On the main level, they wanted to showcase some special pieces and fresh holiday décor that would coordinate with their new style and color palette. Allison worked closely with designer Shelayne Thompson of Shelayne’s Botanicals & Holiday Décor to find the perfect holiday embellishments as well as some extra accent pieces Allison could keep on display year-round. Along with her team of decorators, Shelayne fashioned a majestic flocked spruce tree with a mass of gleaming vintage-like ornaments she chose exclusively for their distinctive handcrafted charm. Made of materials including glass, metal, papier-mâché, sequins, crystals, pearls, pinecones, and fabrics, her brilliant holiday mix forms a sparkling tableau of texture and light.
Allison also worked with good friend and interior designer Honey Miller, whom she continues to rely on for ideas and advice on furniture purchases and placement, rugs, accessories, and eye-catching artwork. Instead of aspiring to create a single look when planning their home, Allison says she and her husband focused mainly on creating the ideal backdrop for what they love to do most—entertain with family and friends. “During our last holiday gathering, the nicest compliment I received was from a good friend who commented that what she loved most about our home was that every piece seemed to be placed for a reason—with great thought and patience,” she recalls. “I can’t think of a more wonderful way to describe our home and our lifestyle.”