Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Red Light District at Casa du Borghese

Well,well,well, it is beginning to look like Christmas finally at the Casa du Borghese! I had a three day weekend with the exception of a work related event the Mistress had to tend to late on Saturday at the store. On Friday it was tree trim day and it took all day let me tell you. My usual reminisce of just about where every ornament came from, and who gave it to me, and the usual antics of making a new trend in light scarves started.



I wonder if it will catch on? Yeah, I didn't think so either. Enough horse play, it was time to pop a cork off the wine and start to get to work. I finsihed five hours later, and this is what the Casa now looks like.



Next to the tree on the console is a grouping on clocks, candles and a vase overflowing with peacock feathers and red peasant feathers.



Now you know a Mistress tree is bound to be nuts,eccentric and crazy. I embraced my ancestral roots from Amsterdam's red light district, and Holland where my dad's family is from, and used to sizes of red lights, with just a few frosted and clear white. At night, the whole room glows red! You should see it from outside. I'm sure my neighbors must be talking. And wondering why so many men are scene going in and coming out! I swear, there ain't nothing dirty going on! On the tree itself are old and new ornaments, from very large red balls, to mini red balls, to every size in between. The Holland side come in with some wooden items, flocked domains,like the church, that glows red, I'm so going to hell, and the use of many birds. I collect the birds and have almost 25 on the tree. You will also see a seal with ball, a glass owl, a quail in a nest, a peasant, and cardinal's nest. And how, I ask, can a tree be complete without a martini glass and cock-a-tail shaker!!!!








On the coffee table this year is my most treasured Christmas belonging, my Christmas Pyramid, a gift from the Aunt and Uncle. It is from a German company by the name of Muller, who makes the most incredibly detailed pyramids. I could watch that things spin all night, especially when I have had some gins! You can read about the them in a post I did here. It is joined by my wrought iron candelabra and over sized glass vase with willow, Norwood berry branches and white Witch Hazel flowers.




A sconce in the livingroom adorned with pine and glass balls.



In the Casa's kitchen the Mistress has her usual small tree worked in amongst my favorite tea pot and platter, I love it's simplicity. Every year I always enjoy changing out my apothecary jars. This year I did some branches with cardinals perched, with a ball cluster at the bottom, in another are all my various balls I have collected over the years, and in the last is a medley of dried artichokes, pine pods, and large cranberries.





A beaded candle chandelier in the Casa facilities!



The Mistress's has a multi-colored mini tree in the boudoir. Always nice to spread the cheer.... even in the boudoir. As you can see, even more candles.



So there you have it, Christmas at the Casa du Borghese by way of the Red Light District. It's so calming to come home to and have some wine. Now I have step 2, the menu and the cock-a-tail choice for the up coming soriee! My only question is where are all the houseboys when there is much to be done?

23 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/11/2011

    Very nice job with the decorations!

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  2. Very festive decking of the halls!

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  3. We do not have a theme...we have been collecting ornaments for 25 years and have special old ones from the family.... it's so fun each year to decorate with "memories"..... your place it very comfy and elegant Mistress, very nice.....

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  4. WOW! How fitting is all the red? You got some talent boy, put my place to shame for the holidays.

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  5. Simply Beautiful! Great collection of images and I adore your collection of tree birds and the nests, how cool. And the red looks even better than I thought. Never knew your history of your family background of the Nertherlands, how cool.

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  6. How timely--I looked at my Christmas tree this morning and promised myself to get a slimer one next year--so beautiful and the space issue is solved! And your line about red light district,lol, your too much, but talented!

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  7. very beautiful, I best get busy here.......nice in the red light district!

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  8. Tastfully done, yet again! Looks like it would be a great time in the Red Lights district! You got me feeling all festive.

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  9. How Incredibly Beautiful! ...and very well done by the Mistress!!! I am so laggard with the Holiday Theme this year -maybe I'll just come back here and enlarge your photos for viewing! LOL Just so you know, I'm going back to count all your references to "balls" in this post -as I remember it, the number was quite staggering!!! ...wink! ;)

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  10. I absolutely love this! The Amsterdam tree in all red is a great touch! Warmth and welcome is the feeling I get from your place. Can almost smell aroma of the candles, and hear the stomp of the feet of the boys as they try to remove the snow from their boots before entering the house! LOL! I also love your Christmas pyrimid!

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  11. Awesome Job Mistress! Now, come exercise your interior design background and help me with my tree!!!!! I loce your collection of birds in the tree and all the balls filling the jars-great idea.

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  12. thank-you everyone for your kind comments!!!

    Skilled- I wondered how long before the ball jokes would start!

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  13. So glam.....just as I'd expected!

    Merry Christmas, MM!!

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  14. I'm now in the mood for Christmas after seeing this, and the snow. I'm afraid I don't have quite the inventive side of putting things together like this. Looks very relaxing and welcoming. Very nice.

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  15. Maddie, your home and decor are exceptional, as I would expect. The first tree is amazing I love the color of the glow from the red tree. Love the ornaments, and the nets with the birds, and don't get me started on the apothecary jars in the kitchen. Thanks for the tour and commentary.

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  16. Beautiful, and truly worthy of a Mistress! ;-) Why the red is not shocking at all, and it so fits you!

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  17. Anonymous12/12/2011

    Look at you as sleek as a cobra!
    I love your tree, mine is a plain Jane next to it, I wish I could have come over and sunk a few cockatails and helped out!

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  18. Anonymous12/12/2011

    Look at you as sleek as a cobra!
    I love your tree, mine is a plain Jane next to it, I wish I could have come over and sunk a few cockatails and helped out!

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  19. Tabbs- Your are more than welcome anytime to stop in, but we won't be working, we will go shopping and then pop back to the Casa for some afternoon cockatails!

    xoxoxox

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  20. Every year your place looks so amazing for the holidays. Were some of those birds in your wigs already? Loving the red glow

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  21. I love love love your holiday decorations! I wish you could do this with my home. Alas with a new puppy AND two new kittens I'm keeping it simple this year.

    I love your red light theme, and the light scarf isn't too shabby either. At least not on you it isn't ;)

    Simply beautiful doll

    Huggs
    CoreyJo

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!