Magazine article Sunset

Starring Roles

Magazine article Sunset

Starring Roles

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Holiday decor takes a modern turn in a Seattle home

It's a challenge every year: how to display your traditional ornaments in fresh new ways. Seattle homeowner Christopher Alviar-who has collected holiday decorations on trips to the Philippines-suggests thinking of the room as a frame. That means making the objects stand out while visually connecting them to colors and shapes already in your home.

In Alviar's living/dining area and kitchen, the setting is minimalist-large expanses of glass, a simple geometric fireplace, and warm maple paneling. The understated space is the perfect backdrop for the row of traditional Filipino star-shaped lanterns known as parok (made of Capiz shells or paper) that hang along the inside of the window wall. The lanterns' amber glow picks up the golden hue of the fireplace and the shimmering yet subtle tree; red pillows are accents. "I strive to blend the seasonal decorations with the yearlong decor," Alviar says, "without ever trying to be 'matchy-matchy.'"


Good bones

When Christopher Alviar bought his house, "it had an identity crisis," he says. …

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