Home gets holiday decor from top to bottom

Interior designer Arlene Lord turned Peggy Cvach's West Linn home into a winter wonderland.The magical landscape of the North Pole has been brought to West Linn by homeowner Peggy Cvach and interior designer Arlene Lord. For the second year, Lord, founder of Lord Design, has transformed Cvach’s 8,000-square-foot home on six acres of property into the quintessential winter wonderland.

Making Christmas magic takes hard work. Lord and her partner spent four eight-hour days decorating the interior and exterior space while Cvach was out of town with family. The work, Lord said, was “absolutely a blast” and well worth the grand unveiling.

The halls of the 8,000 square-foot home are decked with fresh greenery.“Christmas is all about the grandchildren,” Cvach said, mentioning her four grandchildren, ages 8 to 13. “I just wanted to make the house magical and surprise them. The decorations really create excitement around the holiday and the kids run from room to room as fast as they can to discover what’s inside.”

Cvach and her husband, Gary, moved from the Washington, D.C., area about three years ago to be closer to their daughter’s family. Cvach and Lord became acquainted while Lord was working on a custom children’s playhouse design and construction of an outdoor kitchen and dining area on Cvach’s property.

Lord has since decorated various projects for Cvach — including dinner parties — and the duo said they see eye-to-eye when it comes to design.

“We are just on the same wavelength,” Lord said. “Peggy has a really classic eye and a fondness for whimsy. Her home decor has an East Coast, relaxing quality about it.”

Peggy Cvach's home is Christmas cozy meets classic elegance.This classic design was incorporated into the Christmas decorations so the home decor neither had to be removed, nor clashed with seasonal pieces. Lord used green as the main emphasis color and threw in splashes of cream, white, silver and black. The grandchildren’s rooms and downstairs family room features punchier reds and more traditional Christmas colors.

Cvach and her husband have been married for 40 years. In the time, she’s collected decorations from unique boutiques and companies like Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel. One piece in her collection is a ceramic nativity scene Cvach made herself.

Arlene Lord designed a playhouse for Peggy Cvach's grandchildren and decorate it for Christmas.“Peggy has so many Christmas decorations it’s like having a department store at my disposal,” Lord said.

Lord contracted a third party to hang exterior wreaths and garland and Image Makers Window and Gutter Cleaning not only cleaned the gutters but hung the white outdoor twinkle lights.

“We want the magic to start from the moment you get to the gate,” Lord said.

“Everything has to be fresh,” Cvach added, mentioning she likes to shop as locally as possible.

Lord filled the interior and exterior with fresh garlands, greenery and white poinsettias from the likes of Lee Farms and Dennis’ 7 Dees, and floral arrangements from Zupans and New Seasons Market. But Cvach decorates the Christmas tree herself.

Arlene Lord spent four days decorating her client's home and grandchildren's playhouse for Christmas.She created a classic look with simple white lights on the 15-foot tree on the main floor and used white lights and family ornaments on the 10-foot tree downstairs in the family room.

Decorations come down after the first of the year. Lord and her team even remove wrap and organize the Christmas decorations until it’s time to make magic once again.

“Christmas at my house is really all about the grandkids, but we all find the decorations magical,” Cvach said.

Lord Design

Arlene Lord founded Lord Design in 2010. She has been a professional interior designer for more than a decade. Her expertise as a professional Christmas decorator comes from her experience designing holiday displays at department stores.

Prior to founding Lord Design, she spent eight years as a partner and principal designer with Mosaik Design — a full-service interior design/build and remodeling firm in Portland. Interested clients are encouraged to schedule a complimentary one-hour consultation by completing the inquiry form online.

Consultations are by appointment only, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to fill out an inquiry form, call 503-206-8451 or visit

The downstairs family room features punchy Christmas colors and a Santa collection.


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