On a visit to the North Carolina mountains not long ago, we found the perfect location for a wonderful holiday decorating story as well as a seriously talented team that could create it. With interior designers Molly Northern and Darlene Parker, we visited the Sunalei Preserve (pronounced soo-nah-lee), a residential community situated on a majestic mountaintop near Boone. Molly and Darlene showed us through one of their favorite interior design projects, a handsome Adirondack-style lodge built of native stone, bark siding, and hand-hewn timbers that's known as the Main Camp. When the designers mentioned their plans to return to the Main Camp and decorate it for Christmas, we knew that we'd found quite a special story.
You can easily re-create Molly and Darlene's ideas using a variety of evergreen plant materials, such as boxwood, fir, pine, holly, and nandina. Clip some greenery from your garden or purchase it at a tree lot, and let's get started.
HOLIDAY HINT: Set your kitchen aglow with sparkly tree lights. Wrap a strand around a length of garland and swag it across the windows.