A Very Bavarian Holiday at the Hoveys: The Decor


After creating the Black Forest/cuckoo clock-inspired deer/pheasant/fox/pine cone vignette, a harsh reality set in: our apartment did not resemble anything Bavarian in any way shape or form. Suddenly the "comfortable gentleman's club with a bit more color" (presumably adaptable into a Bavarian theme) was a fluorescent jungle of non-German exotics and more Anglophilia than a gift shop outside Buckingham Palace. Major steps needed to be taken. These steps included: moving almost every piece of furniture into my bedroom, purchasing 10 roe deer antlers, switching out a mantle, switching out a mirror, hiding about 8 heads and a stuffed alligator in my bedroom (with all the furniture), hiding some marble behind the couch and taping an elaborate faux timber theme onto the walls. Here are the results!



I converted the chandelier into a wild floating pine tree of sorts and I carried that 9' tree (with Porter's help guiding the tip) on my shoulder/back and almost died (it was 20 years old! A geezer of a tree!). No half measures allowed at the holidays - even if you're left half bent in pain for weeks.





(Photos by Porter Hovey)

13 comments

  1. Joy says:

    everything looks utterly amazing. great idea and awesome execution!

  2. Love the pictures! But could they be bigger please? I know I'm missing so much detail!

  3. Never mind... I just clicked on them and that did the trick. Love the tree with only white lights and gold baubles. and all the antlers, of course

  4. Karena says:

    Hollister, wow you did it and it looks amazing. I hope you are enjoyed a sufficiently octaned drink to ease the pain!

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  5. Very very lovely decor ideas. And the photography is amazing. Excellent Christmas inspirations.

    jeavon @ Interior Designer

  6. Rose says:

    Brilliant ladies! I was wondering how you did the walls...very good idea

  7. Est ist fantastisch! We, too, have a Bavarian theme to our Christmas decorations this (and most) years. Those wacky Germans really do (did) know how to celebrate the season! Reggie

  8. Gorgeous --as usual. But a 9-foot tree, carried home by you? Nine footers are great when they come with a gorgeous delivery guy. Hope that your back is better. Mary

  9. love.... wishing you a wonderful holiday... x

  10. Holy cow that is fabulous. Happy Holidays!

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  12. carey says:

    Have you guys seen "American Stuffers" on APL? Must see TV for those who love mounted beasts.

  13. Carla says:

    The place does not resemble anything Bavarian but the old pictures and the antique furniture make the whole house seem really vintage. The best is when you go to a house or flat like that and you get to take sepia photos. All of the apartments in Buenos Aires I rented while I was in Argentina has this vintage style and pictures of people from the aristchracy of the previous century. I loved to take sepia pics and then make up stories with those characters!