A young couple celebrates the holiday season—and their newly announced engagement—with loved ones. For the ocassion, they were graciously regaled in a home that's happily decked the halls: seven trimmed trees, hundreds of ornaments, and room upon room of vintage collectibles.
Home is where the heart is. And for interior designer Nicole Massimino, the town of Wilmington, North Carolina fits the proverb perfectly—it's where she met her fiancé Scott.
"We met in Wilmington at a restaurant on a Friday evening," she says. "We went on our first date that Sunday and never looked back. We have known one another for two years and after our first couple of dates, I knew there was something extra special about him. Scott makes me smile like no one else has ever done." As they headed off on a motorcycle trip bound for Canada, Scott proposed to Nicole. "It was one of the most beautiful trips I've ever been on."
Among their holiday traditions—wearing pajamas on Christmas morning, sipping mimosas, and exchanging gifts—Nicole and Scott decided to celebrate something new: their first Christmas as a newly engaged couple. To host a party of family and friends, they gathered in the home of their friendly neighbors Michael and Goldie Stetten. As home owners, the Stettens spent two years building this residence from the ground up: Michael, who has been constructing houses in the community for 35 years, built the five-bedroom house; and Goldie designed the interior. For Christmas and this special occasion, the home was magically transformed.
Merry Red Roses
As a member of the Cape Fear Garden Club, one of the oldest and largest garden clubs in the state of North Carolina, Goldie considered natural elements essential. Fellow members of the garden club arrived with armfuls of fresh flowers and greenery to help decorate the home. Goldie and Garden Club member Hillary McNeir were inspired by the idea of red roses and they continued that theme throughout the house. "Red is iconic for Christmas time and roses are luxurious," she remarks. "Who doesn't love red roses, especially in the dozens?"