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Before Stephen touched the room, it was a typical suburban family spot: bare mantel, cozy floral pillows, and relics of the summer vacation on the coffee table. Stephen photographed his design process so you could replicate his simple ideas in your home.
For an easy coffee table look, Stephen replaced the bowl of seashells with a wooden tray holding old holiday books and an easy centerpiece. To make the centerpiece, trim pine branches and place in bowl; fill with clementines; toss in a few handfuls of dried cranberries or cherries.
Estimated Time: 10 minutes
Stephen went to the kitchen for the goods for this flower arrangement. First, he filled a vase with purple grapes. Then he placed bay leaves between the glass and the grapes and filled the vase with water. You can try cranberries or kumquats, too. Click to the next slide to see how he topped it.
Estimated Time: 5 minutes
Stephen carried the subtle country theme to the tree by filling it with miniature birdhouse ornaments crafted from recycled barn board. Whether or not you decorate your tree with a theme, choosing just one or two types of ornaments is a timesaver because you don't have to worry as much about placement.
Estimated Time: 1 hour
All the elements come together for a festive and cozy holiday look. Add pillows for seasonal color.
Find a long mirror to use as a base for the centerpiece. The mirror will reflect light and shimmer during your holiday dinner.
Estimated Time: 5 minutes
Loosely place pine boughs between the candles and accent with clementines.
Estimated Time: 15 minutes
Stephen saw the foyer as the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drinks buffet.
Line up stemware and add dishes of fresh fruit for your guests to add to their drinks.
Estimated Time: 20 minutes
Don't forget the front door! A few easy touches make it festive: Add a seasonal doormat; fill plant urns with pine boughs; place a few lanterns on the front stoop; and prop snowshoes or other pieces of winter paraphernalia at the door.
Estimated Time: 30 minutes
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Stephen's keen understanding of the homeowner has moved him into the spotlight in recent years through his work on television and in magazines. This understanding, accompanied by his friendly, approachable, and creative style, is making design accessible to everyone -- no matter who they are, where they are, or what their budget may be.
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