I love holiday decorations and have been looking at what bloggers are posting. But I've been disappointed at much of what I've seen: too glitzy, too much that feels commercial rather than personal. Maybe that's because so many bloggers seem to have a business that they are promoting via their blog.
So here are my decorations collected over many years. They come out each December and move around the house from year-to-year to create different displays in different rooms. This is the first year I haven't done a tree. But I still put out all my favorite ornaments in big bowls; the small trees of recent years were covered with glass icicles, birds and beaded baubles.
These photos show different views of the living room. The way the furniture is arranged you tend to see one wall or view which lets me decorate with disparate concepts on opposing walls.
The beaded trees are an old purchse from the Wisteria catalog and the telescoping silver lamps came from the late, great and much-missed Marshall Fields.
This is the view that faces you as you enter the living room: our Lohan, a Mark Skudlarek woodfired candlestand, an orchid from our friend Judy, and a two-panel gold-leaf screen that we bought from Jake and Yuko Costello, who used to come to Madison with Japanese antiques. This is our kind of display: lots of personal connections along with gold leaf and peeling paint.
OK, you've walked into the room and now you're sitting on the couch facing the fireplace. The drama on the walls at either end of this room needed a respite so this arrangment has two winter landscapes; a photo on top and an etching below it.
Above the fireplace are three 19th Century portraits: At the far left an English drawing of a little girl from 1832 (8" in height with frame); in the center is an 1898 drawing with Asian calligraphy (22"); on the right is a drawing of my grandmother when she was 5 years old in 1889 (34" tall).
Next up: The library.