Cozy and Coastal Holidays at Prefit Dream Home

Discover Prefit Dream Home 2018 decked out for the holiday season featuring coastal modern flair, festive red and white decor, and stunning outdoor spaces perfect for entertaining.

By: Amanda Lecky

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Set the Scene

In a space with a soaring ceiling, take the opportunity to make your décor as dramatic as the architecture. Repeating the same element across an entire wall (or wall of windows, as the design team did with these “snow”-covered wreathes at Prefit Dream Home 2018) makes a big impact without overwhelming the space.

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Go for the Glow

Candlelight, firelight, and the twinkle of white holiday lights create a warm, inviting atmosphere in any room. Be sure to use unscented candles in any space where you’ll be serving holiday goodies so heavy fragrances won’t compete with the aromas and fragrances of your delicious foods. Candle sticks add height and elevated style to the coffee table.

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Get Creative with Gifts

Choose wrapping paper, ribbon, and other gift-adornments that coordinate with your holiday decorating color scheme. Then, arrange presents beneath and around your tree so they’ll add an enticing design element until the big day.

Highlight the Stockings

Weighted stocking hangers look pretty on the mantel and protect it from the damage of hooks or adhesives. Look for a style that repeats a motif you’ll use elsewhere in the room or house; these silver reindeer figures echo the reindeer pictured on the sofa pillows, for example.

Customize the Colors for Every Room

For a coordinated and cohesive look, choose a palette of three or four colors per room and keep all your decorating within that scheme. Here, pale blue, white, and red with a few touches of gold and silver, are repeated throughout the great room, from the tree to the sofa pillows and beyond.

Add Touchable Texture

Holiday decorations are often all about shimmer and shine, but texture is an important element, too. For tree decorations, think about choosing some matte or pearlized ornaments to contrast with shiny glass balls. Ribbon, faux-snow flocking, and furry winter animals add unexpected richness.

Have a Jolly Holiday

Not everything has to be elegant and adult. Adorable folk-art gnomes, for example—in colors that fit with your decorating scheme, of course—add a little touch of whimsy that kids and grownups alike will love.

Consider All the Angles

Look at your room from every corner to make sure there’s a pretty holiday highlight wherever the eye falls. A plaid throw folded neatly over a sofa arm and a trio of deep red flower arrangements, for example, frame the seating area in rich detail.

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Practice Your Balance

A mix of symmetry and asymmetry can make your holiday decorations look balanced, yet spontaneous. Here, the design team kept the decorations simple on the lower level of the sofa table by filling a pair of woven baskets with ornaments, but left the look looser on top, with a cocktail tray on one side and a modern white vessel trailing a cranberry garland on the other. The miniature evergreen tree in the center creates a focal point.

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Add Texture

It’s easy to go overboard with bling at this time of year, but incorporating some more homely elements and textures—a stack of festive pillows and cozy blankets and some woven baskets, say—keeps the look more inviting and personal.

Get Everyone Involved

A tree-trimming party is fun for all ages (and gets you out of doing the whole thing yourself). Bowls of cranberries and popcorn with plenty of needles and spools of color-coordinated thread—and trays of seasonal cocktails and other treats, of course—will bring your guests together in the holiday spirit.

Keep it Casual

No need for formal dining: Buffet-style entertaining, from brunch to desserts, is easier on the host and, often, more fun for the guests. But don’t neglect the buffet table. Make it as bold and beautiful as if you were hosting a state dinner, with plenty of shining silver, fresh flowers, and your favorite holiday linens.

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Get High and Low

Vary the heights of both your decorations—candlesticks, floral arrangements, etc.—and serving pieces. The former adds drama and visual interest; the latter gives each delicacy a place of honor, and makes it easier for multiple guests to serve themselves at the same time.

Go Mad for Plaid

It’s perfect for holiday time, certainly, but bold plaid upholstery works just as well the rest of the year. In spring and fall, use tableware and accessories that pick up the white or black elements of the pattern instead of the holiday hues of red or green. In summer, consider covering up with off-white slipcovers for a lighter look.

Take Notes from Top Hotels

Adding thoughtful extras like a pair of soft slippers or a freshly laundered terrycloth robe on a hook will make you feel pampered during the holidays. Fun decorating touches like a personal tree, an appliqued pillow, or a stack of presents extend the holiday spirit to every corner of your home.

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Vary the Palette

Bright splashes of red and green are great for living areas, but for a bedroom a more soothing selection is in order. Sage, cream, and rich brown keep things restful in this bedroom, while wintery patterns and festive messages inject a little holiday fun.

Let Santa Visit Early

Have a personal stocking filled with treats—a box of chocolates, a sleeping mask, some hand cream, a juicy novel—waiting for you as you crawl into bed each night.

Hang Easy Accents

A few wall hooks are a convenience, especially during an active holiday, and also an opportunity to layer on some festive touches. Here, stockings in three different styles add color and pattern to a plain white wall. But you could also hang a brightly patterned sweater, or even a red or green baseball hat for a similar effect.

Stay Sophisticated

Whether traditional red and green are for you or if you just want to vary the look from room to room you’ll find that a neutral color scheme can look plenty festive. Just layer upholstered pieces with pillows and throws in rich fabrics like velvet and silk, keep flowers white and green, and choose holiday decorations in muted colors, such as this trio of gray and sage gnomes.

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Highlight Your Favorite Collectibles

Instead of lining them up on a high shelf, keep holiday accents low and close, so their details really show. In each arrangement, create interest by varying the size and scale of the pieces you display.

Bring the Outdoors In

Touches of green, in fabrics, decorations, and in live greenery, help create a woodsy atmosphere indoors. A light dusting of “snow” on the tips lends a winter-wonderland atmosphere, and softens the deep natural green to a sugary sage.

That Very Night a Forest Grew

Make the most of a magical season with whimsical touches in every room: indoor “forests” of real or faux evergreen trees, plush animals, and mythical woodland creatures.

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Wake Up the Bathroom

A miniature wreath and some merry accents will make even the most utilitarian space feel like part of the festivities. Just be sure not to choose anything that could be damaged by water and humidity.

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Cook Up a Party

You’ll need your kitchen in good working order to serve up all those hors d’oeuvres, brunches, and hot-cocoa sessions, but you can still work in some cheery touches without crowding your counters with ornaments. An oversized ribbon-rosette gives a basic wreath a richer look; swap out your crocks and casseroles for some rosy red ones, and tuck some fresh greens into the corners.

Chalk it Up

Chalkboard paint is a fun kitchen touch year-round. Take advantage of it at holiday time by writing special notes to guests or showing off your art skills with some seasonal sketching.

Perk Up the Coffee Station

Holiday ceramics and delicious treats will make your morning pick-me-up even more enticing. Make sure you have all the options a guest might want, from decaf coffee choices to multiple sugar substitutes.

Connect With Color

For the boldest effect, choose one main accent color for your holiday decorations, and then repeat it from room to room. Here, the red chairs and cookware pick up the red ornaments, pillows, and other touches from the great room, for a look that’s cohesive and connected.

Go Vertical

Something as simple as a wreath hanging from a window frame, a red apron on a hook, or even a tall cutting board leaning against the wall will help create height in your decorating scheme, providing scale and variety for a more dynamic look.

Keep Supplies Handy and Organized

Group holiday baking and snack essentials together where you can easily grab them. Matching containers help give a variety of supplies a neater and more organized look.

Play With Pattern

For a more personal looking tablescape, try layering two or more patterns. To keep the effect from getting chaotic, stick to a single palette—red and white, for example.

Create Contrast

Even the boldest holiday accent color—bright red for example—will look fresh and modern against a white or pale neutral backdrop. Don’t have an all-white space to work with? No worries, just do the opposite: Choose all-white accents to stand out against a more colorful room.

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Take the Party Outside

If you live in a temperate climate extending your entertaining space onto the patio or deck is a no-brainer.

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Informal and Festive

Make a casual setting feel more festive with colorful serving vessels and low-key natural accents on the table.

Keep it Simple

Outdoor entertaining is, practically by definition, relaxed—and it should be for the host as well as the guests. So limit your snacks and drinks to offerings you can easily pile onto trays and carry in and out of the house with ease.

Remember Texture and Warmth

Define the party zone by wrapping railings with snow-sprayed garlands, for a touch of rich texture that easily transitions from day to night with the addition of some twinkling fairy lights. Blankets draped over chair backs add visual softness your guests will appreciate when there’s a nip in the air.

Fancy Up the Firepit

A crackling fire is a natural gathering magnet, so there’s not much you’ll need to do to make this area appealing to guests—but a fun mix of festive pillows will certainly entice them to linger longer.

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Winterize Summer Furnishings

Give outdoor furnishings a mini-makeover by treating chairs to a soft pillow and a coordinating blanket in fun and festive patterns.

Have Fun with Food

Inside it may be all about elegance, but around the fire there’s nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned s’mores party to put everyone in a cheerful spirit. Pile marshmallows into a sturdy hand-carved bowl, choose napkins in a jaunty red and white stripe, and let guests roast away.

Bring the Indoors Out

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when you’re decorating outdoor areas for the holidays. Just use more of what you chose for indoor spaces—you’ll create a coordinated, cohesive look (and won’t drive yourself crazy with too many choices).

Consider Convenience

As you outfit each entertaining area, think about how your guests will experience the space. Where will they put their coffee cup? Will they get cold? Can they reach the fire easily? Adding thoughtful details like a side table and a warm throw, and picking the perfect chair placement will show how much you care.

Make a Scene

Introducing a new color to one or two areas can help create the sense of different zones within an outdoor living space. Here, splashes of fresh green pillows on the chairs and hanging stockings lend focus to a small seating area.

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Hang it Up

Expanses of siding are the perfect opportunity to add seasonal artwork. Best practice: Pick something that’s not strictly “holiday”, so it will feel appropriate throughout the winter months, then switch to a springier selection come March.

Go Deep

Neutrals like gray, black, and, of course, white, will add sophistication and depth to your color palette, preventing holiday brights from looking garish or childish.

Be a Romantic

Luxe touches, from the flicker of towering candles to the softness of faux-fur blankets, brings a magical atmosphere to even the most rustic outdoor entertaining area.

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Make it Sparkle

Even if you don’t have a shimmering water view from your own deck, you can bring your own sparkle to the party. Clear glass vessels filled with silver and gold ornaments create a gleaming centerpiece that will catch the light of flickering candles as the sun goes down.

Keep the Theme Going

Just as you would inside, repeating elements from one seating area to another helps give a large outdoor space a pulled-together look. Here, the green pillow that softened chairs elsewhere lends color and cushy softness to the dining bench.

Filter With Fabric

Sheer weather-resistant fabric can filter sunlight and, in some cases, provide shelter from rain, an addition that makes a dining pergola functional as well as beautiful. Blankets, throws, and layered linens soften hard outdoor edges.

Frame the View

Wrapping railings and supports with garlands of greenery sets the stage for a special experience and defines the view, almost like a frame defines an artwork. Branch-filled vessels and paper-bag luminarias at the ends of the sofas add to the enveloping atmosphere.

Keep it Fresh

Living centerpieces are just the right choice for an outdoor tablescape. Wrap the base of a baby tree in basic burlap or go for something more glam with shimmery gold or silver fabric. After the holidays are over, plant your decor where you will enjoy it for years to come.

Create an Outdoor Room

Extending your outdoor décor beyond immediate eye level can help create the illusion of a distinct outdoor room. Consider adding an all-weather rug underfoot, greenery “walls”, and all the welcoming comforts of home: soft pillows, warm blankets, plants, candlelight, fine crystal, and more.

Light the Way

Lining your driveway with light, luminarias like the ones shown above or even a string of large outdoor lights, will create a magical entrance to your holiday home. Hang a few lanterns in the trees for extra glow come dusk.

Make Your Own Luminarias

Luminarias, traditional holiday lanterns made from weighted paper bags with a votive candle set inside, are a charming way to light up the night—and set the mood for holiday festivities as soon as guests turn into your driveway. Tip: Use sand to hold the bags in place, and flameless LED tealights in place of wax candles. Holiday-themed bags look special day or night.

Make a Grand Entrance

Lighted garlands and wreathes are an easy way to define your doorway and create instant drama. Look for battery-powered faux greenery that you can re-use each year to reduce waste and extension cord hassles.

Flock On

Greenery covered with white “snow”, or flocking, takes your holiday style over the top into winter-wonderland territory, no matter what climate you live in. If you want to apply your own flocking, look artificial spray snow at a craft store or holiday store, and follow the directions on the can carefully.

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Step Up Style

Give guests a warm welcome—and make it easy to brush snow off their boots—with a cheerful holiday doormat. For best effect, look for a style that coordinates with interior decorations. This one, for example, repeats both the color scheme used indoors and out, and the chalkboard detailing from the kitchen backsplash.

Host a Variety Show

Instead of spraying every tree and garland with faux snow, keep some green while others shimmer on. The contrast between lighted, flocked elements and more natural-looking greenery will show off each to their best effect.

Outline the Eaves

Simple white holiday lights stretched beneath the eaves create a sparkling silhouette once the sun goes down.

Play With Workspaces

Your home work area deserves a little holiday love, too—after all, you’ll probably be spending long hours there wrapping, addressing cards, and getting organized for the holiday onslaught. A glamorous beribboned wreath hung where it’s visible but out of the way is the perfect way to add a little fun to your hardest working spaces.

Be a Wrap Star

Outfitting your workspace with some organizational accessories can make holiday wrapping and decorating much more efficient and enjoyable. Look for easily portable units, so you can move them out of the way when not in use. And don’t forget to stock up on plenty of tape.

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Think Small

A few bright bulbs and some fragrant boughs are all it takes to add a cheerful note to any nook or cranny. Before you put your decorating supplies away, scan the surfaces in every room and treat each one to a little seasonal style update.