Before & After: Holiday Contest Finalists


The holiday break is almost upon us, and I am ashamed to admit this, but I have been so busy with work and battling a cold that I have yet to hang a single ornament or bulb. My only consolation is that, thanks to this Before & After Holiday Contest, I’ve been able to vicariously enjoy dozens of holiday celebrations as I sift through your incredible submissions. Today we’re thrilled to share the top finalists for three categories: (1) trees, (2) mantels and (3) miscellaneous decor (we didn’t receive enough table or exterior submissions to warrant keeping those categories, so we combined them into one miscellaneous category).

Check out the finalists and cast your votes below, and thanks again to all who entered. Your homes look warm and welcoming and have filled me the holiday spirit. Voting will close this Sunday at midnight EST. Good luck to the finalists, and please be sure to cast your votes! — Kate

{UPDATE: The results are in! The winners are: Amanda Moore – Miscellaneous; Jessica Decker – Tree; Colin Barrett – Mantel. Congrats to the winners and thank you to all who voted!}

See the finalists in all three categories and cast your votes after the jump . . .

Category 1: Trees


Ana Perez — Ana handmade many of the gem ornaments on this lovely decorated tree.


Aimee Aikens — Aimee created a dramatic starry backdrop for her tabletop tinsel tree by hanging a large sheet of dark gray felt and cutting small slices to feed the lightbulbs through.


Jessica Decker — Jessica put her giant embroidery skills to work, turning this little corner into a festive and modern holiday spread with brightly wrapped gifts and a large cross-stitch tree!

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Category 2: Mantels


Colin Barrett — Colin turned this mantel into a warm holiday hearth with bright red accents and cozy knit stockings.


Melissa Lee — To transform her mantel for the season, Melissa created a snowy village tableau with gold and white accents and used a vintage gilded frame to display a holiday greeting.


Amanda Gibson — Amanda wanted to keep her decor minimal but also add a hint of colonial charm with a trio of chunky gold candleholders and a thick red ribbon holding the wreath.

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Category 3: Miscellaneous Decor


Adrienne Clarotto — Adrienne fancied up her dining area with this beautiful winter tablescape. The mix of metallics, greens and creamy whites make for a beautiful snowy scene.


Amanda Moore — Amanda owns two dogs with a penchant for wrestling, so she decided to put her holiday decor up high to avoid any potential disasters. The result is a lovely festive garland that can be admired from all angles.


Angela Tullier — Angela transformed her living room into a holiday wonderland by adding charming and inventive touches to the existing decor: swapping in flannel pillows and throws on the couch, tying adorable scarves onto the wall-mounted animals, hanging skates and other holiday decor items on the wall and creating a festive centerpiece on the coffee table.

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  1. Bo says:

    I prefer to Ana!

  2. Elisa says:

    Jessica for the tree and packages (very creative). They definitely, make you wonder what lovely gift is in them. And, I like adore the backdrop of Aimee’s but the tree is so, so.
    Amanda, I love your garland – will do something like that next time to display my ornaments.

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