Houston Lifestyles & Homes Happy Holidays!

Houston Lifestyles & Homes December 2009
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Amaryllis command the focal point in this spacious outdoor kitchen and living area. It ’s the ultimate spot for relaxation or entertaining. Arched door was installed as a fa çade.
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cascading greenery flanked the arched opening into the room. The homeowners’ existing art, a 17th century screen, remained the focal point of the space and was highlighted only by greenery. Live Fraser fir trees placed on either side of the panel were dressed minimally in simple white lights. The dining table, set with Versace place settings, overflowed with fresh, colorful flowers and greenery. With the rest of the room decorated sparingly, the table became a symbol of the abundant gift of Christmas.
The breakfast area was the resting spot for the most elaborate tree in the home. The 12-foot Noble fir was adorned with religious ornaments, fine ribbon, crackled glass balls and a crown on top. It combined the homeowners ’ collection of decorations with several pieces that Westmoreland brought in for the tour.  
The oversized island in the adjacent kitchen was another bright focal point in the open-concept room. Fresh produce and candles were scattered beautifully around a large urn filled with Casablanca lilies.  
Even the mud room was decked out for the season. Paying tribute to the homeowners ’ King Charles Spaniel, Grace Kelly, the area was a favorite among guests. One of the most darling features of the room was the garland that was draped across a banister. It was affectionately decorated with hand-made paper cones filled with Milkbone treats and other doggy favors.
Still, it was the outdoor living area that stole the show. Overlooking the poolside terrace at the back of the property, the summer kitchen maintains the Old-World style of the home. The design of the open-air room was inspired by a mission in San Miguel. It features a 26-foot beamed cedar ceiling with high clerestory windows and a hand-carved, stone fireplace mantle recovered from a 16th century farmhouse. The mantle was decorated with a garland of heather, Noble fir, cedar and English ivy. Ilex berries added a pop of color and coordinated well with the red amaryllis placed in vases on the dining table.
“Miriam Westmoreland took our love for decadence and created a very regal, spectacular look, ” said Jana Arnoldy. “I feel very spoiled now and I want all of those fresh flowers every year.l
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