Tour This Chesapeake Bay Christmas Cottage

Photography by Robert Radifera

“We usually have a small tree, so a 10- to 12-foot tree was really special for us,” says Sharon, pausing before adding, “It’s just not your typical red-and-green traditional décor. There are buoy, shell and crab ornaments, oyster shell holiday trees, and glass balls wrapped in netting. We’re very proud of how it all looked. There’re usually big mansions on the home tour, but our little cottage, well, people just loved it because it was so beautiful and also attainable.”

Coastal Christmas dining room
Photography by Robert Radifera

Oyster shell mini Christmas trees and bleached starfish add a coastal vibe to the dining room’s holiday centerpiece. The dining room itself has a dramatic oyster shell chandelier defining the space. Blue-and-white china and beaded glasses pick up the blue and white colors of the dining room’s curtains and carpet, while feeling seasonal by virtue of the surrounding greenery, berries, and pinecones.

Christmas garland on staircase
Photography by Robert Radifera

The best part about participating in the holiday home tour meant having decorations up from Thanksgiving to the new year, plus Sharon and Tracy hosted a family open house on Christmas Day.

“We made oysters, believe it or not, and crab cakes and, of course, served lots of chilled Champagne,” adds Sharon, describing what is certain to become another holiday tradition.

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