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Holiday Haven

An antiques vendor styles her home for the holidays with soft tones, DIY projects and found treasures that inspire the imagination.
FREE FLOW. The family room is the central gathering place for holiday festivities. Tammy scales the room with parties in mind and creates cozy spots for conversation amid her wintry designs. She takes her cues from the room’s open layout and makes sure the space maintains its spacious feel. Throw pillows, blankets and the Christmas tree off to the side don’t interfere with entertaining yet have a big impact.

When an antique vendor with a gift for interior design decorates for Christmas, her home transforms into a nostalgic holiday retreat that’s full of old and new treasures. Tammy Akel’s designs feel so wintry and authentic to a white Christmas that you’d never guess that her Southern Colonial farmhouse is located in sunny Florida. She says, “Every December, my priorities are to create a welcoming and cozy atmosphere in my home that evokes warm childhood memories.” Her designs reflect her background as an antiques vendor at her booth, The Vintage Grind (you can see her finds on Instagram at @MyVintageGrind and her home décor at @MyColonialFarmhouse). “For the holidays, I combine traditional elements and vintage pieces,” she says. “I appreciate the feeling of a ‘collected’ home that isn’t filled with brand-new store-bought furnishings. That look is too sterile and generic for me.” And, since Tammy is also talented at DIY, her interiors have heartfelt, personalized touches. She says, “Nothing brings me greater joy than salvaging a piece and bringing it back to life!”

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