Hospitality Reigns at This Christmas Home Nestled in the Pines
When you live in an elegantly appointed home with entertainment space galore, it’s understandable that you would become a magnet for guests. Locals Mike and Cheryl Porter understand this as well as anyone.
“What we like about this house and the reason we picked it was for its main-floor living—the first-floor master is very private,” Cheryl says, “yet the house expands for family.”
With their interior design choices, the Porters have transcended typical Pinterest fare with original artwork, overseas finds and Cheryl’s own artistic touches.
On the main floor are two pieces by Native American painter Earl Biss.
“He’s a pretty spectacular artist,” Cheryl says. There’s a Frederick statue, too. “But don’t let us buy your art or you’ll die,” she jokes, “they’re all deceased!”
The two chandeliers in the front hall are hand-carved crystal and hand-tied metal work brought in directly from France after finding them on holiday.
Upstairs in the grandchildren’s bedroom is an original Dr. Suess painting.
“We bought it at a charity auction, and it became the theme for the entire room,” Cheryl explains.
To further personalize the children’s cove, she hand-painted stars with each child’s sun sign above the beds.
Expediting their penchant for hosting, the Porters’ basement boasts a wine cellar, pool room, bedroom and two additional bathrooms. So much dedicated entertainment space “makes for amazing family times,” Cheryl says.
Judging by the sheer abundance of holiday decor, the Porters are experts in Christmas cheer. Their home bursts with potted poinsettias and traditional kitsch such as the snowy Christmas village in the living room or “piano room,” as they are apt to call it, since Mike is often found there playing tunes on the grand piano.
Each year Cheryl chooses a new theme for their nearly two-story tree. This year it’s elves.
“All the elves have their own gift packages,” she notes.
For convenience, Mike keeps the wintery glow of the bountiful seasonal lighting on timers.
The best gift of all, Cheryl says, is on the altar with a giant red bow at its base. “The nativity—it’s the greatest miracle.”
It takes weeks to put up the Christmas decor, the Porters say, starting the process around Thanksgiving time.
The keynote in the Porter house tradition is their annual gathering, which could best be described as an intimate bash.
“People really look forward to our annual party,” Mike says, which includes a mix of guests from every niche of the Porters’ lives. They recount stories of young and old, professional and church friends and lots of family all blending for the party—always on the 23rd of December.
“It’s the best date,” Mike explains, “because everyone has already attended all of their other holiday parties and everyone has off the next day.”
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The Porters keep a stock of Colorado wines and whiskeys in the basement’s custom wine cellar—they’ve created a pretty good collection of corks, too.
Cheryl took pages from the book The Art of Tasting and framed them to add a flair of interest on one of the cellar’s walls.