Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Let it Shine!


Tim put up the lights a couple of weeks ago....he is much more on top of things than I am.....at least it seems that way! He seems so relaxed about this time of year, while i get lost in all of the details. Even his light installation. It makes me crazy thinking of him falling off the roof every year! But it has all ended well and the lights are beautiful!


The front door was decked as well.  Many thanks to Denise for the perfect burlap black gingham ribbon!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Decking the Halls


Just finishing up with a little Hall Decking around here.

I still have a bit more to do. It never seems to be all of the way finished!

Are you done yet?

Friday, December 16, 2011

GIVE AWAY - PossibiliTree

OK....THIS one is a no brainer!

 I just got word that if you hop on over to the PossibiliTree Facebook page HERE and "Like" them TODAY, you will be in the running to win a six foot suspended Christmas tree. I blogged about it HERE.

Best of luck and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

VIntage Christmas


Every year at this time, I try to indulge myself with a visit to a place that is away from the hustle and bustle of the commercial mall. As much as I love my Lucky Brand, J. Crew and Nordstrom,  I am drawn to a different type of mall. One with more unique treasures that appeal to the sentimental me.

The Antique Trove in Roseville, California is a large collective of antique dealers which is housed in a building of over 45,000 square feet. Can you imagine how much time I could spend wandering through these isles?


I had my younger daughter and her friend in tow with the promise of a visit to the "regular" mall after a "quick" jog through the Trove. They were serving Holiday Treats after all, and what teen doesn't acquiesce when there is fudge and cookies involved?


I was finding all sorts of things to put on my own list. I had to interrupt my daughter, pulling her away from the dessert table to show her "just one more thing". Finally, pressed for time, I had to dash through the isles to take a few photos for you all.


Perhaps you will see a couple of things you will be adding to your list as well...


Angels wings, Royal crowns, Silver and Gold.....


Alabaster Bowls, Crystal cloches, stately greyhounds from Martin Mattox (my own personal favorite dealer at the Trove!)....


Trophies and scented candles, gilded mirrors and faux fur stoles...


And something for the man in your life? Vintage silk ties, leather cases, or the perfect hat?


Chandeliers, toile covered ottomans, bronze foo dogs or an iron garden gate?


Budding Paper Whites, French linens, or beautiful soup tureen?

     
 Scrabble piece ornaments, old style Christmas cards.... 


Packages of vintage ornaments or white trees in champagne buckets...


Or just some last minute ribbons and wrappings.....

or what about snoofs, or fuzzles or tringlers or trappings.....

Whatever it is that you don't have enough of,

You can find it right here where there's plenty of stuff of

every shape, every color, every size, every price....

Just make sure you haven't been naughty, just nice.

Happy Holidays all!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Modern Christmas


Christmas is celebrated in so many ways....there are elaborate and elegantly formal Christmases....there are relaxed country style Christmases....Christmases in the snow, and Christmases in the sun. All can be beautiful and full of cheer.

This house from the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour had a modern twist to its holiday decor. It had a bit of a Scandinavian flavor to it....simple, yet cozy....and there were lots of yummy looking treats!

In the Living Room, there was a felted wool Christmas tree on a Saarinen side table, and the main Christmas tree was simply decorated with little wool ball garlands, pine cones and strands of lighted globes. I really liked this tree...unique and so cheery!


The front hall had a red bench designed by Mark Goetz of blank blank, a Sacramento company. I noticed another blank blank piece in the Living Room behind the cowhide chair. (For a better picture of the Burnt Credenza, click on over HERE).


 The Dining Room was, again, simple, yet welcoming. The place cards were very clever.....each guest had their picture by their place....simple cedar garland and little lighted tree, and voila....


 In the Kitchen Nook we found more trees with twinkle lights. Sometimes that is all that is needed. And lots of goodies....


There were Croquembouche, a chocolate tart, and lots of delicious looking cookies...


Christmas is about family and coming together with loved ones in celebration....


This home is ready for the celebration to begin!
Home Portrait by House Portraits USA

Thursday, December 8, 2011

More Holiday Homes.....and a GIVE AWAY WINNER!

The perfect French substitute to the traditional holiday wreath.....a French basket of evergreens!
    

This next house, also in the Fabulous Forties, is a story of two buildings that joined together to become one.......a small home was joined to an adjacent building which was previously was a metal foundry dating back to 1915. The marriage has made for a home that is now over 3000 square feet and full of character. The current owners are avid Francophiles and music lovers, and the Holiday decor by Beyond the Garden Gate reflects those passions.......


In the Living Room, the more formal part of the house, the mantle was decked with cedar and mercury glass candle holders. And there is a perfect use for tassels!

The tree is decorated with music note ribbon, glittery music note ornaments, vintage music flash cards and musical instruments....


The Dining Room was all in green and white, and the backs of the chairs each held French Christmas cones....


Heading into the Family Room, which was orginally the old foundry,  we were tempted to disrupt the dessert display in the kitchen. Touring homes is hungry work after all.....but we were polite. French tradition holds that 13 desserts be served representing Christ and his twelve apostles. Dried fruits, nuts and marzipan are common treats, and of course a Buche de Noel!....


Someone living nearby must have had a tree full of lemons....the leaves were still attached. Such a pretty display in the blue china bowl!


The Family Room mantle was full of Santa Clauses....or Pere Noel.....


And the basket of stuffed toys was so sweet.....


....but perhaps my favorite detail were the children's shoes lined up for Pere Noel to fill them with gifts....


This house is all ready for the big day....


I have always loved peeking into windows to see others' trees all lit up. There is something about the tree framed by the window that makes it even more special. When we left the home to see the backyard, a backward glance gave me a vision of the old foundry building re-imagined, with its corrugated siding and rough hewn trellis....


We exited out of the garden  to head home along the side alley, we caught a glimpse of the foundry as it might have been during holidays past.....



And now.....

THE WINNER of the GIVE AWAY!



 goes to.....

Amber 

of the SIMPLE DWELLINGS blog

A Big Congratualtions to Amber,

and Happy Holidays to you all!




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tropical Holidays


 Anyone for a Mai Tai? This Pool House bar is all set for a Tropical Holiday party with an exotic substitute for the expected Christmas tree. Wes Green, owner of Twiggs Floral Design created a South Pacific fantasy with orchids, Antherium and bamboo. He added paper lantern ornaments and little caned lantern lights and a couple of silk tassels completing one of the most imaginative displays  to be found at this year's Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. I love the packages wrapped in cherry blossom paper and topped with fortune cookies.      

The most eye catching element in this space had to be the caned wallpaper printed on a silvered background. It sort of gave the impression that the the building was open air, but it also added a bit of bling.....


So much fun....this space reminded me of the 50's with a sort of Mad Men meets tropical cocktail party vibe. Can you see it?......





On a cold and blustery day, it was nice to get the feeling of the tropics in my bones.


Are any of you planning to be in the tropics this holiday season? After all, more than half the world will be balmy in December. What is it you love about exotic locations during this time of year?


Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Home Tour


'Tis the Season! And that means Holiday decorations are on many people's minds. Every year in the Fabulous Forties neighborhood of Sacramento, so-called because of the fabulous historic homes lining the streets numbered 40th through 49th and any extra streets in the area, there is the wonderful Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour which benefits the Sacred Heart Parish School. Homeowners, Interior Designers and Floral Designers pool their talents and give us all a show that definitely puts one in the Holiday spirit!
The house portraits were done by Pat Illouli of  House Portraits USA
I had a little bonding time with my Mom last Friday as we went through every inch of every home. I thought you might like a peak!

The first house is a 1924 Colonial home, and the beautiful decor was designed by Wes Green of Twiggs Floral Gallery. Wes is my "go to" guy for floral design here in Sacramento. He is so creative! I just like to stop into his shop every now and again for inspiration.

In the entry, Wes set the theme with white poinsettias, wreaths with gilt magnolia leaves and the home owners' own golden angel. What a way to start the tour! 

In the Living Room, the tree was festooned with more gold ribbon, ostrich feathers and glittery twigs. The home owners' angel ornaments and framed photos of their family nestled in between. Gold and silver wrapped presents wait under the tree....


The mantle was also decked with greenery, gold ribbon and white roses. There were a few Faberge styled eggs and a gilded clock to add a bit of glamour......


I loved the sweet tiny chair next to the fireplace with the little present waiting for a special someone....


In the Dining Room, the table was set with cut crystal and lots of silver making everything glitter. Lots of greenery with lilies, red tipped roses, and white cyclamen made for a grand display....


On the sideboard, there was the prettiest chrysanthemum tree with magnolia leaves and glass beads at the base. Such great ideas I am taking away from this house!


Moving into the Kitchen, Wes put together an ivy topiary tree with pomegranates at the base, hydrangeas at the top of the tree and base with more evergreens. Red roses sit on top of the pomegranates. So pretty!.....


In the Breakfast Nook, everyone was ooohhhing and aaahhhing at the tiny circus music box that was at the table's center. The circus ring was turning and the little animals and clowns were moving. It was adorable! What tot wouldn't love to sit down Christmas morning to this?! Wes surrounded the Big Top with roses and greenery. There were individual little bouquets with glass candy canes in the center of each one at each place setting. He also added ornaments and strings of peppermint candies from the chandelier....visions of sugarplums!




As I was reluctantly leaving to see the next house, I passed this wreath of magnolia leaves with ivy, more pomegranates, red pepper tree berries and a nest of cyclamen......


This house was worth the price of admission all on its own, but we had four more homes to see....so off we went....

More tomorrow!

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