Christmas Collections

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I have had my Santa collection for over 20 years and it has been fun to open the box every year and get them all out-each one has a special memory for me; where I got it or who gave it to me over the years.  Whether it is Santas, a Christmas Village,small antique trees, nutcrackers, snowmen, “kitchen”, needlepoint, mercury, glass or dog ornaments -make a collection  part of your tradition at Christmas.

Santa Time in Santa Barbara

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We have been hammered with snow this past week in Boston so around here it looks pretty ready for Christmas. I started wondering what it looks like where it is warmer and more tropical so I asked my sister-in-law to send me pictures of Santa Barbara. From the palm trees that are decorated,to the creche in front of the Mission, to the lobby at the Biltmore Hotel, to the flags on State Street ,to the trains set up at the library,to even the Buddha ,they look ready for Santa as well!

California Dreamin’ at Christmastime

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A good friend who recently moved to California went to the Reagan Library to see the special Christmas Tree exhibit. It was awesome. This year’s theme: 23 trees representing the different areas of California. These trees were dreamed up by one woman who spent the past year on the Internet researching the areas and tracking down the components. There were four other women that helped her, particularly with the assembling of the trees. Incredible!
Pictured are : Simi Valley where the Museum is located, Laguna Beach, Hollywood, Pebble Beach, Death Valley(notice the rattlesnake above the” T” and the scorpions,etc), Yosemite,Lake Tahoe(the skier’s skis come out at the foot of the tree!) and Chinatown .

Red Sox,World Series and Patriots Lamps!

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If you are a fan there can be no better gift than this! Order a Red Sox, World Series or Patriots lamp now for the holidays from Concord Lamp and Shade. (concordlampandshade.com or 978 369 3000.) The shades all light up and become “night games”.  Good for any age and especially for the guy in your life that has everything….we ship anywhere in the US.

Concord Museum Holiday House Tour

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I was busy last week getting ready for the Concord Museum Holiday House Tour which took place this past Saturday. I decorated an already beautiful farmhouse here in Concord for the tour and a dear friend of mine did all of the lovely floral arrangements. From the “dog” mudroom to the Simon Pearce trees on the LR mantle to the silvery den-it was all a lot of fun to do!

 

Chinese Antiques in Abu Dhabi

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One of the days in Abu Dhabi we went to a friend’s house who lives there. She had just moved from Beijing to Abu Dhabi and had beautiful antiques from China. I have to admit- I had never seen true Chinese antiques before and I was fascinated by them. I loved her paint brush collection,her day bed and most of all I loved her opium day bed-a place for people to REALLY relax! The colors and fabrics were beautiful.

Gerda’s in Vineyard Haven

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 If you are ever in Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, stop in Gerda’s, right on Main Street…..she has really fun MacKenzie-Childs dishes and these wonderful cashmere wraps which I haven’t been able to find anywhere else! She advertises as “an eye catching mix of glitz and glamour!”