Sunday, December 20, 2009

Maison Noel

Our friends Teresa and Glenn had their annual Christmas dinner party Saturday night. This is a much anticipated event for me on many levels. Besides being with dear friends for dinner, I look forward to seeing how Teresa has decorated their home for the holidays. Let me just say that it is magical and incredible!

Their home is the ultimate Christmas house. French Christmas House! On this credenza is an example of Teresa's attention to detail. The little photos are of her two sons from birth to present sitting on Santa's lap. They are now 22 and 19! I wish I had started this tradition.

The wooden Santas are just a few in her vast collection.

I love this lampshade! It's an example of the Proven├žal touches everywhere in the home. The lamp sits in the family room with vaulted ceilings and limestone mantle. If I didn't know better, I would think I was in France!

The living room has a lighter, more neutral pallet. I am loving the fabric on the chairs and the drapes. Teresa, like me has a thing for lampshades. The shades in this room are so elegant. Hmmmm, I wonder where she got them?

How beautiful is this bookcase? It is filled with classic leather bound books and objects d'art.

Dinner is served. In the dining room, Teresa's tablescape is just gorgeous. The candelabras killed me! I felt like I was in a French Chateau with the long refectory table, leather chairs and magnificent wooden chandelier.

The buffet all decked out with stone lamps and those wonderful shades. The trumeau mirror is perfect, as well as the iron sconces. Notice the mini white hydrangea pots.

Another table vignette of Santas and candles. Love that lamp!

Cute pine cone candles in this hutch. They're perfect in the little metal urns.

"Mettons-nous a table"

After dinner, I snapped a few more pictures. In the stairwell, is a most wonderful collection of antique oil dog paintings winding their way up the stairs.

We made plans over dinner for a girl's trip to Texas for the Round Top Antique Fair in the Spring. Here we are all excited about the possibilities. What will be buy? How will we get it home? And who will drive?
I'm hiding behind Teresa. Ricki is in front. She has no problem driving!

Thank you Teresa and Glenn for a most memorable holiday dinner party!

I'm linking up with Susan at Thoughts From Over the Rainbow for Deck the Halls. Visit her blog to see other wonderful Christmas Homes.

I'm also linking up with Susan for Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer. Be sure to visit her and see other indoor and outdoor inspirations.
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xinex said...

You are so right, Delores. Your friends'
home is gorgeous and they decorated it to perfection. I love the French style too...Christine

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Everything looks so pretty, but my favorite thing would have to be the dog painting...LOVED THEM! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and thanks for visiting.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a lovely home! Thank you and your friend for allowing you to share the pictures.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your friend's home is so pretty - thanks for sharing it with us.
Thanks for stopping by. Those are not my gingerbread houses - I have never attempted to make one.

Unknown said...

SO beautiful and festive!
Merry Merry
~Really Rainey~

Janean said...

i have drooled all down my shirt as i looked at those wonderful photos. the house is magnificent...those dog paintings; Christmas trees; tables (esp. that aqua sideboard). Thank you for sharing your evening with us!

susan said...

Delores-please thank Theresa for us! I loved the tour! She does have some beautiful lamps--love those stone ones and I love those pine cone candles. Would love to see more of the "dog hall of fame"--very pretty and interesting! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for joining in Deck the Halls!

netierose said...

Theresa & Glenn's home is lovely . I can feel the warmth in your photos. Love the lamshades too. Not easy to find....unique ornate lampshades.
Thank you for sharing, Delores!

Fifi Flowers said...

What a LOVELY LOVELY home... warm and inviting!
Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

a truly beautiful home! love the tall candlesticks on the dining table. the printed lamp shade is simply elegant. thanks for sharing.

Dirkjogt said...

Wow, what a decoration! Greetings from Belgium. Merry Christmas and enjoy the Holidays !

eileeninmd said...

Lovely home and holidays decorations. Merry Christmas!

bj said...

Wow...that home looks fabulous. I'd love to see more of it. Love all the French look!!
My daughter and i are going to try to get to RT in the Spring, too. Maybe we'll see ya there!

Hootin Anni said...

I'm speechless!!! Wow...just W!O!W!

I have a Christmas wish along with my usual Wednesday post today. [the Wednesday issue of posting is below my 'card' posted just for you....]


...for the permalink to my day's post, click here.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

What a beautiful home...and those candlesticks are outstanding!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Thanks for tour to your lovely home!

Please come and see my Outdoor post. Merry Christmas.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Teresa and Glen thank you so much for allowing to tour your beautiful home. It is gorgeous. I fell in love with the gallery wall with all the pictures. Your tradition of all the pictures of your boys sitting on Santa's lap is wonderful. I wished I has started it as well.. You girls are absolutely beautiful..I can tell you always have a good time when getting together. Delores, from our home to yours we wish you a Very Merry Christmas.. hugs ~lynne~

Bettey said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. Have a wonderful holiday season, and a very Happy New Year!

Tricia said...

Such a beautiful home! Lucky you to be able to visit and enjoy such delightful surroundings. And such fun to plan a trip in the spring. Thanks for allowing us to share in your visit.

Merry Christmas.

Entertaining Women said...

Thank you for sharing two gorgeous Christmas parties at your friends. The antique dog paintings and the lampshades are quite special. She does a beautiful job, but she doesn't have anything on your considerable design talents. Happy 2011! Looking forward to blogging with you this year. Cherry Kay

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