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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Cozy Christmas Bedroom

I just love a cozy bedroom at Christmas time don’t you?

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Today I am so happy to join the Cozy At Christmas Holiday Blog Tour hosted by Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles.

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 Part I of the Decor To Adore Christmas Home Tour was shared on Monday.

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Today I am continuing the Vintage Christmas Wonderland theme in the master bedroom at Storybook Cottage.

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The color palette is traditional green and red accented with a bit of classic black.

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I shared how I made all of the holiday artwork in the room for mere pennies HERE.

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Several tartan patterns are showcased in a nod to Mr. Decor’s Scottish heritage.

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On his nightstand some vintage caroler figurines and a few Shiny Brites under glass add a bit of holiday cheer but still allow plenty of room for his wallet, phone and other essentials.

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A collection of nutcrackers and smokers, found while we lived in Germany, happily sit on top of his dresser.

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Let’s take a closer peek at my nightstand.

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More vintage figurines and Shiny Brites create a happy vignette alongside the advent calendar I created a few years ago. (This year I filled it with peppermint kisses~ yum! :)

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Most of my vintage Christmas collection has come from estate sales and thrift shops.

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My most recent acquisition, Tinker the Elf,  came a few weeks ago. This jolly elf makes a happy tinkling chime when you turn him over. You can read how he brought the magical spirit of Christmas joy to me HERE.

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He sits on the settee which also received a bit of holiday cheer.

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The sweetheart advent calendar was hung on a small side wall.

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On the top of my dresser I set up my original Dept. 56 Snow Village.

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The first piece was given to me as a child in 1977. You can read that story HERE.

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It truly is so cozy to sit in bed at night, snuggled under the covers, and see the sweetly lit scene.

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Of course my favorite cozy canine companions, Rudi and Franz, also wanted to get into the spirit and wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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The boys are ready to walk in a Weiner Wonderland and Dachshund Through The Snow in coats I made from the Gunn tartan last year. Lined in red linen they are super soft and cozy.

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Please join me next week, December 12th through the 24th, for “ A Little House Christmas”.

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Be sure to visit all of the lovely blogs on the Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour.

Let's Add Sprinkles/ Hyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/ Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth 

Brookhollow Lane/ At Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage

Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek Cottage/ The Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen

May you have a wonderfully cozy Christmas.

Laura

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016 Part I

Welcome to the 2016 Christmas Home Tour part one.

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If you are coming over from Sarah’s stunning home at Life on Virginia Street welcome to Decor To Adore!

This is the third year I have participated in the home tours hosted by my dear friend Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. Each year I try to design a fresh look by using existing Christmas d├ęcor paired with new DIY’s.

This year I decided to create a vintage pastel pink and aqua theme in the formal living spaces at Storybook Cottage.

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I spent several hours creating this felt “Weiner Wonderland” table runner.

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It brings a smile to everyone who see’s it.

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The runner is even interactive. You can lift up the ears to see a hidden gold collar. Because I believe dinner parties should be fun.

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The gold polka dot tableware also adds a jolly touch.

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Over on the sideboard the pink and aqua theme continues.

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Cookies just seem to taste sweeter when they’re pink.

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Across the way is the entry.

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I made the vintage Shiny Brite wreath a few years ago. It moves to a new location every year.

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I am totally smitten with this gold glitter vintage Santa. He joins the Putz houses I’ve made over the years. 

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Over on the mantle tinsel trees sparkle and shine.

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I shared how I made the $2 Snowman Garland just last week.

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The mantle is reflected in the bar cart mirror.

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You can easily make your own drink stirrers to match any color theme.

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Let it snow!

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Of course the star of the show is the Christmas tree which aptly has a star on top.

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The star tree topper was made a few years ago.

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But I finished this new tree skirt just last week.

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The Santa detail makes me smile. A Blue Christmas indeed. For details go HERE.

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I hope you have enjoyed this years Christmas tour. Be sure to head over next to Haneen’s Haven. Her lovely home is one you don’t want to miss.

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You can see our Cozy Christmas Bedroom Tour HERE.

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Then starting next week, December 12th through the 24th, please join me for a “Little House Christmas”.

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Please visit all of the other wonderful participants on the 2016 Christmas Home Tour.

Monday - Dec 5th

Common Ground | Life on Virginia Street | Decor To Adore

Haneens Haven | Hymns & Verses | Nesting With Grace 

Tuesday - Dec 6th

Cuckoo4Design | It All Started With Paint | Pink Peppermint Design 

Remodelando La Casa | Simple Details |  Decorating Delirium

Wednesday - Dec 7th

21 Rosemary Lane| Lynzy & Co.| A Stroll Thru Life

The Chronicles of Home | Simple Stylings | Design Post Interiors

Thursday - Dec 8th

Thrifty and Chic | Our Southern Home | Setting For Four 

Life and Home @ 2102| Dimples & Tangles | Our Fifth House

Friday Dec 9th

Making Home Base | Inspiration For Moms | Far Above Rubies

The House of Silver Lining  | Duke Manor Farms  | Rain On A Tin Roof 

May your days be merry and bright!

Laura

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Joy ~ Brought To Me By Tinker The Elf

Every year something happens that is so magical that my belief in the Spirit and joy of Christmas is renewed within my heart.

This year that joy came in the form of Tinker the Elf.

(He is so named for the magical “tinkling chime sound” he makes when turned over. You can hear him in action HERE.)

I found Tinker this past October at an estate sale. He sat on a table along with some other vintage Christmas treasures that I scooped up intending to transform them for my holiday Etsy shoppe. When I went to check out I noticed a sign that said “Cash Only”. I checked my wallet. I had just $10. The nine other items in my basket were marked at just $1 each. Tinker did not have a price tag. I asked “How much is this elf? I only have $10 with me.” The lady looked at everything in my basket and said, “Well, I can see you’re a lover of vintage. He is worth a lot more but I will sell him to you for one dollar.”

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So Tinker came home with me. I sat him on the desk in my office. Every time I saw him he would bring a smile to my face. As I began to create things to sell I just could not bring myself to think about selling Tinker. There was something so special about him. I told my daughter and she said, “Well, I think you should just keep him. You can decide next year if you want sell him.” 

So Tinker stayed.

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This past week was a bit challenging. It was college finals week for me and I was also decorating for not one, but two wonderful Christmas tours that I am participating in this next week. I also found out that my cousin Sweet T is not feeling very well. (Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.)

Sweet T is married to my cousin E. Our mothers, Jan and Karen, were sisters. We are both only children. (Although I have several heartfelt brothers and sisters that have come into my life in other wonderful ways.)

But E. and I were always close as children. I was generally the ringleader for troublemaking and he always supported my hair brained ideas.

I have adored cousin E. all of my life.

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When his wife Sweet T joined our family many years ago it was the beginning of a beautiful and long lasting friendship. She is responsible for introducing me to her former next door neighbor… Mr. Decor.

We are truly kindred spirits and have an affinity for adoring bedraggled vintage Christmas decor.

This is Dawn King Angel. So named for her wild hairdo. She has graced Sweet T’s Christmas tree for over 45 years.

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Knowing she was not feeling great I decided to send Sweet T a few photos of Tinker via text. I knew she would love and appreciate him as much as I did.

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She sent me this text. “I am freaking out!”

“This elf was given to us the first year we were married by Jan. (cousin E’s mother, my aunt) He belonged to Great Grandma Bradley.” (My maternal great grandmother.)

We have now named Tinker’s elf cousin “Stinker”, pictured below, because he sadly stopped making his sweet musical chime a few years ago.

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Somehow, somewhere in my Christmas loving childhood heart I remembered my Great Grandmother’s elf. Even when my brain didn’t.

Now that to me is truly magical JOY!

“So that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed.” Romans 15:32

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May you find JOY this week.

Laura

The second Sunday of advent is JOY ~ “Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” ~ Isaiah 12:6