Houston Lifestyles & Homes Happy Holidays!

Houston Lifestyles & Homes December 2009
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limestone pavers, originally from a medieval Greek village on the island of Crete that were first laid down in 1192. An open-concept floor plan lends itself perfectly to the groined ceiling in the hall and the adjoining infinity ceiling encompassing the great room.  
The view from the entrance hall reveals a stunning vignette. Picture a great room that appears to have been designed for families of great stature from the past. Oversized wrought iron fixtures hang from the towering ceilings throughout. A cozy seating area, complete with plush fabrics and antique furnishings, encircles an original Greek mantle hand carved in the 15th century. A French 19th century religious painting depicting the crowning of the Magi completes the room.
To capture the spirit of the Christmas season, Westmoreland chose Casablanca lilies for the coffee table in the great room. Both fragrant and long lasting, they worked perfectly for entertaining. Green apples were placed in the base of the arrangement, adding bright contrast and natural appeal. The mantle was decorated with fresh magnolia garland, Noble fir, cedar, eucalyptus and heather.
A lovely round table became an instant focal point in the room.
Adorned with the homeowners’ collection of saintly statues, it effortlessly spoke to the Christian theme of Christmas. White and green hydrangeas placed between the collectibles add warmth and cheer.
To the right of the entrance hall is the gentleman’s office and cognac bar. The entire room is finished in multi-paneled and beamed knotty (red) Alder wood from the Pacific Northwest. A reproduction partners desk, which delicately conceals modern computer equipment, is the centerpiece in one-half of the room. A sitting area and cognac bar fill the remainder of the space. Little was needed to add flair to the room. On the desk, a simple vase filled with red tulips added festive color, and a modest tree was dressed in pheasant feathers and ribbon —a tribute to the homeowners’ passion for hunting.
A staircase is situated to the left of the entrance hall and great room. Holiday-inspired greenery draped the lower posts of the banister without taking away from the art and architecture of the space. Fresh magnolia garland was intertwined with an evergreen garland that combined a mix of cedar, Douglas fir, Noble fir and heather.
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Versace china, candlelight and exquisite roses provided a sparkeling holiday scene on the dining table. Silver centerpiece is filled with Black Magic roses, Leonotis (chocolate roses), Cherry Love roses, Charlotte roses, Gloriosa lilies and Cymbidium orchids. ˚  Fresh garland on the mantle and a bowl of Casablanca lilies and green apples bring holiday cheer to the great room.  An Oushak rug grounds this cozy family gathering area.
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