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Holiday Hygge : Cozy Couch Styling For The Holidays

Elizabeth Tobin

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The season to hunker down and hygge up is here and I’ve been loving the nights in at home with my family. Not only is it fun to spruce the house up with holiday decor that now Toby is finally old enough to enjoy, but it inspires me to to style thoughtfully with the season in mind outside of work! The holidays are a time for breaking the rules. From delicious deserts that break diets to family movie nights that break bedtimes, the holidays are a feeling. I love spaces that enhance the feeling of the holidays while remaining stylish and surprising.

I pulled a few inspiring spaces that use texture and pattern, subtle greenery, and outstanding lighting as a means for bringing the holidays home and to stay inspired through these short days. Take a look at the rotating gallery below on some spaces I found that make holiday decor feel like its been there all year long and don’t forget shop our cozy favorites from SYD this season!

Cozy Favorites from SYD


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Keeping It Custom : Window Treatments

Elizabeth Tobin

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Window Treatments Are The Icing on the Cake..

It’s true. Window treatments can either be subtle and simple or bold and statement making. We’ve done both. The opportunity for fun or seriousness depends upon the room and the clients they’re chosen for. There’s one thing that they always need to be, and that is purposeful.

There’s so much to consider when choosing window treatments. I find so often as a designer that it is this part of the process that clients ask for help with most. They know the function they need but can’t quite see how a space can feel that much more complete with the right window treatment selection. And I love this part of the process!

Take a look through the various shade options we’ve used in some our projects and tips on how to use them below!


Roman Shades

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Don’t be afraid to choose a fabric that is fun, even if it may scare you at first.

I promise, I promise, I promise, pattern is almost always a great choice for roman shades. Patterns and colors in roman shades pull together so many styling details in the space. This is the key to marrying function and style by offering privacy and a sense of completeness.

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Woven Shades

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Drapery Panels

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Go grand.

When the ceiling height and window style calls for it, go for long drapery panels. I love the length and elegance they give to a space. Drapery panel hardware also adds another decorative element that accentuates the room. Here’s a few of our favorites!


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Holiday Entertaining : Tips and Tidbits!

Elizabeth Tobin

Rhode Island Project

Rhode Island Project


Holiday hosting can and should be fun!

There’s a process. Plop down the gifts, take your guests coats, escort them to the appetizers and drinks, finish the final touches, wrangle your family for help setting the table, get this person that, help uncle Mike find the pint glasses, refill the nuts jar, try not to burn the gravy, get grandma at the table first.. Whatever your process or tradition, the holidays can feel like a lot, especially if you are hosting. But it shouldn’t be!

Having your style essentials at hand can help keep things simple and organized. I love to make use of trays and tableware when we host at home. Even if our holiday gatherings are on the smaller side (we like to keep it simple, and quiet!) hosting is still a great feat. Here’s a few holiday spaces I pulled from our portfolio to keep you inspired to take on the season!

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Sudbury Project

Sudbury Project


Let your guests do the work and keep your stations separate.

Setting the stage is 70% of the work. I love to have my holiday entertaining set up interactive and inclusive. Stacking plates for self serving can still have style! Even in a traditional dining room like the one in our Sudbury project above.

Make use of your space. Have a gorgeous hutch that sits outside the dining room? Save it for dessert space. Keeping your serving stations separate can make the house feel bigger. The holidays are a time to get everyone together to share a meal and admittedly indulge in the spirit of the season! So keep the bar seperate, plus its such a fun space to style!

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Want to see what we’re loving this holiday season, peek below!
Be sure to find more tabletop products that’ll keep your hosting pretty and organized at our store

Our Serving Style

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