10 Cozy Holiday Homes You’ll Want To Spend Christmas In
There’s nothing quite as magical as a home decorated for the holidays. And while all of the homeowners featured below took different approaches — from personal touches to nature-inspired palettes — all look like the perfect place to wake up on Christmas morning. Click through to get inspired!
The all-white interior of former fashion designer Lorren Leveille’s Prince Edward County home was inspired by a magazine spread of a 17th-century stone house in England, decorated exclusively in chalky white tones. Accent colors look even more vibrant in the wintry envelope, while a sprinkling of mercury glass and greenery add sparkle and life.
A spruce wreath dresses up the bare windows of the salvaged 19th-century barn doors. The frosty look of velvet pillows and a seeded eucalyptus arrangement enhance the cabin’s wintry vibe.
Candy-colored vintage ornaments, a pressed-tin star garland and gifts tied with wide bows add festive color in the white-on-white cabin.
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Nestled on the shore of Little Lake Joseph in Muskoka, Ontario, this snow-capped cottage is the perfect winter escape.
In the kitchen, a simple wreath hung above the sink adds festive spirit. Polished nickel accents and a copper range hood introduce subtle shine.
The floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the soul of the dining room. “I wanted to bring a piece of nature indoors,” explains designer Tim Johnson.
In the principal bedroom, a crystal chandelier and Gothic-style mirror add a touch of glam against the room’s rustic wood envelope. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for magical views.
Flanking either side of Grace Castaneda and David Seville’s front door, tall urns stuffed with evergreens create a merry welcome. Charcoal paint gives the couple’s home a modern façade.
Rustic burlap stockings and plenty of greenery — including a tree, wreath and long boxwood garland — add Christmas cheer while keeping to the home’s neutral, clean palette.
To give her dining room a holiday vibe, Grace topped her table with a teal burlap tablecloth trimmed with gold bullion.
In the principal bedroom, a bright chartreuse throw keeps to Grace’s nature-inspired palette.
Vancouver’s rainy weather and towering pines inspire succulent designer Corinne Isherwood’s pared-down approach to Christmas. Her 5,600-square-foot west side home combines organic elements like wood and brass with a contemporary sensibility.
Brass accents play off white walls in the formal living room, where streamlined modern furniture surrounds a handsome herringbone-pattern brick hearth. “The blue brings so much life to the room,” says Corinne of the vibrant rug by Jan Kath.
A framed chalkboard in the kitchen is used for hand-drawn holiday menus and messages.
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Towering trees surround Len and Teresa Conlon’s Muskoka, Ontario, cottage. The couple, who live in Arizona, fell for the promise of a white Christmas. “For us, the holidays are all about the tree, the evergreen garlands, and most of all, the snow.”
A long dining table ensures that there’s ample room for visiting family and friends to congregate around. “When we have a gang of people up here, we put all the food on the island, buffet-style, and everyone helps themselves,” explains Teresa.
Wood-planked walls and a stone fireplace capture the cottage’s rustic spirit. An antique rug grounds the lofty space and adds rich color underfoot.
To create a relaxing principal retreat, designer Lindsay Mens Craig chose a soothing grey and white palette.
“It’s a treasured retreat for our family to connect and recalibrate,” explains homeowner Pheona Wright of her rustic-meets-contemporary weekend home.
White-painted brick walls provide a clean backdrop for Pheona’s towering, 13-foot Christmas tree. A mix of organic textures and time-worn furnishings honor the home’s historic architecture.
We’d love to retreat to Pheona’s spare principal bedroom at the end of the day! A graphic throw and set of striped black and white pillows introduce an element of pattern to the space.
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Miranda Ogilvie and Dana Hanson’s shingled farmhouse has country-in-the-city appeal. A garland and string of Christmas lights wrapped around the porch create a welcoming entrance.
Sentimental pieces are important to Miranda and Dana, who dress their living room tree with a collection of ornaments gifted to them from family and friends, as well as popcorn garlands made by their daughters.
An unadorned band of garland helps define the stairwell and looks right at home next to an heirloom spindle chair.
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Designer Ray Murakami chose simple furnishings for this historic home’s great room. “This room was already beautiful,” he explains. “I wanted nature to be the focal point and didn’t want the distraction of busy patterns.”
This breakfast room is an idyllic spot to watch the snow falling. To give the space an indoor-outdoor feel, Ray installed floor-to-ceiling windows and opted for modern wicker chairs.
Barnboard wall sliding and hand-hewn ceiling beams give the dining room a rustic appeal, while a limestone mantel adds a note of polish.
Mark Robert and Jim Johnson’s modest, 1,200-square-foot black cabin looks striking against its natural surroundings.
To create a welcoming winter refuge, Mark and Jim used a luxe, smokey grey palette. “This place is all about hunkering down with the fire going — it’s a warm and cozy space that envelops you,” says Mark.
A wood-plank dining table and spun string lamp add natural texture and create a tailored, rustic feel in the dining room.
Plush throws are all that’s needed to keep warm while watching the snow fall from this grand screened-in porch.
Pine-panelled walls are a natural backdrop for Mark and Jim’s eclectic collection of antique finds. Clipped tree branches displayed in a jar bring a bit of the season indoors.
Rustic stone, shuttered windows and a tiled gable roof give Jim and Susan Hill’s home its romantic façade. “We wanted a place that friends and family could enjoy,” says Susan.
A white oak staircase commands attention in the entrance of the Hill’s home, while verdant boughs add a merry note.
An oversized wreath fills the fireplace in the dining room, while candles set aglow create a warm, intimate mood.
Greenery takes center stage in the Hill’s living room thanks to a soaring Christmas tree and stuffed wicker basket on the coffee table.