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 house....plus....the 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
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
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
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 ChildrenPrimo.....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
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!
Martini anyone? Bingo?
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)
Keep up as we head to the Coach House
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
and us....SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens
Leslie, Carrie, Jayme, Maddie, Emma, Kathleen, Kim
lastly, the generosity of the Keating Family
Oh wait, one more bit......Santa could make this home yours
With love & warm holiday wishes,