I must admit, I have 2 offices for my interior design firm. The main one I use is painted a creamy white, with the absolute perfect shade of charcoal as an accent. Since I'm in here so much I decided this year to decorate it for Christmas!
As my logo colours are a beautiful turquoise blue and charcoal gray, I thought I'd love to have a turquoise tree. I looked and looked and finally found one in the exact shade of the detail of my logo - which was developed by my amazing brand strategist Phil Pallen. Thank you Phil!
The plain little turquoise tree needed a little Jilly love. So I sent it out and had it flocked with beautiful white 'snow'. Can you hear "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" in the background?
I added little houses and churches, and gorgeous silver Eiffel Towers tied with turquoise ribbons.
I added those tiny fairy lights, by Restoration Hardware and when I looked at the whole tree... it looked perfect.
But after looking at the photos, I saw some things that I just took for granted... I became use to so many meaningful items in my office and home...
My Dad's first typewriter from his real estate office in Vancouver, BC.
A little vintage jar - on the left side of the typewriter- from my new friend and fantastic designer Tracey Herbert , (she brought me this jar when driving back home to Portland, she and family stopped in for a bite to eat).
A dream catcher sent to me from my friend Mim Harder - she made this herself and used my fav colour - turquoise together with lots of silver!
Two ornaments made of clay by my new grandson Theo and grand daughter Addy.
A turquoise "J" bought for me by my dear and cherished friend, Cheryl - and now my client (photos to come from her stunning home!).
My new business cards that have the most beautiful shimmery turquoise paper. Designed by Phil Pallen. (Love you Phil, thank you for understanding me and knowing exactly what I wanted!).
A vintage dish collected at a thrift shop right by the Catholic church where my dear Irish neighbours go for Mass. I think of them each time I see the dish.
These items, and many more, are things that I look at each and every day. I think of you dear friends and family, more often than you will ever know.
THIS is what Christmas is really all about.
Thank you for allowing me to share.
May God bless you with a beautiful Christmas, surrounded by friends, family and loved ones.
Jil Sonia McDonald - Interior Designer of Jil Sonia Interior Designs.