To kick off an inspiring season, we asked actress and style maven Jessica Biel to design her dream holiday room. Bursting with ideas for the space, Biel curated a board full of inspiring images — lush garlands and greenery, antique Chinoiserie, dramatic evening gowns, graphic gift wrap, quiet English gardens, brass lanterns, peppermint bark, and gilded frames. Along with our editor-at-large Estee Stanley, director Mat Sanders, and the Domaine team, Biel designed a cozy and elegant interior that’s ideal for enjoying family and friends, unwrapping presents, and sipping on mulled wine.
She wanted the space to reflect her personal style: comfortable and elegant, with an appreciation for beautiful things. The room would need to feel homey, yet have a touch of drama and edge. A timeless, plush black and white wide-striped sofa rose to the challenge creating a gorgeous base for the space — and made the perfect accompaniment to a Coco Chanel-inspired Christmas tree, which was dripped with pearls, black ribbon, and white leather flowers. A supple leather Danish modern armchair injected just the right amount of seasonal color and was beautifully balanced with elegant greenery. For an element of surprise, a salvaged stone table top from Brenda Antin was placed on two stacks of fashion and art books, transforming it into a casual and inviting coffee table. Read on below for Jessica’s tips on recreating this chic winter wonderland in your home.
Channel the illustrious Coco Chanel by adorning your tree with black velvet bows and white leather flowers. Wrap gifts artfully in matte black and marbled wallpaper — not a reindeer in sight.
|Black Gift Wrap, $10, CB2||Cream Leather Flower, $6, Ioco||Marble Paper, $8, Paper Source|
Ask yourself, “Is this how they would decorate Camelot?” Hang a tapestry on one wall to introduce rich texture and a traditional vibe, and embellish with greenery, such as a garland and a wreath hung with ribbon.
|Silver Bells Wreath, $78, Terrain||Antique Oushak Rug, $5750, Lawrence of La Brea||Preserved Cedar Garland, $245, Terrain|
Kick reindeer motifs to the curb in favor of specialty wrapping papers (think: marble and houndstooth patterns). Banish stick-on bows; wrap boxes with thin ribbon or twine for a fresh twist. Use a wax stamp to adhere the ribbon for an elevated finishing touch.
|Interchangeable Fleur de Lis Wax Seal Handle, $13, Paper Source||Houndstooth Paper, $5,
|Jute Twine, $23, Uline|
Create a cozy vibe for your interior by topping stacked books with a reclaimed slab of slate or wood. The low-slung arrangement creates an instantly relaxed atmosphere, and the tabletop material brings a rustic-industrial aesthetic to the space.
|Antique Danish Book Bundle, $89, Second Shout Out||Live Edge Lumber Slab, $66, Ebay||Oval Stone Coffee Table with Metal, $2040, Nineteen Mercièr|
Break tradition and give your room a fresh spin by throwing in a piece you absolutely adore (perhaps a wish-list item from Christmases past), like this red 1960s lounge chair by Carlo di Carli. Bonus points for cozy chairs that entice you to snuggle up by the fire.
|Danish Modern Lounge Chair, $1100, 1st Dibs||Vintage Small Rectangle Milking Bench, $575, Nickey Kehoe||Zaha Chair, $1195, Jayson Home
Bring in patterns in complementary colors. Vintage French fabrics are ideal candidates to mix and match with stripes. Go bold for bigger pieces (such as a broad-scale striped sofa) and try tight patterns for accessories like pillows and throws.
|Eton Sofa, From $1499,
|Java Batik Lumbar Pillow, $99,
The Loaded Trunk
|Rectangle Tufted Linen Cushion, $240, Garde|
|Custom Striped Sofa
|Grey Striped Throw
|Coffee Table Slab
|Red Leather Chair
|Carved Wood Bench
Lawrence of La Brea
|Black and White Photographs
|Tree and Planter
|White Ceramic Cobra
|Painted Early 20th Century Occasional Table, $895,
|Antique Mercury Glass Pillar Holders, From $20, Pottery Barn||1958 Givenchy Hat C by Frank Horvat, Price Upon Request, Fahey/Klein Gallery|
|Tanger Stripe Throw, $250, Garde||Edge Sparkling Wine Glass, $13, Crate & Barrel||Dasan Bronze Table Lamp, $185, Lamps Plus|
Photographer: Chris Patey for Domaine