These photos are from a private home that I have been doing with a friend for about 8-9 years now; except for last year, when they had a plumbing leak and the dining room ceiling caved in. We finished this job in three days (sometimes, it takes four). My daughter cannot believe that there is a house that takes as long as the Governor's mansion to decorate!! I made this arrangement around the Florentine angel this morning. Fresh holly, fir, ribbon and cording.
The chandelier in the breakfast room; fresh greenery, incorporating faux pepper berry garland, and hung with gingerbread ornaments made for the owner's children when they were babies.
A small white tree, hung with hand-blown sugared fruit ornaments and tiny glass balls.
The grandfather clock in the kitchen, with faux garland and pepper berries.
A detail of the ribbon used in the living room (mantel).
The foyer; main stair railings festooned with faux garland, dried red hydrangeas, exquisite silk ribbon embroidered with holly leaves and berries and three gilded acorns on the newel.
The living room; a china/book cabinet topped with a Florentine gilded angel, faux garland and magnolia leaves.
A detail of the tree. Approximately 2000 lights and 300 Christopher Radko hand-blown glass ornaments.
The tree, nestled in the curve of the main staircase.
The grandfather clock in the foyer.
The gilt mirror in the dining room; hung with four Italian angels, faux garland and gold ribbon (which was later changed to raspberry red silk cording).
The china cabinet in the breakfast room.
The living room mantel; faux garland sharing space with two Chinese horse statues and gilt pears.
A better photo of the Florentine angel in the living room.
The owner's study.
Believe it or not, this is not all we do for that home. We also garland the stairs leading down to the lower floor and a mantel in the den downstairs, do three wreaths for exterior doors, one wreath for indoors, a second tree in the dining room with all sterling silver ornaments, light 2 outdoor topiaries, garland an outdoor terrace railing with fresh greens, a lamp post, a tiny tree for the lower level and a table decoration for the terrace! See why it takes three days?