Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Christmas Den

I did not do too much decorating this year, although I did add a few touches to our den where I've been spending a lot of time lately, especially since I began my blog.

I love to collect anything that has to do with the sea. I guess if I could describe my style in two words, it would be chinoiserie and coastal.

I found this small brass shell in Castel Gondolfo (the Pope's summer residence) in Italy where I attended my brother's wedding at The Vatican, several years ago. It was truly an amazing experience that I will never forget!

I found these beautiful antique crystal sconces years ago. I was told they came out of the powder room off the ballroom in a grand old Piedmont home.

My Mom found these at our favorite consignment store. I think they are renderings of costumes from a theater production, but I'm not sure. They came in these fabulous mirrored frames.

We upholstered the walls in classic black & white toile and faced the bookshelves with mirror.

My husband just found this pair of wonderful ginger jar lamps at a salvage yard for $18 ea.!

I scored the shades on sale at Pottery Barn for $18 ea. I think we make a pretty good team!

I found some wonderful up lights with dimmers at Home Depot and placed 3 behind the couch .
I just love the ambiance it lends to the room.

We turned the closet into a built in desk and installed recessed lights in the ceiling on a dimmer.


Velvet and Linen said...

Beautifully designed Therese.
You've displayed all of your unique pieces wonderfully.


Unknown said...

Terri, everything you do is SO exquisite. I really think this is one of my favorite rooms in your home. It so reflects your style. And, yes, you and Chris make a pretty good, down right WONDERFUL team! Keep it up, please!

One that a wishbone on the chair??? From one of Chris's fabulous dinners??

Oliveaux said...

It all looks so beautiful. I love the way you have displayed all your lovely pieces. Ax

Daisy's Mercantile said...

Your pictures are lovely but I am lucky enough to attest to the fact that it is even lovelier in person. The silver glitter key is a nice touch on the tray.

cassandra said...

This room is absolutely stunning!!! I love all your little beach treasures, I have to say that I'm the same when it comes to collecting ... must be the California girl in me! I would get sucked right into this room and never want to leave if I were you!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I hope that you are a designer because you certainly should be one. Your study is incredible and a fabulous place to blog. I shall expect many posts! So happy you introduced yourself ~ and have a wonderful holiday.

Kathysue said...

Terri, Terri, I think I have found my favorite room in your home, it is beyond amazing!! Black and white done to Perfection. I am in Awe my dear friend, I agree with the comment you should be a designer, you have a God given talent. Kudos to you,Kathysue

Sweet Designs said...

Found you on RMS, I love your black and white toile room, I think it is my favorite room in your home too. Just beautiful!

Reichel Broussard said...

Gorgeous Terri! I absolutely love it. :)

Unknown said...