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The soothing aroma of a wood-burning fireplace fills the crisp mountain air. It’s one of those amazing winter days when it
looks and feels like it could snow any minute. “I love this weather,” says Scott Counce as he takes a break from decorating
his front door to sip a mug of warm apple cider. “It’s just so much fun to get the house all festive. I love it. My wife loves
it. It really gets us in the spirit.”
photo: Scott Counce dresses up the front door with an antique grape-picker’s basket filled with fragrant branches and pinecones.
Scott and his wife, Katherine, love to entertain year-round, but for their annual Christmas dinner, the couple, who own The Merry Wine Market in Black Mountain, North Carolina, takes it up a notch. “When it comes to decorating, it’s all about what my wife and I call natural and casual elegance,” Scott says with a big smile.
Senior Photo Stylist Buffy Hargett worked with the Counces to create a snazzy holiday look. Here are her tips.