Three years ago I met a most amazing and loving women, Shannon Kaloper at a church bazaar sale. My friend Erin and I stumbled upon a booth called "stella and dot" adorned with adorable jewelry and immediately booked a trunk show. I was so enamored with the jewelry and Shannon's great big heart that I decided what the hay, I'll become a stylist! After abruptly leaving my corporate job, saying goodbye to my angel Nanny (another gift from God right when I needed it), putting down our dog and a slew of other personal and family awakenings, I was literally "lost in translation".
But then their was Shannon and her bright light. I was in awe of her steadfast love of family, God, people and profession. She made it all happen with such style and grace. I admired and aspired to be a fraction of the woman she was, so giving of her time, talents and things. I knew design was my main passion but something said, give the jewelry gig a go. Well I'm happy I did. I've made a life-long friend in Shannon and her loving family who have graciously opened up their beautiful home this holiday season for us to tour. Grab a cup of coffee and let's take a peek!
Shannon's living room and gorgeous flocked Christmas tree. One of the things I love about Shannon's decorating - she is fearless when it comes to pattern and color. A true mix master as you will see.
A few years ago, Shannon decided to move the majority of the family's ornaments to their family room tree and chose a muted palette of gray, white and silver. Sounds oh so familiar...
Believe! In yourself, the spirit of Christmas and the new year!
An alternate view of their living room and one of her many gorgeous rugs throughout. I'm in love with every single one.
This gorgeous tobbacco leaf basket, wreath, bow combo was made by my wickedly-talented friend and regular mention here on the blog, Lisa Gabrielson. See her new blog HERE.
I love the idea of setting out all the holiday books on the hearth at Christmastime. Cookies and milk await Santa's arrival..."I could of sworn Target carried a canister that said milk but I couldn't find one so let's just pretend." Shannon is also a big fan of glass cloches, as you will see, and something I'd like to incorporate more of into my home.
A gorgeous vignette anchored by a pair of stunning oversized bird prints. The birds are hand painted on silk-wrapped canvases. Incredible.
A sweet Christmas vignette adorns her bamboo and cane-topped coffee table.
Vintage ornaments, mixed with a few new, makes another stunning glass cloche display.
Love the gorgeous flange finish on these pillows. All of Shannon's furniture is insanely comfortable by the way. Her Southern California roots and slipcovered style figures prominently throughout the home.
I've long coveted this floor lamp and silk striped shade...
Another absolute favorite thing Shannon incorporates into her holiday decor is her children's Christmas artwork displayed on a ledge leading to the terrace level of their home.
I loved it so much, I added it to the Schoenberger first annual advent calendar this year..."paint holiday picture on canvas for Santa to see on Christmas Eve." ;-)
Many gorgeous seating options and another peek at the rug.
A corner vignette. Doesn't she do an awesome job of mixing all her beautiful table lamps and shades together? The chest was purchased at Scott Antique Market, where beautiful things abound on a monthly basis.
I'm just wild about the mix of textures in this room. The pillow combination on the sofa is divine. Another gorgeous rug. The bamboo lamps and smocked top drapes, paired with I-go-with-everything matchstick blinds!
Recommended reading...Barclay Butera is the MAN (next to Ralphy of course).
Leather, cheetah, crystal, bamboo...all the basic food groups represented here!
The drapery fabric is called "Baker Bird" and the panels were hand-smocked by a local woman from Stone Mountain. One last look before we move into the dining room...
The dining room is a cozy blanket of wood and white linen. Custom scalloped-edged slipcovers, with mother-of-pearl buttons along the back. Currey and Company chandelier and sconces. The drapery fabric is "Croome Damask" by Lee Jofa and rats, I should of taken a close up.
Her holiday centerpiece...this one will be perfect all Winter long.
The names and times of birth of all four of her children! LOVE.
From the dining room to the kitchen, the heart of the home, and where we held our first stella and dot new stylist training, with the fireplace ablaze. Can you say totally distracted??? There were far too many pretty things for me to gawk at.
Where to begin or what's not to love?! Should we start with the painted brick fireplace or the herringbone brick floors? I've got the hubs hooked on "Million Dollar Decorators" with me and after last night's episode, he suggested we have some painted brick somewhere in our home...love it when he speaks my language.
Love is a slipcover! And a closer look at those gorgeous floors.
"Joyeux Noel" banner purchased on etsy.
What vision Shannon had to purchase this shelf at Scott's and use it for her mantle (blow it up girl).
Dig the white feather boa wreath acting as snow at the bottom of the birch bark tree. Note to self: purchase a few white boas to drape around the house for snow.
A closer look...
Another view of her wonderful kitchen and trio of lanterns over the island.
A big fan of Cody Foster's candy-colored homes, she made a sweet display of them on the shelf above her kitchen sink.
Saying goodbye to one of her sweet four-legged family members. Meet Sunshine. Lovvve the name...but I'm not partial. Wink. Wink.
I hope you enjoyed this holiday home tour of one special home and one special family. When I came by to photograph, I was so close to being finished with my holiday decorating and thought once I see Shannon's house, I know I will be inspired to complete it. I hope you are too!
Her home is always a treat to visit and I leave here with not just great new design ideas, but great family ideas to incorporate into my home making it more symbolic of us because that's what home is all about - familia!
Happy holidays to you, my blog familia!
Jenny from the rock