Almost 400 colour images treat readers to dazzling holiday visions that leading designers have realised in their own homes -- scenes usually reserved for family and friends. Be inspired by their decorating strategies and hands-on ingenuity while gleaning insider tips for preserving trees -- both fresh and artificial -- and caring for ornaments. Get the scoop on unusual colour schemes and centrepieces. See how one designer used crushed red and silver ball ornaments as a light-catching base for glass vials of flowers, and a laundry-room tree whimsically decorated with miniature clothing-item ornaments. This treasure trove showcases one-of-a-kind holiday ideas from some of the nation's most talented interior designers, who share not only their aesthetic tastes but also family holiday rituals and favourite Christmas traditions.
Psychologist Katharine Kaye McMillan, a writer interested in human factors in design, has co-authored ten books on design. Interior designer Patricia Hart McMillan has authored fifteen books on interior design and architecture. Kat and Pat are partners at Strahan McMillan, Architecture and Interior Design, San Antonio, Texas.