December 22, 2016

Christmas Walk House Tour 2016

Everyone ready for the holidays?
 I'm not even close, still thinking about gifts and what to cook, this here is one of the reasons......

If you have followed us for any length of time, you will know that each year we decorate a home for the Geneva Illinois Christmas Walk. I personally met people that came in from Connecticut, Montana & Vermont
Word on the street is almost 6,000 people visited the 5 decorated homes!

Grab a drink or two and put up your feet.........this is a long one.....and it took a village

An early 1900, four story mansion with a two story coach exterior.

During the day, yellow twig Dogwood and orange Curly willow. The center is filled with lights for an evening glow of fire.

Boxwood, silver fir, plum colored Eucalyptus with a repeat of Curly Willow tops and faux Tallow berries
Welcome! The home of Janet and Gerard Keating 
Let's walk the route of the tour, starting with the
  Living Room
The tree.....hard to see but believe me when I say this is an ombre flocked tree, decked with white lights, large and medium, gold mercury glass ornaments. Ok, our first flocking try did not yield the strong ombre color-ways in our minds, but Leslie and I had serious Lucy & Ethel moments creating it......the laughs will last a lifetime
The Sun Porch
White feather tree with a base of cotton batting over pink light strands, all covered in tulle,
it positively glowed
Let's go into the Dining Room
My friend, and wildly talented photographer, Nancy Villwock, took the vast majority of the photo's. In defense of Nancy, I must say that the amateur inserts are from me!
Spode China, Sinimay ribbon
Sugar Candy Cane handcrafted by Chef Roby of The All Chocolate Kitchen
Into the Butlers pantry

To the Kitchen

The island is festooned with the edible art of chef Alain Roby, of All Chocolate Kitchen. Another treasured friend, yep, I am really lucky. Chef is nationally known and fortunately in Geneva
Light emanates from the interior highlighting the diagonally scored, sugar glass windows. This masterpiece was auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Roby's charity this year, Oncology research for Children
His truffles........almost too beautiful to eat. (they ship!) If you are local, this is a must for all things desert but if you did not know, Chef is from France, his wife Esther from Rome, and together they have added my new favorite restaurant, Primo.....take a peek

My pig trough, all faux. The black resin pig was waxed and aged with Amy Howard product to  create the look of aged iron
An AGA stove with original artwork by our resident artist extraordinaire, Stephanie. Her acrylic painting is on Melamine board. Once sealed, it wipes easily. Imagine a custom piece of art behind your stove, here's mine;
Sorry, I digress......but she is good, right?
                                                                 Onto the Library

WHOA! In person this tree was cool! Red flocked tree amassed with red string lights, nothing else. The gifts are a red paper wrap with leopard ribbon
Let's go up!
The second floor landing was decorated by our friends at the Paper Merchant in Geneva. Lovely people, fun & original shop. (remember, shop small!)
The Master Bedroom. Fresh doors lead to a lush Master Bath and dressing room
Silver fir tree with only blue lights. Have to say I really loved this tree
Now, the Daughters Bedroom
Visions of massive puff balls dangled from the windows
Children Bath
Ready? Another flight of stairs to The Ballroom

I am realizing our theme, Rat Pack 60's Christmas, does not translate ideally to photo's, better experienced in person, but let's try, without the music
As you ascend, you are greeted with Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes and a tinsel tree with vintage ornaments and old fashioned bubble string lights

Perfect party room!
Ready for a round of poker?
Martini anyone? Bingo?

Leslie made the candy trees, a 60's staple, I think she had fun as memories flooded in

There was a touch of naughty....this was a party!
                    OK, now let's head down to the Ground Level. (I should be skinny after this...not)
LOVE, notice the brick floors and darling space. Opposite this room is a large media room.
Popcorn anyone?
Stacks of birch poles encased a massing of battery pillar candles. Were you aware that they now have remote controls? Tapers? Moving flame, votive styled, night lights? Stop in the shop!
Keep up as we head to the Coach House

Come in! On the main level, Gerards Office, a wet bar, conference table and bath
Everyone's favorite, the upper floor

The tree was filled with gold string lights, feathers, glass pinecones and nests
Heading out, my truck, always present. If you were there on Saturday, lucky you as you were treated to popcorn samples by Kernels Popcorn
Thank you for visiting!

Our Village........please visit these talents

Interior Decoration by Jill Davis Interior Decoration

Leslie, Carrie, Jayme, Maddie, Emma, Kathleen, Kim

 Reese :-)

lastly, the generosity of the Keating Family

Oh wait, one more bit......Santa could make this home yours

With love & warm holiday wishes,


  1. Debra,
    Thank you for posting this gorgeous home tour. The Keatings have one of the most gracious, and beautiful, homes I've ever seen. THIS is a HOME, unlike cold McMansions or ultra-modern mansions. Every room is so perfectly decorated, just spectacular, and took me back to my childhood where my parent's home was an old-fashioned Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to you, and yours!

  2. WOW! WOW! WOW! I love everything about this house, each beautifully decorated room is gorgeous! Add to the curated collection your spectacular Christmas decorations and it is perfection.

    Your talents have no bounds my friend. By the way, my sister did decorate the house and she said it was even better in person. She told me about each room and said one was more fabulous than the next.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Debra,
    Merry Christmas. This is stunning, every single room. Amazing. You and the "village" are so incredibly talented. I loved it and only wish I could have been there to see it in person.
    I love your AGA stove and the painting behind. So pretty.

  4. I just discovered your blog - can't wait to read more of it! Your stove with the wood surround and painting is so lovely! ~Miranda

  5. I don't know how I missed this! The home is incredible and your Christmas designs are simply magical. Loved going through all of the rooms. I can only imagine what it was like to see in person. You and your "team" are incredibly talented. And I can't wait to go to All Chocolate Kitchen! I really don't know how I missed going there! Thank You. Too late to wish a Happy New Year? It is still January right?


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