Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas at our Home

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....everywhere you go! From Maine to Maryland, we love this festive time of year.

Tom and I are back from Maine, and we're thrilled to be spending the holidays in our Tudor. And we just finished adding seasonal decor to our home, so please come in!

In keeping with tradition, I have gathered from nature plus gleaned from our collection of ornaments, items and keepsakes that have special sentiments. This year it's all about simple, scaled down and a little sparkle since our 1928 Tudor is on the small side; anything over the top or grand would be out of place.

The holidays are about sharing, and I'm excited to join the Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour co-hosted by Jennifer of Decor Gold Designs and Randi of Randi Garrett Design - two talented ladies whose holiday homes shimmer and dazzle. In addition there are many others participating - the full lineup is at the end of this post. For those visiting via the fabulous Nicole of Eye for Pretty, welcome! 
Let's start the tour in our entry foyer which smells incredibly fragrant thanks to the fresh cedar garland. When it comes to greenery nothing beats the real deal from Mother Nature. Add timeless white satin ribbons and voila!
Hi, Mocha 😉 She is ready to greet guests. Just come prepared with treats - the good kind! 
Speaking of nature, do you like the woodland fir tree that Tom, Mocha and I brought back from Maine? It's a bit of a Charlie Brown tree. Being so sparse, it really shows off our collection of vintage ornaments from the early 1900s. I decided to place the tree in an antique iron urn on top of a Swedish chest set in front of the living room bay window. Since there isn't a family room, this is where we spend much of our time relaxing, reading as well as watching TV (housed in an armoire across from the sofa), so we really get to enjoy the tree.

Since this is primarily our winter home, I went with mostly brass light fixtures and hardware for warmth. The Basil ceiling light is from Circa Lighting. The lacquered gold tray, from Pier 1, adds a touch of needed glam because we can all use some of that, haha.
A closer look at our collection of vintage ornaments all in shades of silver and white. These small, light weight ornaments are perfect for the delicate branches of our Maine woodland tree. Can you find the lyre? French horns? Baskets of flowers? Below is my favorite one: a hummingbird with stiff strands of plastic for wings.
Now please come into our dining room, which is also the library. Downsizing means having multipurpose rooms. I designed the wall of built-ins to hold my art books plus creamware china. Notice the unlacquered brass lighting here as well.

Normally there is a footbath on the 19th-century French farm table - see above photo. For Christmas I decided to switch that out for an iron urn to complement the one in the living room. Gold mercury ornaments tucked with sprigs of white pine in the urn make a simple, seasonal centerpiece. 
Going for gold! The farm table, set in a casual yet festive style, is ready for guests with cream-colored linens heightened with gold flatware and napkin holders.
An 1800s Georgian pine transom, stone lamb, brass candlesticks with beeswax candles along with bleached pine cones dress the mantel for these special days . . . .
. . . . and nights when the pinecones are illuminated with mini copper twine lights.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing our new home. Pleas stay tuned for exciting news next time.

Once again, many thanks for your visits here and at our shop in Bethesda, Maryland. This summer I also had the opportunity to meet a few blog readers who visited Castine, Maine for the house and garden tour - that was such a treat. 

Now before we say goodbye, I'd like you to visit my friend Erin over at The Sunny Side Up - her home is delightfully bright and beautiful. And check out the rest of the blogs below for more inspiration.

Merry Christmas!
PS - Don't forget to follow along on my INSTAGRAM page.
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Loi - Tone on Tone
Lindsay Hill
The Leslie Style
Eye for Pretty