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MARK ROBERTS angel inspired Judy Watford to design the mantle
in the home she shares with her husband, Glen Watford.
“I have been looking for a beautiful angel for a long time and
this serene face spoke to me,” she says.
The Watfords, who celebrate Christmas with their five children and three
grandchildren, recently remodeled their Wilmington home, adding a large
dining table and family gathering spaces with two living areas adjoining an
“The mantel is the focal point for our formal living space,” Watford says.
Made from wormy ambrosia maple, it crowns a corrugated Calcutta marble
“I love the juxtaposition of rustic woods paired with crystals and glass,”
Watford says. “The elegance of the sconces stands out more with the simple
lines of the mantel.”
Earning her degree at the age of 50, Watford has been the designer and
procurement specialist at home goods store Paysage at Lumina Station since
The Design Challenge: When creating mantels or staircase designs, one
of the hardest problems is coaxing the greenery and ornaments to behave in
place and without harming the surfaces, Watford says. Her decorative style
blends live and faux materials.
“I feel that if you play with the two, there are unlimited possibilities and it
brings different textures to the mix,” she adds. “I have a very large collection
of greenery and Christmas sprays. Every year I find something interesting and
new that I want to start
with, and I always incor-porate
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To bring focus to the
angel, she selected light
green eucalyptus, dark
cedar, Douglas fir and
gold accent sprays. She
grounded the assembly
with boxwood topiaries.
“Design has many facets
especially working with
Christmas décor,” she says.
“It is a puzzle that I love
to solve. The end result is
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