Well well well, not long till Christmas now! Are you all bejeweled for the holidays??? Two weeks ago, I finally bedecked the Casa du Borghese with my finery, and unlike my friend the Dame, I'm much more simple. Of course, as a regular reader will tell you, Amsterdam Red, as in the Red Light Distict, is my primary color, and upon visiting Amsterdam in 2014, now it is so much more appropriate. The last couple years though, I have started infusing other colors, but RED, JUST SCREAMS YOUR MISTRESS!!!
As usual the lights can be packed up neatly every year, yet they come out a mess.
but the job managed to get done. In the living room, where my Shiny Brite balls can be seen....
One of my treasured ornaments is this cherub head which was a gift from a dear friend. It once hung on the trees in Philadelphia's Wanamaker's Department store, from way before my time. When they were taken over, he worked visual for the new company who was just tossing the old décor. SACRILEGE I SAY!!!! It's nice to have a part of the stores history.
Other touches that abound....
In the birdcage this year I filled it with HUGE sugar cones, and trimmed with pine and red berries, and what else....birds!!! Cardinals can be found through out the Casa this year. Next to the cage are vintage candle bubble lights. How old are those???
It's also very important for me to place out my treasured Christmas Pyramid. They are a big part of my families decorating traditions. It is unknown when they originated, but it is thought as early as the 1500s from the Erzgebirge region in Germany. This is one of two I have, a gift from the aunt and uncle, and treasure it.
In the kitchen, the jars were all filled with balls, and a cute little tree I enjoy are on the island...
The bar is ready...
Below are very old mini bottle brush trees that were my grandmothers with a little deer in a bell cover and a cute little tree ornament, sitting in front of a Arborvitae tree
More BALLS!!!! The little ornament next to that is from a friend, who brought it back from a trip to Russia.
Some evenings, I enjoy a quiet dinner in my bird watching corner...
Some scenes from the boudoir. Get your mind out of the gutter people....
I have a soft spot for this tree!
Even Buck is in the spirit!!!!
I do love a bowl filled with balls!
Speaking of balls, there are even some in the bathroom!!!
No red in here, just blue. And the only blue balls in the Casa. The vintage tinsel branches, yet another gift from the Dame.
And no holiday would be complete with my favorite cartoon character...and just for new blog friend, Fearsome Beard...WOODSTOCK!!!! From my mother. Next to a picture of yours truly with my dear grandmother.
It's nice to come home, have a cock-a-tail, and relax with the houseboys and take the finery in. And as you can imagine, after the holidays...I'm ready to hibernate.