Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas at a Historical Brownstone in Chicago

enter  through the old  gate to a magical place the city

capture the natural essence of the vibrant foyer decorated with moss balls, garland and amaryllis
Venetian inspired tree in the living room

this year we placed the tree on top of the grand piano!

special handmade parchment vessel covered with vintage music sheets, old trim,
and rhinestone embelllishments, are tucked in the tree

Asian horses saddled with the Christmas elf

the Triple Crown- definitely a winner

love the Christmas tree reflection in the mirror

Buffet is reflective of an old still life painting
adore this kitchen - iced chandeliers with  white amaryllis floral

is this not intoxicating???  Sitting at the dinner table and looking at this magical setting!
Mariterese and I were going for the "Dr.Zhivago" ice castle look!

 Spending the last 2 days in the city with one of my favorite people in the world has been exhausting, exhilarating, and extraordinary. Up and down ladders, up and down stairs, and up and down  energy, Christmas happened at Mariterese's home.  Christmas extraordinaire was installed in a fabulous brownstone in the Lincoln Park area of historical homes in Chicago.  It is always fun to work with a person with eclectic  style and a wonderful personality- and as a bonus- a fabulous cook!  While I was busy creating Christmas cheer, Mariterese  was busy creating wonderful meals for us to share. Don't get me wrong, she helped me decorate - she's actually quite good at bows!  It was  a girlfriend  retreat - creative, productive and a lot of comraderie! Love the results!  The RTH girls are invited for dinner to view the decor in a few weeks- invites are at the store.  And by the way, you girls are in luck- Mariterese is cooking!


Katha said...

OMG!!! Absolutely stunning!!!! Love it all! So, so beautiful!
Can't wait to see it in person!

Lynda Sue said...

Over the top...too bad there isn't a virtual tour.
You and Meriterese did a fabulous job....your combined efforts produced a truly magical effect...definitely magazine worthy!!
Happy Holidays
Lynda Sue

Anonymous said...

More than intoxicating! Leaves me, love that kitchen! You both did a splendelicious job!

Laurell Banner said...

WOW! What a great job. From the front gate to the Venetian Christmas tree. The perfect home for the holiday spirit. Can't wait to taste and see.