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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Glimmers of White and Gold

Over the weekend I worked on several Christmas themed projects. My favorite was our front entry.

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While most of our home is currently decorated in a brightly colored vintage Christmas style I wanted the front entry to be calming…soothing.

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I have loved this image from Country Living since I found it a few years ago.

I just found a sweet St. Anne who will nest among the baubles perfectly.

Although the feather tree in the image above is much larger I thought that this smaller tree would work well. However it was a leaning tower of treesa. Mr. Décor to a hammer to the rock solid base to free the tree. :)

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I searched for a small urn for several months to no avail. I finally settled for this terra cotta container. After a good scrubbing and a coating of spray paint it wasn’t too bad for a $1.

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My version featured shades of gold, blue and green which are all prominent in the artwork found on the wall.

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My grandmother Mary’s pressed glass plates and my great great grandfather’s silver made for a pretty vignette. 

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The white chocolate ganache cake with strawberry filling was enjoyed by Mr. Décor on his birthday. Pale green tea roses and baby’s breath were tucked under the cake plate.

White pfeffernüsse cookies now fill the plate, as the cake is deliciously gone.

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I love that a once vibrant green has faded to a glorious aqua on this vintage “Merry Christmas” ornament. The antique green garland is made of colored glass beads. It is too delicate to hang on a tree.

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This hand painted teardrop ornament belonged to my Grandma Mary. She is the source of many of my vintage and antique Christmas treasures.

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The tree itself is made of white goose feathers.

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I love this wee angel tucked in under the branches.

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She is a papier-mâché jewel I found in two pieces in a $1 bin. My repair job is clearly evident, but I still adore her and her crazing.

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While Mr. Décor and the children love the vibrant colors of Christmas I remain devoted to a light and white palette.

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Be merry and bright,


Linking to:

The Charm of Home, Common Ground, StoneGable, Today’s Creative Blog, Someday Crafts, SSS, Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Positively Splendid,The 36th Avenue, Jennifer Rizzo, Southern Hospitality, Atta Girl Says. Thrifty Décor Chick, Kelly’s Korner 


Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Beautiful and inspiring! Love the angel's vintage charm.

Marie @
Lemondrop ViNtAge

I am having a fabulous holiday giveaway right here.

Terry Moore said...

Perfect replication. It looks as beautiful as the inspiration.

Iris said...

Very beautiful! I didn't even know that you could get little trees made of real feathers.

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Beautiful! It looks just like your inspiration!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Very beautiful. I love it all. Thanks for sharing. Karie

Karen said...

Gorgeous,more beautiful than the inspiration.

must love junk said...

What a great 'look alike'! I just found you at Debbiedoos and I love your blog and your style! I'm your newest follower and would love you to visit and say hi :)

Deanna said...

You've done a super job!
Merry Christmas!!!

Kelley Highway said...

These images captured my heart... especially after bawling over Ceekay's Disneyland dream coming true. The simple beauty and love for giving to others is truly the Spirit of CHRISTmas.

Much love,

PinkGranny said...

What a lovely glimpse of treasures. We have several of the vintage silver and blue ornaments that say Merry Christmas. We bought them for our first tree and have quite a few left today after all these years. They are such a treasure every Christmas when we open them to decorate the tree.

Auntie Em said...
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Auntie Em said...

(Try #2)
Your entry table is a lovely greeting for your guests. Your little tree is so sweet and I love the little angel with her so called 'flaw'. As I was looking at the photos I wondered if the cake was a prop or a real one. I am glad it was real. It looked so sweet with the pretty roses tucked in around the base and on top. Your regular home decor is so pretty, it's nice how you just add a little something to it to create the festive, elegant flair!
Waiting for your next post to see what else you are up to! :)

jeanetteann said...

Laura,this is all so pretty,I love the surreal look. xx

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

totally stunning~! wow

Debbiedoo's said...

So gorgeous! I love your gallery wall is fantastic. Great color schemes. Thanks so much for sharing with the copy cat party, always a pleasure to see you.

Maria Elena said...

Laura, it is so beautiful! What an amazing display!!! Love, love the tree! Very pretty.

Susan said...

Laura I love the look , it is gorgeous!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, that is so pretty in your entry. Love your little tree and the decorations are so pretty. That cake looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

michele said...

gorgeous, laura. you have a great eye!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just beautiful, Laura! It is a perfect display for your entry, too.

Denise Marie said...

Classy copy!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am officially in love with your entire vignette, and I think it is better than the copy. Way to go, Laura! And the picture grouping is just perfect.

I want you to know again how much I loved seeing how much joy the ornament project brought to Ceekay. I was going to give all of my elves away, but I decided that I would keep one because they are just so darling and the cause was even more precious. You are an angel, and you make a cute as pie Minnie. Thank you for doing this and for allowing us to participate. I hope this is the best vacation Ceekay has ever dreamed of and her family as well.

Bless you, my friend...



Infuse With Liz said...

Oh my how beautiful! I love your inspiration photo and your version turned out lovely! The tree is adorable and the cake looks and sounds awesome! Love the flowers tucked under the cake plate! I adore the antique ornaments and how you arranged them! Beautiful!

Teresa said...

And so perfect for that space.
It touches me how much you love each of your pieces and how you hold the ones that offered them to you so close in the Celebrations. They couldn't have given them to a better person, in my opinion.
(belated) Happy Birthday to Mr. Decor!
Thank you for sharing your Art with us.

April Dunlap said...

It's gorgeous! I too adore that particular color palette for the season. But I adore SEVERAL different ones; it can make for an--interesting--home. :)
Your little angel is so sweet; glad you were able to rescue her. Isn't it odd, the decorations we LOVE?
All so pretty together!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Wow! What a beautiful vignette!

Shannon Fox said...

Oh, it's so stunning. What a wonderful inspiration you picked. I adore that show stopper vintage ornament too. It's gorgeous.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This vignette is lovely! The colors are so calming and fresh! I love the old ornaments and the patina they have. Just a beautiful copycat!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I just love the way you take an item that you have admired and make it your own!

Mary Ellen said...

Such a wonderful Christmas Vignette! Love that sweet feather tree and the vintage ornaments! What a beautiful birthday cake too!

Thank you again for all your hard work to get Ceekay and family the ability to go to Disneyland! What a blessing to their family and I know she will be doing double time at getting well now!

bee blessed

Christine said...

Straight out of a magazine!!
For a busy as it is, it pretty calming.
You get an A+ on this one!

Carol said...

That is truly beautiful, Laura! I, too, am devoted to the traditional Christmas colors (I do like to toss in a turquoise now & then), I can definitely appreciate the simple elegance of the creams, whites and pastels that are so popular in Blogland this year. I think it's wonderful that you have all those vintage pieces -- such treasures.

Shannon Chastaine said...

This is so classy--really nicely done!

pam {simple details} said...

It's absolutely beautiful, Laura! I love the treasured pieces you've included, that's always my favorite part of my Christmas decor!

Sue said...

I am so happy your friend CeeKay gets to go to Disney!!! That is so wonderful.

I also love the Feather tree. I don't think I have ever seen one like that. I am going to have to see if I can find one. It is just to cute. I think one like that would look great sitting in my bay window.

Enjoy your holiday season and the wonderful time with family and friends.

Maple Lane said...

What a sweet and welcoming entry, Laura. So many family treasures to keep your loved ones close to your heart during the holidays. God bless you and your family this Christmas Season. Mildred

Jacqueline said...

Your angel is just beautiful. I have my parents antique angel that topped the tree. Yours reminds me of it. We were all fighting over it and then when they both passed away, nobody wanted it (she seemed so small and insignificant by the time we were all grown). I am so glad I rescued her.

The tree is wonderful. I have a tree with a problem too. It developed a club foot during storage so I have it tied to the faucet in the kitchen. I need to find a nice pot for it too.

Everything turned out so prettily.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks soooooooooooo beautiful Laura!!!!

Atta Girl Amy said...

Love your leaning tower of treesa. You were very faithful to the inspiration. The entire space is indeed very calm and serene and beautiful.

Atta Girl Amy

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...

I love a good story and a collected piece to place in my home too. Thanks for sharing both! Merry Christmas.

openid said...

I love your festive entry way! I've been admiring your wall gallery since you first posted about. Your added details of Christmas' past and THAT cake make it even more beautiful.
Your Friend,

openid said...

PS That Merry Christmas ornament is the best one I've spied on line and off!

Vel Criste said...

This is so beautiful Laura it should be featured in a magazine somewhere! Love it!

Christie said...

It is beautiful and perfect. ;)

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Very pretty! I love the glimmers of white and gold.

KarenB said...

You did a wonderful job of recreating the beautiful picture and even better with your paintings and treasures! I especially love the little, teeny tiny green ornament in the photo above the angel. The angel reminds me of the one that hangs off the top of my nativity scene that I've had all my life. She looks out over Jesus. Merry Christmas!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Laura I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! So beautiful. I honestly thought it was from a magazine when I first saw it!

Sew Sassy said...

Love it! Perfectly inspired!!


Suzy said...

Just lovely, Laura. All of your vintage Christmas touches are wonderful, especially the Merry Christmas one. After seeing so much of it around blogland this year, I'll never pass another vintage Christmas anything by - at least as long as it's a deal! Thank you for linking up to The Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations Party.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, your entrance vignette is beautiful and so full of detail. The Country Home picture really is worth copying. I can see why it was so inspiring! You did a masterful job creating your own vignette with the CH image in mind. I love your wall art... it works so well with your little pretty tree!
Thanks for sharing your Christmas decor at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

Olive said...

Laura, your gallery wall and feather tree are a Christmas delight. Olive

Kristie at The said...

Your entry vignette is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love the way you grouped your art. LOVE!!!

Hyphen Interiors said...

Gorgeous!! I love the vintage elements and the colors. Very elegant. Well done.

Claire Rose said...

I adore this vignette-The feather tree is beautiful with the vintage decor-Featuring this on my Saturday faves-stop by to visit! Have a great weekend-Claire

Laura from Top This Top That said...

Laura, your entry is beautiful and your version of the tree from Country Living is so pretty. So glad that you joined the Better Late Than Never Holiday inspiration party!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Absolutely stunning - I adore feather trees! Love your light and bright version of Christmas decorating (glad you could get what you wanted)!!

I am seriously in love with your gallery wall too!