A Twist on Tradition

A local interior designer takes an unexpected and artistic approach to holiday decor by pairing vintage finds with items found in nature.

Styled by Angela Hamwey | Text by Lisa Leigh Connors | Photography by Alison Caron

When interior designer Angela Hamwey of Mackenzie & Company styled a beautiful home in Osterville for our holiday décor feature, she started with a light, distressed-wood table and composed a rich color palette with flowers in deep shades of red; light pink glass plates; and vintage brass candlesticks. Then she layered on fresh greens from the outside and scallop shells filled with Himalayan pink salt. “We have so much [natural material] hanging out in the woods and on the beaches, we have an advantage living here,” says Hamwey, who started her Hyannis-based design company five years ago. “We can be coastal without everything being a starfish. Be a little unexpected and be creative.”

Hamwey also suggests using food—herbs, clementines, figs, pomegranates—to decorate your kitchen island, buffet table, bar cart and table.

If you’re planning on hosting a gathering this holiday season, Hamwey suggests looking around your house and taking stock of what you already have, and build from there. You might be surprised at what you find—white plates, vintage candlesticks, maybe even champagne coupes!

From there, get outside, start snipping away—be sure to invest in a good pair of clippers—explore antiques stores, pull out your grandmother’s silver. But it’s your table—not your mother’s, insists Hamwey. “Use what you have, add to it. Mix it up!”

For the centerpiece, Chatham floral designer Patrice Milley mixed red flowers and foliage in a rectangular box: amaryllis, roses, scabiosa, grapes, dahlias, acorn eucalyptus, feather eucalyptus and skimmia.

For the table setting, interior designer Angela Hamwey tied blue velvet ribbon—bought from a local crafts store—around antique silverware and added rosemary and berries.

Figs and berries displayed on vintage pale-pink glass plates complete the setting.

A cherry pie with lattice crust from Centerville Pie Company looks deliciously inviting.

For a unique touch, fill scallop shells from the beach with freshly ground Himalayan pink salt.

Bar carts in the home are on trend, says Hamwey, who put together an arrangement of eucalyptus, red amaranthus and privet berries with floral designer Patrice Milley.

For the mantle, Hamwey suggests venturing out into the woods or your own backyard, pick some greens of your choice and add white pumpkins with vintage candlesticks. You can put up an artificial tree as early as Thanksgiving, decorate with white lights, add a shearling sheepskin rug nearby and leave it as a focal point through the winter.

A rich color palette of deep reds and burgundies paired with light pinks and grays will carry through from Thanksgiving to the New Year, says Hamwey.


Angela Hamwey, Mackenzie & Company
396 Main St., Hyannis, 508-957-2544

Centerville Pie Company
1671 Falmouth Road, Centerville, 774-470-1406

Patrice R. Milley Floral Designer
Chatham, 508-945-4173

Antique Center of Cape Cod
243 Route 6A, Dennis, 508-385-6400

World Market
621 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, 508-534-7402

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