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Holiday Home in Blue and White

Dressed in its pretty-as-a-peacock holiday finery, this Seattle home gives a happy new meaning to blue Christmas

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
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    Did I just walk into the Christmas shop at Macy’s? Young David Spouse had to wonder the first time he took his future wife, Kristi, home from high school. “It wasn’t even Thanksgiving, and my mom had the house completely decked out,” Kristi says. “The tree, the garland, the parties—Mom was extravagant when it came to the holidays.”

    Turns out, the apple—or in this case, the Christmas ball—doesn’t fall far from the tree. These days, it’s Kristi who goes gonzo for the holiday, lavishly decorating the home she shares with David and their three children before the Thanksgiving turkey ever hits the table.

    The boys, Reagan and Jackson, are just as ho-ho-hopeless. “Now they’re the ones who start it all every year,” Kristi says. “ ‘When are you going to pull out the tree, Mom? Is it time yet?’ They decorate it themselves—doing a beautiful job. All I have to do is give them little tips.”

    “We have an awesome guy—actually the guy who’s our window washer—who puts up our exterior lights every Christmas,” Kristi says. “I love how, with the lights and the wreaths on the dormers, the house looks so East Coast traditional. But then you walk in and it’s a surprise—a fun mixture of traditional and contemporary elements.”

    Photography: John Granen  
    Produced by Linda Humphrey

    Architect for remodel: David May, May Architects, 4616 25th Ave. N.E., Suite 377, Seattle, WA 98105; 206/245-0661,
    Interior designer: Kristi Spouse, Kristi Spouse Interiors, 425/269-9672,  

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    Pretty Blue

    Kristi, an interior designer, pulls head-elf duty in picking out the decor—Christmas and year-round. After previously living in a neutral house, with color making its primary splash in a blue bedroom, she knew she wanted more peacock in her home’s palette when the family moved into a new place near Seattle’s Lake Washington. “It’s so soothing and pretty, it shouldn’t just be kept in a bedroom,” she says. “Blue makes sense here too because we live just a few blocks from the lake and have a beautiful view. I love looking out at the water—and bringing that watery feel into our rooms.”

    Peacock velvet on armchairs in the living room and a graphic navy fabric on porter chairs in the kitchen sitting area make this a house of blues every season. The rich hues pop against gloom-busting white walls—perfect for overcast winter days in the Pacific Northwest—and Kristi’s other accent, sophisticated charcoal gray. 

    Kristi likes traditional shapes with a modern twist. Peacock-blue velvet chairs and a gray velvet sectional mesh with a white geometric-base coffee table, all by Jonathan Adler. “Shagariffic” carpet from Stanton puts texture underfoot and contrasts the espresso flooring.

    Wall paint (“Winter Snow” #OC-63): Benjamin Moore,
    Sofa (“Lampert Sectional”/Brussels Charcoal, antiqued velvet); cocktail table (“Radcliffe” #17527); blue upholstered chairs (“Haines”/Venice Peacock, velvet #8096): Jonathan Adler,
    Benches in front of fireplace (“Tibetan Lamb Chrome Stool”/Natural): Clayton Gray Home,
    Mirror over fireplace (“Silver Beaded Mirror”); silver wreath on mirror (product line varies): Pottery Barn,
    Stockings on mantel; end table between blue chairs: owner’s collection.
    Area rug (“Shagariffic”/Ivory #3001, by Royal Dutch): Stanton,
    Chairs by fireplace (“Casper Dining Armchair” #EEI-121-CLR): LexMod,
    Sconces above fireplace (#102-12): Corbett Lighting,
    Console table/bar (“Frank” FRANK-CONSL #VK-27): Pangea Home,
    Tall candesticks on console table/bar (“Orissa Pillar Holders”): Z Gallerie,
    Blue vases on bottom shelf of console/bar (product line varies): Home Essentials,

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    New pieces mingle with antiques, including a pine grandfather clock that David bought as a birthday gift for his wife years ago and a pair of warm pine armoires. “It’s a good mixture of things,” Kristi says. “I have very eclectic tastes. I like rooms to look like things were collected over time. And I love a glamorous feel that’s still comfortable and practical for kids and dogs. Nothing is off-limits.”

    Barcelona-style chairs; hide rug: HauteLook,
    Grandfather clock (pine): antique.

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    Ornament Details

    More touches of blue mingle with white and sparkling silver in Kristi’s holiday decor.

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    Charcoal Dining Room

    Old and new, white and blue mix in the dining room, where an antique pine armoire contrasts a sleek custom table from Modshop. Dining chairs from Modshop echo the soft gray from the living room sectional; chandeliers from Wayfair add a glam touch. 

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    Sophisticated Space

    Hits of blue on chargers and napkin ties bring on the peacock—as do craft-store feather wreaths wrapping glass hurricanes. 

    Table (custom); side chairs (“Louis Dining Chair”/Charcoal Velvet); host chairs (“Ultra Tall Mod Wing Dining Chair”/Charcoal Velvet): ModShop,
    Chandeliers (“Empire 12-light Crystal Chandelier,” by Worldwide Lighting): Wayfair,
    Pair of armoires: antique.
    Stemware (“Sandra”): Crate & Barrel,
    Charger (by Celebrate It); candle centerpiece; peacock feathers: Michaels,
    Dinnerware: Sur La Table,
    Flatware (“Celtic Braid” by Waterford): Replacements Ltd.,
    Flooring: 3-inch oak floors, dyed black with espresso stain.   

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    Blue Christmas

    At Christmas, Kristi’s traditional-meets-contemporary mix and her palette’s blues are augmented by seasonal dressings like peacock ornaments on the big tree in the living room and peacock-feather wreaths around glass hurricanes on the dining table. And in the sitting area off the kitchen, there’s an even bigger Christmas surprise. “I wanted something blue for the corner by the navy chairs,” Kristi says. “Then I found it—a perfect artificial tree. The whole tree actually is navy blue. I love it.”

    All the ornamentation sets a festive backdrop for the true star of the holidays: fun with family and friends. There’s the annual family trip to downtown Seattle to take in holiday decorations and a show—last year it was A Christmas Story, The Musical at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Then there’s Kristi’s annual holiday party for friends, who can count on going home with great memories, along with festive little packages of tea that are a nod to David’s British heritage.

    “S” marks the spot for a cozy chat zone with a front-row seat to all the cookie-baking action—Kristi is famous for her scrumptious cutout cookies. Porter chairs from Kim Salmela in a navy pattern are a perfect match for the blue Christmas tree and the console table from One Kings Lane. The letter wall hanging is from Joss & Main. 

    Pair of chairs (“Porter”); chair fabric (“Faye”/Navy): Kim Salmela,
    Console table: One King’s Lane,
    Table lamp (“Bourgie Table Lamp,” by Kartell): Lightology,
    “S” wall hanging: Joss & Main,
    Area rug (custom, Berber): Shaw,
    Bench in front of chairs (“Iron CowhideX-Base Bench,” discontinued): Arteriors,

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    Clean Kitchen

    Kristi’s family comes over on Christmas Day, and the get-together with David’s relatives follows, appropriately, on Boxing Day, the British celebration that traditionally takes place on December 26. “The kids look forward to seeing their cousins,” Kristi says. “And my mom still does stockings for everyone, even grown-up me.” 

    White-painted custom cabinets and an expanse of beveled white subway tile keep the winter doldrums at bay in the Spouse kitchen. Kristi opened it up to the former family room and transformed that space into a light-filled sitting area.

    Wall and cabinet paint (“Winter Snow” #OC-63): Benjamin Moore,
    Cabinetry: custom.
    Cabinetry hardware (“Bronte Round Pull”/Brushed Nickel #314): Atlas,
    Backsplash (beveled white subway tile): Oregon Tile & Marble,
    Countertop: Venatino marble.
    Range: Viking,
    Sink: Houzer,
    Sink faucet (“ProMaster” #K-6330): Kohler,
    Pot filler (“Chesterfield”/Polished Chrome #9481, in finish 26): Newport Brass,
    Dining table (custom): ModShop,
    Bar stools (“#1006 Navy Bar Stool,” by Emeco): Design Within Reach,

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    Christmas Cheer

    All of the festivities are made even sweeter by another tradition: Christmas cookies. “My mom and I will always get together to bake a ton of them. We make all kinds, but I’m kind of famous for my cutout cookies. My friends always ask: Do you have any cookies left?”

    Of course the answer is yes. Kristi’s Christmases will always be abundant—with cookies, hospitality, and, as is tradition, adornments to rival the Christmas shop at Macy’s.

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    Glam + Gray

    An ornate mirror by Rosenberry Rooms and a classically patterned wallpaper give the powder room a traditional look that’s contemporized by today’s hot neutral—gray. And you can’t go wrong with moose figurines for a little Christmas fun.

    Wall paint (“Winter Snow” #OC-63): Benjamin Moore,
    Wallpaper (#SBK13532, Como Collection, by Printers Guild Productions, colorway discontinued): Seabrook,
    Sink (“Retrospect” #0282.008); sink stand (“Retrospect” #8711.000): American Standard,
    Faucets (#N38002, discontinued): Belle Foret,
    Mirror (“Parisian Mirror”/Glossy White #5152146): Rosenberry Rooms,
    Cabinet (“Curly Half Round Cabinet”/White, discontinued): Worlds Away,

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    Master Bedroom

    Gray moves to the palette’s forefront in the bedroom, where an antique bed is outfitted with coverings from T.J.Maxx, Target, and Z Gallerie. Walls are “Silver Cufflink” by Ralph Lauren. 

    Paint on upper walls (“Silver Cuff Links” #VM155): Ralph Lauren Home,
    Paint on lower walls (“Winter Snow” #OC-63): Benjamin Moore,
    Bed: antique.
    Bedding: owner’s collection.
    Table lamp (“Mariposa,” discontinued): Z Gallerie,
    Nightstand (“Annecy Metal-Wrapped Closed Nightstand”/Zinc): Restoration Hardware,

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    Master Bedroom

    A different view of the bedroom allows a peek at the detail on the footboard and stylish mix of bedding. 

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    Family Portrait

    David and Kristi carry on her family’s tradition of going all out for Christmas, and it’s heartily embraced by their kids—Emma, 16; Reagan, 14; and Jackson, 10.

    “I look forward to the whole season—having the kids home, all of the little things we do together,” Kristi says. “I love our house at Christmas. It never looks more beautiful than when it’s decorated for the holidays. The atmosphere couldn’t be more special.”

    Wall paint (“Winter Snow” #OC-63): Benjamin Moore,
    Gray paint on upper wall (“Silver Cuff Links” #VM155): Ralph Lauren Home,
    Flooring:  3-inch oak floors dyed black with espresso stain.
    Carpet on stairs (Berber): Shaw,
    Victorian hall mirror: antique.
    Sconces (“Rockland” #8421-PN): Hudson Valley Lighting,
    Hanging pendant (“Aberdeen Chandelier”): Hudson Valley Lighting,