Betty Peachey has a home and business to decorate for the holidays, so she starts the holiday decor planning process pretty early.
Betty Peachey has a home and business to decorate for the holidays, so she starts the planning process pretty early. Betty is the founder and owner of Coldwater Café, a popular eatery in Tipp City, and she takes great pride in choosing the perfect Christmas décor for her restaurant, but it’s in her own home—a quaint cottage that was built in the 1800s, where her love of Christmas can be seen shining through in every room.
Betty works closely with Randy Luken, of Luken Interiors, and each year they try to find a unique way to pair traditional decorations with something a little different, whether it’s through color, flowers or just an overall feel.
One of Betty’s favorite decorations is the Christmas tree in the dining room, which is full of nostalgic ornaments. “It reminds me of when I was a child,” she says. “The shiny, bright colored bulbs going on the tree was magic to me. I have hundreds of these ornaments and when Randy would come over and see the tree, he would just say ‘more, more, more,’ so it became packed full and I absolutely love it.”
The nostalgic tree stands near the dining table, which takes a step away from traditional and features a natural-inspired citrus theme. Lemons, limes and green apples make for a bright, fun and fresh tablescape
The yellow, green and white color scheme is continued throughout the house and highlighted over the fireplace mantle through bright tulips.
Because the home has an intimate cottage feel, Betty wanted to make sure she didn’t overwhelm the space with Christmas décor. “I realize more and more that it’s about adding little touches of Christmas here and there,” Betty says. “You don’t have to use every decoration you own, it’s more about the little touches.”
At the same time she is decorating her home, Betty is also working to come up with a good Christmas theme at the restaurant. When the restaurant first opened, Betty worked with Luken on design ideas, and she says he continues to come back to the café to make sure she’s on point with the interiors. “I think he’s very proud of my house and the café,” Betty says. “I’m honored and I look at him as a mentor because he was really able to bring out creativity in me that’s been missing for a long time.”