As the founder of Lycette, a modernized needlepoint brand based in Palm Beach, Jessica Chaney is an expert at mixing the old with the new. So it’s of little surprise that her holiday traditions fuse the spirit of the old with her youthful, lively twists on the classics. From playing “The Nutcracker” to adding little pops of pink, check out how Jessica rings in her Holiday at Home, below.
Favorite thing(s) about the Holidays?
As generic as it sounds, I adore being with family. Although, due to COVID, this year our family gatherings won't be quite as robust, they will be special nonetheless. We will still celebrate our family traditions, like watching "It's a Wonderful Life" after Thanksgiving or decorating the tree with a glass of eggnog in hand and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcraker" ringing throughout the house. Our tree will still be sprinkled with needlepoint heirlooms amongst vintage ornaments passed down from great-grandmothers and the kitchen will still smell like butter and sugar for the whole of December. As far as I am concerned, the Holidays are a fabulous celebration of gaiety, heritage, and weeks long indulgence of food, drink, and friendship.
What is on your holiday playlist? Favorite holiday song?
I adore classical music and my favorite Holiday playlists are just that! I never tire of Tchaikovsky, but I also love Harry Connick Jr.'s Christmas album. "It Must've Been 'Ol Santa Claus" will definitely be on repeat!
Are you traditional or non-traditional in your decor? What items do you always use?
A mix of both! As a Florida girl I always like to incorporate a touch of pink. In fact, starting in December, we always have a pink tree up at Lycette. Customers adore it, and one year someone even tried to purchase it from us! We all love elevated elegance, but a touch of tacky can be just as fun. It lightens the mood and makes everyone feel welcome!
No matter what, needlepoint is *always* incorporated in our decor, obviously. I am excited because this year, since I got married, I will receive the ornaments that my mother has been stitching each year since I was a child. It will be so special for Greg and I to hang those ornaments on our tree for our first married Christmas together.
Signature holiday cocktail?
You can never go wrong with a glass of bubbly. I rarely drink champagne, but during the holidays it just feels right! Plus, I would rather indulge in Martha Stewart's classic sugar cookies than sugary cocktails. Chin chin!
White or colored lights?
White, always. However, we do have my grandmothers colored Christmas lights from the 1950s. They are luminous and large, making their colored rays more Mad Men chic than Griswold's family Christmas.
What is on your holiday wish list?
Non-material wishlist? In person time with family and friends and a long overdue girl's weekend! And perhaps Santa could spare an elf for an evening? I truly need help stitching my needlepoint stash! Material wishlist? I wouldn't mind gold charms for my bracelet, Campo di' Fiori pots filled with citrus trees, Ala von Auersperg caftans, silk duponi headbands, and a vintage LV steamer to hold my abundance of needlepoint canvases. A girl can dream!