Holiday Home

Sometimes the best alternative to a typical dining room for the holidays can be a barn setting. Carriage houses, barns, and other such warm and old-fashioned rustic buildings can be used as comfortable locations to adorn for your holiday feasts. 

Photo by Emily O’Brien.

The carriage house we have featured in this issue is used by North Andover’s McLellan family for their annual holiday celebrations. Because of its open-air feel and convenient location near the kitchen, it’s easy for even large groups to gather there.

Horse painting by Stephanie Mobbs Deady, $1,400; Dash & Albert rug, $286 – Helen Thomas Simply Smashing, Andover, Mass. Custom table and chairs, pricing upon request – Melissa’s Perfect Piece, Georgetown, Mass. Decorative Christmas trees, $32 to $42 – Rose & Dove Specialty Gift Shop, North Andover, Mass. Abilene urns, $458 each; table runner, $24; gold nests, $12 each; Ariel ornaments, $18 each – Les Fleurs, Andover, Mass. Flutes, dishes and silverware – Stylist’s own. Photos by Emily O’Brien.

The carriage house has enough room for a tree, piano and several sideboards. Simple strung lights enhance the mood and children can play inside without feeling constrained. Celebrations are relaxed, with the focus on enjoying family rather than doing anything elaborate or fancy.

Left: Dash & Albert rug, $190 – Helen Thomas Simply Smashing, Andover, Mass. French cane bench, $985; Pine cone wreath, $98 – Les Fleurs, Andover, Mass. Antiqued wood truck, $190; Wool snowflake pillow, $122; Bedford Cottage chunky knit throw, $218; Tree stand, $68; Antiqued wood sleds, $52 each – Acorn Design Center, Andover, Mass.
Right: Custom table credenza, pricing upon request – Melissa’s Perfect Piece, Georgetown, Mass. Small urns, $42 to $66 – Les Fleurs, Andover, Mass. Red berry wreaths, $68 each; Camac Fragment by Aidan Gray, $110 – Acorn Design Center, Andover, Mass. Photos by Emily O’Brien.

If you have an area outside the home that would make a cozy place for the holidays, take a chance and explore simple ways to transform it into something special.       

Selection of handmade wreaths, pricing upon request – Les Fleurs, Andover, Mass. Photo by Emily O’Brien.

style editor and set design
Lysa Pelletier – Anchor Artists

Emily O’Brien – Boston, Mass.

Acorn Design Center
Andover, Mass.
(978) 273-9717

Rose & Dove
Specialty Gift Shop

North Andover, Mass.
(978) 689-4141 

Helen Thomas Simply Smashing
Andover, Mass.
(978) 475-7981

custom furniture
Melissa’s Perfect Piece
Georgetown, Mass.
(978) 408-1832

floral and accessories
Les Fleurs
Andover, Mass.
(978) 475-9669

Special thanks to the McLellan family of North Andover for their hospitality during this photoshoot at their homestead.


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