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Family Tree

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: December, 2012, Page 144
Photo by Michael Woodall



Interior designer Billi Springer doesn’t hesitate for a second when asked for hints on decorating a Christmas tree. Her advice: “Make it as personal as possible.”

This suggestion was put to good use recently when a client was faced with a happy sort of dilemma. “I’m the keeper of all my family history, and I have hundreds and thousands of pictures,” says John Pappas. Over the years, his late mother had meticulously labeled photographs of generations of family members, many of whom he had not had an opportunity to meet.

“What do I do with all of this?” he wondered. “Billi took my need and got creative,” he recalls. Several of the old photographs, either framed or protected with a laminate covering, are displayed on his family room’s Christmas tree. “It’s genius!” he says of Springer’s idea.

“Every picture has a story,” states Pappas. “That’s what Christmas is all about—family and friends, and remembering family and bringing them back.”
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