They’re back! Deborah and Tammi, the design team from chair in the air designs inc. is back at the Addison. It is rewarding, as an innkeeper, when guests become friends and keep coming back to visit. It is even more rewarding when they are skilled at interior design and can do our Christmas decorating.
Shannon has studied interior design and has good decorating sense but Christmas decorating is hard for her because I have no creative input. I’m good at doing what I’m told but not so good at taking a bin of decorations and turning them into something creative for above the fireplace so Shannon ends up doing the majority of the Christmas decorating.
The women of chair in the air have mad design skills and are, after two days of solid work, about midway through the decorating. And it looks great. My approach to decorating the tree: Take the boxes of ornaments that I have been given and hang them in a grid pattern on the tree. Their approach: Select ornaments that pick up the colors of the existing decor, especially that big oushak carpet in the front parlor, and place them with great care to create an elegant vision of Christmas.
Why are we decorating for Christmas when it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet? The Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Holiday Cookie Tour is this Saturday, November 20th, and we must be prepared. Last year we had 600 people come through our house for the Cookie tour. The tour gives people a chance to check out the Christmas decorations at the inns and sample holiday cookies at each of the inns. We even have the cookie recipes on cards that you can take with you. After the tour we get to exhale briefly and then get ready for a full house over Thanksgiving.
Once we get all of the rooms decorated we’ll post a photo gallery for you. All of the guest rooms will be decorated, most of them with the room’s very own tree. Our guests that stay with us over Christmas even get a Christmas stocking loaded with gifts ($160 value) as part of our “Bed, Breakfast and Christmas Bliss” package.
How did chair in the air design inc get their name? Every time they do a major design job they leave a chair somewhere in the air (AKA: not on the floor). It can be a full-sized chair, a child’s chair or even a panting of a chair. When you stop by this winter see if you can find our “chair in the air”.