Christmas starts for me as a store owner in the February – before. As a designer in October/ November and as a mom and wife—Christmas Eve. I am never ready and have never pulled off a perfect one yet!
Today I started Christmas for a client and I thought I would share…
First I always think the theme of Christmas should be personal- something meaningful and important that happened during that year. For this client, however, the year was full of personal loss. So, we decided that the decorations for the house this year would be something different, very vibrant and all about the members of the family around the table and how much they were appreciated and loved.
A good thing was the marriage of a daughter to a fabulous gourmet chef and the addition of a magnificent horse. Both the mother and father have spent time or are descendant from Scotts/Irish roots- voila!
A Tartan old Fashioned Family Christmas
For the fireplace mantel and a side table in the dining room
These 15 inch wreaths hang from black satin ribbon in every window. The deep deep red being the star of our show this year.
The smell of Christmas
1 small nod in the otherwise undecorated library
Kim Seybert under the tree
these beaded balls have all the right pizazz and the right colors
Glass hearts as a nod to the powerful love that hokds the family together in such a difficult year
Our tartan ornaments
gold magnolia clip ons to sparkle
The wood carved deep red balls match the wreaths in each window
Our shabby fox must wait another day for horse and rider to play.
Matte and small, these balls dont take too much attention from the tartan but give it enough pop.
A little sparkle so our tree is not too serious
festive elf dessert plates by Caskata for cake and cookies near the tree
These great cocktail napkins from Kim Seybert have thr right size and colors to accent our dessert plates as both napkin and cocktail napkin
The dining table mirrors the colr scheme of the tree, seen through the open doors
Dinner plates only in this pattern- so lovely on a white cloth
This large tartan ornament sits on the plate until dinner is served. A wonderful reminder of the hliday for each person to take home
This color or slightly darker. 54 colors to choose from…
A slight reminder to both husband and wife when lighting the dinner tapers that one always needs to be nice or get a lump of coal.