Twelve Days of Christmas

For heaven’s sake, I had not intended to be gone so long.  Just as at your house, things are in full swing around here.  I finished the diamonds in the foyer (the pattern will eventually – hopefully by the end of Winter Break – go all the way down the hall) despite the amount of bother they have caused.  The doors are Farrow & Ball Dix Blue and the color is delicious.  Details on all of this after the holiday.

And, the lantern is in place.  The fabulous folks at the Light Shop in Kansas City helped me with the canopy.  Turns out that it is possible to order a light from Visual Comfort without the wiring.  I am pleased as punch.
The chairs are finished and the fabric is off to the upholsterers for the cushions.
And I WON A WATERWORKS FAUCET.  I so rarely enter giveaways.  Oddly, as a blogger, I feel like they aren’t really for me, but I entered the Waterworks giveaway on Grant Gibson’s blog (which is terrific, by the way) as I love their product.  Waterworks has introduced Studio, a new more moderately priced line and its Three Hole Cross Handle Faucet from the Flyte Collection is sitting snugly in a box in my basement waiting for installation.  (The boys were most delighted by this development.  “You WON a faucet?  How does someone win a faucet?”  It was a Christmas miracle.)
As I was going through all my magazines from 2011 to see if I could come up with a “favorite rooms” post, Elle Decor reached out to say, “Do you have a favorite room from 2011?”  I do, and you can find it here, along with other terrific picks.

Finally, (well, Christmas will be “finally” – this is nearly finally) we hosted twenty-five friends for dinner on Wednesday.  I spent yesterday getting ready and most of today cleaning up.  Parties are a gift; there is nearly nothing I enjoy more than having our friends in our home.  I loved every minute.

I hope your house is filled to overflowing with joy this season.  We are wishing you the best.

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25 thoughts on “Twelve Days of Christmas

  1. Your house looks fantastic! It looks so elegant and inviting, the perfect backdrop for a party with close friends! I'm absolutely in love your Dix Blue doors. Have a Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Love your pick of a favorite room, which is mine as well. Those orange chairs make me swoon. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday.

  3. In case you didn't know, it's super easy to install a new faucet. I've done five in my house and I'm not terribly handy.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Patricia,

    My book arrived,Home Sweet Home, just in time for Christmas. I only enter giveaways if it is something I really want. Isn't it fun to win.I am glad you won a faucet. Have a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New year!!

  5. Ah, I feel the comfort and the joy each time I visit.
    You make things look easy and effortless. Your home looks magical.
    JOY to you all.

  6. Wishing you a beautiful holiday with your handsome entourage. Your living room is just so elegant and cozy. I look forward to seeing more of the dining room, soon. Foyer is lovely, too! Your wonderful spirit and energy is bursting throughout the house!
    All best to you, Patricia ; )

  7. Such good looking rooms! I'm looking forward to hearing the details.

    Hope you, the Blandings men and the boxers have the merriest of Christmases.

  8. You have created miracles in the last year in your new house. The best to you and yours in the coming year. My very favorite post of your whole career was the one about your childhood homes and your mother. It seemed to bring us all closer together and explained so much about why you do what you do. Ann

  9. Hi Patricia. Merry Christmas–the house is looking great-BRAVO. Pretty awesome considering the pickle you were in last year. Sending love and blessing for Christmas and 2012. Mary

  10. Your black and gold chairs are so chic, and we are in love with your Waterworks faucet! Congratulations!
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
    xo E + J

    Visit our website for a chance to win some holiday sparkle from our home to yours!

  11. Those back chairs are just terrific. You did a smashing job on the gold. I hope you get them back soon and I can't wait to see them upholstered.

    Merry Christmas to you and to your family. Ann

  12. I hope you answered : "Just be a genius; try really hard, ask for the prize, and there it is!!!"

    congratulations on all of it! The hall looks fab,; the chinoiserie thing that you did is staggering; and the whole place is going bonkers! My have lantern is that star!

    Good grief girl!

    I think you got some Tony Duquette in your veins when you went to Dawnridge!

    I did; every single time!!!!

    Congratulations……style, style, style!

  13. The warmth you've created simply leaps off the screen, oh how I wish I'd been among those 25 folks lucky enough to be invited inside. The picture over the mantel, I can't tell from this angle if that's your longed-for but family-squeemish one or not, but it sure beckons. Everything, just lovely….Merry Christmas Mrs. B.


  14. Your artful eye has made your home gorgeous Patricia! Your work always inspires me!

    Wishing you and yours all the best in 2012!


    Art by Karena

  15. I forgot to compliment you on that damn canopy! Sheesh!!! the starburst canopy???

    Lord have mercy!!!

    and Yowzers!
    Brilliant beyond…….I am ordering!! The best I have seen in my decades of decorating!!

  16. omg. those chairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the dining room will be stunning. can't wait to see it in situ.

    love the hall too. you are amazing.

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