Please join me behind the scenes for a Christmas weekend that surely must be the Millbrook, New York version of updated Downton Abbey (just not quite so over the top). Prompting this post is the wonderful memories that I love savoring, again and again. I do hope you’ll feel as though you were here with us…pampered houseguests…for every delicious moment — the inspired color combinations, whose warmth added so much to a sense of gracious hospitality; pattern upon pattern mix and matching by my talented friend; the aromas wafting from the cozy kitchen; the clusters of gifts on tables and chairs in every room; a happy, well-mannered “Molly” (who didn’t bark at or jump up on arriving guests) and the most inviting, appealing and comfy living room with plenty of chairs to move around so you could always be exactly where you wanted to be, chatting with whomever you chose.
A twist on tradition for this stately colonial house — a shocking Schiaparelli pink door, lacquered no less.
Wouldn’t you want to stay forever in this guest room? But there was too much to enjoy in each and every room of the house…
The pine garlanded stair case is reflected in the modern mirror (with its mirror-accented fretwork border), a creative design juxtaposition to be appreciated by any decorating aficionado.
A cozy little corner spot..
What’s a weekend in the country without a black lab? Molly is only two and a half years old but has managed to steal everyone’s heart (including ours, two cat lovers from Newport).
Even the the upstairs hall reflects the home’s attention to details and provides house guests a quiet spot to retreat for catching up on some glorious coffee table books.
The library, bedecked with gifts.
Following our arrival, a celebratory Christmas Eve lunch with a most elegant menu — picture-perfect pheasant pot pies made from scratch by our hostess.
Fun fuschia-pink silk lamp shades add a punch to the blue and white favorites in the dining room.
Christmas Eve dinner at a neighbor’s home with a bounteous snow scene covering the entire table…and a first course of crab claws. My friend was quick to pick up on the holiday spirit with “door prizes” of ie. flashing antlers.
Apres Christmas dinner is always followed by coffee, champagne and Christmas songs at the piano.
Oh, how we hated to leave the next day…