'Rustic chic' holiday decor adds festive twist to Fargo home

FARGO - It's not traditionally Christmassy.

Trever Hill helped decorate the Neva Papachek home in south Fargo. David Samson / The Forum
Trever Hill helped decorate the Neva Papachek home in south Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO - It's not traditionally Christmassy. But Neva Papachek's south Fargo home is undoubtedly festive.

Modern and earthy decor marry for a casual glam holiday look coined "rustic chic."

Organic-looking furniture and decor balances the clean, sleek lines of complementing pieces, says Trever Hill of Trever Hill Design, who assisted Scheels Home & Hardware with the adornment of Papachek's house for the upcoming Holiday Homes of Hope tour.

A wooden coffee table with wrought iron legs is rustic, while the chic enters Papachek's living room in the form of champagne and silvery metallic candles, ornaments and tree decorations.

The entryway is heavier on the glam, with shimmery metallic deer, a tree and wall decor. Thick wood discs and a textured lamp post add a hint of earthiness.


"Rustic chic in general is a really big trend in everyday living and for the holidays because it's casual, but can be a little glitzy," Hill says.

Papachek's home is decorated in neutral hues such as gray and white. Hill played off her clean, modern look with seasonal accents, such as Christmas bulbs, woodland animals, small decorative trees, textured pillows, candles and small strings of lights.

He incorporated the holiday decor with everyday items for a subtly festive look.

"I want people to feel they can do this in their own home and be wowed at the same time," Hill says. "We really wanted it to look complete, but not overdone. For example, we didn't fill up every space on the tree. You have to balance that fine line."

He credits Papachek for an easy space to adorn. The Fargo woman completely renovated the home in January, painting every wall herself and refinishing the furniture to match the space.

After 75 gallons of paint and 42 cans of white spray paint, she's almost completed the four-bedroom, four-bathroom project.

"I like making old things new again," Papachek says. "And I try to buy ageless pieces, and I like things that are personal."

She felt the home was too modern, so she warmed it with wood floors, soft colors, natural elements and family mementos. While she has wood pieces and accents and some ultra-modern furniture, she avoids buying too much of one style.


"If you do everything one way, it's not going to be timeless," Papachek says. "I've carried a lot of my furniture to all three homes I've lived in because it's so timeless."

Like her everyday decor, the holiday flair is stylish, classic and a little glitzy, Hill says.

"I want people to make mental notes and think about how they could do this in their own home," he says. "You've got to glam it up a little bit."

If you go

What: Holiday Homes of Hope Tour

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 15

Where: Eight homes in Fargo's Rose Creek area decorated by various Fargo-Moorhead designers and businesses

Info: Tickets are $25 and available at all area Hornbacher's locations. The tour also includes free admission to a boutique and vendor show at Centennial Elementary School in Fargo. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota. For more information, visit .


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