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Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas....

Are you counting down the days? Every afternoon sweet boy opens one door of the advent calender to find the treat of the day. Today will have him baking cookies with mom.


Here is a close up of a few of the doors. If you would like to see the before pictures and how to's click here.


Every year I create a new table vignette. This post will only include the new vignettes I have created for my home this season. You are welcome to go to the right hand side bar and click on December 2008 if you would like to see past vignettes. One of the past posts features a story on the original 1977 Dept. 56 display I have on my sideboard.

This years centerpiece features vintage bottle brush trees and sugar bells, a happy snowman and antique mercury garland.


In my china hutch I have nestled my most delicate and precious Christmas treasures.



My initial plan was to sprinkle snow throughout and I still might after my last two finals tomorrow. Until then, a hanky suffices.



This snowman belonged to my great grandmother, Lenora.
The pine cone elves were from my Grandma Mary. They are both now long gone, but precious memories live on.



I can only show you a few partial glimpses of my tree as I still have a few more crafts planned for this season.



Here is the Anthropologie inspired tree topper. You can find the recent tutorial here.



To create your own crosses, stars and hearts with vintage pearl necklaces visit this post.



For the button and crystal ball tutorial take a gander here.




I had to come up with a few decorations for the $500 guest bedroom that was recently completed. I love to hang a garland at the foot of the bed.



I already had the garland and sweet ceramic white birds. I found the silver and purple glitter roses at Target for $2.00.



There is a stocking hung at each end of the garland. It is made from a vintage pillow case.



On the side table I have a symphony of angels playing in the snow.



Next door is sweet boys room. He decorates it himself. I find that if you give your children their own space to decorate they develop a sense of pride and respect the other displays you perhaps don't necessarily want small hands touching. He filled his customized basket full of Christmas books and took a shine to the wise men.

Musical Christmas bears stand watch over his tree.



In our bedroom I have once again hung the garland of Christmas past. You may want to read the story behind the ornaments. But be forewarned, you might need a hanky.



Once shiny, now faded orbs grace the side tables.




Please come and sit in the warm kitchen.





In the center of the table sits our pyramid from Germany's Black Forest.



There is a Christmas cracker for each of you.



On the back of each chair I have hung a small crystal wreath.



Thank you for visiting me. May all your days be Merry and Bright!

74 comments :

Amanda said...

beautiful! and I LOVE LOVE all your red and white china- I have some and just LOVE using it and displaying it!

Allyson said...

What beautiful tablescapes! MERRY CHRISTMAS! All your decorations are beautiful!

Muthering Heights said...

I just LOVE your china!

Mandi @ Organizing Your Way said...

Beautiful! I think I'm going to pick up some extra glass balls on clearance this year because I definitely want to incorporate them next year!

And, um, it's snowing on your blog! How fun!!!

Richella said...

Laura, it all looks so lovely! Thank you for opening your doors to us. :)

Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment. Your home is lovely all decked out for Christmas! I especially love the vintage ornaments. Who knew then that those colours would be all the rage again? Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas.

Heather said...

Your home is gorgeous!! SO warm and inviting!! Everything is so pretty! Merry Christmas!

Terri said...

So lovely! So beautiful!! Everything you have done is so sweet and soothing. I love it all! I am in love with your china, too. And I need to read your tutorials. Thank you for stopping by my blog... my photos are up, now! Blessings!

Michelle said...

I just love all of your decorations!

Kari said...

I also love your china! Everything looks wonderful!

Julie From Inmates said...

Your home is beautiful!!! I just love it all! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Nicole said...

Very pretty! I love the wreaths on the chairs. Have a very merry old fashioned Christmas!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I'm not sure when I stopped having an advent calender, it's such a nice tradition. Your home looks very festive! Happy Holidays!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Laura...
Sweetie everything looks so magical. I just love it. I love the little wreaths on the backs of your chairs, and the garlands at the foot of your beads. That is a wonderful touch. I only wish I had a footboard to do so. It really looks magical.

Your table and china cabinet are just so serene. I love them, and your silver platter with the snowman and bottle brush trees in the center of your table. I ador that. So creative.

I love what you son did with his room also. Tell him he did an OUTSTANDING job and to please take a bow. Clap! Clap! Clap!

As for you my dear, you are in my prayers for these last 2 finals. I know you will finish with flying colors. Your Moma and Daddy would be so very proud of you. I know they are twinkling their stars up above. I will be thinking of you this week. Please keep me posted sweetie.

Country hugs and so much love...Sherry

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

What beautiful decor! That advent calendar is great! And I love the wreaths on the chair backs...
Happy holidays!
Danielle

Jennifer said...

So many beautiful things! Love your red and white china! Your advent calender is adorable!!

Tina said...

Laura:

Your home is beautiful....

I love your dining room...

I also love your vintage ornaments.

Your did a great job...

Thanks for sharing...

PS@AlbanyCreek said...

So, so pretty Laura. Thanks for sharing your lovely home. The vintage family pieces are very special. Season's Greetings to you and yours!

Willow said...

Everything looks so lovely.

I love the toile dishes. I am looking for a new set of dishes now, but will probably buy after the holidays.

I remember the advent calender with my kids. Our Daughter started this year for the first time.

Mildred said...

It all looks so warm and inviting Laura. Wishing you a joy filled Christmas.

Cathryn said...

I "adore" your home! Thanks for all the great ideas!

Jennifer Juniper said...

My goodness, your tablescapes are beautiful! And I really love the angels in the snow :)

TRay said...

Hey!! I love the angels in the snow!! Good luck with your finals! Love & hugs! --Pea

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,

Your decor really is adorable! I love all the vintage touches and family memories wrapping your holiday. Have a wonderful Monday!

Linda said...

It's all very pretty. I especially like the advent calendar. Thanks for stopping by.

Valerie said...

The whole house is so festive!

The Advent Calendar is just gorgeous.

Love the table settings and vignettes.

Beckypdj said...

Oh, it's all wonderful!! I'm partial to vintage and the garland on the foot of the bed is a great idea. I'm going to use it next year.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and the comment!

Jingle said...

I love how it all glistens! It is very welcoming! Beautiful!

Teri Lynne said...

I don't even know where to begin ... beautiful doesn't start to capture the loveliness in your home. Thank you for sharing with me!!

Just Breathe said...

Very beautiful. Feels like I'm back in time, I just love it all!

Casey said...

I love vintage! It all looks so great :) Merry Christmas!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

It looks beautiful, Laura! Thanks for stopping by!

Merry Christmas,
Gina

Jacquelin said...

Thanks for stopping over at my blog. Everything of yours is just beautiful. The advent calendar is awesome. Thanks for some ideas for next year,
Merry Christmas!

bj said...

Beautiful decorations. You have a lovely and warm home...
MERRY CHRISTMAS, bj

Love the Decor! said...

Thank you for stopping by!
your home is lovely and I love your tree topper!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Your home looks wonderful and very inviting. So nice that you let your little one decorate his own room. It is obvious that he is a chip of the 'old' block.
Have a wonderful time and me your days be merry and bright.
Marianne

Tracey said...

What a lovely Advent calendar! Your china hutch is beautiful as well!!

The DIY Show Off said...

Every thing looks so beautiful and festive! I love your anthropologie inspired tree topper! ;)

Merry Christmas Laura!

Roeshel

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love the garlands you put at the end of the beds ~ what a great look! I am loving how red and white transfer looks at this time of year ~ it's like you've already got half the decorations up with them.

ASHELY said...

very pretty! Thank you for stopping by my blog (as well). Merry Christmas!

Little Lovables said...

It is all so beautiful, filled with sweet memories and stories. Thank so much for sharing!

Tanya said...

Everything looks beautiful. Love your garland at the end of the beds!

Angela said...

I love your advent calendar. I need one of those!

Kirsty said...

I love it. Thank you for visiting me today!
We had one of those German merry go round things growing up. And the vintage ornaments! We are collecting them now!

You did a great job! It looks wonderful!

Kirsty

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Everything looks so warm & inviting at your house! And I love the bottlebrush trees on the silver platter, so pretty. Thanks for stopping by & sharing Christmas with me. Merry Christmas to you & yours!

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

hi laura

love your house for Christmas, especially what you did in the guest bedroom, I might try that

Merry Christmas

Sarah

JJ said...

Thank you for the tour! What a beautiful,serene home you have. I felt my stress melting away as I scrolled through your pictures. I love the ornament and can't wait to make one too!

Sarah said...

Love the trays filled with "snow"!

Elaine A. said...

I just love all your thoughtful and pretty touches! What a beautiful home for the holidays. Thanks for letting us in... Merry Christmas!

Jessica said...

Looks great. Good job!

Lisa said...

Nice Christmas touches. I love the red and white dishes. I found some this year at goodwill that were a christmas theme but in white and green. I only bought a few pieces and now wish I had bought more, oh well hind site is 20/20. Merry Christmas!
Lisa

Vintage Junky said...

where do I begin? I love it all... but that advent calender has my heart! so sweet!

Have a wonderful Christmas!
Michelle

Ruth said...

This is my first time to your blog and I love it. I have always loved Little House and my family always calls me Laura Ingalls.

I wish that I could go see that show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will definitely be checking our local library for Melissa Gilbert's book.

Your home is so lovely and I am glad I found your blog.

Ruth

Cha Cha said...

I love you home. Thanks for visiting m site. I have never been to your before today but, I will be back. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

Marydon Ford said...

OMG! Everything is so lovely & inviting. I love the angels on the snow tray.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~Marydon
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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I LOVE the way you decorated your guest room...so pretty! And your Advent Calendar is just awesome. ;) Thanks so much for the visit!

Griswold Fun said...

I love the advent calendar!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your home is AMAZING! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Little Mama said...

Your decorations are just beautiful. I love all of your red and white china! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment! Merry Christmas!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Beautiful. Love your advent calendar. Simply perfect! Merry Christmas.

Kristy said...

So, I didn't find it on your blog, but are you a relative of THE Laoura Ingalls? I love everything about her, the books and the shows. Would love to hear about it!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Absolutely LOVE the garlands at the end of the beds.

Jorgelina said...

I love you home. Everything is fantastic.
Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Everything is just bea - u- ti- ful! Wow! I loved all of the vintage things around. I'll have to come back to get inspired by your ideas. In the meantime, may the Lord bless you and your family this Christmas.

Blessings,
Carol

Jill Elaine said...

Lovely decor:) truly 'adorable'!
Jill

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

It all looks so beautiful. I absolutely LOVE the advent calendar! Thanks for visiting!

Kendra aka The Meanest Momma said...

Everything is just lovely. I have to say, I ahem... covet your pyramid. I would love to have on, but they are so "dear".

Beautiful home, thanks for sharing!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Great tour Laura!
I just love the vignettes in the snow and all the pretty Christmas decor! Cindy

The Boston Lady said...

Your talents are amazing, Laura. What lovely traditions you have created for your family. You are an inspiration!

Andrea said...

Your house looks so pretty Laura!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thank you for inviting us on a tour of your lovely home! (And I did need a hanky for the ornament story!)

Laryssa Herbert said...

I really like your advent calender!

Thanks for showing us around. Come by and visit me anytime. Merry Christmas!

beautyinallthings said...

That advent calender is really cute! Thanks for showing us around! I am stopping in from Nester's place. To see my tour click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog.

Totallyscrappy said...

I love the crystal wreaths on each chair.
Come on over when you get a chance!
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