Dustylu Holiday home tour

Holidays with dustylu

Using her existing color scheme of neutrals and whites, Lu’s home is the perfect  snowy backdrop for her holiday decor.   She likes to keep things soft and light but adds in fresh greens and pops of red with berries and hand-knitted stockings. Cozy tartan blankets and french linens invite friends and family to cuddle on the comfy slipcovered sofa. The rustic wood farm table, natural jute rug, a vintage farmhouse door and pine hutch add warmth and texture. In the Tapp home, decorating is a family affair and Lu enjoys involving her husband and two young boys. Together, they make popcorn garland and pom pom wreaths, creating a playful family space.

*Accessories and painted grey sideboard from A Beautiful Mess Antiques, Farmhouse table and Hutch from FOUND.

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Chair with Stockings

PHOTO: Dusty Lu

Dining Table

PHOTO: Dusty Lu

Lu’s HOliday Favorites

Q: What song gets you in the mood for Christmas?
A: Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire

Q: Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
A: The Advent calendar. My boys are on their best behavior during Advent month!

Q: How would you describe your holiday style?
A: I love adding anything French and vintage to my holiday decor. One of my favorite elements is to add anything that is snow ski related. Two years ago I used antique ice skating shoes, last year was and antique yellow sled, this year I used vintage snow shoes from Vermont.

Q: Do you like to change your holiday decor each year or stick with a particular theme or style?
A: Yes I change it up every year but,  my love for white, green and red remains constant in my color scheme. This year I was going to use Jadeite, red and white but decided again to go back to the traditional green. I also have my special Christmas favorites like sentimental ornaments that my husband gave me, and the boys’ first Christmas ornaments.

Another fun tradition I keep each year is adding a little stocking to the tree for my boys. I have them write their christmas list on them and stuff them in there.  I think it is a fun way look back and see what they asked for, what their child-like humor was and what their sweet little handwriting looked like. Dusty can spell and write now so his list this year was adorable.

Q: Do you have a favorite childhood holiday memory?
A: There were four of us growing up and money was tight, but every year my mom managed to give us an amazing Christmas. She would make us an Italian Christmas dinner (usually a fish dish) and go to midnight Mass.  I don’t know how she did it, but Christmas morning, my mom always managed to spoil each one of us with a line of presents leading up to the tree. Four lines under the tree…one for each of us!

Q: Do you have anything special on your Christmas list this year?
A: My special wish list this Christmas? I can’t think of anything because I already have everything I could ever want.

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Peppermint Bark and Garland

PHOTO: Dusty Lu

Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. Luke 1:45


PHOTO: Dusty Lu

Los Angeles, CA

Lulu Tapp is a freelance lifestyle photographer who has published work in various interior design magazines and The New York Times. Her passions for decorating and cooking inspire her photography.

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