Ro­manc­ing Christ­mas

Fam­ily tra­di­tions keep this Ore­gon fam­ily firmly knit­ted to­gether like the strings of pearls, heir­loom lace, shiny glass or­na­ments, and tra­di­tion­ally dec­o­rated tree of vin­tage fa­vorites.

Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Inside - Pho­tographed by BLACKSTONEEDGE.COM. Writ­ten and Styled by DONNA PIZZI.

Fam­ily tra­di­tions keep this Ore­gon fam­ily firmly knit­ted to­gether like the strings of pearls, heir­loom lace, shiny glass or­na­ments, and tra­di­tion­ally dec­o­rated tree of vin­tage fa­vorites.

Car­men and Jay Pa­trick of Red­mond, Ore­gon, are so adamant about cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas with three gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily that they built an ad­di­tion with a cozy fire­place man­tel large enough to hang three very big Christ­mas stock­ings for their grand­chil­dren, Jay­den, Kay­lynn and Kalea. To add to the ex­cite­ment, the stock­ings are left empty un­til Christ­mas Eve.

For the Pa­trick fam­ily, the fes­tiv­i­ties start at Thanks­giv­ing, with Jay deck­ing the house with loads of Christ­mas lights. (Car­men says he hates this task be­cause he must hang over the eaves to do it!) That same week­end, Car­men

dec­o­rates the tree, a rit­ual that be­gins by break­ing out her grand­par­ents’ Christ­mas al­bums for in­spi­ra­tion, which she plays on a vin­tage con­sole that she painted her fa­vorite color: Heir­loom White from Rust-oleum.

“I bring out ev­ery­thing that has a mem­ory,” Car­men says. Three Golden Christ­mas books are tucked into the tree decor to sig­nify their three children: Brooke, Mor­gan and Corey. The heir­loom or­na­ments pay homage to fam­ily, in­clud­ing daugh­ter Mor­gan’s first or­na­ment— Ru­dolph the rein­deer. Rib­bons and raf­fia add tex­ture, while the cou­ple’s first an­gel dec­o­ra­tion al­ways tops the tree.

Car­men’s blends her love of nos­tal­gia with her pas­sion for all things shiny, es­pe­cially heir­loom items such as her pa­ter­nal grand­mother’s Fos­to­ria glass, Jay’s grandma Gussie’s fur clips, her mother’s cruet set, or any­thing with pearls like her grandma En­nis gave her as a child.

These mem­o­ries per­me­ate the Pa­trick home through­out the year, but es­pe­cially at Christ­mas when they can share them with fam­ily.

“I usu­ally pick a theme for the year,” Car­men says. “One year, I chose ‘Elf on the Shelf.’ I made each grand­child Elf on the Shelf pj’s to wear on Christ­mas Eve when we all gather round as Pappa Jay reads the Christ­mas story. Each grand­child has their own Na­tiv­ity scene and a baby Je­sus that they place in the manger af­ter Pappa Jay fin­ishes the story.”

Car­men con­tin­ues, “I trea­sure all the heir­looms and mem­o­ries, and I want my grand­ba­bies to have that and more!”

Car­men blends her LOVE OF NOS­TAL­GIA with HER PAS­SION for all things shiny.

“I bring out EV­ERY­THING that has a MEM­ORY.”

“I TREA­SURE ALL THE HEIR­LOOMS and MEM­O­RIES, and I want my grand­ba­bies to have that and more!”

RIGHT The Pa­trick fam­ily’s new ad­di­tion pro­vides plenty of dec­o­rat­ing space. The painted-white trunk, mir­ror- topped man­tel and year- round pink pil­lows blend well with dashes of Christ­mas red. OP­PO­SITE A tree dec­o­rated with mem­o­ries re­flects light off an an­tique leaded-glass win­dow trimmed with a red car­di­nal. Red and white ca­ble-stitch pil­lows pro­vide bal­last for pack­ages.

ABOVE Car­men Pa­trick re­laxes in front of the fire­place sur­rounded by her grand­chil­dren’s stock­ings.

ABOVE Snow-white slip­cov­ered easy chairs give cen­ter stage to hol­i­day decor: A Hon­duran Na­tiv­ity scene, gar­land-draped mir­ror, Pot­tery Barn stock­ings brim­ming with sil­ver tis­sue and red gift boxes, and gilded let­ters for each grand­child. The white man­tel is wrapped in yards of dec­o­ra­tive dis­play scarves.

BE­LOW Dyed hops add dra­matic color to this liv­ing room corner, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the col­ors of the an­tique glass kerosene lamp hang­ing from the ceil­ing. Framed sheet mu­sic com­ple­ments an ev­ery­day tea ser­vice drip­ping in pearls.

LEFT An $80 vin­tage stereo con­sole en­ables Car­men to repli­cate her grand­par­ents’ tra­di­tion of play­ing Christ­mas records while trim­ming the tree. Pre­vi­ous years’ fam­ily cards, in­clud­ing hand­made ones by her mother and Jay’s late mother, add to the dis­play.

ABOVE Dashes of Christ­mas red join year-round pink and white decor: a Fos­to­ria glass bas­ket filled with red striped heir­loom glass or­na­ments top­ping twin­kle lights, glass can­de­labras, a cran­berry glass jar and plenty of hand­made lace and pearls.

BE­LOW A ruby-red hue gives punch to the kitchen walls. Car­men chose Gen­eral Fin­ishes’ Snow White milk­paint to up­date her kitchen cab­i­nets and home­made shelves and then fin­ished them with Van Dyke Brown glaze—a DIY project with huge sav­ings. Sig­nage and a Na­tiv­ity scene typ­ify the rea­son for the sea­son.

RIGHT Grad­u­ated mir­rors framed in gold and cream bring light to the hall­way atop a $99 ta­ble that Car­men toiled as many hours for as a young mom. She gave the piece a quick makeover with her fa­vorite Heir­loom White fin­ish.

LEFT Car­men’s mother’s an­tique cruet set gets a ro­man­tic lift from a sil­ver tray, a scrap of lace and a strand of pearls.

RIGHT Heir­loom sil­ver wrapped in rib­bons are ready for Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties in a vin­tage side ta­ble with cub­bies from fa­vorite Red­mond shop The Back Porch & Com­pany.

RIGHT A bor­ing wall gets dressed up with sim­ple Bi-mart cur­tain pan­els, three hooks and a cur­tain rod. A painted screen door frame, crafted by Car­men and her Dad for a pre­vi­ous home, adds panache to a chan­de­lier and height to a bed­side ta­ble.

LEFT A year-round hall­way read­ing nook for the grand­chil­dren was cre­ated by re­mov­ing a flat-panel closet door and in­stalling an up­per and side shelves for books. Christ­mas ad­di­tions bring pops of red via trucks, Elf on the Shelf, and a berib­boned Ra­dio Flyer pony pre­vi­ously gifted to their old­est grand­son.

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