We traveled to this house in Cantabria to decorate it for Christmas; our goal? To mix its traditional air and its beautiful color with modern details. Shall we see it?
A 17TH CENTURY HOUSE
When we chose this house for one of our Christmas reports, we had no doubt: the decoration had to be warm, with natural materials and a touch of color. In an XVII century building in the historic center. The house overlooks the town; on the other, the sea, a marvel!
A CHRISTMAS DECORATION WHERE THE NATURAL TRIUMPHS
We loved the traditional, somewhat Frenchified style of the house. The furniture is classic, and we found it a bit heavy visually. So for the Christmas decoration, the idea was to play with its green color, with wood and traditional elements such as pine, baskets, or pine cones. We added more modern details, such as wire lanterns on this conventional base.
A COMBINATION OF SUCCESS
Let's talk about the house, with its wooden base, beams, and that unique charm of village buildings. "It is ancient and was in very bad condition. So we did a complete renovation while maintaining the facades and redoing all terrible entry with its traditional air, because it is in the historic center," explains Luciano Vega of Hermanos Vega Díaz, author ofthe renovation along with the Madrid architect Jacobo García Germán. In the Christmas decoration, "we mixed tradition with nature, crafts, metal and handicrafts," explains our stylist Dafne Vijande.
A TABLE DRESSED UP FOR A ROMANTIC CHRISTMAS
"The dinnerware adds another contemporary touch, with its grayish earthenware finish. The napkin rings are made of wire with handmade rhinestones and give a French air ideal with the crumpled linen tablecloth. Finally, we must add the sparkle, the little crowns on the chairs, and the antique carved balls.
The clearest example of this balanced mix is the Christmas table: "Since the furniture is made of wood, old, the way to lighten it was to put natural branches of laurel, instead of something artificial, which is always more rigid. The laurel is looser, lighter. The lanterns are also essential; they are finished in silver and were made by a sculptor, especially for this report. We placed them at different heights around the table, interspersed with small star-shaped candle holders, made of cement, which is very fashionable nowadays", explains our stylist.
One detail? The bluish abstract painting in the background of the dining room also helps to update it," says Dafne, "Finally, next to the dining room, the side table is an English antique, and we gave it a touch of contrast with the modern round mirror," she adds.
A TREE THAT INTEGRATES INTO THE DECORATION
The Christmas tree for the occasion measures more than 3 m and has built-in lights. It is decorated with white, green, and blue balls, little birds, and white berries.
Access to the bedroom is in the dressing room area and separated from the sleeping area by a half-height wall that has allowed the bed to be placed facing the window and enjoy the views.
A LEAFY CHRISTMAS TREE
If you take a walk through our Christmas houses, you will see that the tree is the main protagonist in all of them. And not just any tree! It has to be big, leafy, and elegant, and timeless decoration. In many, like the one in this proposal, the golden ornaments are the protagonists, reflecting the sparkles of the lights and making the atmosphere permeate with the magic of these dates.
AN IMPOSING WREATH TO WELCOME
We like them hung on the front door, and we want them to be the best welcome for your family and your guests. A beautiful Christmas wreath at the entrance of your home is a statement of intent because in your home, as in those of Richardson Seating, Christmas is alive! And the ones with natural motifs are, without a doubt, our favorites. Whether they are made with pine, fir, or eucalyptus branches, even those with berries, with their unmistakable winter look, they are a colorful and decorative option that will dazzle the most reluctant to enjoy these dates.
A TABLE DECORATED FOR CHRISTMAS
The best moments of Christmas take place sitting at the table when we all get together to enjoy the company of our families. That's why setting the table in the Christmas spirit is fundamental. And at Richardson Seating, we like to do it in style: elegant table linen, services that rise to the occasion, and a centerpiece that runs the length of the table from side to side.
A CENTERPIECE WITH CANDLES AND CHRISTMAS BALLS
And what happens when the table isn't set for family meals? Well, we decorate it for Christmas too! With a few candles and some Christmas balls, you can create a decorative centerpiece that will set the mood in your living room for the whole holiday season. Include a natural garland that will make it look more natural and stylish.
In the foyer, the passageways, and even the staircase! Christmas garlands are one of the elements that can never be missing in a Richardson Seating Christmas. And not just any spray will do. We have indeed shied away from the more classic and traditional tinsel for other natural, more elegant, and decorative models. However, to be cosmetic, the key is not to overdo it. For one, on the fence, along with some Christmas lights, on the console or the hall mirror.