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!”
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
Antique Center of Cape Cod
243 Route 6A, Dennis, 508-385-6400
621 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, 508-534-7402