Homeowners deck the halls with natural elements

Photos by Kate Penn

Photos by Kate Penn

Each November Will Guntrum, David Satterlee and their 16-year-old son carry six Christmas trees down from the third floor of their home.

Four are decorated and displayed on their first floor while the other two go upstairs, all in time for their annual holiday party the first week of December.

“They’re all ‘permanent trees,’” Guntrum joked. “We don’t like the word ‘artificial.’”

This will be the family’s fourth Christmas in The Avenues neighborhood of York.

Their 1914 Prairie Mission Style home features American Chestnut Wood throughout and a box-beam ceiling in the downstairs living and dining areas.

These dried pine cones add to the decor.

These dried pine cones in glass jars add to the decor.

“The style of the time was about simplicity and functionality and return to natural elements,” Guntrum said.

Guntrum uses his background in fine art to play into the significance of the home’s style. In addition to trees adorned with twinkling lights and hand-blown glass ornaments, the couple use items from nature to decorate for the season.

A large branch fell on their property in 2011 and they saved it for a centerpiece in their dining room.

Guntrum and Satterlee also roast pine cones they gathered in their yard — the process gets any leftover moisture out and prevents mold — and display them in clear glass jars on their coffee table.

William Guntrum's favorite ornaments include these pinecones on one of several trees in his home.

William Guntrum’s favorite ornaments include these pinecones.

The couple also deck the halls with sentimental decorations. Guntrum pointed out a bell from his grandmother hanging in the doorway of their living room as one of his favorite pieces.

Each year, he said, he and Satterlee build on their collection of holiday decor, which he describes as classic and innovative.

“We kind of shop every year for something new — whether it’s a few ornaments or an entirely new tree.”

See more photos of Guntrum and Satterlee’s home in our holiday e-zine.

April Trotter

Editor of Smart. NEPA transplant. Penn State and Shippensburg grad. Kickball and craft beer enthusiast. Collector of cardigans. "Bennie and the Jets" fanatic. Contact me at atrotter@ydr.com, at "Smart magazine" on Facebook, @SmartMagPA on Twitter or by phone at 717-771-2030.

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