MY PASSION FOR HOLIDAY-DECORATING began in 1963, when I made the Santa ornament pictured up top (an ornament, perhaps, that only one’s mother could love). Today I’ve traded in my construction paper, crayons and yarn for “grown-up” things like African violets, fresh fruit and evergreen boughs. These make splendid contributions to the Christmas spirit here at A Garden for the House (click photos to enlarge):
Here, evergreen boughs, African violets, pine cones and ribbon make a cheerful sight for the parlor mantel. (And speaking of African violets, check out this centerpiece I designed for the dining table one Christmas.)
The dining room mantel is adorned with fresh fruit, including pomegrantes, clementines, apples, pears and grapes. The setting was inspired, more or less, by the old Dutch painting “Still Life with Fruit” which hangs above.
A small red poinsettia resides in an old soup tureen set atop one of the games tables we bought from Dominick Dunne’s estate.
Do you enjoy decorating your home for holidays, too? Let me know in the comments field below.
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