Holiday Home Tour: A Pastel Christmas in Maryland

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In case you’re dreaming of a frothy, candy Christmas replete with mushy pinks, lotions, and greens (and a stunning flocked tree), then simply wait till you lay your eyes on yoga instructor, actor, and blogger Kristen Garaffo‘s Maryland house. Her refined decor feels calming and serene, simply what all of us want after a chaotic 2020. Bottle brush timber, twinkle lights, and greenery lined in snow dot the house, making all the things really feel cozy and heat.

Kristen gave us the within scoop about her adorning course of, most-loved vacation traditions, and greatest recommendation for decking the halls in a small house. Learn on for some main inspo.


Title: Kristen Garaffo, Yoga Trainer, Actor, and Blogger
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Sq. Ft: 734


 When do you begin adorning for the vacations? 


I begin in November! Particularly this 12 months, since my husband and I are spending extra time in our house than ever, we needed to get pleasure from our Christmas decor for so long as doable!



 Inform us about your vacation adorning course of. 


We live in a brand new house this 12 months, so the very first thing I did was determine the place I needed to embellish and type via the entire decor we already had. I’ve a Pinterest board and am impressed by a couple of house bloggers I observe on Instagram as properly! Deciding on a colour scheme can be vital. I need to discover decor that can go together with the decor I’ve in my house year-round. I used to be positively looking the entire Goal decor as quickly because it was on-line!


How do you funds relating to adorning seasonally? (Issues can get costly for such a short while of the 12 months!) 


It’s so useful having a plan earlier than any purchases are made—realizing the place I need to enhance and utilizing the decor I have already got helps me to not overspend. At any time when I’m making new purchases, I ask myself if I adore it, if I do know the place it’s going, and if it is going to final for years to come back. I take advantage of this for any purchases I make, really—it helps me to remain minimal!



 The place do you store for vacation decor? 


Nearly all of mine is from Goal! I additionally did some DIY stuff this 12 months. I’m very pleased with my pom pom wreath—I made it myself! My ornaments are sentimental, as they’re largely items from family and friends.



 Do you might have any vacation traditions which are particular to you? 


The meals we eat over the vacations is basically particular—and consuming it with household, after all. We all the time have numerous completely different cookies to strive, cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and lasagna and meatballs for Christmas Eve dinner! Our Christmas Day could be very chill: we open items in the morning, have an enormous breakfast, and often see a film in the afternoon. We spend the vacation at my dad and mom home. It’s the home I grew up in, which can be a very nice custom.



 Do you might have any suggestions for readers who could stay in smaller flats (and who’re on a funds) who may not have the ability to enhance to their coronary heart’s need? 


Twinkle lights are a straightforward and cost-effective method to make your house really feel festive and comfortable! Particularly because the days are shorter, we’ve numerous twinkle lights sprinkled round our front room, we flip them on round 4 p.m. and preserve them on ’til bedtime. There are such a lot of methods to make your house really feel festive with out decor too. Taking part in Christmas music in your house, lighting a vacation candle, baking cookies, or watching Christmas motion pictures will all the time put me in the spirit.



 Do you might have a favourite decoration in your tree? 


I’ve an angel decoration that claims “Live Your Dreams” on it, and I like her. I really preserve her out all 12 months lengthy—when she’s not on the tree, she hangs on my jewellery stand.



 What’s your favourite piece of vacation decor that you simply personal? 


I like my flocked tree. It seems so fairly in our front room! I additionally love my home made pom pom wreath, particularly on my pink door!



 How are you adjusting your celebrations this 12 months? 


Our celebration can be smaller this 12 months; most likely simply my dad and mom, my husband, and I. My brother often flies house from LA, however he’ll be staying in California this 12 months. I additionally often carry out in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in DC, however the manufacturing was canceled this 12 months resulting from COVID-19. Not having my seasonal job is a bummer and has drastically modified my vacation schedule, however I’m grateful to have extra time at house!


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Kristen Garaffo is The Everygirl…


Scorching chocolate or scorching cider? Scorching chocolate

Favourite Christmas music? The entire Charlie Brown Christmas album

Favourite Christmas film? Elf!

Favourite vacation deal with? Christmas cookies!

A small enterprise you like: Lindsay Letters artwork is throughout my home, in addition to Lori Portka’s artwork!

The perfect present you’ve ever given? My dad had a mug that had an image of my youthful brother and I at a pumpkin patch once we had been youngsters for the longest time. The image began to put on away till you couldn’t inform what the image was anymore, so we received him a brand-new one 10 years later! We additionally recreated the image as adults, and recreated different childhood photographs too. It made everybody cry—that was a very good Christmas 🙂

What’s on the high of your Christmas record this 12 months? I used to be obsessive about The Home Edit when it got here out on Netflix, identical to the remainder of America (haha!) and would love some organizing provides to present my closet a makeover!