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Jessica Barefield Hides Christmas Presents Like Easter Eggs

The interior designer is all about starting fun family holiday traditions, like hiding gifts for the kids to find and writing holiday songs together.
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Jessica Barefield Living Space Family
The living room is a favorite spot for the family—which includes son William (9), daughter Selah (7), and son Silas (1)—to gather. Elizabeth Lavin
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Jessica Barefield Hides Christmas Presents Like Easter Eggs

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Jessica Barefield, a Pittsburgh native, knew this house on a hill was a rare find in the flat lands of North Texas. Having lived in five different homes across four states, Jess—an interior designer with Jessica Barefield Studio—is well-versed in creating spaces where her artistically inclined family thrives. 

As a mom of three, she limits decking the halls to an amount that can be done in the span of one day. “I feel like decorating is something that evolves over time,” Barefield says. “I want it to feel traditional, but also modern. That can be hard to find, so I keep my eyes open during the holidays and pick up anything that catches my eye.”

Jessica Barefield Staircase
“Black and white is our thing, so we were really excited to paint the stairs black,” says Jess Barefield. “I really wanted to do something that brought out the entryway.” Elizabeth Lavin

In the spirit of a modern-meets-traditional holiday, Barefield and her husband, William “Trip”—a rapper, author, and speaker—have started a number of holiday traditions with their kids. But their most personal custom is also Barfield’s favorite: Trip writes the words and melody to an original holiday song, then on Christmas Eve, the entire family heads to their in-home studio to record it. “One day, we’ll have a whole album full of songs to embarrass the kids with,” Barefield laughs.

Oh What Fun

Starting a family means starting your own family traditions—an exciting prospect for new parents. But it’s important to keep your expectations realistic and allow for traditions to evolve as kids grow. With their own family’s holiday traditions, Jess and Trip Barefield are mindful of their kids’ interest levels.

Jessica Barefield Kitchen Table
The floating shelves house a mix of vintage glassware and vessels from Lula B’s Antique Shop, as well as a few of Barefield’s own pottery pieces. Elizabeth Lavin
Jessica Barefield Music Room
Trip’s studio is completely soundproofed and lined with wall-to-wall bookshelves, coated in Sherwin-Williams’ “Greenblack,” to house his vast book collection. Elizabeth Lavin

For instance, Jess says of her holiday decorating, “I usually pick a random day to decorate while the kids are at school and they are always surprised and excited when they get home and the tree is up. I want to eventually decorate together with them, because that was a tradition we had in my family. But right now, they just want to enjoy the end result.”

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