December 24, 2019

My home's Christmas Decor

Welcome to Part 2 of my homes Christmas Decor, 
The Interior, as shared in an open house 

And take a look at this!
 An artist friend, Sherri Buck Baldwin, gifted me this sketch of hers, of our front door, after reading the prior blog post. I was gobsmacked and cannot stop staring at it. She fully captured my nest urns unlike a photo could. So let's step inside this 1850's cottage
Nest wallpaper, hence the nest urns greeting guests

Grapevine gathered from the property was the base on the staircase to insert Feather Eucalyptus and lights. I am really pleased with this, as it dries the Eucalyptus looks different but equally great

Upstairs, a guest room and a bath was off limits, it became the 'Where do I shove this? Upstairs!' space
To the Living Room
As a huge proponent of the 'Collected Look', there are pieces from Spain, France, ands England that are meaningful to me. 

The tree consisted of frosted ball lights and string lights. The hanging rings we carry, that typically hang on the wall with a bracket, adorn the tree with the magical effect of 'movable flame' candles.
The Living Room is open to my office, lightly separated by a Jewelers cabinet from Lyon France. This space doubles as a dining room as the table has internal leaves opening to double the size.

My desk faces a massive picture window that we filled with trees

Kitchen....The largest room in the house where Steve took down and moved walls. The original kitchen was a small , nonfunctional galley kitchen. We took it to the studs and started over.
He also built the stove surround, Stefania from the shop painted the scene from an advert at Sotheby's of an upcoming auction item. The centerpiece on the surround is a ram I found in England, a cornerstone from a pub, circa 14th c.
See that tea towel? That is a gift from friend Sherri again, the artist whom painted our entryway
Seating area facing the sink

On either side of the chairs are oversized wall hangings. Originally one unit, I separated them to use as such. What were these? An old lamp post top from New Orleans
Friends Alain and Esther Roby, the owners of the magical
 ALL CHOCOLATE KITCHEN, presented some of their creations. If nearby, they host a proper English Tea in their adjacent restaurant, truly a must along with their variety of delectables all made in house. 
Had to share.......Marcel after the walk, back in 'his chair', this dog would stare at the treats, but never touch as he could not care less. A dog who is not food motivated = challenging to train!
Also by ALL CHOCOLATE KITCHEN, Chef Roby's renown spun sugar art. A charming snowman, he also makes darling penguins, and anything you can imagine

This vintage Sherry barrel is from Spain and nicely fills an empty corner
Kitchen table filled with garland, fresh fruit, nuts, breads.........

When the holiday decor comes down, this baket comes to the shop. Just found in France, it is a Childs grape harvest basket. I have never seen this before. In this arrangement we used fresh and faux greenery, decorative mini pomegranates, and real oranges
Eucalyptus, cedar, pine

Onto the Master Bedroom.
Originally this room was a white box, added on in the 40's
We added the shelf surround, the bead board, wallpaper and the real barn beams
Loving these tiny houses and the disk sconces
Back towards the kitchen
Now we are headed down a hall towards the Family room. 
Take note of the walls....the lower portion is bead board, upper is drywall. A very talented friend Patrick Roullier, painted all of this to resemble wood!

In the family room I decorated a garden obelisk with boxwood roping and red berry garland
This is another room gutted to studs. Steve added the beams, and built all the cabinets and storage around the fireplace.

 Look closely to a rectangular ceiling 'piece' above the fireplace, surrounded on three sides by beams. Within that space is the TV, it unlatches and down comes the television. You see, I told Steve I did not want a big screen on the fireplace, you know, that big black 'hole', so he cleverly created a solution; down when home.....up when entertaining!

Painted by Stephania, original quote by Samuel Johnson
A new LEE Industries sofa
A copper pub draw from England, carried on the plane.....the 'good old days!'
Boxwood roping added to the ceiling, because....why not?
The doors lead to a terrace with fireplace and terrace as seen on previous post.

And again, Sherri Buck Baldwin, painted an urn from my last post!
And, that's a wrap folks!

Wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah!


Coming next....  The announcement of our tours 2020

June... France, September.... England 
October.... Scotland. Once posted, our small group women's tours, fills very quickly! 

Photography by Nancy Villwock

Patrick Roullier

Stefania, at our consignment shop Fridays through Sundays.  630.584.7474

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  1. Ooh - your house is just charming! Please tell me if you made or purchased the red and white tabletop Christmas trees in the tenth picture from the top. They appear to be made of fabric or yarn...and I ADORE your puppy in the last photo. Merry Christmas!

  2. Oh, Debra! I love your home. I knew I would since I have always loved your style. Sweet Marcel should be on TV, he's so cute. I've never had a dog that would look at food with disinterest. Ha.
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday week.

  3. What a beautiful post! Your home is so charming. I had no idea Steve was so talented. I thought you were the only creative one in the family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home pictures.

  4. Debra, your home is so warm and homey, and the Christmas decorations are lovely! You know some very talented artists! The feet on that adorable puppy tells me he has some growing to do! I hope your Christmas was delightful. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  5. I love your cozy, collected, and stylish home! Merry Christmas and Happy New year!!


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