|Formal dining room table - gold lace runner with Cinderella swans filled with different varieties of ferns, white and gold mis-matched china with fresh red roses crushed under the glass Arte Italica plates.|
|silver croco pattern chargers with vintage wide band gold plates|
|Crown on a fresh rose "presentation pillow" with rhinestone and silk tassels on corners|
|a collection of vintage tea pots were filled with ming fern, peonies, and fresh roses|
|These peonies are so intricately formed, tightly closed. Wonder if they will open by the morning?|
|View from the center reception hall table to the buffet filled with amaryllis, moss balls and white feather owls|
|Our little boutique is set up in the south conservatory! Too bad this can't be a permanent installation!|
|Deer decked out with a rhinestone saddle and necklace.|
|Owl arrangement in a perfect spot- ready to watch it's prey through the incredibel lead and limestone windows.|
|Candy's creative juices at work - dressing up a simple brass chandelier over our fantasy breakfast table.|
Can you believe that ceiling detail?
|Penny set a darling kitchen table in the "kitchen" for the "help". You would not believe this kitchen- a true|
caterer's dream. Walk in refrigerator, deep fryer, a huge Wolf range and another cooktop, an ice cream station, and the list goes on.
In today's retail environment, it is sometimes hard for customers to get inspiration and get excited. Well I am here to tell you that this Christmas home tour will get your creative juices flowing. If in the area, you must come see this extraordinary home. It simply gives you cold chill bumps.
Today was our last day of set up for the Woodlands Holiday Walk ( we thought it was our last day, but we got this little surprise Fed Ex box about 3 PM , opened it, and knew it was coming to the mansion!.) All of our fresh flowers had to be placed, the inventory sheets finished and our final walk-thru for our last little details. Julie met me at the residence to finish the inventory, while I completed the fresh floral details. Last night, a little elf created the fresh rose pillow and many little tussie mussies to set through out the house. ( When I arrived at the house this morning and much to my delight, I learned that the listing agent loved the decorations so much that she had hired a professional photographer to capture the holiday magic. I can't wait to see the pictures. ) Today I am sharing bits and pieces of our set-up, as I have to save the big reveal for after the tour. For local folks, if you haven't purchased tickets, they are available at the door at Woodlands Academy tomorrow morning. The tour hours are from 10 am to 3 pm and as an added feature this year, all the decorations at the Schweppe Mansion are available for purchase. And for a exciting surprise final detail, we received a special box from an incredible artist today. Penny, Katha and I planned an exciting presentation for these special little treats. For those of you that love old textiles, rhinestones, and whimsey, don't miss this extra treat. Hope to see lot's of familiar faces at the Holiday Walk tomorrow- this is one house you should not miss!