You may assume that since the Normandy staff is working on dozens of remodeling projects at any given time, the idea of remodeling our own showroom would be just an ordinary occasion. But the steady stream of employees who stop by to “check the progress” reveals that we are just as excitable about remodeling our space as our homeowners are, and I am no exception. I am quite excited to announce that our newly expanded seminar space is nearing completion, just in time for the first seminars of the 2012 season.
We have removed a bathroom display and consolidated two additional areas to provide a bright, open space where we will be able to comfortably accommodate 80 to 100 people at our very popular seminars.
This year as you prepare to set your holiday table, take some inspiration from your Christmas Tree. In this photo, you can see that Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov has incorporated the same silver and gold theme from her Christmas tree into the place settings and tablescape for her holiday meal. This works particularly well when the tree is in close proximity to the table, but can be just as effective and beautiful even if the tree is several rooms away.
The place settings have either silver placemats with gold-tone napkins or the reverse. “There is this notion that you should not mix metals, specifically silver and gold,” says Heather. “That idea leads people to avoid the combination altogether. But when they are paired deliberately, you will find that the warmth of the gold balances the crispness of the silver and the result is a glowing holiday that just sparkles.”
The silver and gold theme is evident in the ornaments on the tree, and if you look closely you will notice that the tree has a wide variety of ornament shapes and sizes. Heather appreciates the interest and beauty that each ornament offers, and prefers these variations to trees that are dominated by a single color glass ball. Though the sizes and colors vary, by keeping with the precious metals theme, the end result is a cohesive, bright Christmas tree that truly sparkles.