Smith Family Creates a Winter Wonderland
We really do love Christmas. It’s our favorite time of the year,” says Cody Smith. He and his wife, Jordyn (of the popular Instagram @ourpnw_home) have been decking the halls inside and out to get prepped for the holiday season in the home they share with their three children: teenage daughter Shayla, three-year-old Remington, and four-month-old Aspen.
This is their second Christmas in the home they finished building in 2019, which sits on a ten-acre parcel surrounded by sweeping wheat fields and evergreens. The setting is a large part of what drew the couple to the property, which they purchased in 2016. Cody grew up five minutes away and is an avid hunter. When he and Jordyn took an impromptu tour of the property, searching for a place to build, Cody was thrilled when he saw six elk and a bull on the land.
“I’ve never seen elk in town like this,” he says. There were also old horseshoes and other signs of the previous homestead that had once stood on the then-overgrown land. The place was perfect for the home they envisioned.
In their previous home, Cody put together a very popular orchestrated Christmas light shows set to music, sometimes with as many as forty thousand lights; it was an involved process he loved, but that was time-intensive, beginning as early as October. Here in the new home, they’ve still done lights and décor on the exterior (which they landscaped themselves using a design plan from Environments West) but have focused most of their holiday energy indoors. With Jordyn’s sixty thousand Instagram followers coming along for the journey, they’ve transformed the space into an understated winter wonderland.
This December, Jordyn picked a color palette that works well with the home’s layered black and white scheme, bringing in plenty of neutrals and pine greens. From the front door, the elegant curved staircase—one of Cody’s must-haves when they were building—has its banister wrapped in garland, as is the catwalk that spans the length of the great room. The catwalk was another of Cody’s design additions, an element that makes you never feel too far off from the rest of the family despite the home’s spacious dimensions. “I just wanted to always feel like you know what’s going on,” he says.
The inviting great room has a large, curved sectional and a cozy wool area rug set before a large-scale gas fireplace with a whitewashed rock veneer surround. The window wall takes full advantage of the sweeping views and plays to the impressive twenty-one-foot ceiling. The fifteen-foot Christmas tree is decorated in an array of textured neutrals, with champagne, wood, and pinecone ornaments all in the mix; Jordyn sourced these pieces from stores like local favorite Tin Roof, as well as Hobby Lobby and Michaels. She played up the seasonal vibes with green velvet pillow covers, casual throws, pops of faux greenery, and other tree-themed décor elements and framed art.
This room is open to the kitchen, which is light and bright with white cabinetry, a gleaming chevron tile backsplash, and a quartzite countertop on the expansive island, which has stool seating for the whole family. Nods to the season come in through the wreath that hangs above the range and smaller wreaths tied to the backs of the stools. The adjacent bar area provides an ideal spot to mix up festive drinks, with bronze deer figurines adding a bit of sparkle. The home has an eat-in area because Jordyn wanted casual dining. It is a hexagonal space with a vaulted, planked ceiling that centers on a round table that’s been spruced up with a deep green runner, garland, and a few sleek table trees, all beneath a clutch of hanging glass pendant lights. Exterior doors lead to the wraparound deck, which overlooks the property and has plenty of seating and a large, inviting covered fireplace.
In the owners’ suite, ceiling beams echoing those in the kitchen add warmth to the layered, textural space. A flocked tree adorned with tonal ornaments and topped with a star adds some Christmas cheer. In the en suite bathroom, pops of evergreens bring in more holiday flavor; the decorations play beautifully against the marble finishes and the deep soaking tub that’s surrounded by a serene, spa-like rock border. The double vanity with a center tower opposite the tub provides plenty of storage to keep counters clear; outlets inside the cabinets and drawers keep cords out of sight.
The second story is the location of the home’s four additional bedrooms, like the spacious suite for fifteen-year-old Shayla, which gets gorgeous sunsets that bathe the walls in pinks, reds, and oranges. A kid-friendly room for Remington has a birch tree wallpaper accent wall and plenty of play space; the soothing gray-and-white room with pops of dusty pink is designated for baby Aspen. Cody and Jordyn added the board and batten in her nursey themselves, a nice complement to the tonal botanical print wallpaper. Cody’s upstairs office overlooks panoramic views and doubles as the guest room. The Jack-and-Jill bath adjacent to the youngest kids’ rooms continues many of the elements seen throughout the home with its playful use of black and white: hexagonal and subway tile, a textural shower curtain, and printed bath towels. Wide-planked Provenza LVP covers the common spaces of the home, while the bedrooms have cushy gray carpet for added comfort.
Every space has its own pop of holiday cheer. Garland swags the fireplace mantle, table surfaces, and bathroom mirrors. In the mudroom that leads into the home from the oversized attached garage (which includes a woodshop and RV bay), small wreaths and plaid stockings bring in a fun, seasonal feeling. To keep things organized in the high-traffic area, every member of the family has a designated cubby marked with their name. Shimmering bottle brush trees in Jordyn’s office play off the tones of the geometric pendant light and the metallic hardware on her spacious custom desk, which sits beneath open shelving laid against a black and white floral accent wall. Both she and Cody work from home, Jordyn for a software company in addition to what’s become essentially a second full-time job with her social media account, and Cody as an account executive for a local tech company. Even the laundry room has a subtle nod to the season through a small flocked tree and a beaded wood garland on an open shelf.
The family loves to spend time outdoors, but in these winter months they most often enjoy time on the couch in front of the fireplace, resting in the glow of their holiday home. “As much as we love being outside, my favorite place is sitting right here with the family at the end of the day,” says Jordyn.
Without street traffic, “no one can see it but us,” Cody says of this year’s outdoor décor, unlike in years past when their displays drew lots of passersby. “But selfishly, we’re still trying to make this a little bit magical, for our family and our neighbors.”
Credits and Sources
Ken Marsh, builder
Affordable Custom Cabinets
The Tin Roof
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