Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a sweater dress from Moshcino, belt from Club Monaco, and shoes from Valentino.
Happy Friday!!! Merry Christmas to all my readers! I am wishing you a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year! I only have one more house to deliver then it will be on to cooking. I bought 150 roses plus some other flowers.....I am going to try to put on my Jeff Leatham thinking cap and create floral magic all over the living room, dining room, and kitchen table. I got half the roses at my wholesale florist and the other half from Costco. The ones from Costco cost $39.95 for 50 roses. You order them and they get delivered to your doorstep the next day. I ordered white ones this summer.... not sure if it was the quality of the roses or the heat of the truck delivering...but they were not so good. The red ones I tried a month ago were much better quality. They are not all the same length... and they did not open up like the ones I get from the wholesaler....but they made a great presentation. I am mixing the red roses with white Lillie’s and Christmas greenery....along with white berries. I will Instagram a picture of my table when the roses are in place! I am using elevated rose bowls and antique crystal baskets on the table with a poinsettia in the middle. This year I have really been in the Christmas spirit and am celebrating one year of being cancer free. That is a big thing to celebrate!!!! I wake up Christmas morning excited about the gifts that I am giving... not that I am not excited about what people give me. But I put so much thought into my presents and buy all year round .... I get really thrilled to watch people open!! Mackenzie and I have been frantically getting prices and quotes today before the design world settles in for a long winter’s nap. All of my draperies are installed and upholstery delivered... which makes me so happy. Two rugs were delayed until January but everything else made it. Merry Christmas to me and my clients!!! This will be my last blog of the year and we will resume on January 4th. I am truly looking forward to a prosperous and healthy 2019!!!!!!
Today’s blog comes from the November/December issue of Southern home. This light and airy home had been on the market for some time .... previously painted very dark with different colors in every room. Beaumont native Donna Rabelais entrusted her designer Melinda James to have the vision to transform this home built in 1981 to suite Donna’s taste. The result is a beautiful breath of fresh air all gorgeously decked out for Christmas in the same tasteful fashion as the interiors. Enjoy this festive home and have the merriest of Christmas’ ever! See you next year!!
What a gorgeous room done in white, cream, and a soft taupe..... with a pop of yellow. The tree mimics the colors in the room. So soft and lovely!!
Another soft palette with touches of soft pink and green. The wispy tree with the big balls is great! I love how the draperies frame the beautiful console and mirror. The fireplace at the other end of the room is centered in the room, but the upholstery and seating is not based on the placement of the fireplace. The room is big enough that the two seating areas make a lot of sense in the room.
I love the grouping of the art above the writing desk. I do collages of art like this all of the time..... grouped together is makes such a statement .
The gorgeous chandelier from Aerin Lauder sets the tone for this all white dining room. I love the interiors of the bookcases... it adds great depth. The tree in this room is decorated with fruit and collected glass ornaments. So lovely! Note the lamp shade in the far left on the chest..... what attitude!!!
Beautiful all marble counters and backsplash in the kitchen. The blend of stainless and gold is striking. How I adore white cabinets!!!
Even the bedside tables get adorned with presents. The silver, gold, and white wrapping is in the same coloration of the house. What a soft jewel box of a house to live in every day and wake up to on Christmas morning!!!
“Southern Simplicity at Christmastime” article featured in Southern Home November/December 2018 Issue
Photography by Michael Hunter
Text by Andrea Fanning
For dinner last night I had tilapia and butternut squash.
Happy Holidays to ALL of my readers!