When you’ve found a way to swap stockings for gift bins, skip the gift wrap and still have your tree looking stylish, then you might just hold the secret to the holiday season. Jayne Flinn and her husband, Mike, have done just that in their Newport Beach, California, home. When guests walk into their elegantly modern abode on the coast, what they notice first is the spotless, well-edited and functional Christmas décor.
Mike and Jayne have also traded in TRADITIONAL STOCKINGS FOR SIMPLE BOXES. Not only can they fit more in front of the fireplace this way, but they also can fit more into the boxes.
You sense that this is purposeful—Jayne has made her home a calming respite in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. “The holidays for us are all about family and spending time together,” she says. “We keep the style pretty simple, yet really artsy and fun, so that we can enjoy as much time with the kids as possible. “
Their uniquely stylized take on functional Christmas décor comes easy to the Jayne and Mike. “We love a pop of color when it comes to holiday décor and lean towards a Technicolor holiday rather than the traditional red and green,” she says. “Even with the modern color palette, I love a nod to past generations and use lots of vintage serving trays and vintage napkin rings. They always look great and bring in the family history that we treasure.”
“Just like blending our family, it is about BLENDING THE UNIQUE VINTAGE ITEMS that are a part of our family history and bringing in the hip modern design that we also embrace.”
It helps that their company, Boxfli, supplies them with a lot of what comes together as the building blocks of their Christmas style. Boxfli, a shipping store, offers shipping services but, more importantly, a line of products and services aimed at making shipping presents a fun affair, including sturdy boxes that come in an array of bright colors and patterns—all the better to reflect the recipient’s or giver’s personality.
They use their myriad boxes not only for presents under the tree but for fun and functional Christmas décor that add color and festivity. “Getting the house holiday ready is always time-consuming for anyone, but it’s fun for me because that means all of the kids will be home soon and we get to spend time together,” Jayne says. “I do try to make it easier for Mike and me by skipping some steps since we are both busy at work too. With the printed Boxfli boxes, we don’t ever have to wrap a gift. Since there are so many of us in our immediate family, that is a huge time saver.”
Traditional Touches on Functional Christmas Décor
It’s not all modern minimalism in the Flinn house. Christmas dinner at the antique farm table is a place to honor family traditions and history. Jayne serves dinner with her collection of antique silver trays, and at each place setting is a different antique napkin ring she’s collected over the years. “I love a nod to past generations and use lots of vintage serving trays and vintage napkin rings,” she says. “Just like blending our family, it is about blending the unique vintage items that are a part of our family history and bringing in the hip modern design that we also embrace.“
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