Celebrating Family

The Bacichs use their shared love of the Christmas season to enjoy time decorating together.

By Moe Godat   

Photography Anne Matheis

Architect Jeff Day & Associates, LLC   

Builder Cambrooke Development 


Their love of the great outdoors and ample outdoor living space drew the Bacich family to the lot they built their home on in 2014. “We wanted the house to be centered around the outdoor spaces, fall and fires,” says homeowner and mother Dana Bacich. When the home was first completed, the family’s three children were young, and Tim and Dana Bacich wanted them to be able to enjoy time outside and ride their bikes around the neighborhood. Now that the kids are older (a junior and senior in high school and a sophomore in college), the home still functions as a comfortable place to entertain both indoors and out.

Their goal in designing the home from the start was comfort. “I didn’t want this to be a house that people walk into and feel like they have to take their shoes off,” Dana notes. “I want everyone who comes over to feel comfortable and welcome in whatever they are wearing.” The homeowners’ preferred architectural and interior design style, French Country, provides the level of comfort and class that they were looking for, embracing both rough edges and refined elements.

“We like to be the house that has people over,” Dana says. As self-proclaimed Christmas fanatics, the Bacichs’ passion for the Christmas season and their love of entertaining combine to create a winter wonderland in their main-level entertaining spaces.

Getting their home ready for the holidays is a family affair beginning the day after Thanksgiving. To enjoy the season as long as possible, the whole family travels to pick out the Christmas tree and start decorating it the same day, ending the busy task of holiday bedecking with their favorite tradition of watching The Polar Express. Later that same weekend or early the following week, Julie Redman of Home Staging enters the picture to assist Dana and add finishing touches.

“We use the same things every year and store them in the basement,” Dana explains. “When we first met, Julie and I went shopping together and just starting picking things out. I know what I like and what I don’t, and Julie helps put it all together.” Dana also mentions the amazing help from Patti Porter of Rusted Chandelier in many of her decorations and arrangements, saying Porter is both inviting and a pleasure to work with. “She’s an expert of making a home feel cozy.”

The Christmas spirit begins outside with elaborate holiday urns by Garden Oasis. They opted to keep the outdoor decorations simple, and the home looks like a gingerbread house from the road with simple white lights trimming the edges.

A large nutcracker in the foyer welcomes guests into the warm and cozy atmosphere. “We’ve had him for a long time; the kids just thought he was funny, and he’s stayed with us,” Dana laughs. The main goal of the Christmas decor was to create a festive environment, and the nutcracker sets the tone for a fun-loving visit.

The Bacichs and Julie Redman kept things more formal in the parlor. “We drink coffee in the mornings in the parlor during the winter, but other than that it mostly just looks pretty,” Dana explains. Simon Pearce Christmas trees from Sallie Home cast a calming glow from the coffee table, complementing the elegantly decorated tree with silver baubles and accents. Dana notes her gratitude for the fabulous help of Pollie Hughes at Sallie Home, saying that she is always a pleasure to work with. Silver bark reindeer stand proudly behind the couch. “I saw those reindeer in the window at Marketplace at the Abbey, and I slammed on my brakes and turned around! I just had to have them,” Dana says.

As guests walk down the hallway to the kitchen and great room, they can admire the hand-finished Amish wood floors throughout the first level made from 100-year-old barn wood. The hallway also boasts a custom table from Marketplace at the Abbey decorated with red berry trees and a nativity scene.

The great room acts as the hub of the house where the family gathers and celebrates the Christmas season together. Two seating sets from Restoration Hardware provide plenty of space to lounge. The home’s second, less-formal Christmas tree in the great room holds decorations made by the kids’ grandmother, who makes each child their own ornament every Christmas until the age of 18 according to Dana. The stockings, also handmade by Grandma, hang on the mantel of the fireplace.

The dining table from Restoration Hardware has decorations with sentimental significance, including the heirloom Christmas china from husband Tim’s side of the family. Golden pinecones and red placemats draw the eye in while napkin rings from Sallie Home and a centerpiece from Marketplace at the Abbey create interest.

“We all love Christmas,” Dana says, “but my favorite part of the season is just spending time with them. As much as we enjoy the anticipation of the holiday and setting all the decorations up, there is something just as satisfying about taking them down together when Christmas is over.”

As always, enjoying time with their kids Ellie, Joe and Will, is what Tim and Dana are looking forward to most as the holidays draw near. The decorations, while beautifully done and tastefully chosen, are there to make their time together brighter. “We just like to celebrate time together,” Dana says.



Architect: Jeff Day & Associates, LLC 

Builder: Cambrooke Development 

Current Contractor: Bevins Renovations 

Outdoor Stone: MFI Masonry 

Cabinetry: Centorbi Cabinetry 

Wood: Amish Headings Family 

Furniture: RH 

Granite: Granite Busters 

Lighting: Metro Lighting 

Decor: Rusted Chandelier, Marketplace at the Abbey