Dan Cutrona

Victorian Parlor

To help showcase their home, the Parks harnessed the expertise of a number of local businesses for the Holly Days Home Tour. To decorate the formal living room for the tour, the Parks sought the services of Linda Vantine of Vantine Interior Design in East Sandwich. “My design approach is really to reinvent the classics,” Vantine says. With a Federal mantelpiece and unusual columned brick surround, the soft, butter-yellow walls are  the designer’s favorite architectural element in the home. “I love the antique sofa covered in denim, too,” says Vantine. “It’s great to use contemporary upholstery on such an old piece—it really updates the look.”

Dan Cutrona Vantine drew inspiration from the colors found in the carpet, Chinoiserie vases, and botanical prints over the sofa. “I discovered a chenille chartreuse throw that works wonderfully,” she explains, “and the design went from there.” Vantine took photos of the space, went home, and thought about how she could best create a sense of seasonal wonder in the room. “I realized I have so many delicate antique pieces in my own home that I had boxed up or had tucked away in dark corners of the house, but put together here they offer patina and character,” she says. She discovered a trove of Victorian ornaments and accessories that were destined to become beautiful decorations. A Victorian silk runner strewn with pinecones on the mantel became the backdrop for a Victorian picture frame, antique books, and a lemon-tree topiary. Glass balls set in an antique bowl add sparkle to the coffee table, while wedding champagne goblets add a touch of nostalgia.

Stunning holiday decorations don’t require lots of cash or lots of time, Vantine says. “Choose a theme and run with it,” she says. “Incorporate pieces you already have to make the spirit of the season come alive.”

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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