How to decorate your home for the holidays: Part 2 – Tips and home decorating ideas from three top Tampa Bay area interior designers.
Our second “decorating for the holidays” segment on FOX 13 Good Day comes from Home Frosting’s sr. designer Mary McKell. Mary’s holiday decorating theme was “Tampa Treasures. Everything local holiday décor”
If you missed the holiday decorating shows, you can click below to watch each segment.
Segment 2 – Home Frosting’s Mary McKell: Tampa Treasures. Everything local holiday décor
Segment 3 – Lisa Gilmore with Lisa Gilmore Design: Whimsy and wonderful, a colorful holiday home.
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This is the second time Home Frosting has been invited to be featured on the network. Last year we did a three-part segment on home offices, which can all be viewed here.
Some back story on her fabulous South Tampa home.
The home is a renovated 1937 English cottage vernacular in the historic neighborhood of New Suburb Beautiful. Mary and her husband Mark are both Florida Natives. Mark has lived in Tampa his entire life, just a few blocks from their current home. The extended McKell family have a rich Tampa history.
Mary’s unique eclectic design style created “a very Tampa Christmas”.
Her holiday decorations included a garland for the exterior front door, a beautifully designed Christmas tree, and a tablescape of their favorite Tampa foods.
“Christmas in Florida is not like Christmas around the rest of the country. There is no snow, icicles, or holly berries. There is, however, lots of sunshine and lush green tropical plants. As a designer I always like to use the nature and landscape around me for inspiration, there is no better color scheme!” explained Mary.
Mary chose an unconventional citrus color scheme of orange and green as opposed to the traditional red and green. The garland was made with a faux spruce green garland adorned with lots of lemons and tangerines. Chartreuse velvet poinsettias replace the typical red poinsettias. Layers of sprigs of dark green and brown magnolia were added for fullness. Gray-green fresh eucalyptus was layered in for additional volume and it gives off a wonderful almost balsam-like fragrance. The ribbon used is a wide green tone on tone plaid.
Then she brought the same color scheme inside for the tree. Carrying the plaid theme from the garland forward, orange, green, and black plaid ribbon was draped from the top of the tree. Sprigs of magnolia and eucalyptus were also placed in-between the branches.
The tree was wrapped in colored lights as a nod to our very rich Latin history. Not forgetting Tampa’s own Gasparilla parade, she added silver and gold Gasparilla beads to create a fun sparkly garland. Gold and Silver Gasparilla coins were sprinkled in for more pirate-themed fun.
Mary is mad for plaid so she just kept that going. The gifts under the tree were wrapped in a madcap mix and matched plaid paper and plaid ribbons. The ornaments and the tree were bedecked with her own collection of blown glass ornaments that represent Tampa’s landmarks and fauna.
Ybor city roosters
Landmark elements included
The Tampa Theatre Marquis
The Don Cesar Hotel
The University of Tampa Minarets
The Oxford Exchange Book Store
The tablescape details
The centerpiece was a large vintage gold iron pirate ship. Inside the ship was a blown glass ornament depicting Santa Claus as a pirate holding a map. At the helm of the ship was a sparkly navigating reindeer. The ship was full of plaid paper-wrapped gifts with black velvet ribbon.
The foods Mary showcased
Sangria in a colorful pitcher from the Columbia Restaurant.
Stone crab claws
Plant City strawberries
Alessi Bakery Scachatta pizza
The ever-present Tampa staple, a platter of cuban sandwiches.
Special thanks to Mary & Mark McKell who let us showcase their amazing home, and the Home Frosting team who helped make it happen.
Stay posted for Part 3 as Tampa-area designer, Lisa from Lisa Gilmore Design, shares her “whimsy and wonderful” holiday.