The Grande Wine Country Holiday Tour of Homes – Soroptimist
Working with the fabulous and lovely Leslie is always enjoyable and an honor. When she reached out to me for a little assistance decorating her beautiful home for the Grande Wine Country Holiday Tour of Homes, which raises money for Soroptimist, I was thrilled. It all began with puffs and puffs of tulle and garland last year.
At the entrance you are greeted by a huge, lighted tulle wreath I made for Leslie’s Golden 50th party last year. Also a beautiful lighted garland wraps the stair balustrade. This year we added more bling with glittery poinsettias and iridescent drop ornaments. From the stunning entrance your eyes are drawn to the grand, fifteen foot tree dripping with glitter and gold.
Another lovely wreath was made to top the archway between the formal sitting and dining room.
The Crown Room is what Leslie called “my signature room”. Rich red, purple, bronze and lime greens are incorporated into each arrangement.
The Jungle Room was full of fun prints and majestic animals in rich, warm hues.
A simple, elegant bouquet of magnolias topped the casual dinning table.
The master bedroom was a glittery winter wonderland of white and gold, lighted trees, and puffs of tulle. I was very pleased with the beautiful piece made for this room.
A Cozy Christmas Evening By The Fire
One of downtown McMinnville’s best tasting rooms is the Pinot Vista Tasting Lounge on the corner of 3rd and Evans. The setting is relaxed and you can often find me tucked in a corner with a book and glass of wine at hand. So when Rich was looking for some Christmas decor inspiration I was more than happy to be a part of it. As this year, Eolla Hills was releasing their first line of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Method Champagne, I wanted it to be the focal point. Hence my theme was born! We brought in a tiny fireplace…
…surrounded it with wrapped packages, two glasses, an ice bucket, and bubbles!
The simple gold and red tree, with the best tree topper ever, was piled with a vintage sled and wrapped packages. A beautiful vintage turntable also continued the cozy fireside theme.
In order to bring some of the ambiance out into the tasting room, I brought in sparkly gold votive candles to set on each table.
A Trendy, Retro Christmas
The colors for Christmas 2017 where teals and pinks and ombre trees. I’ve always loved the vintage putz villages so had the idea to create a winter wonderland theme window for RJ Studio with an ombre tree and a “putz” like village I made from pasteboard.
And of course what retro “putz” village would be complete without my lovely red and white ham camper!?
Click here to see a walk by of the entire window display.
To bring the winter wonderland theme inside, big sparkly white balls and teal vases of sparkly white flowers where arranged in a bed of faux snow.
A Summer Evening Picnic For Two
My friends know my love of nature, food, and creating lovely picnics on the spur of the moment, even if it’s just for one. 😉 So when I was asked to create a fun, simple, Summer table and menu for a client and his sweetheart along a local mountain stream, I of course responded with a heartfelt, “Yes!”. A fun, bright red and green retro tablecloth of geraniums was my starting point.
Simple white plates were topped with vintage silverware, a sprig of fern and a luscious, local ripe peach. The rich greenery of Oregon was at my fingertips along this stream and I collected branches and leaves to create a beautifully textured garland and jar full of greens, moss, pine cones, etc.
As my clients were avid wine and book lovers, …well, what would a picnic be with out bubbles, local wine, and a great, old book!?
The farmer’s markets are of course the only place to shop for the best in fruits and vegetables. The menu was, as requested, light, Summery, and delicious with cartons of sweet local berries tucked into the table’s garland.
A simple affair overall. But sweet, retro, and just the perfect evening date for a hot Summer day!
Phantom Of The Opera
One of my most favorite Halloween parties was my Phantom Of The Opera theme. My goal was to keep the feel consistent throughout the large room but interestingly draw from several different scenes in the movie.
I loved this image with it’s layers of taper candles seemingly unable to pierce through the unpenetrable darkness. So in seeking to recreate my own version I covered the walls entirely with black material and chalked in candles with a bit smog. Over this I attached twisted branches topped with actual faux tapers to create an eerie flickering wall.
To tie in the feeling of being inside the grand theater, I used red bunting material to cover the entire ceiling in dramatic loops. The edges where decorated with red roses and gold bling. The red material also cast a fun darker glow over the room.
One of the most iconic scenes in the Phantom Of The Opera is when Christine visits her father’s grave. Keeping with the black material wall covering, I surrounded the wall with curling fall leaves. I love to incorporate small little details for guests to find upon closer inspection, such as a wide eyed black owl. White splattered paint created the illusion of falling snow and a grey headstone with a single red rose completed the look.
Smaller walls space between doors were decorated with red roses and gold tinsel garland to continue with the room’s overall theme.
Simple finger food and a collection of local micro brews, wine, pitchers of margaritas and punch kept the guests jolly and satisfied.
And of course what would a Phantom Of The Opera Halloween party be without adult “candy” favors and masks.
Overall, the evening was smashing fun and my sweet kitties and I certainly crashed once our guests had retired home. 🙂