See how Photographer and Marketing Director Kelly Fondots uses her personal experiences to decorate her home for the holidays.
When she was younger, Kelly Fondots loved the holiday season and all of the family traditions that came along with it. She would decorate her room with Christmas lights, go to different neighborhoods to see incredible holiday displays, get cozy with a new pair of pajamas, and even fill a shoebox with gifts for other children. Now that she has her own children, she has made sure to pass those traditions down.
As you enter Kelly Fondots’ living room, you are automatically consumed with a sense of warmness. When the holidays roll around, however, that warmness is multiplied tenfold. Kelly adapts her modern traditional style to create a festive, yet understated holiday scene for her home that her whole family can enjoy. The color palette of the room is a mixture of neutral colors and the traditional red and green to highlight this most festive of seasons.
One of the biggest highlights of Kelly’s style is how she’s able to fold in vintage holiday pieces and family heirlooms that to go along with her existing items that were passed down from her grandmother. For instance, one element important of her holiday design is her husband’s childhood nutcracker collection and ornaments. She’s able to build on that every year by having her children pick out a new piece to add to that collection, successfully tying in old traditions with new memories.
“I have always loved to mix older pieces, whether they are passed down in the family or found, with newer pieces.” – Kelly Fondots
Kelly opted to go with two Joybird pieces for her living space – the Lewis Sectional and the Briar Leather Sofa. She chose these two pieces because they were big enough (and cozy enough!) to fit all of her extended family and they come in kid- and pet-friendly fabrics. When combined with their warm fireplace donned with stockings and gorgeous trimmings, Kelly’s living room is the perfect holiday wonderland.
The most important thing that she teaches her children during this time, however, is that Christmas is all about family and giving back to the community. Her parents instilled that same lesson in her and now, despite her gorgeous decor, she thinks beyond that to incorporate a strong sense of compassion into everything she does.
“I really love to focus on community and making those around me feel the joy of the season.” – Kelly Fondots
We asked Kelly what her biggest piece of advice when it comes to decorating your home for the holidays and she had this to say, “You don’t need to change your entire home, embrace what you really love about Christmas and bring it inside!” Our sentiments exactly.