Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a skirt from J.Crew, sweater from Anthropologie, patent leather pumps from Ann Taylor.
When I started at the Market Antiques and Home Furnishings in the fall of 1990. Christmas was a huge part of their business and continued to be during my 12 years there. There were even some people that thought the Market was only a Christmas store. We opened the Fort Worth Thanksgiving week of 1990 so I did not decorate a tree in the store that year. We had the most talented people from all the Dallas stores to get the store to be ready to be opened. Starting the next year each one of us did our own tree. That is where my Christmas decorating career started. I have been doing my clients house for Christmas since Christmas of 1991. It's a bittersweet feelings that this Christmas 2016 is my first Christmas to hang up my elf hat. I am blessed that my design business is so strong that I could no longer afford the 2-3 weeks away from my office to do Christmas. It was also killing my mid-50's back. I was fortunate enough to pass along my clients to my old assistant from Bloomingdale's who also worked at the Market in Plano. Kari has taken care of all my clients this year and I think everyone is happy! I must say that I am thrilled to be coming to work in ladylike clothes this week and taking care of design business instead of swinging from a ladder. So today I thought I would share with you some pictures of my Christmas jobs that I have completed over the last 14 years. I hope all of my readers homes are getting transformed into the magic of Christmas. It is such a special time of the year!
This client's home I just completed in the Spring of 2015 so we ordered a new tree and new ornaments for her Living Room and it turned out stunning!
I did add to my clients Christmas but I always used what they already owned if it was appropriate. This client had a beautiful collection of Spode Christmas plates.
This client had a beach theme in her home so when I original did her tree I bought ocean inspired ornaments and garlands for her Living Room. She was thrilled!
Many of my clients collect Nutcrackers and I always love grouping them together!
Staircase garlands always take a long time to create but add so much to the entry!
This beautiful mantle was located in the Dining Room.
A close up of the garland. I incorporated grapes and fruit along with pine cones!
I love this life size reindeer, sleigh, and Santa Clause in this entry. We had artificial trees of all sizes surrounding them filled in with poinsettias. So beautiful!
Another one of my clients who collected Nutcrackers. These alcoves were in the entry hall.
This same clients house with their larger Nutcrackers.
Another beautiful fireplace mantle in a client's Dining Room. I love it when I get to decorate a mantle in a Dining Room. We did the garland on of this mantle since it was so deep! I came back and put flowers in the Waterford vases right before Christmas.
This mantle is a study. The mantle was not very deep so I placed the manger scene here with the beautiful cone trees.
A large view of my clients Great Room. One of my favorite parts to decorating this room are the top shelves of the built in bookcases. I copied these bookcases from a room display in my Farrow & Ball book.
I also have a lot of clients that collect snow globes. I love keeping collections together. It makes for more of a dramatic presentation!
A larger view of this room!
The Dining Room buffet in the same clients home!
A grand entry has always been one of my specialties with gorgeous garlands draping on the front door.
I always make the Dining Room table special but leave room for the place settings to be placed on Christmas Day.
Steel Magnolia Tip # 86: Try to make every aspect of the Christmas season special and magical especially for the children!
Love these quotes!
I tried something new last night and served ground lamb seasoned with rosemary oil and rosemary. I served it with eggplant baked with mozzarella cheese.
I love all the songs on this Peter Allen album! Peter Allen came to sing at the opening of Bloomingdale's in Dallas in 1983. All of his songs remind me of that special year!