This room has red walls with olive green trim so it does scream out "Christmas." Since I can't deny it, I go over the top with this sitting room making it a shrine to Christmas past. One of my grown-up treasures, Rumi O'Brien's "Backscratchers Chair," holds Mark and my childhood toys.
Next to Rumi's chair is a bowl with pink and red ornaments some dating back to my grandparents. The lacquer tray holds holiday cards and letters.
Like most rooms in our house, this one has a bookcase. Mark made this for my red sitting room in the apartment I was living in when we met in 1987 and it is still one of my favorite pieces of furniture. The toys include a felted animal by Mary Wallace of White Dove Farm in Cambridge, Tracy Higgs handmade and illustrated wooden blocks and a pair of papier mache maracas from Material World. Mark and I fell in love with the maracas and bought them for our first Christmas together. He made the stand and I supplied the Central Asian embroidered hats.
This grouping includes Tracy Higgs' papier mache leopard and two of Mark's favorite moving metal toys.
At the end of the display is "Meg," my Little Women doll by Madame Alexander whose knees are about as stiff as mine. The lighted artwork is composed of images of Petrus Cristus' painting of "A Goldsmith in his Shop." My sister Pat made positives of the artwork and stiched them together with red ribbon and then encased it all between two sheets of glass with a light behind it. She sent this to me and Mark as an engagement gift.
The full line-up. The lamp belonged to my mother and her mother before her. The two paintings in oval frames were done by my great-grandfather.