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Holiday Enchantment on Long Island

Designer and blogger Tina Yaraghi takes her signature blue-and-white palette one step further as she decks the halls of her New York home
Holiday Front Door Decor, garland archway, wreath, potted containers
Hand-tied garland made from cedar, magnolia, and seasonal greens softens the Indiana limestone and custom ironwork of the front entry while also adding a festive, natural layer that complements the English ivy–clad façade.

Tina Yaraghi doesn’t consider herself an influencer, despite having more than 150,000 followers on Instagram. The housewife, business owner, and hostess-turned-blogger gained a loyal following in 2011 when she documented the ups, downs, and aha moments of home building during the four-year construction of her house, a château-inspired manse in the idyllic town of Mill Neck on Long Island’s north shore.

“It all started with a journal,” Tina says of her ever-popular blog and brand, The Enchanted Home. “The journal then evolved into a blog with an audience of two—my mother and me. I wasn’t trying to influence anyone or promote anything. I just wanted to connect and exchange ideas with others going through the process of designing a home from the ground up. Writing and sharing my thoughts and experiences became cathartic for me, so I’ve kept going even though our home is complete.”

grand staircase, iron stair rail
Inspired by the stairwell at Ralph Lauren’s Madison Avenue store, the foyer’s curling banister is fabricated from a single piece of iron that connects the home’s three levels. The flooring is a modified checkerboard pattern, featuring honed French limestone and Absolute Black granite instead of marble.
dining room, wreaths, white poinsettia, mantle decor
The impeccably set table seats up to 16, so it can comfortably accommodate extended family at the annual Christmas dinner. Regency dining table and Imperia side chairs by E.J. Victor.

The architecture of the house, a hybrid of English Tudor and French Norman styles, was inspired by a visit to Tina’s aunt’s home in the Loire Valley of France. Upon returning, Tina and husband Michael tasked architect Michael Jay Wallin with the tall order of converting a folder full of travel photos, book pages, and magazine clippings into a design plan that places authenticity and aesthetics on equal footing. Reclaimed wood and stone were sourced for the flooring, mantels, and millwork, while skilled craftsmen replicated centuries-old plasterwork and ironwork.

blue-and-white living room decor, Christmas tree, mantle garland, potted amaryllis flowers
Despite its grand size, the living room exudes a sense of warmth thanks to various layers of texture, such as honed limestone, rich mahogany, and painted finishes with patina. The sprawling Kashan rug corrals multiple seating areas and supports the blue-and-white palette inspired by Tina’s Chinese export porcelain. Miniature versions of her personal collection of ginger jars, urns, and tea caddies serve as Christmas tree ornaments.

The interiors also convey a sense of timelessness thanks to well-appointed rooms stocked with family heirlooms, antique furnishings, and a myriad of vintage, antique, and reproduction Chinese export porcelain. Acquired by Tina over decades, the exotic vessels were the starting point for the classic blue-and-white palette that prevails in the textiles, upholstery, and decorative accents in every room—and in every season.

“Once a favorite, always a favorite,” says Tina of the iconic color combo. “I don’t break away from it just because it’s Christmastime. Some years I may add in a little red or a bit of green, but this year I stuck with shades of white to play up the blue. It’s pure and simple.”

Christmas floral arrangement
In the foyer, tulipieres and a trellis floral bowl, all available from Tina’s online shop, stay filled with blooms not only during the holidays but also year-round.

Around every corner, a mélange of ginger jars, bowls, tea caddies, and footbaths overflows with paperwhites, amaryllis, and garden roses, as well as poinsettias and fresh seasonal greens. Giant sugar pine cones are also thrown into the mix, along with red holly berries and kumquats freshly clipped from the yard.

“My home is my refuge, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It’s the one place where I can experience the beauty of being still and enjoy complete silence but for the sound of a roaring fire.”— Homeowner and Designer Tina Yaraghi
loggia, outdoor living spaces, fireplace, paperwhites, holiday mantle decor
Accessible from the living room and library, the loggia is designed for both revelry and relaxation. Heat from the massive hand-molded brick fireplace warms the space in the colder months, while cross breezes keep it naturally cool during the spring and summer.

Aside from her precious porcelain, Tina has another self-described obsession: tableware. Whether it’s silver passed down through generations of family or crystal carefully packed and shipped from abroad, these pieces are not just for show. On Christmas night, the Yaraghis host close family members for an elegant seated dinner. But unlike most hosts who live for the party, Tina lives for the prep work as well and takes time to relish the art of entertaining.

blue-and-white champagne bucket, holiday table setting
Form meets function in a monogrammed wine bucket from Sasha Nicholas. Tina elevated its holiday look by filling it with magnolia leaves and a bottle of champagne.

“I am passionate about setting a pretty table. I inherited that from my mother,” she says. “I can say with certainty that we are among the few who actually enjoy the entire entertaining process, from polishing the silver and pressing the linens to lighting the candles just minutes before the guests arrive. It can be tiring, but it can also be a labor of love and an opportunity to share your gifts with special people during the most wonderful time of the year.”

The Enchanted Home, breakfast room decor, wood paneling, bay window
Hand-weathered mahogany ceiling beams and limed-oak paneling add warmth to the lofty breakfast room with its 20-foot cathedral ceilings. From a sitting area in the bay window, views of the holly trees and boxwood hedges can be enjoyed in the winter, along with tulips, roses, and hydrangeas come springtime.
luxury powder room
In the powder room, silk draperies, an antique Louis XVI armchair, and a Friedman Bros. French Rococo mirror recall the elegance of a lady’s dressing room. The custom onyx-topped vanity was repurposed from an inlaid walnut-and-cherry Louis XV commode. Schumacher’s Jester Caprice wallpaper wraps the room in whimsy. 

Text and Styling by Margaret Zainey Roux | Photography by Brittany Ambridge

November December 2021 cover of Flower magazine featuring a Christmas tree and mantel decorated with a garland and potted amaryllis flowers in the blue-and-white living room of Tina Yaraghi, founder of The Enchanted Home

This story appears in Flower magazine’s November/December 2021 issue, available on newsstands November 2. Subscribe, find a store near you, or sign up for our free e-newsletter.

To see more from Tina Yaraghi of The Enchanted Home, follow her on Instagram at @theenchantedhome.

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