A Mediterranean-Style Home’s Holiday Makeover

A massive canvas from the Barbican period wears a swag of holiday garland and contrasts with the modern lines of Barcelona chairs in the living room. Another canvas can be seen in the parlor beyond. Sage arranged a bouquet of glorious lilies in the lofty space.

White walls serve as a backdrop for the family’s museum-quality artwork and Abbott’s neutral interiors. “We didn’t set out to use primarily white,” says the designer, “but as we walked through the rooms, with their large windows and beautiful views, we realized the home lent itself to an all-white treatment. We used varying textures like leather, linen, and cotton velvet to make it more interesting.” As a result, what may seem to be a strict lack of color is actually a rich play of surfaces and framed views of the landscape.


Holiday décor in the living room includes wreaths on the sconces and a tree covered in Murano glass ornaments and pinecones.

Floral designer Johnathan Andrew Sage, who has decorated the home for several holiday seasons, seeks to enhance the interior design with the same principles of texture and a subtle palette that Abbott espouses. “I enjoy working with the clients and with Renea to come up with each year’s color scheme,” says Sage. “This year we used platinum and gold.” Satin ribbons in those hues unify the floral design with the interiors, echoing metallic accents in the house, as well as the glass balls in various finishes that blanket the Christmas tree. Wreaths display the subtle textures of tallow berries and pinecones, which also appear on the tree.

In the main living area, Sage embellishes the museum-quality artwork with simple garland. He treats an elaborate gilt frame over the mantel as an ornament, using it as a centerpiece for a trio of wreaths and a lush garland. Because most of the rooms are dominated by white upholstery and pale rugs, Sage keeps his floral accents in the same palette, using miniature firs and white ranunculus, tulips, and narcissus. In the bar area, however, he changes the scheme up a bit by arranging a cluster of Gloriosa lilies. He explains that their splashy red color works well with the deeper hues of this intimate gathering space. The result is a look of festive sophistication that flows throughout the home thanks to the cooperative approach to furnishings and floral design that Abbott and Sage have taken together.


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