Welcoming Wreath

A gorgeous wreath on the front door welcomes holiday visitors.

Entry

Garlands of greens dotted with silver foliage trail the stair railings. An antique chair was upholstered with “Versailles” fabric from Rose Tarlow-Melrose House. A Turkish Oushak rug covers the white oak floors.

Living Room

Wide arched openings connect the foyer, front stair hall, and living room in the Texas house. Plaster walls and ceilings and distressed beams and doors give the house a European feel. The room maintains a sense of elegance without being overly formal.

Kid-Friendly Ottoman

The custom tufted ottoman in a gorgeous chocolate-brown invites kids to run and jump on it.

Hung by the Chimney with Care

Two antique bergère chairs from Sweden cozy up to the fireplace hung with custom-made stockings.

Blue and Cream Palette

Flowers and natural greens complete the Scandivaian blue-and-cream palette. The embroidered stockings were custom made with trimmings from Samuel & Sons in dusty blue velvet.

Waiting

Anniken McNeil, named for her Norwegian grandmother, Anniken Lien, awaits the arrival of Santa on Christmas Eve.

Tree Details

The ornaments on the tree speak to the style of the McNeil home – a mix of simple, sophisticated ornaments with fun, colorful glass balls

Dining Room

Antique chairs and an 8-foot hutch were shipped from Scandinavia and were stripped and whitewashed. Sheer drapes by the doors to the loggia soften the space but keep it casual.

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Graceful Table

The antique dining table is from Wisteria, and the reproduction chandelier is from Paul Ferrante.

Cookies for Santa

Festive baked goods displayed on white cake plates are in theme with the Scandinavian palette.

Loggia

The McNeils post Norwegian barn gnomes on the hearth during the holidays. The stone archways are fitted with motorized screens that allow the family to use the loggia nearly year round. Sofa and chairs are from RH and coffee table and drum table from Wisteria. Indoor-outdoor rug from Dash & Albert.

 Kitchen

To give the new home an aged look, walls were plastered and cabinets distressed and glazed. Countertops are made with 3-inch thick limestone tiles salvaged from a French estate. The range hood is plaster. Barstools upholstered in wipeable vinyl are wonderful for a family with small children.

Pretty Backsplash

The range backsplash is 19th-century colored cement tiles imported from Europe by Chateau Domingue, a Houston, Texas, business.

Farmhouse Sink

The farmhouse sink and Newport Brassbridge-style faucet complement the antique features of the kitchen.

Plate Rack

A hand-crafted Norwegian plate rack adds vintage charm, hanging above a wood picnic box from Norway that dates to the 1850s.

Serene Master Bedroom

A soft, gray-blue secretary from Sweden was one of Ellisiv’s father’s Scandinavian finds, and McBrearty built the room’s color scheme around it. The blue headboard fabric is from Michael S Smith and the antique Swedish desk chair is upholstered in Duralee’s “Chinchilla.”

Classic Master Bath

Twin vanities are tucked in arched niches. Cabinets were given a distressed finish and topped with marble.

Soaking Tub

A Waterworks bathtub is similar in style to those popular in England and France in the early 19th century.

McNeil Family

Ellisiv and Chad McNeil with daughters Emma, 9, Isabella, 5, and Anniken, 3.

White Christmas

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Scandinavian-Style Christmas: Pretty Texas Home

A Texas family celebrates Christmas and design with Scandinavian style

Written by Amy Elbert
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Kid-Friendly Ottoman

The custom tufted ottoman in a gorgeous chocolate-brown invites kids to run and jump on it.

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