Staircase

White paint plays up architectural features, such as stair spindles, key motifs, and medallions. “It became a more three-dimensional and interesting house,” says homeowner Randy Fifield. The stair runner is by Stark.

Stair Detail

Hand-carved plaster moldings of shells, roses, and ropes on the stairs are plenty of decoration, but for the holiday touch, Randy uses her holiday standard—fresh greens, white tulips, and holly berries.

Foyer

A narrow tree stands in a charming niche in the front entry. The scrolled piece of metal in the doorway is original to the house.

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Foyer Details

Gold decorations hang in the entry hall and complement the gold and ivory holiday decorating scheme.

Foyer Fireplace

The tiled fireplace and mirror with its multi-armed sconces are original to the house. The dark-stained oak paneling and trim were painted Benjamin Moore “Decorator White.” Walls were finished with chocolate- hued Venetian plaster. A Horton’s Home Lighting silver-gold ceiling light adds a modern element to the Victorian-era house.

Dining Room

An elegant travertine fireplace surround and hearth replaced the overly ornate (and not original) oak mantel. Wheat-colored Maya Romanoff wall covering and Oscar de la Renta rug warm the room.

Place Setting

The family enjoys Christmas dinner served on Tiffany holiday dishes combined with family china.

Dining Room Buffet

An antique English sideboard blends effortlessly with the Baker dining table and Century chairs. “I wanted to bring California colors and concepts into the house to make it feel more transitional in style,” Randy says.

Cookies!

Gingerbread cookies and snacks spice up the holidays.

Kitchen

With five children, the kitchen island is a hub of activity. Randy visually lightened the room by painting the stained cherry cabinets white and replacing dark green granite countertops with white marble. “Abacus” stools are from Noir Furniture and the “Grosvenor” light fixture from Circa.

Breakfast Nook

A farmhouse-style table from pottery barn has served the family well. “It’s totally etched with scribbles from when the kids were little,” Randy says. Old windows with mirrors hang above the banquette.

Living Room

Swivel armchairs from Century flank the Christmas tree by the leaded-glass Tiffany windows. The colors in the antique rug and the window inspired the blue, green, and cream palette. Drapery fabric is from Lee Jofa.

Coffee Table Vignette

A plate of snowflake Christmas cookies on the coffee table matches the home’s decor.

Window Detail

The Tiffany leaded glass is original to the house.

Santa Detail

A mink-dressed Santa sits near the Christmas tree in the living room. Randy has been collecting Santas for years.

Family Portrait

The Fifield family from upper step down, Randy Fifield with Teddy Bear, a blonde Pekingese; Samantha, 18; Alexa, 19; Niki, 14, and 13-year-old twins Kate (holding Shefu, a Pekingese) and Jack (sitting with Sirius Black, a Newfoundland). Steve stands next to Daisy, also a Newfoundland.

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Elegant Chicago Holiday Home

A gingerbread-trimmed Victorian is decked for the holidays

Written by Amy Elbert
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Werner Straube

Family Portrait

The Fifield family from upper step down, Randy Fifield with Teddy Bear, a blonde Pekingese; Samantha, 18; Alexa, 19; Niki, 14, and 13-year-old twins Kate (holding Shefu, a Pekingese) and Jack (sitting with Sirius Black, a Newfoundland). Steve stands next to Daisy, also a Newfoundland.

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