Since we know many of you love Paris and antiques, too, and perhaps, like us, couldn’t be in Paris for Christmas this year, the next best thing we thought we could do was to share with you some of our favorite videos and pictures, both from online friends of ours who live in Paris and from a wonderful event we attended at the Houston Design Center recently, Deck The Tables, sponsored in part by Christofle of Paris.
Christofle was founded in Paris in 1830 by Charles Christofle, a jeweller by trade who took over the management of his wife’s parents’ jewelry workshop. Today it is privately owned by descendants of the Christofle family, currrently represented by Maurizio Borletti. For more on the history of Christofle, we invite you to visit this timeline of their history, here.
The Christmas tablescape above and below was designed for Charlotte Nail‘s showroom, one of Houston’s finest showrooms for 18th century French, Spanish and Italian antiques, and was created for her showroom by Sarah of Creative Branch.
Isn’t it breathtaking?
Charlotte and her husband Dick host many special events [and always with the most exquisite and delicious food, served very graciously] at the Houston Design Center in their sumptuous showroom.
We also saw Christmas tabletop designs by designers Connie LeFevre of Design House and Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs that took our breath away.
Here’s Pamela O’Brien in front of the spectacular table she designed at Thorntree Marble using Christofle’s silver.
Who notices a little Marsala – Pantone’s Color of The Year for 2015?
Connie used Gorilla glue to glue placecards on ribbon to the inside top of the glass cloches. In person, it was even more breathtaking.
This picture by professional photographer Kim Coffman, [ who took all of these photographs] , was a personal favorite, showing as it does a young girl learning all about aesthetics, beauty and design and so clearly delighting in it! What a wonderful free event for parents and their children to enjoy together at the holidays!
And, in the spirit of generosity for which Texas is known, every showroom at the Houston Design Center collected toys for the Memorial Assistance Ministry‘s CHRISTMAS SHARE program both before, during and after this event.
Here is their executive director, in red, with the Houston Design Center’s marketing VP, Sheri Roane, who, along with her husband, Grant, and their PR envoy, Alton LaDay Media, have done so much to support their showrooms – who offer the finest in luxury goods and services in Houston.
There were many other beautiful Christmas tabletop designs created for this very special event, too, and if you’d like to see all of them to get even more ideas for your own holiday tables, please visit the Facebook Page of The Houston Design Center by clicking here.
And, to end, dear readers, here is a wonderful video with Christmas music, showing the lights of Paris at Christmas this year, produced beautifully by Paris based professional photographer, Carina Okula, who penned this blog about another of our favorite places in Paris at Christmas: Chateau Vaux de Vicomte, which was built starting in 1641, and which we showed you snippets of on our own Facebook Page earlier, thanks to the pictures taken by Paris based designer, Arnaud Chevalier, whose High French Creation Facebook Page is one of our favorites.
Click Carina’s starting photo below to watch her stunning video of the lights of Paris at Christmas and if you like what you see, we invite you to visit her over at http://carinaokula.com
Leslie Hendrix Wood
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