Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pamela Pierce Decorates for Christmas, Veranda 2005

Since I'm sure that there are many other admirers, like myself, of Pamela Pierce's design skills, I thought I would share these images of a beautiful Houston home she decorated for Christmas back in 2006 which was featured in Veranda. As you will see in the images below, her holiday decorations are very simple, yet they look so beautiful and elegant.
18th c. Walnut Doors, French 19th c. Gas Lanterns

I love the natural greens on the railing trailing down to the floor along with the beautiful collection of antique French and Italian lanterns on the staircase.

The greens and pears displayed on the mantel accent the beautiful 18th c. limestone fireplace, while there is a wreath made of greens crowning the 17th c. wooden angel.

Six sepia engravings are beautifully displayed above an Italian console c. 1750.  This is a view of the right side of the room displayed in the above image with the angel and fireplace.

Since I have become more of a minimalist while decorating our tree, I appreciate the all silver ball ornaments and tree top crown.
Italian 17th c. door surround with mirrored panes.  French 18th c. fauteuil in linen.  Italian 
17th c. sconce.

I absolutely LOVE this 19th c. carving of a shepherd.  The table is Portuguese c. 1720.  

This over sized antique wood bowl on the dining room table is filled with an abundance of golden pears and evergreens, and a small topiary with greens is displayed on the buffet.  Since I am constantly burning candles throughout our home, I really love all this candlelight.  Even the chandelier has candles.
Louis XVI trumeaux over French buffet and a Swedish side chair. 

The evergreen wreath with a few pine cones is displayed in the center of the arched window.
Italian 18th c. lyre table made of old elements, 19th c, bibliotheque with Delft and French faience, Italian Painting, Italian 18th c. wood chandelier.

The Christmas tree in this family room is decorated with white candles and white lights.    Greens and pomegranates are set atop the fireplace mantel.
Pair of 18th c. terra-cotta baskets on French limestone mantel.  Oval 19th c. French wine tasting table, French 19th c. round garden table with marble top.

The evergreen roping is beautifully displayed on the railing.
A pair of antique doors on sliders with custom barn hardware.  Framed herbs on wall, Biot jars from France.  

Another simple display of evergreens, pomegranates and candles.
A 19th c. still life above, 18th c. French limestone mantel.  

The small burlap wrapped pots of evergreens add a very subtle holiday accent along with this pair of stunning 18th c. candelabras.
The custom cabinets in this butler's pantry are made of reclaimed Swedish pine.  The sconces are 19th c.  and the cherubs are 18th c.

There is a grouping of topiaries displayed in Italian confit pots on the island.
You cannot miss this 4-inch thick limestone counter with a butcher block inset atop the island.   A 
French 19th c. shop sign is displayed above the range.   Antique iron chandelier.

The white rose and evergreen arrangements add a nice touch to the bathroom.
Iron 19th c. garden table.  

17th c. panel over bed, French 19th c. chandelier.

Lastly, another beautiful mantel decorated with an abundance of evergreens in the master bedroom sitting area.   French limestone mantel and French mirror, both 19th c. 

I hope you enjoyed these images as I cannot tell you how many times I have looked back at these pages.  Pamela's homes are always beautiful, elegant, and comfortable - a look I admire most.

While I like to keep my holiday decorating simple like Pamela, I have been working on it for a few weeks and I'm still not done. Therefore, I have consistently had a mess in my house with evergreens, ribbons, and other accent pieces all over the place.   Am I ever going to have clean floors without pine needles and pieces of pine cones, and finally get to enjoy the finished product?  Maybe its because I have not been very consistent, and have dragged this out way.... too long.  What about you?  Are you the kind of person that is finished decorating your home for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving?  Or, are you still decorating in mid December like me?


  1. Finish my decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving? NEVER have.. its still a work in progress. A guest bedroom is piled with storage boxes and is a mess mess mess. I cringe at the thought of anyone seeing it!
    I'm sure your home is just fabulous with its Christmas greenery on.
    I love rope garland and bought some for outside and my mantel.

    P.S. I'm not sure if its blogger or blog settings but I have to sign in ( twice ) in order to post a comment on your blog now unless I want to comment anonymously

  2. I just discovered your gorgeous blog this morning and have been enjoying all of the stunning images! I am your newest follower; and I invite you to follow me, too! Merry Christmas to You!

  3. Lovely Images you have got here. I should refer our antique furniture customers to your blog for decorating and design tips :). Good Job

  4. The furniture pieces are classic. It's like they are created perfectly to fit the place. Are those Italian home decor inspired?

  5. Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

  6. Pleased to know about your house warming party. Last month, I arranged thanksgiving family brunch at one of lovely NYC venues. Arranged a lovely table centerpiece and everyone liked it very much. We had pretty amazing event.