A mirrored arch in the entry reflects the home's French-Creole Colonial style.
A 19th-century French oak harvest table seats 12 beneath a vintage French chandelier from New Orleans.
Eighteenth-century Venetian bronze doors flank the dining room archway.
The great room's arches are swagged for the season.
Carriage rides under the live oaks are a family holiday tradition.
At the Simon home, Lisa's brother, Stewart Morris Jr., is the whip who drives the carriage for his mother, Joella, and father, Stewart Sr.; Stewart III, the groom, continues the family tradition.
Jerry Simon's' Steinway takes center stage in the great room. Osborne & Little fabric covers the sofa. The medallion chair fabric is Brunschwig & Fils; its blue welt is Schumacher. The palette is pulled together by a large antique Serapi rug.
"Nothing forced or fake" might be the decorating mantra for Lisa and Jerry's home at Christmas. The stockings at the kitchen fireplace were made by Lisa's grandmother, as were the felt camels on the cut-cedar centerpiece. The old iron chandelier was scooped up at the nationally popular Texas Round Top Antiques Fair.
Holiday gatherings around the fire pit typically include, from left: Lisa and Jerry's grandson Connor Wannemaker, 11; Lisa's brother, Stewart Morris Jr.; homeowners Jerry and Lisa Simon; Lisa's daughter, Camella Clements Taylor; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Clements; Stewart Jr.'s wife, Joy Morris; and Lisa's son, Glenn Clements Jr.
Reclaimed 19th-century colored cement tiles back a Wolf range. The island augments seating for family festivities.
Roman shades fabricated by Durham Draperies in a Bennison print cover the master bedroom's French doors.
The tufted custom headboard is dressed in a Cowtan & Tout fabric. An antique bench at the foot of the bed goes subtle in a Fabricut solid trimmed with Scalamandré gimp. The blanket cover and shams are from Hamburg House. Softening the room is a Tabriz rug.
Recycled 19th-century Verona marble adds character to the bath.
A dog's paw print in the brick is a charming testament to the comfort and joy a four-legged pal can bring to a household.
Turned wood adds character.
The ultimate in snug warmth.
What a lovely powder room!
The grounds beckon.
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Christmas in the Heart of Texas
In a quiet neighborhood, a family compound gears up for the holidays