Harris Holiday Style II
Before the ambulance ride, I was in the middle of contrasting the holiday style of Virginia-based interior designer Lou Harris with that of her daughter, G & G editor Haskell Harris.
Haskell loves her mother's richly colored old school approach but in her own house she is definitely less formal. (A lot of us will be tempted to copy some of her straightforward ideas.)
"I like everything real. I know it's a fire hazard but I can't help it. I love the smell. So I put up real greenery and real wreaths with very little embellishment," she says. Instead of hanging wreaths from ribbon, she uses natural rope.
"I only use white lights on my tree and I cover it top to bottom with clear round glass ornaments in different sizes (from huge ones to little teeny tiny ones), hung from thin black satin ribbon, black-and-white ticking striped ribbon, twine, and thin satin ribbon in silver and gold. When I put the last one up and stand back, they all look like champagne bubbles floating through the tree or at least that's what comes to my mind when I look at it," she adds.
Two of her favorite things in the whole world -- clementines and apple cider -- are always on hand at Haskell's house.
Echoing Michael Smith, Fifi Laughlin, Grace Bonney, and the Burnham Design team, Haskell favors presents wrapped in plain brown parchment or kraft paper, and she usually opts to use some sort of luxe ribbon for contrast, such as the moire ribbon her mom loves in a not-so-Christmas-green like Botticelli-green, or gold or silver, or chocolate-brown.
Like Adrienne Casbarian, Haskell sometimes uses newsprint and moire ribbon, "because I like the graphic fonts and because my Dad is a newspaperman." You may remember that to make her house in Birmingham feel more personal, she decoupaged the inside of her bookshelves with newsprint from the Virginia newspaper where her dad works.
All images courtesy Haskell unless otherwise noted. The rope is from Home Improvement Superstore, the wreath is from Stone Family Wreath Co., the satin ribbon is from M & J and the ticking ribbon is from Ribbons Galore.
The peach treated butcher paper can be found here, the vintage French ribbon is an Etsy find, the brown velvet ribbon is from Paper Source and Botticelli's Primavera belongs to the Uffizi. The Primavera image is via Wikipedia.