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Marilyn Russell's Holiday Inspiration

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Today we are speaking with Marilyn Russell, Interior Designer from Orlando, Florida. You will remember her wonderful loft-style bathroom for DXV in all those muted oranges and chocolates. Simply divine! If you haven't seen it, click here.

VM:
Marilyn, we're thrilled to be catching up with you right before the busy holiday season, thank you for taking a moment to share your best holiday inspirations with Decade XV readers. 
Can you share with us your fondest holiday memory? It can be anything from your childhood, growing up, from last year or whenever, what is the one holiday event or moment that stands out for you?


Marilyn:
My fondest holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas, memories happened in 2008. Although none of us knew what was to come, it would be the last holiday my mother spent with us before she was called home on Mother’s Day 2009. This was an extra special time because it was the last time we were all together. It was the last time we [my mother and I] cooked in the same kitchen. It was the last time she physically spent with ALL seven of her grand children. It was the last time the house was filled with her laughter. These happy memories I hold onto because they can never be recaptured or duplicated.  

VM:
What are your typical family traditions for the holidays?

Marilyn: 
Our family traditions, albeit simple, are the best because they’re filled with joy and laughter. It all begins with a massive gathering in the kitchen to prep meals for the holiday feast that takes place the following day. The noise level significantly increases with every movement, every conversation and every strike of the kitchen utensil against a pot. The meal prep is always accompanied by adult beverages and egg nog for the little ones. Once the kitchen activities are complete, the crowd ventures to the family room for a viewing of The Christmas Story. Can we say "fra-gee-leh". LOL. 

VM:
Now let's talk about holiday décor. What does your home look like during the holidays? And is there a style you've always coveted but haven't managed to create for your own home? Please share pictures of your own holiday home or styles you love from other sources 

Marilyn: 
My holiday décor, especially Christmas, is pretty low-key and minimal. I put just the right amount of holiday décor to get everyone excited. My motto is you put just enough out so that it can be put away as quickly as possible – the children always seem to disappear when it’s time to put away the holiday decor. A simple tree, a holiday wreath on the front door and some candles are just enough.  

VM:
We won't judge if you've been naughty or nice, so tell us, what's on your wishlist this year?

Honestly, a pre-paid admission for one year at the gun range. Yes, the gun range. I’ve recently taken up this hobby with my husband and I love it. Going to the range on a weekly basis can be quite expensive. I will gladly accept donations in any denomination.