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For Megan Barton, owner of Milton House Design Collective, being able to comfortably entertain guests is one of her favorite aspects of her Roseville home. An annual Thanksgiving feast that brings both sides of the family together, a cozy gathering of friends, or a merry Christmas soiree.
“We love to entertain, so that was a big part of the design of this home,” Burton says. Burton and her husband, Mark, moved from St. Paul’s Como Park neighborhood to the northeastern suburbs when she decided she needed more space. their growing family. “We also needed more line of sight to the kids while we were in the kitchen. Our previous kitchen was closed off, so the idea of an open concept from the kitchen to the living room was very appealing to us. It was very attractive. It’s perfect for entertaining!”
Built by Hanson Builders ( (The interior was designed by Burton himself), the couple’s two-story home began with a farmhouse aesthetic and has since evolved into a more modern, eclectic style. “Our home is always evolving, but I especially like combining vintage and modern,” says Burton, who founded his own boutique interior design company just three years ago.
This dynamic design ethos is also evident in the way Burton dresses her home for the holidays. “I keep the holiday style on the main level mantel and dining table and change it up each year by dressing them up. [up] Windows, handrails…anything you’re interested in! ” she says. “At this time of year, design inspiration is everywhere, from the energy of stores designed for the holidays to the fresh blanket of snow falling under the warm glow of a streetlight. I get inspired by things.”
Although Burton enjoys changing up the decor throughout her home each year, she consistently strives to keep the look simple yet impressive. “I’m a big fan of visually impactful things that are effortless, especially when she has three kids at home,” she explains. “Time is at a premium during the holidays, so I do things that don’t take long. I like things to be inexpensive, not too traditional, not too stylized, and everything feels light and fresh.”
Her living room features bright white walls, a sleek white tiled fireplace surround, and chic midcentury modern accent pieces (a barrel-based coffee table with a marble top is her A personal favorite of mine, the teak hand chair was a gift from her (Santa) several years ago, creating the perfect backdrop for layering organic touches to showcase your sophisticated holiday style .
“I love using fresh greenery. There’s nothing like the scent and energy it brings to a room,” says Barton, who has curtains made from a combination of cedar and white pine branches hanging on the railing. If you’re concerned about keeping your greenery fresh throughout the seasons, we recommend choosing something artificial and adding elegant accessories, like the eucalyptus wreaths that decorate your living room windows. “These are from Target and I added some ribbon to dress them up,” she says.
Beautiful table settings are Burton’s specialty, and using fresh ingredients as decorations is also one of her favorite tricks. When she recently hosted a holiday gathering for a small group of her friends from work, her table was filled with green artichokes, golden pears, red pomegranates and other memorably rich holiday decorations. An assortment of colors were arranged. Citrus fruits add a brighter pop of color and look great against a simple black and white checkered tablecloth.
“I get excited about planning a menu or find inspiration at the supermarket. Trader Joe’s often carries beautiful produce. I love shopping for fruits and vegetables and green plants. and lay it all out on a fun tablecloth,” says Burton. “Find foods that are beautiful on their own and can also be used as interior decorations!”
Her beloved collection of vintage brass candle holders (some passed down from her mother and grandmother, others purchased at thrift stores) add height and elegance to the table, and are made by Midwest manufacturer shop Rose & Loon. A festive gift bag filled with handcrafted goodies will add a welcome touch. Whimsical notes on each location setting.
Just as Burton’s decor was light, bright, and organic, Burton kept the party’s menu simple, fresh, and flavorful. These include a lemon and herb pasta salad that I made the day before, and a crunchy arugula salad that’s quick and easy. Homemade flatbread and apple tart together. “One strategy I’ve learned is to make whatever I’m making the day before so I can focus on just the 2-3 items that need to be freshly prepared that day, so I don’t have to worry about getting something new. There’s no panic, ‘I’m ready,”’ she explains.
Meanwhile, guests sipped prosecco and snacked from her festive charcuterie board, which included candy canes and jars of gumdrops for a little holiday flair. “A charcuterie board is a huge time saver because you’re actually just assembling something that’s already beautiful on its own,” Burton says. “You can prepare it in advance, put it in the fridge, take it out until it’s room temperature, and then just enjoy your time together.”
Many families have certain traditions they enjoy each year during the holidays, and Burton’s is no exception. At the beginning of the season, a collection of holiday books will be on display to get kids in the holiday spirit. Tall white nutcrackers also make their debut around the same time (often staying late to welcome the New Year). Sometimes, Burton helps the children weave their own wreaths and decorations using vines cut from the wisteria growing on the outdoor pergola. As for the Christmas tree, it’s in the downstairs family room, carefully decorated by Burton’s daughter Cora.
“She’s 10 years old now and considers herself to be a designer in her own right, so she’s a little bit bossy when it comes to decorating the tree and that area,” Burton says with a laugh. “We have a lot of ornaments that the kids have made, and we also have some traditional decorations lying around in the holiday bin, so I gave her full creative control over her bottom bunk. so that she could decorate it the way she wanted.”
But no matter how busy the season is, Burton urges everyone to remember what the holidays are all about and not get too caught up in the preparations or stress about making sure the party goes perfectly. . “The most important thing I’ve learned is not to overcomplicate things,” she says. “While the food and decorations set the tone for the party, it’s really about celebrating the people in our lives and enjoying time together. That’s the real focus.”
“This homemade potpourri instantly says, ‘It’s the holidays!’ It smells great, and it only takes a few minutes to make, so you can make it right before your guests arrive,” says Burton. “We’re all about aroma, not flavor, so play around with the amounts of ingredients in this recipe. You can’t go wrong here.” (Potpourri will last several days, but Barton says once you use it, (I warn you that the ingredients will start to brown and won’t be as pretty as the scent. However, if you keep adding water and reheating, the scent will come out). )
apple slices, orange slices, and/or lemon slices
Fresh herbs such as rosemary and thyme
Mix the ingredients in a pot, then pour in the water. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low. Let the pot sit for about 20 minutes, then turn off the heat.
“We try to limit the number of dishes we actually prepare when guests come over to one or two and a drink to keep it easy and fun,” Barton explains. “A flatbread pizza is ready in about 10 minutes, plus an additional 5 to 10 minutes of cooking time. It’s not too messy and is perfect as one of the dishes you can assemble when entertaining.”
commercially available flatbread
your favorite marinara sauce
fresh diced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
flake salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 425°F. Then, simply layer the above ingredients on top of the flatbread, starting with the marinara sauce. Place in the oven for 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the flatbread is crispy. Slice diagonally into triangles and enjoy.
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