Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Decorating with Mercury Glass

Welcome to December! This is a special time of year for us, as it is for many of you. Tom and I will be searching for our tabletop Christmas tree this weekend. The tree will be placed at one end of our living room, and I’ll decorate it with antique and vintage ornaments. I look forward to sharing it with you soon.

At our house, it’s about traditions and celebrating the holidays in a thoughtful way. I try to decorate in an old fashioned style. I’ll fill our house with seasonal fruit, berries, nuts, hollies and boxwood similar to Christmas in Colonial America.

In addition, I love borrowing Christmas traditions from Victorian times. This means using our antique mercury glass pieces and forcing bulbs to flower.

I wish you all a happy December and a festive holiday season ahead!


I cleared the top of our secretary in the living room, and set out our antique mercury glass collection. Many of these German mercury glasses were imported to Victorian America and sold through Woolworth's. 
I'm very proud of this collection as there are many unusually large pieces. There are also many pairs, which can be harder to find.
Antique mercury glass is double-walled and silvered with a nitrate solution (not mercury), then sealed with a disc or cork. It is usually etched. Below is a footed and fluted goblet.
While purchasing amaryllis bulbs, I found these bleached pine cones. Welcome to a new Tone on Tone holiday tradition!! :)
I made several visits to the mall recently (will tell you why in a future post), and dropped in on a few favorite chain stores. These new mercury glass acorns were on sale at West Elm, so home they came. I added the gray grosgrain ribbons...aren't they cute? The creamware compote and acorns are much smaller than they look in these photos. 
 Look at all the new mercury glasses at West Elm...now on sale!
 This snow globe from West Elm is charming and quite hypnotic, but I resisted. (I must have tried 20 times to get the right photo.)
 Above: vintage looking mercury glass ornaments from Crate and Barrel. I think they are lovely.
 Above and Below: mercury glass galore at Pottery Barn!


108 comments:

  1. Loi,
    Your Mercury Glass collection is amazing. I love all the pieces...the fluted goblet really caught my attention.
    West Elm and Crate and Barrel have wonderful Christmas goodies. A couple of years ago I found Mercury Glass ornaments at Restoration Hardware.
    The bleached pine cones....well they are to die for!!!
    I love seeing all the beauty you create!!!

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  2. Such a beautiful collection of mercury glass! I love the mercury glass acorns too. I bought as many of theme as I could find last year! I can't wait to see the rest of your Christmas decorating!

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  3. wow great .nice designing style i love all the pic which u share. thanks for post

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  4. Hi Loi! So happy to see you are beginning, like me, to do your Christmas decorating. I love mercury glass too and you have such a lovely collection. Wow!! I have several Restoration Hardware vintage-looking ornaments which remind me of the ones you've shown. I can't wait to see all you do! I tried to get a boxwood wreath (my favorite) but it is not native here and no one ever carries them. My favorite flower store doesn't get them any more, so I always get a fir wreath, which is more local, I guess. And it always smells amazing coming into the house. I put my foot down at fake wreaths. However, David likes coloured lights on the tree
    (I don't), but since he doesn't usually argue for a decor preference, he gets his way on this. I really must put up a second white tree for me...hmm.

    Happy December!
    xo Terri

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  5. Gorgeous. makes me want to drag out my mercury glass, but it's all fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wish i had some antique ones like yours! what a great thing to collect. uh oh..... ;)

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  6. Hello Loi, Your collection of mercury glass is really impressive. The muted silver color really goes well with the paint on that antique secretary. I used to have a large collection of antique mercury glass, but lost all of it in a fire. I'm not so fond of the newer type which is applied to the outside of the glass--I prefer the old double-wall construction.

    Your photo of the snow-globe was perfect--it was worth all those takes.

    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Jim - I'm sorry to hear about your mercury glass collection. That is awful! You are correct as usual: new mercury glass is not double walled.

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  7. Dear Loi,

    We love your Mercury Glass collection!

    As you know we are somewhat addicted to candlesticks but we have a small collection of modern, vintage look mercury glass which make a lovely pool of light when filled with tea lights.

    I particularly like the etched glass in the fourth photograph.

    For us today sees the preparation of our Advent Wreath.

    It is nice that as we prepare for the Christmas Season we begin to share our customs and our family traditions.

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    1. And interestingly, AGA has just told me that in Germany they are called Bauensilber which means 'Farmers Silver'.

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    2. Thank you, Kirk and AGA! I never knew the term bauensilber until this post---courtesy of kind readers :)

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  8. Dear Loi

    Your plaster angel and vintage collection of mercury is so beautifully displayed and has echoes of Christmas's past. I can imagine how spectacular it looks when candles and lights reflect.

    Have a wonderful weekend
    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you, Helen! We used candles last night, and the mercury glass reflected the light beautifully! Loi

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  9. Less is indeed more. Your understated decoration is so stylish and clean. Ahhhh, antique mercury glass, as you say so hard to find these days at an affordable price and worth it's weight in gold in the style stakes. I hope you have a wonderful festive season dear Loi.
    Di
    xxxx

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  10. Dear Loi - first things first - big congratulations on the photo!!! - the oval.
    I also have some mercury glass candlesticks which I love - you would be shocked, I have black candles in mine!!!
    I love the appearance of them and the joy is the fact that you do not have to get the silver cleaner out all the time.
    I wonder if you can bleach your own cones? I must give it a try. They appear much more sculptural when bleached.
    Your taste as usual is impeccable.

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    1. Thank you! You noticed the oval, Rosemary :) I'm not happy with how it turned out. I can't get rid of the rectangle around the oval. If you click to see the enlarged image, you'll notice the rectangle.

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  11. Hi Loi,
    Your mercury glass collection is quite stunning and displayed in the most simple yet spectacular, typical Loi way. Also love the big bottomed angel with babes that hangs above. I bought ribbon for hanging our kids old ornaments this year, trying to make the tree look a little more special. We don't put up our tree until the second week of December. I have been campaigning for a small tree for the last few years to no avail, our youngest son still insists on a full sized one. I think a smaller tree would be easier to manage and so much more elegant as I could put just my favorite ornaments on it. Can't wait to see yours! No decorating yet in our house, just have the bulbs planted. Guess I should get started this weekend!

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  12. My mercury glass is all fake. :( I do have a large collection of vintage ornaments and think they would look great on a tabletop tree. I may have to steal that idea.

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  13. Your collection of mercury glass is spectacular, Loi and so beautifully displayed. I had no idea that mercury glass was sold at Woolworths back in the day! The bleached pine cones look like sculpture. They were made for you! Nice mercury glass selections too from PB, West Elm, and Crate & Barrel. I'm eager to know what else you were doing at the mall!

    Happy Weekend,
    Deborah

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  14. wow! you mercury glass is amazing! love it on the green secretary! stunning!

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  15. Your house must be a magical place this time of year with all of your simple, natural decor paired with that gorgeous antique mercury glass collection...really gorgeous! I hope you find the perfect tree this weekend!

    xo Kat

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  16. Your mercury collection is wonderful. My favorites are those two fat round ones in the last pic! Mod in their own way. The other day I was thinking about spray painting some pinecones white but now that I've seen those bleached ones I'm kinda partial to those.

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  17. Hi Loi, I love mercury glass and your collection is beautiful. Who knew West Elm is such a great resourse for new pieces - I am going to chek it out online - the snowglobe is also darling. Have fun picking out your tree - I alway love that and the debating over the merits of this one or that one. Enjoy the weekend - finally snowing here!
    xoxo,
    P

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  18. Love your collection Loi!
    Do you only bring them out during the holidays?
    Your bleached pine cones really stole my heart though, where might one find those?
    I am starting my decorating this weekend, which is a bit late for me...
    Happy Holidays!!
    XO

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  19. Loi I love mercury glass. Your antique collection with the relief above is stunning! The little ornaments and pinecones are also adorable!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series and Giveaway from The House of Edward!

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  20. Dear Loi,
    Love the Mercury glass ! So calm and lovely ! Please share if you know how to bleach pinecones I have bushels of them in my yard and would love to try to do it ! XO
    Betsy

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  21. Hi Loi,
    The bleached pine cones are a must have for me!! Where did you purchase them? I live amongst many Monterey pines and always have a stash of pine cones around and always use them in my Xmas decorating.
    Not that I need any more projects on my list....but I might try bleaching a few and see how they turn out.
    They are so pretty! Tom and I will be in San Francisco this weekend, a little shopping and some great Xmas inspiration. Can't wait to see all your decorations :).
    Cheers to you,
    Sarah

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  22. Loi, I'm 100% positive. There's no doubt about it. We WERE separated at birth!!! LOLOLOLOL! I ADORE mercury glass! Well, who doesn't? (if they don't, I don't want anything to do with them. haha!) Absolutely gorgeous and how cool that places like West Elm and PB (which of course is actually the SAME store.) I also saw some really pretty mercury glass items at Anthropologie last weekend. Love the pine cones. Are they actually bleached, or are they painted or bleached then painted? xo ~ Laurel

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    1. Hi, Laurel - They were bleached, not painted. Hope you are enjoying your new place! Loi

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  23. Loi....I love how you decorate...simple, but elegant! It makes such a wonderful statement!

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  24. Hi Loi, I love your collection. Old mercury glass is so hard to find out here and (for me) the new glass just isn't quite the same.
    Have a super day.
    Mary

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  25. Loi,

    Love what you've shared in this post. I was at the local mall last week and saw some of the same pieces as well. Fun when creativity stirs us to seek out different stores, dislays, and advantages in light, and capturing the "spirit" of the season. Then we bring it home and it transforms again allowing us to experience more of a good thing.

    Cheers!

    Bette

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  26. The bleached pine cones are so pretty and I have never seen them before. I may need to find some!! They would work well with my neutral decor. RH, PB, and WE are all great places for the mercury glass but your imported collection takes the cake!

    Have fun getting your tree today Loi. We are planning to do the same!

    xx
    leslie

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  27. The collection of mercury glass looks stunning. I think I may have found a new item to collect. Where the bleached pine cones from West Elm also? I wonder if I

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    1. Thank you! I purchased the bleached pine cones from a local nursery: American Plant. Here is the link:

      http://americanplant.net/

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  28. I ADORE mercury glass but confess I cannot bear to put it away even though I would probably appreciate it even more if I did from time to time! My favourite pieces include some antique witches balls and a set of three matching candlesticks which I purchased on ebay for £5 (imagine my delight at such a steal) Can't wait to see Christmas "Tone on Tone" style.......:-)

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    1. WOW!! Great buy! I'll give you 10 pounds for it, haha :)

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  29. I'm so glad you tried so hard to get the perfect photo of the snow globe. It is really pretty. I love your collection, and am looking forward to the tabletop tree.

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  30. Loi, I am so in awe of your collection and the fact that it was once sold at Woolworths. I remember going into Woolworths and they had a soda fountain. I miss the simpler days of the past. It is always such a treat to visit your blog. Loving the bleached pine cones. We need to find out how to do that!!
    Happy decorating and tree hunting this weekend,
    xo Kathysue

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  31. PS I found it....
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4836396_bleach-pine-cones.html

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    1. Thanks for the link, Kathysue! I purchased mine, and would like to try bleaching a few!

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  32. I so want that snow globe Mr Loi. The photo is absolutely magical, I can imagine quite tricky to get to. Toodle pip!

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  33. Hello loi,

    Your collection looks perfect and i love the idea to decorting with this vor Xmas.
    The green desk is also beautiful.

    Have a nice weekend
    XX
    Jérôme

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  34. The photograph of the snow globe turned out perfect! Nice job. I love your antique display of mercury glass. You aren't kidding when you say you have a lot of nice pieces. They are simply beautiful. Enjoy your weekend Loi!

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  35. A very wonderful collection of German mercury glasses, dear Loi!
    You may not know but they were called originally "Bauernsilber" which means farmer's silver because farmers could not afford real silver in those days.
    Really beautiful and - again - a lovely and interesting post!
    Best wishes for joyful 'decorating' December weeks :)
    xxxkarin



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    1. Karin - I didn't know the term: bauernsilber. Thanks so much for sharing! Take care, Loi

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  36. Dear Loi,

    Your mercury glass collection is very handsome, and I like the fact that so many of your pieces have designs, which you don't see on newer mercury glass. I am constantly picking up pine cones in my yard, so I'll be able to conduct bleaching experiments — thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Hello Loi,
    Your mercury glass collection is stunning.
    How wonderful to have so many pieces displayed together.
    Love the bleached fir cones. I have never seen anything like them before.
    Have a lovely week,
    Liz x

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  38. Dear Loi, what a beautiful post! I too am leaning to a more natural decorating scheme...your collection looks awesome on the lovely green chest!
    Looking forward to more photos as the season evolves, always such a pleasure to visit you! N.xo

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  39. BRAVO!! CLAP CLAP CLAP LOI! Your home has the subtle gentleness that I seek. The grays, the silvers in these lovely pieces and that GREEN DESK! Oh I wish you and Tom the funnest day getting your tree! I can imagine it will look so beautiful.

    Holiday hugs! Anita

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  40. Thanks for all the beautiful, inspirational images, Loi. I love decorating my home for Christmas, especially the tree. This year it will be a 10-foot frasier fir. I am in agreement with you on your love of mercury glass. I have a few old pieces, but I use multiple sizes of new mercury glass ornaments to fill the tree and nestle in fresh garlands. I also have mercury glass votive holders and teeny ornaments I use to decorate presents. All I need is to play some of my collection of Johnny Mathis Christmas songs and I am good to go. I look forward to seeing your tree and the rest of your decorations. I know they will be fabulous.
    XO, Victoria

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  41. I can't take my eyes off that gorgeous serene intaglio angel. I would love to hear more about it!

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    1. Hi, Jocele - The plaster plaque is an antique from the late 1800s......a copy of "Night" by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen. The original is in Copenhagen. Cheers, Loi

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    2. Thank you for the lead! I adore it.

      Best,
      Jocele

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  42. The bleached pine cones are divine; would be great all winter long. Hmmm......wonder how this was done.

    best,
    teaorwine

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  43. Your collection is delightful! Love the bleached pine cones as well. Your mall story has me intrigued!

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  44. Your collection is stunning and you've arranged it beautifully.

    I'm glad I never had a "thing" for mercury glass but I do love all the little ornaments that everyone is doing now and those hobnail votives are really charming.

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  45. Love, love- as usual, Loi! I just busted out my mercury glass tonight:-) NOTHING compares to your collection! Can you do a post on ALL of your collections? I would love to see them ALL at once. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. xoxo, K

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  46. I love mercury glass Loi! Your collection is beautiful! Love how simple and elegant your decorations are!

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  47. I love your appreciation and passion for collections. It feels like you have a real gift and eye for finding special things. I think you could do a whole book on collections! At the very least, maybe you need a "collections" label on your side bar. I'd love to learn more from you in this category!

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  48. Beautiful. Just picked a few mercury glass flutes and vases from Pottery barn this week, now if only I could find those bleached white pinecones:)

    SK

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  49. Your mercury glass collection is very pretty indeed. As a lover of silver, I would find it hugely satidfactory that this silvered delight wouldn't need cleaning. Of course worrying about my silver cleaner, (bless her cotton socks), breaking the glass is another story!

    But they are a hugely sophisticated and upmarket decoration for Christmas, amongst all the other dross on offer.

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    1. Hi, Columnist - I'm way behind on polishing the silver, so bringing out the mercury glass was a good idea. Because they are fairly lightweight, they are prone to being knocked over :(

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  50. I will be Christmas shopping soon for those little extras to decorate the home, mercury glass is top of my list, we will be looking for just the right tree too, I adore the scents of Christmas, most of all the tree, it brings Christmas into the home like nothing else.

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  52. We've been out in our forest looking for the perfect table top trees but haven't found the right one yet. I need to bring my mecury gllass down from our bedroom I love how yours looks against your plaque and that vellum book......WOW, PERFECTION!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  53. Im going to go gather pinecones right now and bleach them...I love it. I should have met you at Tysons sweetie! Haven't braved a mall yet..but I love your collection. Of course yours is more special that the modern day mercury glass. I love yours, and the etching and the history! Have a wonderful time decorating this weekend. Im doing the same!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  54. Happy December Loi! Your antique mercury glass collection is beautiful! and looks so pretty on your secretary. You always find the prettiest things! And lovely on the creamware. Good luck to you and Tom on your search, and have fun decorating! xoRobin

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  55. Oh, Loi! You decorations are stunning. This collection of mercury class is the best I have seen, and the bleached pinecones are perfect. I am trying this myself. I can't wait to see the tree!
    Thank you for sharing the other sources you have. I love the snow globe.
    Happy Sunday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  56. i must come out of the dark having never setting foor in west elm! your vintage collection is stunning loi, particularly on that exquisite swedish desk. even the simple touch of adding grosgrain ribbon to the acorns elevates them charmingly and stately
    looking forward to more of your inspiration
    cheers
    debra

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  57. Good evening Loi! YOU CAME TO SHAKE IT DOWN WITH ME! teeeheee.....we Latinas love to dance!

    YOU GOT YOUR TREE????? FABULOUS! I can't wait to see if you share it on your gorgeous blog! You and Tom will have the house looking like a magical haven, I know it!

    Hugs! Anita

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  58. Hello Loi,
    What a beautiful display of mercury glass, stunning images! Thank you for sharing...
    Best wishes Ivan

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  59. your collection is so lovely, loi. could stare at that vignette forever. bought a mercury glass jar at z-gallerie last night and would have snagged more were it not for the fact i have to pack them in my carry-on. bleached pine cones are new to me and something fun to now research.

    my mom is doing great. my sister takes care of the nurse duties, and i do makeup, hair, massage, and catering. espresso brownies with marshmallow icing have been a hit. i also had an italian cooking lesson the other day, and i am looking forward to trying out some new recipes on friends and families when i return.

    smiles and sunshine to you.

    michele

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  60. Hi Loi,
    What is it about you??? Every time I come and see what you have been up to... I get inspired! Beautiful collection of mercury glass and the simple crisp clean photos you take make my heart race!
    Thank you my friend!
    Cynthia

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  61. Love, love, your gorgeous antique mercury glass collection...so simple and beautiful. Your home is so restful. Just got home from a baby shower in an older home with a design aesthetic, much the same as yours...I could move right in...Have a great wek. Mona

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  62. Simply elegant, I am loving the whites and silver Christmas decor this year and Mercury is one of my favorites! It especially looks so sharp on top that Amazing Green secretary!
    xo Karolyn

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  63. Loi,
    Happy Holidays!!!! I am just taking in all of this elegant Christmas decor. I love mercury glass....you'll find it in my powder bath, drinks area and often on my mantle for the holidays. I've just gotten started with decorating, as we'll get our tree this coming weekend. You've inspired me to track down all my mercury glass and love your sources for some new additions!

    Here's to the joy of the season!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  64. Dear Loi,
    The green secretary looks gorgeous with all the mercury glass! You have such an eye for beauty!
    Next weekend I am going to decorate our house for Christmas and I am pleased to see all these inspirational pictures here!
    Have a great new week!
    xx
    Greet

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  65. Your collection of Mercury glass is gorgeous! So elegant against the backdrop of the Oval and your antique green desk cabinet. I also love your Angel Oval on the wall. I also have an Angel wall piece just like that but not Oval. Pamela

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  66. I am late to comment, but what a beautiful and peaceful decor for the holidays. I am a recent fan of mercury glass - not antique, but the type I am now seeing in so many stores. I have some mercury glass votives from Ballard (we have a local shop) in different sizes and shapes, which look lovely on the bookshelves with a tealight candle flickering within. I also purchased some red and green mercury glass votives for a party we had last night, and they looked like little jewels when they had candles within.

    I will be in town just after Christmas, seeing Heather's newly renovated house. If you are in town, perhaps we could have a progressive tour of both homes!

    - Holly

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  67. I'm off to gather pine cones for bleaching - love that idea!! And love your mercury glass collection. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! We are coming to your part of the world but will only have 1 day in DC and sadly, I don't think your shop will be high up on my kids list of things to do! Hopefully another time, when I'm unencumbered.! x Sharon

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  68. I've always loved mercury glass...and for some reason it blends nicely with every decor. Not as fussy as silver ( which I dearly adore).
    BLEACHED PINECONES????? What a perfect little idea. Another decor idea I can steal from Loi !!!! Ha ha
    Hugs, Terri

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  69. Loi, Your home looks just beautiful. I'm so impressed with your collection of mercury glass, it's just stunning. I have a few pieces of old mercury glass and you are inspiring me to hunt for more. I blend it with new pieces, too, and will have to stop off to check out what West Elm has on offer. Those bleached pine cones! I love them and wish I could finds some in our neighborhood. Happy decorating, looking forward to seeing the tree!

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  70. gorgeous Loi! I love colonial Christmas decorating too, and usually go this route in advent. There's something so soothing about natural things...I find them so much more delightful than their flashier counterparts....except mercury glass! Love it! Great all year, but I like the idea of using it especially at Christmas.

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  71. First of all, I apologize for just now seeing this! We have been very busy in Memphis celebrating my grandfather's 90th birthday so I am just now sitting down to catch up! This post is beautiful! You know how I love mercury for Christmas! Our shop is brimming with it! We only have a few antique pieces in at the moment and they sure are incredible to me! I love your collection and I love the thought of decorating with natural elements…I'm trying to do more of that this year! I'm obsessed with your bleached pine cones! They definitely should be a signature Tone on Tone item! Happy Holidays and happy decorating!! Love this festive time of year!

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  72. Loi,
    What a beautiful collection you have. I love the glow of the mercury glass, especially when night falls and the candles get lit. As always, your ideas inspire me. I'm late to the decorating party but I'm ready to start full steam now that our special celebration is behind us.
    I will look forward to more from your fabulous site in the days and weeks ahead.
    Happy Holidays!
    Karen

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  73. I love collections and your collection of mercury glass is stunning. I love the variety of shapes and sizes and they look fabulous on your antique secretary. I've never seen bleached pinecones, but they are beautiful and look wonderful with your decor. Seeing snippets of your home is such a treat - could move right in!!!

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  74. Hi Loi,

    Your collection of mercury glass is just beyond beautiful. Love it!! Its has something magical.

    xoxo Rozmeen

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  75. You almost make me want to go up to the attic and haul down all of my mercury glass......nah!
    I'll be collecting pine ones and throwing them in a tub of bleach instead:)
    Of course I can always come here and look at yours which are so beautifully displayed!

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  76. I have started collecting mercury glass this year, and have quickly found lovely treasures. I adore the acorns and will be searching those out.
    I love the idea of starting some bulbs in them, that will make them go further into the seasons!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  77. Incredibly elegant as usual young man!

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  78. Loi,
    I share your love of nature inspired ornaments- the bleached pinecones were to die for!!! This images were like being inside a snow globe :) I'm going with color this year, but I will never tire of silver, gold and white-sigh....
    Happy December to you!
    ~Rebecca

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  79. Gorgeous! What a collection you've built! I've never seen bleached pinecones before, what a fun find. I do love the cinnamon ones that are often sold in States around the holidays. I love to empty them into a big bowl, they smell so lovely.

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  80. Olá Loi, espero que esteja tudo bem contigo. Amo esse tempo de festas de finais de ano. Amei tuas decorações, esse estilo tradicional é belíssimo. Esse tom de cinza ficou lindo. Minha mãe enfeitava a árvore com essas bolos de mercúrio. Sinto falta desse tempo junto com a família.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

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  81. Hi Loi,
    Very pretty Christmas vignettes, but must inquire as to where you ever found bleached pine cones? Too cool!!
    x,
    b

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  82. You sure have an enviable collection of mercury glass! I hope you share pictures of your Christmas decor; can't wait to see! Happy Wednesday Loi!XX

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  83. Your collection is breathtaking Loi!! I had no idea they're German! Everything is absolutely dreamy and made my morning... I'm checking out Crate and Barrel for some fun Holiday entertaining ideas thanks to you!
    Thanks so much for making my morning, I hope all is well Loi!

    xoxo
    Desiree

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  84. Your mercury glass collection is just lovely, Loi, and the gray grosgrain ribbon -- just the perfect color!

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  85. Hello Dear Loi!
    Mercury glass...I cannot have enough of it...so magical.
    The Colonial and Victorian styles...yes please! :)
    Stunning....all of it...West Elm is just down the street from my home, I will have to pop in!
    Ok, and now you have me thinking about bleached and GLITTERED pine cones...oh no!
    Enjoy!!!
    Hugs,
    - Irina

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  86. How stunning! Oh my - this blog is so gorgeous! I am in awe. I also wish to thank you for entering my giveaway, because I found your blog because you did! Will put on my blog list straight away. I will enjoy all your wonderful posts from here on out!

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  87. Hi Loi

    is a real, real pleasure to go from your blog and fill the eyes with beauty! sei bravissimo
    un saluto dall'Italia
    xo
    simonetta

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  88. Loi mercury glass looks beautiful. I am eagerly waiting to see your final Christmas decor. We do not have any mercury glass pieces :( however we have a lot of antique and vintage silver, it too looks good with pine cones and fresh greens.

    Best wishes

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  89. I love using mercury glass as well and your arrangement is absolutely stunning... the pieces really pop out elegantly against the soft neutral background. I use West Elm alot too for accessories...good to know they are having a sale...will check it out. Please post pictures of your tree when it's finished...I'm sure it will be fabulous!

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  90. Loi,

    How beautiful! I love to see your collections.

    Also, I think the bleached pinecone officially cements your status as a trendsetter.

    Berta

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  91. Hello Dear Loi! I thank you so much for your stopping by! Please do visit the Twin Cities when you can...you must see the Swedish Institute as well! :) I will do a post on it soon...
    And what a DREAM it must have been to work at the Smithsonian!! My goodness, I would love to hear about your experience there...
    In the meantime I am indulging my dreams in the tranquil, elegant beauty you show us here....
    Have a wonderful weekend!!
    - Irina

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  92. Hi Loi!
    I haven't stopped by in awhile...I had some catching up to do!
    Love your ideas for the Holiday and Love your mercury glass!
    I too adore mercury glass~ I use it year round but love grouping it together at Christmas. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your tree!
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Donna

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  93. Oh Loi, I love the bleached pine cones and the antique mercury glass collection is stunning!
    Monica

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  94. Well Loi, you certainly set a high standard to aim for! bleached pine cones?! love them, but not as much as your beautiful mercury glass collection
    best
    Sharon
    xx

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  95. Your mercury glass looks so stately upon your secretary. I have not made it to West Elm this season but I think Pottery Barn once again has some lovely reproductions!

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