For a week around Christmas, I was in Connecticut with my family. I got to spend some time with my two younger brothers: Peter, who is a senior in college, and Leland, who just got home from a tour of duty in Iraq. What a great Christmas gift!
On our way up to the Providence airport, mom and I stopped off in Newport to tour one of the mansions, The Breakers. Over the years, we've probably visited every mansion that is open to the public, but this is the first time I can remember going at Christmastime. I loved seeing The Breakers all decked out for the holidays, but I most enjoyed the fragrant flower arrangements. More than one room was just filled with the perfume of lilies. I'll have to get some for my house, now that my Narcissus and Amaryllis have wilted away.
Now I'm back in Chicago and I have a few days off. I've already started the great new year's closet redesign. Pictures will be up soon!