Sunday, December 23, 2012

All I Want for Christmas is… {Christmas 2012}


Yes, I am 44 years old, and I still write a list. Do you? Throughout the year, I give J small, subtle hints of items I adore and would like to receive as birthday, anniversary, or Christmas gifts. At the beginning of November, I put pen to paper just in case he does not remember the oh-so subtle hints.

Remember my earlier post of DOP Antiques. I fell in love with this secretary earlier this year and had the perfect place for it in the parlor. I wish, I wish!

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My wish list for Christmas this year included (but is certainly not limited to):

1. Antique secretary {DOP Antiques}

2. Crystal sconces {DOP Antiques}


3. Small clam shell bowl by Alison Evan {Hazelnut}

4. Beatriz Ball serveware pieces from the Ocean or Forest collections{Adler’s}


5. Decoupage plates of egrets/pelicans by Laurel Wilder {Hazelnut}


6. Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines, Polo polos {Perlis}

7. Gift cards {AMEX, Visa, Perlis, Little Miss Muffin, Adler’s}


8. Cire Trudon candles {Pied Nu}, Nest candles {Perch}


I was so excited about a week or so ago when a large delivery truck pulled up in the front of a house, and someone rang the bell, asked for me, and announced the delivery. The truck was not marked with a business name, so I stared aimlessly trying to figure out what it was. I wondered why J had called to see if I would be home between 4:00-4:30 PM that afternoon. I was so elated when what would appear was the secretary I had as number ONE on my list. I could not move furniture fast enough and allow the deliverers to place it in its perfect spot. Remember? I knew exactly where it would go.

The secretary was positioned next to the sofa in the parlor. I could hardly wait to style it. (Sorry! I was so excited that I did not get a photo of the “before”.)


I love how my BFF at Dixie Delights uses maps to back her secretaries, so I searched for a perfect old map of the City of New Orleans. I scored one at the Preservation Resource Center’s shoppe on Royal in the perfect size. The map is a reproduction of a 1878 drainage map of New Orleans and its surroundings by T.S. Hardee, Civil Engineer. The map is attached with glue dots to the secretary’s rear wall.

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Then, I quickly started styling it.

The top shelf contains a ceramic streetcar on vintage books and my fave framed photos of my precious nephews and one of J & I at our fave Old Edwards Inn, N. Highlands, N.C..


The middle shelf  houses a piece of white coral on a stack of vintage books, a framed photo of Lucy, and a ceramic replica of St. Louis Cathedral on more vintage books.


The bottom shelf features a shell frame holding a photo of my nephew Henri, a glittered deer with a fancy fur collar, and my favorite Muses shoe from Carnival season.

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The writing desk contains more stacked books, an antique lamp which belonged to Flossie (J’s favorite grandmother). The other one is on the top shelf. A couple trays, an antler-handled magnifying glass, a glittered moose, a framed family Christmas photo, and a book finish the vignette.

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I am so enthused how the secretary turned out. It adds yet another antique piece to my favorite room. This furniture piece will be fun to decorate seasonally by changing out a couple accessories. A small antique chair covered in New Orleans cafe toile with a small coral fabric pillow is placed in front of the secretary.

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If you wish it, sometimes it will come true. I am most happy with this present. Good job, J.

Check out my other presents in a future blog. Naughty or nice, I did well.

Make your list and check it twice, y’all!


  1. Gorgeous! I've been wishing for a good antique secretary for awhile now, too... Haven't yet found the perfect one... :)

    1. And this one was a great price. I love it. Thanks:)

  2. Ummmm...I'm guessing NAUGHTY! I LOVE it -what a great old piece and that is the perfect place for it. I guess J did pretty good this year, huh?
    Merry Christmas to you and J...I can't wait to see more- xo Diana

  3. That is a gorgeous secretary! I am so glad J choose this wish to fulfill! Happy Day!
    hugs, Linda

  4. I love it! What a gorgeous piece of furniture and you styled it so beautifully! I have to be subtle with my list because my husband likes to surprise me. I have to figure out clever ways to ask for things without actually asking for them! Have a Merry Christmas!
    Cheers! - Shelley

  5. Come visit my new bookcase! I think you may like it! Your style is impeccable!



  6. Wow, you must have been really "nice" this year. J certainly did good with this present! Love the way you filled it and am looking forward to seeing the seasonal changes. My did has a secretary almost identical to yours. Sure hope it finds its way to Ashland Drive one day! ;)

  7. Oh my! Is it too late for me to make a list? Love the secretary and the way you have staged it. Yes, you did find the perfect spot for it.
    I bought a secretary almost like yours in Savannah in 1970. When I took the pigeon hole rack out for cleaning we found a newspaper dating it back to the early 30s. May have been older, don't know.
    I passed it on to Hollie. She added mirror to the back of hers.
    I will send you a picture of it. It is not decorated as lovely as yours.
    Thanks for you visit. Merry Christmas to you and J. I hope the rest of the items on that list show up.
    xo Ginger

  8. You must have been really good this year! The secretary is just beautiful!

    Merry Christmas.


  9. Wow! I am so jealous! I have the perfect spot for an antique secretary in my bedroom, what a great gift!

  10. That is such a stunning piece-congrats on the hints working.
    Merry Christmas!

  11. J did gooooood!! What a beautiful piece!
    Merry Christmas!!

  12. Ron, You KNOW I love your secretary..I noticed it a few posts ago and thought it looks just like mine...well, mine that used to by my mom's. LOVE the way you styled it. I have to see if my shelves will come out to put a map, or fabric behind them. Great idea. I think I should have made a list this year. Hmmm, do you think it's too late?
    Wishing you and your family a sweet Southern Christmas.

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  14. I love the map as a backdrop for your styling. Can't wait to see what else you'll get from your list. I want those wall sconces.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


  15. Ron, I am taking a few minutes to get caught up on my blogs; and saw this post. Wow!! J really came thru!! The secretary is gorgeous; and you have styled it beautifully! Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!

  16. I love it. Good job J!!! The map and styling looks wonderful.

  17. Wow! You scored big for Christmas! That is a wonderful lasting gift.

  18. Wow! You scored big with Santa! Love the secretary - they always add a note of sophistication to a room...I think.

  19. Wow, I love that secretary Ron and I can see why it was #1 on your list! I won't say how old I am but I make lots of lists!!

    I'd love to have #5 on your list...maybe I can hint to hubby.

    I hope you and J have a fabulous Christmas. Thank you for being such a wonderful blog friend!

  20. My Mother has this exact same secretary! I just saw this post and had to take a better look! Did you find the secret compartments in it? Love your blog!

  21. My Mother has this exact same secretary! Just saw this post and had to get a better look. Did you find the secret compartments? Love your blog!


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