Home for the Holidays

A Place to Heal

By Amy Boyle

This year more than ever our homes need to be festive, yet comfortable and cozy, for the holiday season as our families recover and heal after this tumultuous year. 11 Magnolia Lane design blogger Amy Boyle of Warrenton shares her ideas for creating a magical environment for her family to relax and reconnect with each other. 

“I foresee more traditional decor this year— things that evoke nostalgia, like popcorn garlands, dried oranges, (battery operated) tree candles, plaids, and tartans, are all returning this year as we turn to our homes for comfort,” Amy says. 

Her home itself is done in a neutral color scheme, which allows her to play with all sorts of different colors for the holiday season; she especially likes the festivity of gold and silver metallics, but this year is incorporating the more traditional reds and greens also. 

But don’t isolate your family, says Amy. “While home is nice, focusing on giving and reaching out to others who are isolated is truly what the holiday spirit is all about.” 


 How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas 

1 sliced orange (including peel)
5 (approximately) cinnamon sticks
1 bunch fresh rosemary
1/2 bag fresh cranberries
(Optional: add fresh cloves for a spicier scent)
Add ingredients to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
Turn heat down to low and let it simmer all day.
Replenish water as needed so it doesn’t burn. 

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