Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas in Paris - Birthday Lunch at Leasa's



My tennis friends have remained close and we use each other's birthdays as an excuse to get together through the year. Last week it was to celebrate our friend Catrin's birthday and our dear pal Leasa kindly hosted us for lunch at her home. Getting together at someone's home is just such a treat and really a lot more relaxed than the restaurant thing I think.




I was looking forward to seeing her house, as it was decorated with the theme, "Christmas in Paris."




It did not disappoint!




Leasa you may remember from my post here about her wonderful Easter lunch she hosted for us earlier this year.




There was so much pretty, I didn't know where to look first.




I love Leasa's home and especially her dining room.





 Catrin, (in the stripes) is Swedish and you may also remember her lovely Swedish-California Christmas home style from this post.



Leasa, here in her kitchen, is one of those who is just an effortless entertainer. You automatically feel at home at her house and she serves simple, but delicious food. This time we had quiches, salads and some wonderful desserts bought for Catrin.



She has given every spot in her house a little holiday flair.. She changes up her pedestal piece all the time. I love her use of silver- old and new, candles, pine comes and poinsettias here.


George, her Springer Spaniel keeps watch over the main room.




Leasa has two darling young girls. We spied the Elf on the Shelf getting in some trouble with the Smurfs. :)

The table was amazing!


Each of us received a sparkly Eiffel Tower ornament on our place setting to take home!


Leasa used a mix of her grandmother's  flowered china and some newer plates, crystal and etched glasses. The combination was lovely.






The layering of all the French inspired items, faux fur as snow, mercury glass, silver, feathers, vintage ornaments and a bit of pink made it fun and girly.


We spent a lot of time oooing and ahhhing over all the details!



She also decorated the small portals to the dining room.



 








How cute is this grouping on the buffet? Leasa's glass lamps are so lovely too and match her chandelier.


 

 She didn't forget to give her entry a little Parisian touch with pillows…


…And a feather wreath.



Even her landing to the stairs was festive.


I have to admit I have serious powder room envy! Love her Noel here and her bamboo shelf is to die for!



Okay one more detail I have to gush about is her butler's pantry. Such a brilliant idea between the kitchen and the dining room. Who couldn't use that? Leas's holds a wine cooler, her bar ware and a beautiful nickel sink and more storage.




Catrin petting George, who wanted some birthday cake!



As lovely as Leasa's home is, it's a cozy spot where dogs and kids are adored and made at home. 

I love that about her. She has her priorities straight you know?




No wonder we have so much fun.


 The time spent with good friends always goes too fast.

Wishing you a lovely holiday with those you love.

Thanks my friends for all the wonderful visits and comments all year.

I am truly thankful for all of you!

Merry Christmas!

Kim






Leasa also enlisted help of her friend Kimber Feece, who does styling.
Her business is Inspired by You and you can click on the name to contact her.



21 comments :

  1. Some people are just so talented, what fun that day looks. Ok you have to ask Leasa a question for me, dog/cream sofa, how does that work? I really want a dog but I am so precious about my soft furnishings!
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Tabitha was super fun! I know, she must clean the couches frequently because they look like new...My white couches have seen better days and the black cat combo together is terrible! Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by! xx

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    2. Tabitha - It's easy to train a dog not to be a furniture sitter. Cats, not so much!

      If you want doggies on the furniture it will require washable slipcovers and/or using fabrics that clean easily- that's what the professionals are for right? I have seen a spray for fabric that you use to ensure dirt will come out easily. I don't recall the name right now, maybe ask your upholsterer?

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    3. I have washable white cotton duck couches from Pottery Barn and I put the fusion covers in the machine and dry outside. Does keep me up on the maintenance because you see every spot. I think next time I would get the slips because I have a hard time cleaning the parts that don't come off...I have heard Leather is good with animals.

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  2. Merry Christmas my sweet friend! I'm just taking a few quite moments since everyone is sleeping in around here. Ahhh-I'm in festive heaven just viewing this post and the last of your home and traditions. First-the luncheon in Paris is to do for. What gorgeous styling! I was glad to see the photo of you with your lovely friends-it's fun to have such a special connection.
    Enjoy every moment with your family and thanks for your kind comments on stylemindchic. I loved our trip to SF and look forward to more fun with you in the coming year.
    Merry, merry! xx, Heather

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    1. Heather, Thanks so much! Missing you too and can't wait for our next bloggy thing. Wishing you a happy Christmas too! xo

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  3. Wow, wow, and wow. Your friend is seriously talented. God do I love a sparkly Eiffel Tower. (In fact I just picked up one at a nearby thrift shop for $5 a couple of days ago. What a bargain!) The table setting is just gorgeous, you ladies were so lucky. I hope you had a great Christmas with your family my dear! XO, Jill

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    1. Jill, I love the Eiffel ornaments at Christmas too! I know, I think she is very talented and inspires me to step it up! It was so fun.
      Wishing you a happy Christmas! xx

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  4. Kim, This is what friends are for - reasons to get together (tennis and birthdays) and reasons to entertain with great detail (decor, food, drink, dress-up,) ! You are all so lucky to have each other. :-)

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    1. Linda, I know. Truly, it's so fun to have girlfriends for the simple reason they appreciate this stuff and men never would! Feel very fortunate. x

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  5. Wow....her home is fabulous Kim! I hope you had a lovely Christmas:)
    ~Anne

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  6. This is a tres chic event. The decorations are so chic. Her kitchen is so big! Merry Christmas Kim.

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    1. Pam, I have serious kitchen envy too! Was so fun. Hope you has a nice Christmas not too cold in Canada! xo

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  7. Her home is beautiful. What a lovely event. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas!

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  8. Such attention to detail shows she really cares about her friends! So fun and lovely.

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  9. Such lovely friends hosting these gatherings! Her home is simply magical at Christmas. When I read the title, I thought that perhaps you escaped to Paris for Christmas ;) I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Amy Thanks for your note! I know I just love Leasa's home. I felt lucky to get to attend such a fun and beautiful lunch. Well, if I couldn't get to Paris, this was pretty close!

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  10. I love the wallpaper in the powder room!

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  11. I'm enjoying catching up on all your posts! You must have had such a fun time and the décor is just fabulous. As a francophile, I love all the French touches and the cute Eiffel Towers everywhere. The attention to detail is wonderful.

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