It’s not rare for Kimberly Brewer Nawn of KBN interiors to engage with her clients on a personal level, and perhaps no job is more personal than holiday decorating. In a home like this Lake Norman one, she’s essentially curating the setting of a family’s holiday. When the team at KBN Interiors was enlisted to design both this living space and its festive trimmings, they knew they had their work cut out for them.
The on-trend grays of this home’s interior make for a clean, elegant household during the not-so-festive seasons, but this time of year, they’re a gorgeous canvas for an exquisitely artful hall-decking.
“We already had the vision for the home,” Kimberly explains. “We understand what works for the homeowners’ lifestyle, so it’s easy to translate that to the appropriate holiday decor.”
Much of the design choices that make this home such a pleasure year-round also function excellently as complements to the holiday adornment: The carefully selected 18th Century furniture, accented with contemporary fabrics, pairs perfectly with the innate nostalgia of Christmas decor, while the mixed-metal harmony of unlacquered brass, bronze, and stainless steel channel the shine and twinkle so closely associated with the season.
The trimmings themselves are distinctly evergreen, a life-filled layer of natural Yuletide juxtaposed with the shimmering ornaments of holiday luxe: Silver and gold, glass and crystal meet thick piney arrangements in a holiday cheer that’s eye-catching without being gaudy.
Kimberly insists that this balance was the goal: It’s important to “pick five essential focal points to dress for the holidays and focus on those features: All you need is a few well-executed details throughout your main living areas.”
The details here are certainly perfectly executed. Interiors are hardly full of cheer without their residents, though, and this home has its fair share. The homeowners themselves, their two dogs and three cats, their children and grandchildren — family completes the space. Consider these halls decked.