Friday, December 21, 2012

An "Estate-ly" Christmas...and our giveaway winners!

Several winters ago, I photographed the nearby historic Kimball-Jenkins estate here in Concord, NH. The estate is an esteemed fixture in our town and was the perfect setting for a holiday shoot. Its carriage house (below) exemplifies the traditional sophistication that the estate is known for:
Its exquisite doors are bedecked in a gorgeous wreath that I created using flowers and greenery. I also wrapped some simple birch logs with wide ribbon and tucked in sprigs of cedar, hypericum berries, and cinnamon sticks:
We packed up a wicker picnic basket with some holiday baked goods, including creamy-filled horns, a coffee cake drizzled in white icing, and set up a hot cocoa station alongside them. On this brisk cold day, the warm beverage helped warm our cold fingers. 

 Below, we hung old skates -- that we refreshed with a coat of beige paint -- from an intricate doorknob and filled them with holiday greens, including seeded eucalyptus, which smells absolutely wonderful. In the end, we loved how a traditional holiday color palette of red and green was the perfect match for this charming, romantic setting.
And now for our giveaway winners! 
 Congratulations to  Deb of Mountain Musings and Laura of Becoming Goddess: you have each won a set of my Matthew Mead Collection jelly jars. 
And the winner of the Canterbury cake stand is Victoria of

Congratulations to our winners: please send us your full names and addresses so we can send you your prizes!

And finally, Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone... to you and yours from all of us at Holiday with Matthew Mead!

Matthew Mead Holiday is available for order via and


  1. Thank you so very much!!! I just sent you my address! Merry Christmas to you all, too!! I LOVE the photos on this post..they're gorgeous!

  2. I agree...these photos are stunning!

  3. I am doing a happy dance winning the cake stand...THANK YOU so very much!

    I sent you my full address on the contact button on your blog page.

    Thank you so much again!!!
    Victoria Silva

  4. Grats to the winners. And lovely photos!

  5. What a beautiful winter picnic! I love the deep reds!


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