Saturday, December 4, 2010

Decking the Halls

I have been Christmas decorating little by little this week.  I started on Sunday afternoon in anticipation of The Lettered Cottage's Mantel Linky Party.  Let's just say, I was a no-show for that one.  My post would have to be titled Mental Mantel, because I cannot get it the way I want and it's driving me crazy!

Then I saw the Christmas Vignette party at Southern Hospitality.  Probably easier for me since I have favorite decorations that I can showcase

Case in point is this metal three-tiered stand I have on my bedroom dresser.

This stand displays some of my most treasured and meaningful decorations.  The three little angel bells in the middle were my late mother-in-law's.  They are sweet, delicate, and honest-to-goodness vintage (Nesco).  The expressions on their faces are just...heavenly.

The bottom tier displays a hand-tatted doily made by my husband's grandmother.  The gold pocket watch was my grandfather's.  I had the little gold filagree frame and used a fragment from an old Christmas card to add a little color.

The top tier has a newer resin Christmas tree to add a little silvery sparkle.

I love to decorate my dining room.  It's the least-used room (and neatest--HA!) in the house but I just love the paint color:  Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore.  It is so soft and pretty and coordinates well with my antiqued white sideboard and fruitwood finished dining table and chairs.

This year, I found this little fellow at HomeGoods for about 10 bucks

and decided to put him under a cloche so that it looked like a snowglobe.

This snowman echoes the reproduction Victorian advertising sign on the sideboard:

My color scheme in the dining room vignette is blue, charcoal gray, and cream.  I have a bird theme, including a vintage bird cage and three white and grey birds from Dollar Tree.  Two are elevated on an ornate charcoal tray

and one is in the bird cage.  (Hmm, I think I need to add a bit of cascading ribbon.)

I also included a nest with eggs and a pinecone tree to lend texture and an organic feel.  The shimmery snowflakes are from Dollar Tree.  The plates were purchased at Walmart on clearance a couple of years ago.

Finally, I have a strange little alcove near my powder room that is very narrow.  I have a metal baker's rack that I use to stage some romantic accessories:

I found this lovely angel a couple of years ago.  It seems that I have a penchant for birds and angels!  Maybe it's a wing thing?!  HA!

Must be, because I braved the bitter cold in Canton, Texas, last year to score 50% off of this gorgeous piece to literally deck my hall.  She is dusted in mica which gives her a vintage look.

I'm off to tackle the mantel!  Merry Christmas!


Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

I really love your angels and the pocket watch that was your grandfather's. I have also used clocks in my Christmas decorating.

:) Michelle

deva said...

Oh my God, you mad freak! That's brilliant!

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