Monday, December 21, 2009

Sally Wheat’s Chic Christmas Decorations

CHRISTMAS  2009 119[1] {Sally’s Amazing Christmas Lights – I was dying over the cool chandelier! It is from Ikea, but unfortunately she bought it last year and it is no longer available.}
This past Saturday night, Fabian and I attended Sally Wheat’s fabulous Christmas soiree. If her name sounds familiar, you most likely know her from her many mentions in the blogosphere, including La Dolce Vita and of course, Cote de Texas’ “Stalking the Wheats” blog post. I was excited to attend my friend’s party, but I was equally excited for Fabian to see Sally’s home in person! It is such an inspiring space and I knew that Sally would do something amazing for her Christmas decorations.
CHRISTMAS  2009 093[1] In the time that I have been doing this blogging gig, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many designers/decorators and Sally sits at the top of my list. She is fiercely talented and possesses a style that is so unique, especially for Houston. She can take a traditional French or Swedish look and turn it on its head by infusing it with her eclectic and slightly subversive touch. In addition to her talent, I love Sally for being so sweet and down-to-earth. Like me, she is a former school teacher which makes me feel like we are kindred spirits. One can hope!
Anyhow, Sally encouraged me to take some pictures of the house if I wanted to (of course I did). I think Fabian was a little embarrassed that I took her up on her offer, but alas, I am a blogger. It’s what I do and quite frankly, I’ve taken pictures of more inappropriate places to share with my lovely readers. Remember the bathroom in London I photographed for you? I tried to be discreet and not bother the other partygoers, so I kept the flash off. I apologize if some of the pictures are a little dark, but I am sure that you will still be able to enjoy them.
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Upon walking in, we were greeted by these fabulous pom poms. I love the palette that Sally chose and that they aren’t typical Christmas colors (though my own decorations are red and green). The pom poms add such a fun, festive touch!CHRISTMAS  2009 101[1]
Sally’s formal living room looks a little different than it did when it was published in Houston House and Home earlier this year. The trellis chairs are still there, but everything else is new. Her Christmas tree is decorated with silver and fuchsia ornaments. I love her peace sign tree topper! The ornament wreath over the gilded mirror is great, too.
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Lovely Details
CHRISTMAS  2009 103[1] This little table in the foyer was new to me. I love the way Sally has styled it. I remember when she bought the coral rose at the Urban Market in May. She came over to my booth and told me she had just gotten it for a steal! After visiting Erin Martin’s showroom in St. Helena, I know that Sally definitely got a great deal.
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It’s a little difficult to tell in this picture, but the dining table has a few small flower arrangements and votives on it. Notice the disco ball ornaments hanging from the antique French chandelier.
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I love this vignette! It is one of my favorite things in Sally’s home. The table has been cleared of its usual accoutrements which have been replaced with reindeer and Christmas trees.
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Sally’s Beautiful Mantle
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Sally had the most beautiful mercury glass and plain glass candle holders everywhere. They lent such a lovely warmth to the party. The coffee table features a few of those candle holders along with cerulean roses and peppermint bark.
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The patio was all aglow.
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The Wheats had the most wonderful Motown A Capella group sing Christmas carols for their guests. We all joined in and had so much fun! “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was an all out sing-along and Fabian and I were asked to sing the part of “Two Turtledoves”. It was a blast!
From the décor to the entertainment to the food (catering from one of my favorite restaurants, Shade), the Wheats know how to throw a great party! Thanks for a lovely time, Sally!

27 comments:

tarheel said...

that's fabulous. I adore her house, and it's so nice to see it decked out for Christmas. Thanks!

The Rural Socialite said...

How beautiful! I adore the mercury glass touches, as well as the silver and gold pom poms. Mixed metals are so chic! It just goes to show you that we school teachers can be totally fabulous after 3pm!

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

That looks like a fabulous Christmas party!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all. Thanks for sharing these lovely decorations!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow what fun! Such an amazing home. I love the pom poms! I would love to decorate with pink one year not sure if Jon would approve!

I hope you had a great time.

Thanks for sharing with us!

Carolyn said...

Ah...I wish I still lived in Houston...not that I'd be invited, but I could stalk like Joni. ha! Really pretty. That chandy looks great...I always saw it at Ikea and liked it. Merry Christmas to you in my wondey hometown of Houston!

La Maison Fou said...

Thanks for sharing; I always love her home. It is so exquisite yet comfortable all at the same time!
Leslie

KsniK said...

I'm blown away! Her home and the Christmas decorations are so breathtaking and inspiring . . and I loved the domino decorating book on the coffee table . . . it's on mine too! Thanks for taking and sharing those pictures, what an amazing night you must have had. I'm a new reader and I adore la dolce vita! - emily

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I love that you shared with us the inside of one of my favorite homes. The party looks amazing and Sally to be a fabulous hostess.

Anonymous said...

Paloma!!! What a wonderful surprise!!!! These are great pictures, and the only pictures, I might add!!! Thank you so much!!! And I especially thank you and Fabian so much for coming and sharing the fun with us! You looked beautiful as usual!!
Sally

SogniSorrisi said...

Love the vignettes and the mantle!

Southern Aspirations said...

This looks like a fantastic evening- thank you for sharing it with us! I also love that you used one my all-time favorite words- accoutrements. :-)

Cristin said...

beautiful decorations and home. What a fun party!

Merry Christmas,
cristin

Stephanie said...

What a gorgeous home! I love holiday parties!

Averill said...

Wow! This looks like such a great party. I'm so glad you decided to take pictures (hubby's embarrassment be damned!). That silver and fuschia Xmas tree is too die for.

Material Girls- Emily said...

Loved this! Looks like you all had a great time. Merry Christmas Paloma!

alice said...

SO glad you took her up on the offer to take pictures for us :) What beautiful decorations!

Blair said...

SO lovely! Adore that chandelier as well--gorgeous.

LindsB said...

I love her house, I think its my new favorite one of all time!!

Emily A. Clark said...

I just love house tours! Thanks for taking pictures unashamedly :) And your bib necklace, btw, is fabulous!

Design Actually said...

LOVE her house and it's even more beautiful with all of her Christmas decorations out. The pom poms are a great idea, very festive!

Tea Time Consultants said...

Love those tours. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Cote de Texas said...

that trellis!!!!!!!!! wow!! i love these pictures! I'm so sorry I wasn't there, but I couldn't come!! :(

thanks for showing this. I'm going to link it!!!

JOni

Teacats said...

Fantastic posting -- thanks for sharing!! What gorgeous decorations -- so talented! Looks like a story from Veranda magazine! And my favorite was the trellis for the party -- just wonderful! Did she simply wind the lights around the beams or use hooks? So very chic and festive!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

CC said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It's so magical....just beautiful!

niartist said...

Yeah, the front of the Wheats house is gorgeous! That chandelier is perfection! Thanks for sharing this! Happy New Year, have a great 2010!~

Dawn said...

Fantastic seeing Sally's Christmas style! How did she train the ivy in circles in her patio? I have the typical townhouse fence and would love to do borrow her design idea.