Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from the family at Lucky Stars!!!

Greetings from the gang here at Lucky Stars- this is our 2009 Christmas Card photo- Wishing all those who check out our blog - a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!! See you with more postings in the New Year!!!

From our house to yours........

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Visit with Decorator #2 !!!!

Now onto another fun visit with my dear friend Kip- and an opportunity to see her gorgeous house in Potomac Maryland. You might remember our fun visit up in Maine- she and Nan visited me last summer and what a blast we had. They were so helpful with decorating tips- and you can see why. Another friend with great taste!!!!

Here's Kip- sitting regally in her gorgeous home!

As I pull up to her brick home you can see she has been very busy with her decorating for the holidays! I love her gate- with the weighted ball - so Williamsburg!

The entrance is so welcoming- and very deceiving - this is one big home!!!

Love the difference in the back and front of a magnolia leaf! With the holly this planter in the alcove takes on a festive air!

A combination of greens and berries makes this arrangement so current and welcoming.

Even the stone bench gets a holiday makeover- this holly laden lantern looks great.

What a great breakfast nook in the kitchen- you all know I am obsessed with blue and white so I especially love this area.

Kip ushering me through the rest of the house- there are touches of the season everywhere.

The mantle in the living room is lit with white lights and red - looks so festive.

I love this pass-through bar area from the kitchen to the living room- and look how cute just a handful of candy canes look plunked in a glass on the bar!!!

No corner goes unadorned - even the Naval Academy chair gets a cute Merry Christmas pillow- Kip has quite a collection of great needlework Christmas pillows.

My problem in the Maine house was my wall of bookcases!!! Kip had the same issue and look what a good job she did on her wall unit in Ron's office off the living room- Love the Navy ball caps lining the top shelf. The complete look is so uniform and balanced !!! Looks fab!!!

Couldn't resist a close up on Ron's oil portrait!!!! Doesn't he look dashing???? What a great tribute - so well deserved!!! Adds tons to this room too!!!

I just read how important balance is to a grouping- this sofa table looks so wonderful with the basket of greens and pinecones balancing the vignette on the table- very polished.

Even in the kitchen - in this little hidden area -balance and color play a role- Adds a nice warm touch .

What a cozy welcoming arrangement on the center island- Kip bought this nautical vase on her trip to Maine last summer- looks so festive with the Christmas bouquet- apples and Santa round it out.

This idea is always something that I wanted to do and never got around to it!!! Framing your children's artwork.

I tell the story of years ago when I was in college I volunteered on the short lived Sergeant Shriver presidential campaign. I was lucky enough to travel to Hyannis - Cape Cod - to the Kennedy compound and have tea with Eunice Shriver and many many other guests- We put our coats on racks in the back hall of the Kennedy Shriver house- and all along the wall - framed and lit by art lamps were finger paintings and stick figure drawings done by all the children- those "children" now are Maria Shriver - married to the Governor of California "Arnold" and the rest of her brothers.

Well if the Kennedys can do it why not Kip!!!! James' fish print looks fabulous in the kitchen !!!!!

A close up of the blue and white ware that is gathered on the bakers rack /wine rack in the kitchen- I have to make a note to drink more wine when I visit Kip and Ron- wow they have quite stash!!!!

Needless to say - I am a very demanding friend- but Kip is fully aware of that- here she quickly prepares a bite of breakfast for me - wow taking pictures of beautiful houses is soooooo tiring and hunger inducing...

Wouldn't you think I was at the Ritz Carleton - Coffee, muffin the WSJ and the Post!!!! She is so perfect!!!!!

The very gorgeous very open formal dining room- so Williamsburg- so Christmassy.

Yea !!! Nan and Lauren arrive!!! Yes we made them stay out in the cold until I got my camera ready - so natural - so spur of the moment!!!!

I love a Williamsburg centerpiece - pineapples, apples and magnolia leaves - it IS Christmas in Virginia !!!!

Even the pewter birds are hunting and pecking this winter on the side table.

A great case for all of Ron's music- he is such a connoisseur !!!!!

Even a Christmas Cardinal at the feeder out the window- wow does Kip know how to orchestrate a photo shoot!!!!

The grand entrance hall- told you this house was deceiving- very spacious and very airy!!!!

Not a spot goes unnoticed- a Christmas book - little package - red candles- how charming!!!!

Had to include this cute ornament- I have the same with USS Fletcher- we had so much fun together in Hawaii!!! Great memories !!!!

A final parting shot of the tree- off we go to a fun day of shopping and lunch in Upperville VA- next posting on a fun shop we found from our friends on other blogs!!!! A great shop converted from a church!!!! Coming up soon- Happy Holidays Y'all!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Meet My #1 Decorator!!!!

This is Nan- my dear friend and fabulous decorator. You may remember her from previous posts up in Maine. She and Kip visited this summer and did a great job with reorganizing and helping me pick out a few new pieces for the house in Maine. I thought I would pay her a little visit today and take a few shots of her gorgeous new house decorated for the season!!!

Well I don't have any rhyme or reason to the order of these photos- Just started shooting when I arrived . Standing with my back to the dining room- an overview of the living room mantle with magnolia leaves and gorgeous Christmas silk amaryllis

Nan's chandelier - picked up on her world travels. The dining room crystal candlesticks and centerpiece look great with it. Nan has had the chandelier since being stationed in Portugal but this is the first time she has been able to hang it - worth the wait!

Again a total view of the dining room - her house is filled with light and is very open and airy-I love how she fills up glass containers with festive bulbs. Nice touch.

Her camelback sofa looks great- why did I leave my purse on there- way to ruin a pix! Looking in to the foyer. Nan's Dad built those bookcases on the right - they have found their way into all her many homes and always look fabulous.

Close up of her secretary desk- silver framed pictures of family spread about- love how she blocked this entry to the attached family room - making the other opening the main one. Good way to manage the flow and create two separate spaces.

Here we are walking into the family room with the comfortable leather chair. Good enough to sink right in ....

Close up of a golden pineapple - Nan finds little touches everywhere- and blends them beautifully!! When you think how many times she has moved and packed and repacked all these delicate objects!!! Its a wonder they have survived but with Nan's extra special care they do!

Yea Kip arrives!!!! Maybe we can pay her fabulous home a visit next week!!! Love to blog about my dear friends!

Nan's Dad also carves a folk art Santa every year. Such talent! And being a good friend for so many years I am lucky enough to own some of these beauties!

His newest collector's item- A Penn State Santa!!!! How fabulous! WE ARE..... PENN STATE! Not to mention the flow blue plates and large blue and white platter.

Sun streams into the kitchen - This blue painted cupboard is such a focal point in this room - Nan adds greenery and wreaths to deck out this area with the Christmas spirit. Love her new lantern light fixture, with a touch of holly!

Portuguese tiles are just right on the wall of Nan's kitchen - you have seen some of my tile work at the Maine house in earlier posts! These rabbit and chickens are so typical Portuguese!

The kitchen table looks out on her backyard. Her new Simon Pearce lamp blends beautifully with the warm wood. Notice the plate rack on the right and the angel wings with Christmas greens- very festive.
***** Nan mentioned that this table was a purchase when they lived in Portugal.

Warm welcome in the foyer of the home. These 4 Williamsburg prints have found a spot in her house since I have known Nan. Every time they look like they belong! Love the "feet" on the blue and white garden stool.

Here is a broader shot of the left hand side of the foyer- see what I mean about how perfectly Nan blends her pieces- Notice the mercury glass trees and peeking around the chest are more Portuguese tiles- a gorgeous floral piece on an easel.

**** another addition from Nan- this chest was purchased in Portugal.

Straight on view looking out the big front window. Love her red crewel wing chair - she has such a knack for blending prints and colors- always looks great.

Back in the den a nice arrangements on a blanket chest- this room is very long and skinny - a decorating challenge that Nan has tackled masterfully.

**** addition from Nan-The 2 prints in the family room are a local Alexandria VA artist, Patricia Palermino.

Here you can see how narrow the room is- but look at the fabulous wall color-really looks great and lightens up what could be a dark room. Love the small windows with festive wreaths.

Overall view of the dining area from the family room- placing the dining table on an angle really gives the illusion of space and makes for easier access for diners and servers alike. Love her spool legged table.

The hunt table in the dining room with natural light streaming in- adorned in gold.

Better view of the fireplace- how about those silk amaryllis!!! And the little elf brings a bit of whimsy to a very conventional setting.

A long view of the Santa collection - love the touches of holly and greens....

Here, Nan has moved the table that normally is in front of the large window to behind the camelback sofa- looks great with some touches of Waterford crystal and a festive topiary.

The end of a very long post - the entrance to Nan's house is a long porch and this vignette greets all her holiday visitors. So perfect for outdoors- acorn ornaments on the tree and two quails stand watch! Thanks Nan, for letting us view your gorgeous home-

Next week we hope to visit my other "Cohort in Crime" -Kip. Her beautiful home will be featured next week - get decorating y'all!!!!!!

Hey P.S. everyone- want to see Nan's rooms close up ??? - Just double click on each photo- to enlarge!!!!