The 12 Homes of Christmas #10: Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright

We are so excited to share the home of one of our favorite photographer/friend/clients: Rebekah Westover. Rebekah is the talented photographer behind a lot of our photographs! She does amazing work (check her out here). Rebekah is such a cheerful person, so it’s no surprise her home is so Merry & Bright!

Thanks, Rebekah, for sharing your lovely home and talents with us! xoxo

Westover Home
Decor from Gatehouse no.1
design & decor by Rebekah Westover

The 12 Homes of Christmas #9: Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel = Merry Christmas
The soft tones of this french inspired home called for a more subtle approach to decor. Soft pastels and antiqued glass were the perfect addition for this romantic setting. Oh la la!

Designer Tip: The tradition of a Christmas village has been around for centuries! It’s such a simple and impactful way to add Christmas cheer to your home! There are so many places you can set up your village (around the Christmas Tree, on a mantle, the coffee table, a chest, or dining table). To add height and dimension, use cake trays or boxes to elevate your homes. You’ll have a blast setting up shop!

Holiday Decor by Gatehouse Designers: Rachel Folkman & Claire White
Photography by Rebekah Westover 

 

 

 

The 12 Homes of Christmas: #8 I’ll be Home for Christmas

I’ll be Home for Christmas

“Christmas Eve’ll find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams”

Is there anything better than spending the Holidays at home with the people you love most? We don’t think so. And this gorgeous home makes for the perfect backdrop for Christmas memories in the making!

Designer Tip: Pick moments of high impact for your holiday decor. Maybe you make a dramatic tablescape, or an entry thats full of cheer. Play off features that already draw attention. This homes sweeping stair case is a focal point the moment you walk through the front door. The embellished banister highlights the already beautiful architecture of the space. By focusing your attention to specific areas of impact, you’ll get much bang out of your decor! The key is to pick a few areas, so the flow stays connected from space to space.

Holiday Decor by Stephanie Holdaway, Rachel Folkman, Cristina Leslie, & Brandalyn Dennis
Furniture & Design by Stephanie Holdaway of Gatehouse No.1
Photography by Rebekah Westover 

 

 

Celebrate the Season!

The first week of November has become one that not only we looked forward to, but so many of our clients as well! It’s the week we reveal our year’s Christmas collection as well as host daily design classes, giveaways, discounts, and more! The cherry on top is when we celebrate with YOU at our late night event. The doors stay open for a gathering of good food, good entertainment, and good company! This year’s shin-dig was one for the books! We saw so many familiar faces and made tons of new friends! The place was packed and we left that night full of delicious treats and all the best of feelings. We are really grateful for our amazing community and look forward to these events as a way of saying THANK YOU! So thanks for coming! And if you missed it this year, mark your calendars for 2016. We always begin to celebrate the holiday season the first week of November! 

Twinning & winning! Not planned we swear ;)

Spa waters have become a staple at our parties! Such an easy way to add class (and flavor!) to your drinks! These were created by Gatehouse designer, Rachel Folkman.

We were serenaded with lovely Holiday tunes by the talented sister duo, The Sash.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies! And what better way to include cookies at a party than with a cookie bar?! These amazing creations were made by the talented Amy Perkins of The Bakeaholic and Mrs. Kristin Drake! They were snatched up so quick, we were lucky to get photos!

We’ve loved having Savour Foods and La Jolla Groves at our parties the last few years, it wouldn’t be the same without them!

Wreath Making class with Foxglove Floral! The talented florists of Foxglove demoed how to make the perfect wreath using both faux and fresh greens. Afterwards, 3 wreaths were given away to lucky class attendees!

A special thanks to all the amazing vendors who made this event extra special!
Savour Foods @savourfoodtruck
La Jolla Groves @lajollagroves
The Bakeaholic @_amyperkins
Mrs. Kristin Drake @mrskristindrake
The Sash Band @thesashband
Foxglove Floral @foxgloveutah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 12 Homes of Christmas: #7 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

If you haven’t heard of Rachel Parcell, make your way over to her blog, Pink Peonies, right now! She’s a style icon, Utah local, and Christmas Fanatic! We’ve loved working with her the past two Christmas Seasons to turn her lovely home into a winter wonderland! Last years decor was featured in this seasons issue of Utah Valley Magazine! Check out the article here. We also had the opportunity to design Rachel’s living room. You can read more about that here.

Designer Tip: when it comes to Christmas decor, one trusty item you’ll always find in our bag is RIBBON! We love what a little ribbon can do in the tree (we use bundles 1.5-2 yards long). Add it to wreaths on the front door for a cohesive feel. Tie it on presents, candles, chairs, and more! One of our favorite parts of using ribbon is it’s an easy thing to replace if you want to switch up your look a bit. Rachel’s tree this year features a black and white stripe ribbon in leu of the Christmas plaid! *We can’t wait to share her current decor with you!

Decor by Gatehouse designers Rachel Folkman & Claire White
Furniture from Gatehouse no.1 Stephanie Holdaway, Brandalyn Youd & Chanelle Anderson
Photography by Emily Eagan 

The 12 Homes of Christmas: #6 Deck the Halls

Deck The Halls

Deck the Halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

How do you bring the spirit of Christmas into every corner of your home? Deck the hals, tables, banisters, front door, ALL OF IT with just a little touch of Christmas!

Designer Tip: adding picks and sprays to your every-day decor is the simplest way to add a festive touch to your home! Think of your dining table, light fixtures, banisters, coffee tables, and shelves. Once you start, you’ll find several surfaces and spaces that could use a little sprucing with picks and sprays!

Decor by Gatehouse designers Rachel Folkman & Kathryn Calhoun
Furniture from Gatehouse no.1
Designs by Ashley Winn (@winnlife) Chanelle Anderson & Rachel Folkman
Photography by Rebekah Westover 

The 12 Homes of Christmas: #5 The Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with Care

Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with Care

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there!”

Fireplaces were made for stockings and stockings, for fireplaces! How exciting it is to see them hanging there all season, knowing that Christmas morning they’ll be stuffed with goodies and trinkets hand picked by Santa and his Elves! This household has the kids in mind this Christmas. With playful patterns and poppy colors at every corner, it’s hard not to feel joy!

Designer Tip: Ever wonder how we get so much stuff to stay on those mantles? We have a few tricks! First, start with a basic lit garland (the kind with twisty wire branches). Anchor it to the mantle top. This can be done with nails in wood, but if that scares you or you are unable to nail, use command strips! Some command strips can hold up to 9 lbs (that’s a lot of garland!). Use the basic garland branches to wrap around/wire in decorative garland. Don’t be afraid to build it up and drape it down for a natural and organic look!

How great is this train-track Christmas skirt! Just picture the littles gathered around the tree watching the train go round and round! “Choo chooo!”

Decor by Gatehouse designers Rachel Folkman & Kathryn Calhoun
Furniture from Gatehouse no.1
Design by Ashley Winn (@winnlife) and Gatehouse designers Chanelle Anderson & Rachel Folkman
Photography by Rebekah Westover 

 

The 12 Homes of Christmas: #4 Holly Jolly

Holly Jolly

 

This tree has just the right amount of classic Christmas with contemporary pops! Poppy Reds and Crisp Whites make this tree look festive and fresh guaranteeing a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Designer Tip: Trying to balance multiple Christmas themes? Find a unifying color. In this home, Red takes center stage showing up in the holly berries on the mantle, Santas on the dining table (How beautiful is this heirloom dining set?!) and ribbon, snowflakes, and glass finials for the tree.

Seasonal decor by Gatehouse Designers Rachel Folkman & Claire White
Furniture by Gatehouse Stephanie Holdaway and Rachel Folkman
Photography by Rebekah Westover

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