Boston Globe Magazine Christmas Feature!

I was delighted to be asked to be featured in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine again, this time for tips on decorating for Christmas!  My guy Michael J. Lee shot the pictures (and most of my book) and since only two of them were in the article I wanted to share the rest with you (and get a little glimpse at my house in it’s final stages!)

And look little Oliver had his 15 minutes of fame! GO OLLIE!


I seriously LOVE this shot. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It warms my little, black Ebeneezer Scrooge heart. That eBay chair and re-upholstery job was so very much worth it. The greek key drapes are custom made by my main man, Manny Makkas but you can get similar ones here too.  The brass rods are from West Elm!


We got to show up a piece from my line with Jill Rosenwald in this shot, the monogrammed Ritz Tray– a PERFECT gift if I do say so myself!


I delight in my bar bust, and I got her ALL gussied up for the holiday in black and white plaid ribbon and a strand of my pearls! The star ornaments are from Crate & Barrel and I luuuurve them.  (P.S. Find a Rosemary Cranberry Sparkler recipe like in these glasses at the end of the post!)


My wrapping scheme for the year matches the house with black, white, gold and green…. and even leopard! The malachite paper is left over from the wallpaper job I did on the interior cabinets of the bar, but I found another version that IS wrapping paper on Spoonflower!   The stripe paper reverses to the gold dot for double the wrapping fun!


And would you believe it- a reader (and the owner of Pecan Pie Puppies) posting this stack of dog collars inspired by my gift wrap on Instagram?! To say I died is a complete understatement! MALACHITE DOG COLLARS!?!?!? Also bow ties? Ones that match Andrew’s party pants for Xmas? I’m far too excited about this!!!


But for you, a fun cocktail to serve your family and friends:

Rosemary Cranberry Sparkler

1 Cup Cranberry Juice

½ Cup Vodka

2 Tablespoons of Rosemary Simple Syrup


** Combine cranberry juice, vodka and syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine and pour into desired glasses. Fill each glass about half full and then top with Champagne. Add desired garnish.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

I cup water

1 cup sugar

few rosemary springs

** Combine water and sugar in a pot and put on medium heat. Once the sugar is partly dissolved put the fresh rosemary sprigs into the mixture. Bring mixture up to a soft simmer and reduce heat to low to allow the rosemary flavor to infuse into the syrup. Let mixture cool after steeping in syrup for 5-10 minutes, depending on the strength you prefer. Strain the rosemary from the syrup and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.



  1. Erin, I have to thank you for helping me define my own style. I adore how you mix modern elements with antique ones, and I especially love how you don’t turn away old furniture. I can’t wait for your book to come out and look forward to more posts over the holidays! xo, Meg

  2. So pretty and inspiring!

    I’ve been in my new house for almost a year and I’m still struggling in what paint color we should use for our entry way and hallways. Love this paint color in your living room. Could you please share what color it is? Thanks!!

  3. Erin this is BEYOND! If it’s any inclination of the book, you are going to blow the eff up.

    I also decorate my busts for the holidays….like every holiday. Aint no shame in my game.

    Ollie looks ridic! I need some malachite collars on my babies ASAP!

  4. Erin, seriously you have created such a classic and gorgeous home!! I’m dying to see the rest of your home all together in your book! I cannot wait. Your Christmas decor is so elegant. I feel like your home is so grown up looking. haha I’m 31, and I feel like mine is still not. I have some work to do!! Love the antlers with the wreath around them. I’ve been seeing similar trends, and I need to incorporate this somehow at my house. Oh, and Ollie is adorable!! Definitely looks right at home in front of a camera.

  5. Congratulations Erin. Your home is so gorgeous! It has inspired me to get busy with my Christmas decorating. Have a fab Thanksgiving!

  6. love the west elm brass curtain rod and wanted to use this in my guest bedroom but they don’t sell antique brass curtains rings to match?!?! what color rings are you using with yours?? everything looks phenomenal!!

  7. Gorgeous!!!! Love it all!!
    Where did you get your tan rug? Looking for one that is soft on the feet and your looks like that. :)

  8. Erin, this design is ridiculously gorgeous and inspiring! I love everything about it. Thank you for including your sources for curtains/rods. Did you end up using curtain rings with clips? I love the look of them, but I’m nervous that my kids might yank them down! ;) Thanks and bravo!

  9. So, so beautiful!

    What is the paint color on your walls, please? I am about to make a commitment to White Dove, but maybe not…

  10. I already do black and white as my main decor colors, and have been thinking of adding gold this year for the holidays (I’m usually a silver person). I found some black and white herringbone ribbon to add to my kraft paper packages. Looking forward to decorating this year. Love your room!

  11. Would you mind also sharing what kind of pleat you used for your curtains? I’m struggling to figure out what to do for my own and I love the look of yours! Thanks!

  12. Love, love, love your style! Your living room looks fantastic. I’m looking for a rug like yours. It looks like jute. Can you tell me where you found it?

  13. Hello…I love everything about this! So cozy and cheerful! I checked all your posts for the source but can’t find where your curtain rods are from! I would LOVE to know if you wouldn’t mind sharing!!

  14. I love your holiday decor and everything else you do- cannot wait for your book! Could you please tell me where your beautiful sofa comes from? I think I need that real bad. Thank you for always inspiring!

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