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Rough LuxeChristmas Eve…and still lots to do.  Family will be coming for dinner tomorrow and setting up a dining area in the living room. Family just seems to have a way of growing and it will be all chairs and silverware on deck. I dragged home these branches several weeks ago while on one of my hike/runs in the hills nearby but had to put them away until the last workman left the door ajar behind him on his way out.

Garden Style

Cleaning in a frenzy…channeling a garden conservatory mood…

garden style

My little terracotta bust presiding over antique French garden pots and reindeer moss and votive lights….

garden styleCouldn’t resist these beautiful radishes at the store this morning….

Carolyn QuartermaineCarolyn Quartermaine silk script…and a happy dye accident. The originally two toned beige seat fabric gave me stripes when introduced to an inky dye….

burlap and roses

Burlap and white roses….and galvanized flower buckets…

Christmas table

I had my sheetrock guys do this table top for me…they’d never constructed furniture before…a lighter weight frame below the top piece to give the illusion of edge heft but make the top portable so this table can be moved outdoors in the Spring. I will be having metal sheeting put on it but couldn’t convince the shop to do the job before Christmas. C’est dommage. Might cover with painter’s drop cloth grabbed on one of my before sunrise jaunts to Home Depot…or as is. Like it’s simplicity!

antique French doors

Santa did come a bit early…from Ambiance Antiques in San Francisco. I had a lovely interlude with Teresa Beltamo in her crammed to the top warehouse space. Her shop is lovely…but I suppose I am a warehouse girl at heart!  I loved peeking into every dusty corner! I posted about these 19th century French Theater doors in Temps Perdu here months ago and just kept thinking about them. You know how that goes! Wishing you all the best of luck making magic happen for all your loved ones! Merry Christmas!

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