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Decorating a second home can present some unique challenges, says Jason Lenox of Anteks.

Now that you have your sought-after weekend retreat on Cedar Creek Lake, what are you going to put in it? Bought a home away from home in Boot Ranch? What do you hang on the walls? Acquired a ski home in Aspen? What is your design inspiration?

Decorating a second home is a huge challenge, especially for those who want a place that feels comfortable and easy without all the fuss of shopping for just the right arm chair, carpet, dining set, linens …  Eeeeeesh. Seems overwhelming, right?

If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to read on to get some sage advice from veteran vacation home interior designer Jason Lenox. Not only does he own two successful home decor stores — Anteks Home in the Dallas Design District and Anteks Curated in the Plaza at Preston Center — but he designs warm, sophisticated, rustic interiors for vacation homes near and far.


201 Silver Load Drive Aspen Colorado

You know what’s exhausting? Shuffling to a million different homes throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to visit with relatives both close and distant. It gets tiring and old, and the environment rarely changes.

This year, though, my family is considering running off to Colorado to take advantage of a friend’s vacation rental that fell victim to an unexpected cancellation. It’s a lovely cabin near great skiing, so of course we’re at least considering it.

It made me wonder who else forgoes the holiday shuffle for a more serene and relaxing Christmas vacation. Where do you go?