If your taste in holiday decor runs to rare Christian-themed works of art rather than gaudy tinsel and lights, then Rienzi is the place for you this time of year. The grand River Oaks manor, billed as the former home of one of "Houston's finest families" (whatever that means), now serves as the center for European decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Carroll Sterling Masterson and her husband, Harris Masterson III, donated their massive mansion to the MFAH in 1999, along with a spectacular collection of art objects. Rienzi has been elegantly adorned for the holidays. In addition to a tree filled with the Mastersons' own ornaments, a unique and lovely 17th-century painting of the nativity is on display. Executed on obsidian, a lustrous... More >>>