Food blogger and cookbook author Tieghan Gerard savors the season in her comfy-cozy Colorado studio.

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tieghan gerard posing with festive front door
Photography by Heidi's Bridge
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Tieghan Gerard started her blog, Half Baked Harvest, out of her kitchen when she was just 19. While she was growing up with six siblings, there was always someone to feed, so it wasn't long before she started writing her own recipes and sharing them on her blog. Seven years, two cookbooks, and nearly 1 million Instagram followers later, her popular brand finally has a legit headquarters: a freestanding barn-style studio, located right beside her family's home outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. With its large windows, high ceilings, and enviable test kitchen full of pretty finishes, the bright, airy structure was built from the ground up with food photography in mind. But it's also a spot where Tieghan likes to hunker down for the holidays with friends and family.

tieghan gerards festive rustic living room
In the living room, a striped sofa and a whitewashed wooden coffee table by Arhaus give the space an updated farmhouse look. Velvet pillows and a Balsam Hill tree, dressed in metallic baubles, add subtle shine.
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Construction lasted two years with Tieghan's mom, Jen, serving as general contractor. Tieghan took the lead on fixture and finish selections: wood floors and beams, handmade tiles, and warm brass lighting and faucets. And, of course, special care also went into the kitchen design. Since Tieghan preps, cooks, and cleans on repeat, her wish list included KitchenAid appliances, a huge island, an apron-front sink, and a full pantry. As for the decor, cozy is king and Tieghan avoids trendy for trendiness' sake. "It's cold in Colorado so fuzzy rugs and knit throws are practical," she says. "But the furniture is neutral and classic. These pieces will last a lifetime." Just like Tieghan's favorite recipes, the studio, on the whole, is traditional with a modern twist.

fireplace decorated with eucalyptus wreath and garland
Inspired by the simplicity of Nordic Christmas decor, Tieghan wrapped her vintage ladder in a garland and hung a single wreath above her fireplace and pizza oven.
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"I like mixing neutral furnishings with pops of color," says Tieghan. "When the holidays roll around, it's no different. I'm team red-and-green all the way!" —Tieghan Gerard

wreaths and garland with eucalyptus
Her favorite holiday hack? Adding fresh cuttings, like eucalyptus and red amaranth, to artificial greens for a festive Noel smell.
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tieghan gerard reaching for pantry shelf
No room is left out of the holiday fun: Even the pantry is dolled up with ornaments and ribbons.
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rustic kitchen with large window and view
It’s hard to say what takes center stage in the kitchen: the rustic Clé tile backsplash or the gorgeous view?
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tieghan gerard climbing pantry ladder
With its floor-to-ceiling shelves, the pantry is Tieghan’s happy place.
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three-ingredient blue cheese bites
When entertaining at Christmas, Tieghan always makes blue cheese bites.
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tieghan gerards cookbook half baked harvest super simple
The recipe, which is featured in her book "Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple," came from her grandmother.
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tieghan gerard setting table
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"The holidays are all about comfort food," says Tieghan. "This isn't a time for a fancy table. We eat all of our favorite dishes family-style." —Tieghan Gerard