In the Spirit: Holidays at Home

Four families put their own special stamp on one of the year’s most traditional seasons


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One // Collections Mingle Merrily During this, the Jingle Season

What // A Turtle Lake family and their interior designer roll up their sleeves to create enchantment

Christmas Story: One of Ann Heath’s most beautifully designed homes, located in Bloomfield Hills’ Turtle Lake development, shines during the holidays with everything from a soaring tree in the great room to mercury glass vases filled with holly to an enchanting collection of Santas. Ann, the owner of Birmingham-based Duncan-Fuller Interiors, a member of the collaboration Forest Avenue Design, assists her Turtle Lake client, a busy parent and executive, with creating captivating holiday vignettes. “My client (Ann also oversaw the entire home’s interior design) and I enjoy shopping together for whatever she might need for holiday décor,” Ann says. “She is a big entertainer. I think that’s one of the reasons she bought the home — it’s so great for entertaining, with lots of gathering spots.”

BOUGHS OF HOLLY: A Turtle Lake family and their interior designer enhance décor with wintry silvers. 

WILD GOOSE: A large goose made of pinecones (from Coach House in Birmingham) makes quite a statement and is right at home on the mantel.

NIGHT LIGHTS: Ann and the homeowner prefer the beeswax candles they discovered at Zieben- Mare in Franklin. Also captivating: mercury glass pieces from the Antiques Centre of Troy — perfect for birch-themed candleholders.

FAMILY AFFAIR: “The kids and various house assistants love getting involved in decorating; it’s quite a tradition here, and everyone participates,” Ann says.

CALM AND COLLECTED: “I like collections together,” Ann says. “You lose impact when the elements aren’t displayed together.” She fills a wire basket with silver balls, for example, and places all the Santas in a grouping.

RADIANT REDS: A joyful tabletop arrangement and a bark wreath (from Detroit Garden Works in Sylvan Lake) await their holiday destiny in the family’s pretty Turtle Lake home.

EMBELLISH THE EVERYDAY: Ann likes to mix on-hand elements with holiday-themed additions.

STUNNING STAIRWAY: Deborah Silver of Detroit Garden Works designed magnificent and festive magnolia stair trim.

PINING FOR NATURE: Large, beautifully textured pinecones are from Detroit Garden Works.

OUTDOORS, TOO: Containers filled with ornaments, patio railings out back adorned with greenery — those types of additions “are a simple and easy way to not forget the outdoors when decorating,” Ann says. “Or just a lit tree in the back of the property is great, so when you look out the windows you see lights and beauty.”

CRAZY FOR SANTAS: “My client loves Santas, and so do I.”

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