Sunday, December 14, 2014

CHRISTMAS AT THE HARLOT'S HOME

 
The title of this post was an inspiration from the fabulous Tabitha over at Badinage, one of my guilty pleasures. She had a whole post on what your tree says about you, and it was decided mine was that of a harlot, which of course I found very healthy!!!!! What with my main color of red, and at night the warm red light glowing to the outdoors , it must scream Red Light district. There is a reason the wives and husbands of the men around here are not to come in unattended, for it would be like sending them to meet their fate with a fabled temptress, where they would be bestowed upon with many earthly delights. Surely I jest, or do I??? So with all my clients homes done, it was time to deck out the Casa du Borghese with my trademark red, so I'm here to share with you a tour of the Casa. And please don't expect to see naked houseboys, they were confined to their rooms while photos were taken.
 
The front door.....
 
In the living room and all through out, I usually use a lot of balls to fill bowls and jars, and bring in the outdoors with fresh pine and holly to decorate with, not to many knick knacks. Glass balls I really love, and are a mix of old and new, some given to me, some I purchased and some were my grandmothers.
 
 
 The harlot's tree.....
 
Some of my favorite ornaments, a mercury glass owl....
 
a pheasant......
 
another glass owl, I have lots of birds in amongst the balls...
 
This cherub was a gift from my good friend Clara Voyant, who once worked at May Co, when they bought the famous and elegant John Wanamaker's here in Philadelphia. May company, Hecht's, was getting rid of all the old Wanamaker antique displays and Christmas decorations they used. In the trash, What a crime!!!! He swiped this for me as I loved shopping that store. It was used in the 1920's till about the 1960's. So it's like I have my own little piece of the history of the store and it is treasured here.
 
another little wood bird in a cage.....
 
and speaking of the bird cage, it was decked out...filled with balls, and some pine and winter berries....
 
The bookcase was finished with the pottery being stored away, and updated with red, amber and amethysts' glass vases......
 
and my treasured Christmas pyramid......a tradition around here.
 
In the kitchen the liqueur cabinet was deck for the holidays. I relocated the apothecary jars to the top of the cabinet this year, filled with red balls, pinecones, cranberries, birds, and seed pods in red, accompanied by a little tree, red pheasant feathers and a quail in a nest.....
 
inside the cabinet finds my grandmothers little bottle brush trees.....
 
and another woodland bird with more balls....
 
As a regular reader may remember I LOVE bubble lights. So they found there way to the top of the ice box...
 
and some red glads on the island....
 
Even the shower curtain rod got into the spirit...
 
In the boudoir we find some more calming touches....
 
A tree adorns the dresser, with my cow box filled with more balls and pods...
 
the side table has more bubble candles...
 
Even the deer head couldn't escape the touch of the holidays from pine and balls..
 
many nights find between 20 to 40 candles lit, hence why I cut back on the gin during the holidays!!!!!
 
Blue balls??? That's a rare sight around here!
 
more candles and balls.....
 
Whew. Believe it or not, it only took me, with the help of the Lad, a day and a half to finish it all. After all was done I cracked open a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau, a holiday favorite of mine for this time of year.......
 
 
along with some ordered in fine dinning......
 
Cheers to you all!!!!!
Thanks for always stopping in and I hope your season so far is as relaxing as one can have it!!!! Now, a reward for who knows how many times I mentioned balls!?!?!?!
 

55 comments:

  1. Just so stunning and festive! Your balls hang around so beautifully! I have been dragging my feet, but you have lit a fire under my chestnuts to get decorating. Love the story of the Wanamaker's ornament. That is sooo cool. That store was so elegant. I still miss it. What a warm home you have.

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    1. Thanks dear. And I thought I smelt something scorching.....

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  2. 'Roxanne you don't have to put on the red light!'
    Your house is the bees knees, I love that treasure trove of baubles and I see you are looking as sleek as whippet as usual!

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    1. Tabs, they say those days are over, that you don't have to sell your body unto the light. But I'm old school, what can I say!!! And mentioning Bees Knees may make my friend Kailyne thirsty........

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  3. I'd be more than happy to have you take my other half for the afternoon, so I could get his gifts wrapped!!!! I am in love with what I see!!!!! It really gets me in the mood for the season. Such great little touches!!!!

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    1. And we shall see if I can teach him anything.

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  4. STUNNING!!! Being a new reader this year, I must say I love the use of all red lights. Leave it to a harlot!!!! I am over the all white lights I have used for years, so this is a nice look, while not using all colored lights, and still being festive. The natural touches are so warm, and I love all the birds you used. I can now see why you do what you do for a living.

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  5. Very harlot-y.
    Very you!
    Very gorgeous!

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  6. more balls at your house than at a p-town tea dance!

    you and the lad did a FABU job with all the decorations!

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    1. HA! I think you may be right!!!!! And some hanging low around here.

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    2. some days they hang so low, we think it's a eclipse

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    3. Boy, you two need to take your Laurel and Hardy shtick on the road. And you AM, what is your knowledge of a tea dance in P-town? I just knew you were fierce gurl

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    4. my friends have told me plenty about p-town tea dances, since I am not likely to experience attending one myself.

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    5. I thought maybe his balls were really hidden in there, sort of like Where's Waldo.

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  7. "There is a reason the wives and husbands of the men around here are not to come in unattended, for it would be like sending them to meet their fate with a fabled temptress, where they would be bestowed upon with many earthly delights." So this is where you get your supply of houseboys!!!! But your decorating is so beautiful, I'll be right over...........

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  8. Now there's a light of heavy glow....but how elegant it all looks. So warm and inviting.......

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  9. Omg! I'm speechless. When you were telling me about your idea of red when I visted, I never thought it would look like this. WOW. Your place looks so..... you. Has business been up? Love all the balls!

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    1. business? when business is good, it pays to advertise, and when it's bad, you have got to advertise.

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    2. Business always seems to be up around here. It all in the marketing.

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  10. My breath left me for a second! How beautiful everything is. That first picture could be a greetings card! But I love the deer head, must say, and the simple touches of balls and pine. So nice to see Christmas pyramids are still used. And the wreath had me also!

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  11. I have always said you have so many more talents than just the bedroom.

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    1. so as you know sex and art are inseparable around there.

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    2. to be compared to one of France's famed brothels.....why dear, you have warmed my cockels but good.

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    3. Where I'm sure there is afternoon delights and clandestines galore.....

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  13. RED HAS NEVER LOOKED BETTER, including that Beaujolais Nouveau!!!

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  14. Mistress, I celebrate Hanukkah with some touches of Christmas, and must say this inspires me!!!! How beautiful, and such a well appointed home!!! I love the wreath, you could use that all winter. All the touches are simple yet so pretty. I could settle right in.

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  15. Now you have got me in the mood to dig the boxes out! You sure are talented, I adore the tree and all those jars. And how cute are the little bottle brush trees?!? An evening in at your place looks so warm and inviting.

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  16. First off I adore the new header. Surely Buster must greet his Mistress like that on Christmas morn? I too am a harlot so I', soaking up all the red!!! Everything is so beautiful.........

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  17. Mistress. You always walk that fine line between chic, demented & beautiful with such style. LOVE IT!

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  18. Very nice, I love the all red, never would have thought it would look so nice, very beautiful tree and trimmings, but what about your orbs? Did I miss them? LOVE THE DEER HEAD with wreath.

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  19. Another beautifully baubled buffet. I love seeing your creativity and style at work. You inspire me darling... Merry Christmas XXX

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    1. Prinny, you are too kind dear, but could you possibly pass over one of your fabled knitted cozies for my balls?

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  20. Exquisitely beautiful as always, Mistress!

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  21. I always look so forward to this post every year, as do all your December posts, but your home post always inspires me, almost like a tradition. I, too, like all the touches so much, and have viewed it four times, seeing it again and again puts me in the spirit!!!! I just loss my best friend, and this time of year was always so special.... so thank you for getting me there, as I know she would want me to be!!!

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that and glad the pictures and tour have helped. Even if one person gets inspired or laughs, it's worth it. Happy Holidays dear.

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  22. This place is just out of this world! Christmas fantasy Mistress. Why I could curl right up there with some of that wine!! Love the cabinet touches. The bubble lights bring back such memories........

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    1. well curl right up, we had a tanker delivery this weekend.

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  23. WOW! We are fortunate Tar has not wagged any ornaments off the tree, wagged the candle off the coffee table and Abby has not set her tail on fire. Again.

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    1. Yes, may this be the Christmas the Labs won't get onto any quagmires. Looking forward to some décor and stories from the west.

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  24. The warmth is so inviting. I love the use of all the balls and pine, and what a sense of humor with the deer head. You have warmed my cockels!!!!

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    1. Always keep them warm, nothing worst then a cold fish feel.

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  25. I wish I could have a tree. My cats already have enough balls to play with.

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  26. WOW! How fitting is all the red? You got some talent boy, put my place to shame for the holidays. I guess we will get a glimpse of your balls soon perhaps? I love all the birds, but do your real ones feel slighted?

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  27. Your place is super festive!!!! I love the tress in the rooms the best.

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  28. LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your holiday cheer! I do all pink myself! But I love your red theme and the bubble lights, and the hunk in the turtleneck isn't to shabby either, wink!

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  29. Bravo!!!! After seeing this, id say the harlot style of red is in!!!! Your place t looks spectacular. Love the apothecarys

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  30. After your job, and then doing others decorating, I can't imagine doing your own yet, but it still looks so stunning!!!! I love the warm glow with the lights out. And the bottle brush trees are so cute.

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  31. Absolutely love your place!!!!! I have a very small place, and you have given me a great idea of doing small trees instead! If anyone could pull off red classy, it would be you. And you have mentioned balls too many times to count!!!!!

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  32. I love this post!!!!! I really like that celadon bowl on your table with the pine and balls in it. I would love to see what you could do in my hovel. So in the spirit now.

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  33. Beautiful. The only way this could be more festive would be for you to hang some mistletoe from your dick for some guest fun.

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