Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cloister Christmas

I thought I would wrap up 2013 with a final holiday post. 
The Touring Gals and I headed down to Saint Simons Island, 
 Georgia  early December for their Christmas Tour of Homes.
Last years tour was fabulous, every house was beautiful.
But we were disappointed with their selections this year.
They do not let you take interior shots, but there was 
only one house that I would consider worthy for a blog post.

After the tour we went to The Cloister for lunch.The Cloister was 
beautifully decorated for Christmas,
so we were not completely disappointed! 
It was an unseasonably warm day for December on
the island. So we enjoyed having lunch on
the porch. After lunch I walked around taking pictures 
to share with you. So come with me!

Beautiful tree

Gorgeous arrangements dressed up for the holidays

Children loved the life size Gingerbread House

I especially love the birds! He is a pretty fella!

I need to dress up my orchids with some berries too!

We then took a little break for shopping in the Village. 

After that, we headed over to the Lodge for a cocktail and to enjoy 
the bagpipes at Sunset! 

Two of us also took advantage of marshmallow roasting down by
the fire pit! 

After simply having a wonderful Christmas time on the island,
I have one thing to say....

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Deck the Halls with Traditions

 This month the design blogs have been full of Christmas decorating
information. I have admired all the bright, colorful and trendy
new looks for Christmas trees, garlands, gift wrap etc. 
I personally may add a fun little spot of something neon and 
glitzy. But I still love a very traditional Christmas 
decor at our house. 

In the past I  have shared with you the special Christmas traditions
we have in our home.
If you missed it you can see it HERE
So many of my things are family keepsakes and gifts.
They have such special memories.
But my daughter, Courtenay, also has many of 
our family's favorite things at her house too.

When you enter the friends and family door, you will find
a tree that is covered in Angels. These Angels 
spent many years in the living room on my parents
flock Christmas Tree.

As you head into the kitchen you will find this jolly fellow who 
helps count down the days to Christmas.

On the kitchen island is friendly Snowman with his 
glitz and glitter. He sits under woven straw stars that hang 
from the island fixture.

Our family has always been a lover of Dawgs 
and Dogs. This little tree sits between the breakfast room 
and the home office. 

A few years ago my grandson Jake's elf started to arrive around Thanksgiving.
He is always sneaking around and getting into mischief! 
He needs to learn not to run in the snow! Oops!

My Mother always loved Angels and over the years 
she added many to her collection. These are three 
of my favorites! 

I have Spode Christmas china. But Courtenay has always loved 
my Mother's pattern. It is by Johnson Brothers and is so different 
and beautiful. The Crystal belonged to my Mother's Mother.

Mother made these jeweled balls that Courtenay hangs on her 
dining room chandelier. There are also some in the above 
picture with the china.

Nineteen years ago, Neiman Marcus started doing an annual snow globe.
My Mother gave one to Courtenay each year as a special
Christmas Gift. After Mother passed away, I continued the 

The 2013 Snow globe is a gingerbread house. 
The details on all nineteen snow globes are exceptional!

We have several of these Santa doorknob covers that my 
Grandmother Clark loved to make. 

She knitted my Christmas Stocking and Courtenay's. 

This is the first Christmas decoration Jake had in his room. 
Santa rotates around the world globe in his airplane.

This is the nativity that was ours when I was a little girl. 
It is in Jake's room now.

My Mother and Daddy gave this Nativity Scene to 
Courtenay when she was a little girl. 

This Angel started Courtenay's own additions to the collection 
she inherited from my Mother.

This is Jake! He adds so much joy and love to our lives.
If you look close, there are no ornaments on the bottom
of the tree.

And this is the reason why! This is Golden's first Christmas.
He is learning all about the tree 
and why there is one inside his house!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

source: Debbie Jacobs Designs

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Charles Faudree leaves behind an Interior Design legacy!

The Interior Design world has lost one of its biggest talents.

Charles Faudree  renowned Tulsa, Oklahoma Interior Designer 
passed away the night before Thanksgiving. 
Charles was 75 and had been battling cancer.

He was a noted expert in French Country Design and had
an impressive list of clients in the United States 
and Europe.

He was also know in Tulsa as a philanthropist.
Local artist Patrick (Pat) Gordon, who knew Charles for nearly 40 years said,
"There really wasn't a much better human as Charles." 
and "That's not easy to say in this time and day. 

Charles was named  Traditional Home's Designer of the Year in 1995. He was also one of
 House Beautiful magazine's America's top 100 interior designers for three consecutive years, 2002-04.

Charles was the author of five books on Interior Design.

"Charles Faudree's Country French Signature," was his first book published in 2003
It is now in its ninth printing with more than 60,000 copies sold.

 His latest book

A love for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels spanned over 25 years. His 
passion for dogs led him to  create an impressive collection of
dog paintings and sculptures.

He created a fabric line for Vervain in 2008 and used his
beloved dogs in their ad. 

You can read about the first time I met Charles and his friend , 
Louis Jordan 

The last time I saw Charles was at in June at Design ADAC. He was
a guest speaker and graciously signed his most recent book for me. 

I want to share just a few of the wonderful rooms he 
created with you. I have never seen one of his designs
that I didn't love!

RIP in Charles Faudree. Your charm and talent will be missed!

Source: Traditional Homes, Pinterest, Oklahoma Magazine