Home for the Holidays with The Flairhunter

Christmas tablescape featuring red tulips, garland, and vintage silver.

‘Tis the season to deck the halls, and who better to tap than Volume 1 Editorial Contributor – and, perhaps most importantly, design genius – Stephanie Hunt of The Flairhunter? Armed with an enviable eye and ample Christmas spirit, the holidays are always festive at the Hunt household. To spread the spirit of the season, Stephanie shares her tips and tricks for holiday decor, including her design strategy and local go-to’s for cheer.

TSG Newport Beach: When does the Hunt household start decorating for Christmas? 
Stephanie Hunt: I also wait until December so Thanksgiving can have its well-deserved moment. Once the calendar hits December, however, the decor starts trickling in. Our tree goes up around December 10th, which is probably later than most. 

TSG Newport Beach: What’s your decor strategy? 
Stephanie Hunt: I always start with family heirlooms, sprinkling things loved from years past around the house alongside framed Christmas photos. Nostalgia feels distinctly festive, don’t you think? Of course, I’ll add in tips, tricks, and trends I’ve picked up from other experts. This year, garland decorated with battery-operated lights and hung from a tension shower rod is all the rage. I also love filling inexpensive hurricanes with monochromatic glass ball ornaments or gold-painted pinecones. The impact is in the cluster of a pop of color and shapes with sparkle! 

TSG Newport Beach: What are the essential elements for making a home feel festive for the holidays? 
Stephanie Hunt: The holidays are incomplete without scented candles, pine boughs, and garlands. Don’t stop at the tree! I aim to have a nod to Christmas in any room guests will visit, like guest rooms and powder baths. 

TSG Newport Beach: Speaking of garland. Are you a faux or natural girl? 
Stephanie Hunt: Natural all the way. I love the smell of pine and want it everywhere in my house. When it comes to garland, I love using it as a table runner, sprinkling in pomegranates, tea lights, or silver candelabras. The natural elements and dark rich greens are so lovely and romantic. 

TSG Newport Beach: Any other natural elements we should be incorporating? 
Stephanie Hunt: I love styling dark red roses in sterling silver mint julep cups and covering the soil of my plants (usually succulents) with cranberries or small oyster shells. 

TSG Newport Beach: Do you switch out accessories for the season? 
Stephanie Hunt: Of course! Switching out the throws and decorative pillows to holiday colors and patterns equals instant Christmas. 

TSG Newport Beach: Where do you pick up holiday decor and greenery? 
Stephanie Hunt: Local nurseries and shops, of course! Urban Gardner, Roger’s Gardens, and Molly Wood Designs are the best in Newport Beach. 

TSG Newport Beach: Okay, the decor is up. How are you celebrating? 
Stephanie Hunt: My mother’s family is Norwegian so we always celebrate Lille Julaften, ‘little Christmas Eve’ on December 23rd. It kicks off Christmas early! When we’re in Newport the family surfs on Christmas Day. If we’re in the mountains of Park City, we ski together on Christmas, even if just a few runs! Wherever we are, it’s fondue for Christmas Eve dinner.  

TSG Newport Beach: Sipping on anything in particular? 
Stephanie Hunt: I love the trend of filling clear glass Christmas ball ornaments with pretty cocktails. Think vodka, Pellegrino, cranberry juice, crushed pebble ice, a sprig of rosemary, and a few cranberries or pomegranate seeds (anything dark red!). The drama is in the pour and the presentation. Simple but dramatic!

Follow along with Stephanie on Instagram and tap her for your next design project. Don’t forget to tell her Scout sent you!