|enter through the old gate to a magical place the city|
|capture the natural essence of the vibrant foyer decorated with moss balls, garland and amaryllis|
|Venetian inspired tree in the living room|
|this year we placed the tree on top of the grand piano!|
|special handmade parchment vessel covered with vintage music sheets, old trim, |
and rhinestone embelllishments, are tucked in the tree
|Asian horses saddled with the Christmas elf|
|the Triple Crown- definitely a winner|
|love the Christmas tree reflection in the mirror|
|Buffet is reflective of an old still life painting|
|adore this kitchen - iced chandeliers with white amaryllis floral|
|is this not intoxicating??? Sitting at the dinner table and looking at this magical setting!|
Mariterese and I were going for the "Dr.Zhivago" ice castle look!
Spending the last 2 days in the city with one of my favorite people in the world has been exhausting, exhilarating, and extraordinary. Up and down ladders, up and down stairs, and up and down energy, Christmas happened at Mariterese's home. Christmas extraordinaire was installed in a fabulous brownstone in the Lincoln Park area of historical homes in Chicago. It is always fun to work with a person with eclectic style and a wonderful personality- and as a bonus- a fabulous cook! While I was busy creating Christmas cheer, Mariterese was busy creating wonderful meals for us to share. Don't get me wrong, she helped me decorate - she's actually quite good at bows! It was a girlfriend retreat - creative, productive and a lot of comraderie! Love the results! The RTH girls are invited for dinner to view the decor in a few weeks- invites are at the store. And by the way, you girls are in luck- Mariterese is cooking!