Winterberries and a glittery reindeer add festive flair to a living room table.
An art-school portrait of homeowner and designer Gregory Van Boven hangs above the greenery-covered living room mantel.
A needlepoint Santa made by Gregory settles comfortably with the Fortuny-covered cushion and the Stroheim & Romann pillows.
Gregory relishes the festive decorations he uses to prepare his home for the season and a joyous open-house party.
The Christmas tree, which takes pride of place in the corner of the living room, is visible to passersby outside.
Christmas colors shine from a cluster of red glass balls, a green plate, and two white porcelain sea urchins.
The designer buys tree trimmings in the Greenwich Village shop of Matt McGhee, who fashioned the Santa ornament after a German antique.
A silver bowl is filled with cookies Gregory bakes as favors for party guests.
Guests celebrate the season at the open house.
On the dining room table, a red paisley tablecloth provides a rich backdrop for the white-and-gold Haviland dinnerware, William Yeoward crystal stemware, and arrangements of roses and other red flowers. Chairs covered in white Brunschwig & Fils fabric offer strong contrast to the tablecloth. A Murano clear-glass chandelier illuminates the table and highlights its reflection on the mirrored wall.
Guest Jim Moses is full of holiday spirit at Gregory and David's Christmas party.
The splendid table.
A festive plate of frosted snowflake cookies entices arriving guests to check out the dinner menu.
Partygoers socialize before dinner.
The white-and-ivory master bedroom--which looks as if it's been covered with a blanket of fresh snow--is injected with moments of red to suggest the festive season. A Styrofoam ball covered in red carnations rests on a white-painted bedside table. To reinforce the holiday theme, a wrapped package rests between the legs of the side chair. Tess, a Yorkshire terrier, enhances the home's Christmas cheer with a jaunty red ribbon.
Architectural paper lanterns lit by votives illuminate and decorate the stair risers. "I use them all year," explains Gregory. "They make great centerpieces on tables or garden lanterns in the summer."
Even the marble bust gets a holiday crown.
Greenery and red bows at Beacon Hill windows are just enough decoration to transform the area into a neighborhood that's charmingly in the Christmas spirit.
Standing on a marble-top demilune table in the foyer, a vivid red amaryllis and an elegant Nymphenburg porcelain stag make a double impact with their reflections in a gilded mirror.
A classic Christmas window treatment.
A welcoming entryway.
The tree is lavishly decorated.
The reindeer gets a fur stole.
So simple, so elegant.
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Christmas in Boston
Festive charm greets visitors stepping through the door of this townhome