Text by Katie Ellis
During the Christmas season, Dallas, Texas-based interior decorator Nissa-Lynn Parson creates a cozy, magical experience for her five children. “I am passionate about holiday decorating,” Nissa-Lynn says. “Holidays and birthdays are huge events in our home! I love to go all out for every holiday and make it special.” Since Christmas is the pinnacle of seasonal decorating, Nissa-Lynn begins decking her home in early November with festive touches to be enjoyed throughout the Christmas season. “I love to put Christmas touches in every room in my home,” she says. “It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!”
In 2012, the Parson family moved into their newly built house in McKinney, Texas, and they immediately set out to make it feel like home. When you walk through the doors, the entryway welcomes you into a long hallway with a barrel vault ceiling. The hallway leads to the staircase and great room and is the perfect place for an additional Christmas tree to greet friends and family. “I decorate five full-size trees in different rooms in my home. Each large tree has its own theme and color scheme,” Nissa-Lynn says.
The living room is Nissa-Lynn’s favorite room in the home—and it’s easy to see why. A wall of windows allows loads of natural light to pour in, and the soft, neutral décor makes for a cozy space to relax. “It’s also the room where I have the best conversations with my children,” she says.
During the holiday season, the family’s gathering place is decked in traditional reds and greens. “Red always remains the constant primary color in the room because it’s so cheerful,” Nissa-Lynn says. “Every year, I bring in a new mantel sign, but instead of buying all brand-new decorations, I usually only swap out some ribbons, decorative pillows, and ornaments to create a fresh look.”
The Texas homeowner is quick to admit that her corner fireplace can be challenging to decorate. She keeps a mirror above the fireplace year-round, and at Christmastime, she adds a decorative wreath for an embellishment. “When I bought this wreath, it was pretty plain, so I added additional greenery and berries for more texture and color,” Nissa-Lynn says. “I also love to mix and match different textures and patterns in this space—like mixing the mango wood and mercury glass candlesticks on top of the mantel.”
With a family of seven coming in and out, the kitchen is always bustling with activity. “The kitchen is the busiest room in the house and the heart of our home, so I couldn’t let this room miss out on Christmas charm,” Nissa-Lynn says. “It’s fun to bring such bold and bright colors to the kitchen since it is normally [decorated with] neutral tones.” Green wreaths are hung from vibrant red ribbons on each of the cabinet doors and counter stools for a festive touch of holiday flair. On the island, a hot cocoa bar is a Christmas staple in the Parson home and is utilized during the entire month of December—perfect for an after-school treat or a cozy moment by the fireplace.
The dining room sparkles during the holiday season and boasts an elegant tablescape set by Nissa-Lynn. “I call this my silver-and-gold room,” she says. “I always decorate the dining room right after Thanksgiving and have it set up until Christmas Eve when we have our traditional Christmas Eve dinner. I love the sparkle and shine that the metallic silver and gold pieces bring.” To add a splash of color, Nissa-Lynn adds greenery and red berries to the table centerpiece and sideboard.
The Parson home is decked with beautiful, cheerful décor, but more importantly, it’s a place for precious family memories. “I design, decorate my home, and celebrate holidays to create memories, fill my home with love and laughter, and make lasting traditions,” Nissa-Lynn says. “I believe traditions bring families together.”
For more of Nissa-Lynn’s work, visit nissalynninteriors.com.