Ellen’s favorite room in the home—the kitchen—features classic Tudor-style diamond-patterned windows and bright white Shaker-style cabinets, which contrast with dark granite countertops, marrying simplicity and vintage elegance. Over the stove, a touch of greenery and a classic wreath inject a note of festive warmth to the space. “I am a big cook, and I love to cook for the holidays,” Ellen says, adding that she enjoys the kitchen’s size and convenient design. “There’s always natural light coming in, and it always makes you feel happy when you’re in there cooking.”
Although there were no major renovations needed when Ellen moved into the home two years ago, she did make a few minor changes. “It was your standard Tudor with dark browns,” she says, noting that it needed to be lightened a bit. “So, I updated it with kind of a modern touch.”
In the guest bedroom where Ellen’s granddaughter usually stays, touches of vintage Christmas charm complement more modern elements like the painting above the bed. Pine cones on the miniature tinsel tree tie in the theme of the rest of the home’s holiday design.
From the vibrant nutcrackers on the front porch to the miniature tinsel tree in the guest room, Ellen makes sure that no part of her home goes untouched by festive cheer. It’s a testament to her love for the holidays and the décor that she says is her favorite part of the season. “It brings back old times in my childhood,” she says. “It just gets me ready for Christmas—it makes me feel like a kid again.”