A Decorator Saves Christmas
Mai and Jim Abdo's dining room
Where would the Abdos find just the right ornaments to complement her home's mellow, minimalist style? Enter interior designer Darryl Carter, who, like Santa Claus, turned up one day with a band of merry assistants.

Carter's understated Christmas design was the perfect match for the home's décor. "I love Christmas, but I like things to blend seamlessly," he says. "The Abdos have a refined sensibility. It wouldn't make sense for their home to suddenly turn into Santa's workshop."