The San Antonio mother-daughter design team of Patricia Hart McMillan and Katharine Kaye McMillan have a new book, “Christmas by Design: Private Homes Decorated by Leading Designers (Schiffer Publishing, $45). The sumptuous, 250-page coffee table tome gives readers up-close tours of more than two-dozen abodes all gussied up for the holidays — and nine are from San Antonio.
The homes run the spectrum from grand to cozy, hacienda to high-rise, modern to traditional. But all are stunning.
For example, Leland Stone, founder of the high-end Stone Standard hardware store, decorates the neo-classical home he shares with partner Neil Schneuker (a renovated library building on the near South Side) with plaster ornaments made from wood molds dating from 19th century Europe. Their Christmas tree holds a bouquet of fondant flowers preserved from Stone’s mother’s wedding cake. And the toy bear at the base once belonged to his father.
While Meredith and Mike Howard have one whimsical tree decorated in pinks, purples, yellows and greens in their Terrell Hills home, they set up a second one they call their “memory tree” decorated with both cherished ornaments from their own childhoods and their children’s more recent handmade art.
Cheri Stith of Feather, Fluff and Flings, which does seasonal decorating and interior design, crowns the tree in her Alamo Heights home with the tiara she wore and the scepter she carried as a duchess during Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Days. And her tree skirt was repurposed from the train her daughter later wore when she was in Buccaneer Days.
It’s obvious from the book that, when it comes to color, San Antonians have no trouble eschewing tradition. To read more about Christmas decorating trends, the homes in the book and how to add a budget-friendly pop pf holiday color with ribbon, read the full story on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com.
Richard A. Marini is a features writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | email@example.com | Twitter: @RichardMarini