Christmas Vacation Griswold House

#ThrowbackThursday: The Decor of ‘Christmas Vacation’

Grab your staple gun and about 100 boxes of Christmas lights, because we’re taking it back to 1989 this #ThrowbackThursday with the decor of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

A holiday classic, Christmas Vacation takes places for the most part in the Griswold house, which is a family-friendly vision in WALLPAPER decorated by set designer Lisa Fischer (also the decorator behind Groundhog Day).


The living room, where all of Clark (Chevy Chase) & Ellen’s (Beverly D’Angelo) zany relatives congregate as December 25th approaches, is covered in a floral damask.

christmas vacation griswold house hallway decor

Schumacher Wallpaper Fiore Damask - Linen 5003670Schumacher Wallpaper

And situated next to the over-sized Christmas tree that Clark was sure would fit into the room is a textured couch and aqua velvet pillows.

Clark Griswold Christmas Vacation Tree Interior Decor

Highland Court Fabric - 180998H - Grey BlackHighland Court Fabric

Greenhouse Fabric - 74160 - CarribeanGreenhouse Fabric

More classic in design than the rest of the house is the formal dining room. Most of us only remember the burnt-to-a-crisp turkey from this scene, but check out the fabulous toile wallpaper and ticking stripe drapery—ooh la la!

Griswold House Christmas Vacation Dining Room Decor

Griswold House Christmas Vacation Decor Dining Room

Stroheim Wallpaper 2684E LA MISTRAL II - S0710 Peridot 6041604Stroheim Wallpaper

Ralph Lauren Fabric - Arbaud Ticking - Vintage Blue LCF65524FRalph Lauren Fabric

Beacon Hill Fabric - Banook Stripe - Bay BlueBeacon Hill Fabric

The kitchen looks festive decked out in plaid drapery. Perhaps the Griswolds switched out their usual drapery for the holiday season?

christmas vacation kitchen decor griswold home

Lee Jofa Fabric - Cecil Wool Plaid - Walnut 2004014-56Lee Jofa Fabric

A striped floral along the stairway and upstairs hallway is the most subtle wallpaper pattern in the whole house. We think this type of print would look great today with colonial-inspired furniture.

Christmas Vacation Griswold House Decor Stairway

York Wallpaper - Rose Stripe - GP7321York Wallpaper

At first glance, Audrey’s room looks like a hodge podge, but there’s a method behind the madness—It’s almost as if the floral paper and ruffled curtains were the decorations she or her mom chose when she was young, but now that she’s a rebellious teenager, she’s bringing in her own touches with some early 90s staples like an ethnic-inspired print on the bedding (which is back in style now) and zebra stripe pillows. You go, Audrey!

Christmas Vacation Decor Griswold Home Audreys Room

York Wallpaper - Mini Rose Toss - LY4314York Wallpaper

Duralee Baby Blue Solid Fabric 32172-277Duralee Fabric

S. Harris Fabric - Kilim Stripe - Leather 8539102S. Harris Fabric

Kravet Fabric - 28985-816Kravet Fabric

The upstairs TV room, where we see Rusty (a very young Johnny Galecki of Roseanne & The Big Bang Theory) watching It’s A Wonderful Life, is filled with a comfortable plaid couch and chair for lounging in, while an understated damask wallpaper acts as a background for family photos and mementos.

rustys room christmas vacation decor griswold house

York Wallpaper - Trellis Coordinate - GP7340York Wallpaper

Ralph Lauren Fabric - Burrough Court Tartan - Red LFY29502FRalph Lauren Fabric

And the gem of the house is the bathroom, covered in a retro pink wallpaper. We like a tamer version such as the one below, but the pink is a fun way to jazz up a small space. Clark makes a pretty good Santa Clause, no?

Christmas Vacation Griswold Home Decor Bathroom

York Wallpaper - Retro Stars - YK0201York Wallpaper

After Clarke has a meltdown for receiving a Jelly of the Month gift card as his bonus, cousin Eddie kidnaps his boss. We then see what the other half lives like in a quick scene where the boss’s wife (who actually saves the day) calls the police from his study. The room is so classic in its decor that we can see it working today and ten years from now with its leatherbound books, rich wood paneling and velvet wingback chairs.

Christmas Vacation Movie Boss Home

Andrew Martin Wallpaper - Library A & B - MultiAndrew Martin Wallpaper

Robert Allen Fabric  - Banjara - MilitaryRobert Allen Fabric

Fabricut Fabric - Luxury Velvet - Evergreen 2579596Fabricut Fabric

Clark Griswold Christmas VacationHappy #ThrowbackThursday!

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2 thoughts on “#ThrowbackThursday: The Decor of ‘Christmas Vacation’

  1. Wow!!! I don’t remember the Griswolds but pictorially they run the gamut from gawdy to elegant,neat and Messy, all in the name of Christmas and fabric fun. Loved the running commentary. Cyber Mutti

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