At the holidays, a sophisticated Houston home is filled with seasonal touches that delight adults and children alike.
When you first encounter the Stewart home in Houston's West University neighborhood, you might assume the dreamy, all-white
interior accented with antiques is evidence of formal, fussy residents. But nothing could be farther from the truth.
At the holidays, homeowners Michelle and Duncan Stewart dress their rooms with simple, but lush decorations. Yards of fresh greenery cascade from mantels, swag over windows, and adorn the chandelier, while a miniature tree in the family room is strung with lights and sand dollars found on family beach trips.
In the family room, wreaths highlight the dramatic Palladian doors. A miniature tree is adorned with sand dollars, and a centerpiece of silver ornaments graces the coffee table.
A gold satin ribbon weaves through the boxwood garland on the mantelpiece, with all-white stockings for each member of the family.
In the Stewarts' dining room, floral designer Rebekah Johnson created a wintry centerpiece with cake stands of rose domes and compotes filled with peonies and gloriosa lilies.
As a yearly tradition, the Stewart children eagerly await the arrival of a masterful gingerbread house made by relative Stephanie Butler to give the kitchen holiday cheer.
A gingerbread Santa and eight reindeer dance from the fir-trimmed chandelier over the kitchen island.
The master bedroom, with worn finishes of antique architectural elements, exudes a rustic elegance. Swags of pine bring notes of Christmas into the bedroom.
Daughter Caroline's room is a tribute to amethyst and lilac, even at the holidays, with a miniature tree hung with purple and silver ornaments.