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The main entrance to the Mansion. This year, the porch is draped with "curtains" of pine roping and a simple garland of pine over the main doors. Kissing balls of boxwood and mistletoe hang between the columns. You can't see them in this photo, but there are five large wreaths on the mansion windows, with big red velvet bows and streamers (made by yours truly). Volunteers did the pine draping according to Mel Day's design.
In the main foyer, the stairs to the upper floors. It may be hard to tell what they are, but there are lit grapevine deer on the landing. The stair well is garlanded with lit roping and attached by lush bows on the outer railings (done by volunteers also).
And behind those stairs, a grotto of sorts, with two deer nestled among poinsettias and various foliage. Rhonda put this grouping together.
I did this arrangement in the mansion's beautiful silver epergne, featuring willow, peacock feathers, dried hydrangeas, cedar, fir, magnolia and boxwood, along with ornaments and beaded flowers in blues, greens and purples, that clipped onto the branches.
This polar bear lies in wait; to toast his nether regions between the andirons on the dining room hearth. Isn't he wonderful?
The dining room mantel, with glittery deer marching amid beaded and jeweled branches and ornaments. Mel did this and the table below.
Dining room tablescape, featuring penguins, jeweled branches in tall glass cylinders and white twig trees.
I am going to a party there tonight, for state employees and volunteers - so I may have more photos tomorrow (unless you're tired of them already).