Holiday Magic x2

There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially if you’re an interior designer. Here’s how two of the city’s best designers "do their own thing."

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Bryson Cayson set this elegant Yuletide table using the traditional seasonal colors of red, green, and gold.

Our second home belongs to Dr. John Lochemes, a surgeon with Memphis Orthopaedic Group, and Bryson Cayson, a realtor and interior designer. This will be their first Christmas in a magnificent, 10,500-square-foot Germantown home. Cayson was charged with the overall interior design of this stately mansion, which features six bedrooms and nine baths, and he makes a point of “buying local” from businesses such as Millennium Home Furnishings and Interiors on Forest Hill-Irene Road and Natural Creations on Collierville’s Town Square. Tim Miller, a good friend and Natural Creations’ owner, was brought in specially to help decorate the home for the holidays, and he tells me that last year he decorated more than 60 homes for Christmas and expects to top that incredible number this year.

The home is furnished with large, contemporary upholstered pieces, some inherited antiques, and a few eclectic touches such as James Gill’s Pop-art “Marilyn” painting in the living room and the “leg” lamp and doctor’s bag in the study — humorous references to Lochemes’ work. The house glows from within due to the kitchen’s “kick lighting” that illuminates the hardwood floors and the magnificent chandeliers used throughout. That glow has now been turned up a few notches with Miller’s placement of six (count them!) Christmas trees downstairs adorned with colorful, oversized ornaments, glittery ribbon, and miniature twinkling white lights. For his part, Cayson admits he is an “organized hoarder” and has saved many old favorite decorations which are reused from year to year. In addition, this season Miller has festooned the trees and three mantels with an artful mix of natural elements — birch twigs, pine boughs, berries, and feathers — and delicate floral stems of tulips and snapdragons.

“Marilyn” gives Pop-art glamour to the fabulously decorated living room

Adding to the enjoyment of our photo session was the piano music wafting through the house provided by Adam, one of Lochemes’ two sons. Adam is a St. George’s student and a multitalented musician who plays piano, drums, and guitar. A grand piano lies at the foot of the magnificent staircase, while a huge room upstairs is filled with all kinds of musical instruments.

This year one very special tree in the house — “Emily’s Tree” — is covered with unique Christmas ornaments handmade by Emily Lauren Ferguson (her initials are ELF!). This little elf is the daughter of Christopher Ferguson, one of Lochemes’ partners, and she is currently being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Emily is selling these very special ornaments to raise funds for St. Jude, and she was on hand to meet us along with her mother, Christa, when we arrived for our photo shoot.

Mini-Christmas trees decorate the table in the richly patterned breakfast room with its iron, crystal, and bronze chandelier from Graham’s Lighting.

For more information, please go to  Enter “ELFS.r.real” in the “Search for a Tribute” box and the Ferguson/Lochemes tribute will pop up.

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