Laurie Rao has been collecting holiday décor since she first married her husband Rick more than 25 years ago. So when the couple downsized last year and built a new home to fit their new empty-nester lifestyle, her holiday adornments were definitely a consideration during the design and build process.


    1. Piles of patches tree skirt, available at Anthropologie.

    2. Gray woven tree collar, available at Pier One.

    3. Noël handmade felted wool tree skirt, available at Ember Home Studio. 

    4. Plaid Merry Christmas tree skirt, available at The Gifted Gardener.


        “If you decorate by what matters to you, you create a home.” That statement has been fundamental to Laura Wilson’s success as owner of Marketplace at The Abbey. Located in Glendale, the European lifestyle boutique opened in 2014, featuring a wide variety of unique home décor pieces, accessories, made-to-order floral arrangements and handcrafted custom furniture. The award-winning retail/design establishment was an instant hit and now encompasses 6,000 square feet with a staff of nine.

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    ‘Tis the season for creating holiday magic by adding sparkle and spice all through the house. But decking the halls often relies on holiday décor collections built over many years, and making sense of all the mismatched pieces and disparate elements can sometimes make this annual ritual a bit of an overwhelming task.