Be inspired this Christmas.
The Great Hall
This mantel is always the show-stopper and largest mantel in the home. When you open the large walnut double doors to the Mansion, it’s the first mantel you see. We chose to separate the red and white flowers while sneaking in a little pop of red into the elevated florals to bring your eyes up through the design. You’ll see the magnolia leaves and holly used to make elongated swags throughout the design, making the mantel seem even larger. The largest villages were set here in front of the florals, as if they were truly coming out of a winter wonderland.
This mantel continues the overall feel of classic Christmas with ruby red berries, crimson magnolia blooms, and twinkling soft lights coming from the lighted villages. The fresh flowers in this recipe are cream mums, red roses, red winter berry, Port Orford cedar, Carolina sapphire cypress, and white pine. Cream poinsettias were placed at the bottom of the mantel on both sides of the fireplace to finish off the symmetrical design of the florals.
The Dining Room
The overall feel we were trying to achieve at the Governor’s Mansion was a rich, burst of red, Thomas Kinkade, lighted villages look for a classic Christmas. This mantel, which Governor Francis’s photo overlooks, was bursting with the color red and had a hint of blue eucalyptus to complement the wall behind. As an afterthought, the hand-beaded fire screen was a perfect finishing touch.
The Edward Sideboard
A personal nativity set of First Lady Parson’s was displayed on the Edward Sideboard in the dining room. The First Lady uses many personal items to decorate with, giving the home a truly warm family feeling. This porcelain set had a touch of blue in its finish, so we chose to use spiral eucalyptus, which naturally has a blue tint.
Designers: Lauren Moscato, Rachel Johnson, and Steven Kay
Design Inspiration came from Governor’s Mansion Executive Director Shari Childs.