Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to all from Magnolia Designs!

Need some last minute holiday decorating tips? Just ask a professional. Send me photos of the room(s) and your dilemma at magnoliadesignstudios@comcast.net. Let me show you how we can make your home sparkle for the Holidays!

The examples below are of my home and studio in DC. This year was the first time we decided to put a tree in the Foyer. It turned out to be a nice compliment alongside our perennial d├ęcor - lit railing, garland, and antique hall tree adorned by our needlepoint stockings.  We chose traditional colors of gold/green/red. I would say that one of the most important elements is the LIGHTING!  I credit this tip to one of the best visual  display designers I know: Terri Johnson from Urban Country - "It's all in the lights". So enjoy the decorating process, put on some holiday music, be sure to have some holiday cheer, and don't forget the lights!



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Highlandtown Santa House

This past Saturday the "Highlandtown Santa House", which Magnolia Designs helped design & construct, was installed in the heart of Highlandtown for all to enjoy.  The Holiday opening celebrations included a visit from our Mayor whom I had the privilege of welcoming then addressing our community. The event began at the Enoch Pratt library, which sees about 400,000 visitors each year.  The Mayor and other members of the community then visited the "Highlandtown Train Garden" at the firehouse. The crowd then visited the "Highlandtown Santa House". These are all within a block of each other.

I happily gave my time and talents to this special project.  It was so nice to see the giving spirit of so many residents and merchants coming together to create such a beautiful, festive cityscape for my hometown community!

Happy Holidays to all from Magnolia Designs! 




        


       

     
                   

Photos are courtesy of Mark Dennis, Staff Photographer at the Mayor's Office.