symmetry the classic boxwood topiaries add to my table. I mix my traditional Spode “Woodland” china with natural linen napkins that have just the right amount of red to create a simple, but festive setting. Hand-dipped taper candles in a creamy color make the table feel special and dressed up for dinner.
When I’m decorating a room with seasonal touches, I think a lot about balance. I have our fresh White Pine tree in one corner, then place a boxwood wreath opposite in the large window. Spreading out the green in the room makes it feel more natural and comfortable.
I love these Nordic style pillows (from Pottery Barn). They are a classic, comfy and cozy – everything I like my house to be. Our Elf on the Shelf, “Sweetheart,” has the best seat in the house!
In keeping with the natural and authentic theme, I selected this White Pine tree that is indigenous to our region. I love its wispy and soft needles.
I keep our tree really simply decorated – only “real” ornaments. This is Emma’s First Christmas ornament, with our “Seaside, Florida” ornament from our wedding hanging in the background.
This is Mr. Darcy’s stocking… ours are still a work in progress : )
I accent with potted bulbs and our nativity set, of course.
I always wrap our packages in kraft paper. This year I am using red 2″ grosgrain ribbon and natural cotton ribbon stamped with our names. I’ve also designed these sweet little “We Believe” tags for gifts from Santa.
I try to decorate all of the corners of our house for the holidays with small little touches. Here in the kitchen, the paperwhites are potted, a wreath is hung and my red and natural linen tea towel is draped over the sink.
Of course, my kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a lot of homemade treats and gifts. I have them all packaged in my products – wooden baking baskets, kraft paper cookie boxes, cello bags and ribbons.
These Copper Cookie Cutters are my absolute favorite thing this holiday – so classic. I’m giving these as favors at our cookie decorating party next week.
Here are more tags from my Printed Collection – “Let It Snow” and “Frasier Fir”
I like to place little props around the house like these vintage ski poles and a sleigh outside. Here is my Emma looking at our festive window box!
I used fresh Cedar around the door and in the urns, then filled them with sparkly ornaments.
Thanks for coming along on my Holiday Open House – I hope you have a great holiday season! May your heart be light : )
Absolutely gorgeous, Jenny! Thank you!
You can find the entertaining/gift packaging in Jenny’s online store–just click on the links below.
You can follow all the inspiration for this series from Pinterest HERE.
Here is the full line up this week:
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