Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Designer Pamela Pierce - HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS & THE PERFECT GIFT



Come December 1, Pamela Pierce, MILIEU’s founder and editor in chief, begins a tradition she has been observing every year since her daughter was a child. In the Houston home she shares with her husband, Jesse, Pam transforms the rooms with Christmas decorations, figures, white lights, and draping garlands.


In her entry foyer, visitors are greeted by a nineteenth-century santo from Mexico standing and gesturing atop an eighteenth-century chest, as if welcoming everyone to the holidays. Pamela has draped the staircase with a mix of garlands and glass mercury balls that she has spray painted white and secured with double-faced, silk ribbon.





Pamela keeps a fire going in the living room and drapes the French period carved stone mantle and surround with mixed garland and olive branches gathered from trees in her yard, interspersed with ripe brown pears. A pair of early Song dynasty jars anchor the scene. White roses are always part of the interior décor — certainly during Christmas, but also year round.





Her nine-foot Noble fir tree, grown in North Carolina, graces the same spot in her living room every year. The tree is adorned with her favorite Neopolitan crèche figures, cream-colored balls, and white lights.  A eighteenth-century Madonna santo presides over the room. When lit, the tree is visible from the street, through a series of arched French doors that are left curtain-less.





Pamela has been collecting vintage crèche angels for years, and each wears its own linen outfit and contemplative expression.





The room is infused with the holiday fragrance of fir, immediately evocative of the Christmas season. Pamela uses fresh, smaller trees throughout her home without ornaments. Trimmings from the Noble firs are used to fashion wreaths, one of which is hung on the reverse side from the ceiling with silk ribbons. Her dining table is set with angel-shaped sugar cookies and a coconut-cream cake. 





Angels are the favored shape of holiday cookies, and family gifts are wrapped in silk chamois and suede cloth. Then the packages are finished with cellophane to create a shimmery sparkle and accented with fresh sprigs from olive branches.





Upon arrival, Pamela's grandchildren place a sign in her yard addressed to Santa, letting him know where they will be Christmas morning. Christmas Eve dinner is Tex-Mex. Gifts are opened by the family on Christmas morning and the family enjoys a traditional holiday meal of turkey and ham. Although Pam often takes the decorations down the day after Christmas, she eagerly anticipates the peace of the coming week — that quiet, reflective, restful time before New Year’s.










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I wish you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas...

All the best, Rié







INTERIOR DESIGN BY PAMELA PIERCE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE

WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
EDITED BY PORTOBELLO DESIGN

19 comments:

  1. What absolutely STUNNING PHOTOS! You have given me some ideas for my home. This year, I've chosen natural greens and the difference is amazing. To have real trees and garlands feels SO GOOD!

    Thank you so much for coming to visit and leaving me a comment so I know you are here! Much love, Anita

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    1. Anita, I am so thrilled you came by. I love the literary dreaminess of your blog.

      I agree, Pamela Pierce just get's it right every time! xxRié

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  2. I love Pamela Pierce's style, but this is the first time I've seen her holiday decorating. It's just what you would expect, and exactly what I want for my own home-elegant and welcoming, but with restraint. Really beautiful!

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    1. I have been a huge fan of Pamela Pierce's style as well, and it's also my first time to see how she decorates for Christmas, and it is perfectly, just enough! Michelle, thank you for coming by! xxRié

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    2. Michelle, I drew numbers this morning and you won!! Congratulations on winning Elle Decor - The Height of Style. Please email me your address at: riemoratto@gmail.com

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  3. Pamela's holiday decorations are so beautiful! I love all the natural elements she uses bringing nature inside.

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    1. I know, her Holiday design is inspirational. I just wish I wasn't allergic to pine! So I buy boxwood wreaths from Trader Joes instead. So glad you took the time to leave a message, always great to hear from you. xx Rié

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  4. The vintage crèche angels add such a beautiful touch to the holiday decorations - love them!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

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  5. Gorgeous! Love it all, such great style and panache!
    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Karena, Thank you so much for stopping by! She does have great style; I always love her work. xxRié

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  6. I get this magazine on a régular basis.
    Love all that you inspire here.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Dore, Thank you for the kind words and returning the visit. Have a lovely Holiday! xxRié

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  7. Merry Merry Christmas, Rie !!
    Milieu is a gift to all of us, Pamela hit a home run with her 1st issue.
    xx's

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    1. Marsha, Merry Christmas sweet friend! xxx Rié

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  8. Pamela's home is stunning and exquisite and breathtaking, all wrapped up in one!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by...so glad to meet you as well.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Mary Alice, How fun to have you stop by, thank you! Merry Merry Holidays to you! Rié

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  9. Good morning Rié! I am so happy to come back after having read your very kind comment on my newest post. To see this collection of the tones I love in my home, it is encouraging me to bring out more of my primitive wooden bowls to fill with greens. The calm of these rooms is how I love to live in my home.

    Again, thank you for such a thoughtful comment. I just love to write and communicate with all of you delightful women.

    Enjoy your holiday, and I will be back; I am subscribing! Anita

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    1. Anita, you are so very sweet! Thank you for coming back, and for subscribing - I am so honored! I love your blog and have listed it under my Signature Blogs and Sites so everyone can enjoy it! And I look forward to each of your new posts in my in box! Have a wonderful Holiday! Hugs, Rié

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