I have a bad habit of getting in the holiday spirit a little too early, only to have it peter out before the actual festivities begin. This year, an evening at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis got me back in a celebratory mood!
I’ve stayed at the Peabody many times, but never during the holidays. It is a majestic, historic and beautiful place, but during the season it comes alive with a special kind of energy. Last weekend, I watched friends meet in the lobby for drinks, families gather to catch up with one another, and children squeal with delight as they danced by the grand piano. Their excitement was contagious. It was truly a joyous occasion!
You know I have to turn my trip into a little lesson in design, and today’s topics are scale and detail. First up, a little detail:
|INSTRUMENTS MAKE APPROPRIATE ORNAMENTS,|
|IN A CITY THAT’S KNOWN FOR IT’S MUSIC!|
If there was nothing to compare them to, you might think that these ornaments would be lovely in your home. In reality, your tree probably couldn’t handle the weight. The musical instruments are almost life size and, while the “bikini” may be teeny, the ball is the size of a human head! This is where scale comes in to play:
|THIS TREE IS SO BIG,|
|BECAUSE THE ROOM IS GIANORMOUS!|
Normal ornaments would be lost on this tree, just as small scale details would get lost in this voluminous space. The architect took that into account when creating this historic hotel, back in 1869, and it shows:
|STAINED GLASS CEILINGS, MASSIVE MARBLE COLUMNS,|
|AND LARGE CARVED WOOD CORBELS SURROUND THE SPACE.|
|ON THE MEZZANINE, YOU WILL FIND THESE EXQUISITE HAND CARVED DETAILS,|
| ON A VERY LARGE ROSEWOOD SQUARE GRAND PIANO,
CUSTOM MADE BY KNABE IN 1938,
FOR FRANCIS SCOTT KEY!
NO DETAIL WAS OVERLOOKED HERE EITHER.
THE KEYS ARE CLAD IN A MOTHER OF PEARL VENEER,
AND THE LEGS ARE CARVED FROM TREE TRUNKS.
I hope our little walk through this old Memphis treasure helped you see scale and detail in a new way. I’d also like to believe a little of the Peabody’s magic made it’s way to where you are!
The hotel hosts annual Christmas and New Year’s Eve events at every price point, and it’s not to late to make plans, as reservations and packages are still available. You can find the details here.
If you find yourself in the Memphis area, I highly recommend dinner at Chez Phillipe. It can be pricey, but the food and service are so incredible that I can describe every little detail of the meals I’ve eaten there. It is truly one of the south’s finest restaurants, and the experience is worth every penny.
I hope you and yours have the happiest of holidays! As for me, I just had my ride detailed and it’s time for me to go:
| TOO MUCH DETAIL? NAH. SOMETIMES A LITTLE EXCESS IS CALLED FOR,
ESPECIALLY ON A HOLIDAY CARRIAGE RIDE AROUND MEMPHIS!
What is your favorite way to find holiday happiness? Do you celebrate on a large or small scale? What details bring you joy?