The 12 Homes of Christmas: #3 Nutcracker Suite

Nutcracker Suite

We are so honored to decorate the main parlor tree at the Governor’s Mansion (This is our 6th year doing so!). This year’s tree features the Nutcraker Suite! Doesn’t this room look like the opening scene of “The Nutcracker”?! We can almost see Clara dancing around the growing tree!

We love attending the Governor’s Annual Holiday Open House!

Behind the Scenes Peek!
We go to great lengths to make sure our trees look tip-top! ;)
This tree was a 12 footer!

Holiday decor by Gatehouse Designers: Stephanie Holdaway, Ally Perry, Brandalyn Dennis, Rachel Folkman.

The 12 Homes of Christmas: #2 Silver & Gold

“Silver & Gold”

Silver and Gold
Silver and Gold
Everyone Wishes for Silver and Gold

Truly though, Silver and Gold are beautiful in the home, especially during the Holiday! This gorgeous feature comes from the same home featured yesterday! An amazing example of how different themes can work together harmoniously. This home was featured in Utah Style and Design Winter 2014.

Designer Tip: There are so many ways to do Christmas, and no wrong way. But if you are feeling stuck on which direction to go, start with the bones of your home: What staple colors, pieces of furniture, and feelings does your home exude? Build upon those colors and mood. Doing so will afford you more opportunities to incorporate every-day items into your decor.

This home has a palette of warm golds and soft cools throughout: a perfect canvas for a Silver & Gold Christmas!

*See if you can spot the furry friend hidden in one of the photos!

Holiday decor by Gatehouse Designers Joey Johnson & Rachel Folkman
Furniture & Design by Stephanie Holdaway

The 12 Homes of Christmas: #1 Let it Snow

“Let it Snow”

The holidays just don’t feel the same without some winter whites. In Utah, we embrace it; Let it Snow! From floating snowflakes to flocked villages, frost is the underlying theme in this gorgeous home that was featured in Utah Style & Design Winter 2014.

Decorator Tip: Your holiday decor doesn’t have to be limited to the tree and mantle. Get creative by placing a little festive cheer in unique places. One of our favorite tricks is utilizing vertical space! While the table top display would be cute on it’s own, using ornaments and a decorative banner to hang from the chandelier turns the whole dining area into a “moment”.

Holiday decor by Gatehouse Designers Joey Johnson & Rachel Folkman

Studio 7h SALE

You won’t want to miss the sale on this amazing collection, Studio 7h, by Hooker Furniture! Contemporary Modern meets Rustic Sophistication.  Select items available for immediate delivery (picture Thanksgiving dinner on a brand-new dining table!).  Visit our showroom and speak to our design team for details! Sale lasts through November.

*see this credenza/hutch on our showroom floor!

*find this record player console on our showroom floor!

*this breathtaking dining table takes center stage on our showroom floor!

The Gathering Table: Kathryn


While most Christmas Dinners include a turkey or ham, our dinner has a little different take. It all started when my family lived in Arizona and my parents opted for a traditional Mexican dish, tamales, for Christmas dinner. Knowing my two older siblings (who were young at the time) wouldn’t eat them, they let them choose their favorite dish: pizza. Ever since then, our Christmas dinner has been an eclectic smorgasbord of favorite treats! Our meals have varied from tamales, pizza, crab, PF Changs, ham, pork chops, creamed eggs on toast, and carbonara. Anything and everything “favorite” makes the cut! Now that we are all older we have extended our tradition to the in-laws, nieces, and nephews. It’s funny how a simple choice made years ago has turned into a family tradition we all look forward to! Now…just to decide which favorite dish I want this year….

Words by Kathryn Calhoun
Designs by Chanelle Anderson & Stephanie Holdaway

The Gathering Table is a collection of memories, experiences, and recipes gathered from our Gatehouse team in conjunction with our Dining and Bedding Event SALE going on now!

The Gathering Table: Taylor

“Sweet Traditions”

Every year on December 23rd we have a girls baking day with my mom and sisters. We wake up in the morning and prepare all the ingredients of what we’re going to make that day. We all have a treat that we each favor and take control of, but we all add our helping hand to everyone’s specialties. Our baking day treats include everything from white chocolate peppermint popcorn to candy cane sugar cookies to mint chocolate truffles. But the highlight of the season for holiday goodies is the homemade fudge, made best by my mom and youngest sister. The kitchen is an explosion of flour, sugar, sprinkles, and peppermints crumbs. We have so much fun spending time with eachother, baking,  watching Christmas movies, and listening to Christmas music. By the end of the day, the kitchen counters are filled with Christmas themed treats and we start filling cellophane bags full of goodies to give out to family, friends, and neighbors, but leaving plenty for us to indulge in for the next week. This tradition is close to my heart, and something I look forward to each year.

Words by Taylor
Design by Chanelle Anderson & Stephanie Holdaway

The Gathering Table is a collection of memories, experiences, and recipes gathered from our Gatehouse team in conjunction with our Dining and Bedding Event SALE going on now!