Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter Wonderland

     My goal this year was to use silver, white, turquoise and jewel tones to create a winter look that wouldn't be screaming at me to take it down immediately after Christmas. My family has always teased me about wanting to take the tree down as the last present is opened. I really do put things away very quickly because I'm usually so sick of looking at them. I hope that maybe this year I've used a few things that can stay out through the winter. The vintage silver tray and compote were my mother's. I've used them on the library table at the top of the stairs. A mercury glass turquoise votive, silver and white seashell balls and a lidded jar full of jewel tone ornaments add a bit of color to this part of the house.

The opposite side of the table holds a snowy white church
and a collection of sparkling trees.

The book was a favorite of my children's.
 It brings back many memories.

I don't think you can ever go wrong when you add vintage postcards.

     My china cabinet is a bit unusal this year. The fox was a HomeGoods find. I bought it thinking it would look so cute curled up under the tree, until I realized that I couldn't have a tree on the floor with the new puppy. Wouldn't that fox tail be fun to chew on?? So, I put some fresh greenery on top of the cabinet and added the fox, a wintery birdhouse, some snowballs and an icy wreath. I know the fox is a little large for the spot, but I don't care...I like him.

     The cloche holds a reindeer of my grandmother's and an ornament from my in-law's just to add a little of the turquoise to this space.

     I did buy a new wreath for the wall above the stairway. It isn't showing up in the picture the way it really looks. Our walls are a fairly dark taupe and the wreath is heavily snow covered greenery with pinecones. I wanted something I could leave out all winter and this is perfect.

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Blondie's Journal said...

Your vignettes are so pretty! The fox looks right at home with the greenery! I love that birdhouse, too! I like to leave some of my mercury glass candle holders out year round. The candlelight looks so pretty!

Are you ready for the cold weather they are predicting? Time to get out the heavy winter coat!

Have a great week, Sue!


Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I think you have inspired me to drag out the Christmas decorations!! I also tend to take them down pretty quickly after Christmas...like to get back to order Haha!
Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

Barbara F. said...

Very nice, Sue. That fox is cute. I think you can leave most of it up til late Feb.! xo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty! Yes - you will be able to leave it out thru Winter.
Cold,gray day again today here - I need to get out and don't wanna.

Marydon said...

Sue, your decorations are wonderful! I'd leave them up all yaer, if possible. Could never tire of them. The fox is just too cute!

Have a beautiful week.

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dee dee said...

I love the silvers and blues you've added over the last few years! Like you, by Christmas' end I'm taking down the decor too! Everything is beautiful!
Dee Dee

NanaDiana said...

It looks very pretty and Seasonal rather than Christmas-y. I DO think you can use it long past the Holidays. I'm like you- I can barely wait for New Year's Day to be over to take things down. (I'm kinda the same way with a bed-As soon as MyHero is up and goes to the bathroom the bed is made!;) Sad, isn't it? I hope you are having a great week so far! xo Diana

Traci said...

It's really pretty! I'm loving blues & turquoise this year. I don't think the fox is too big but I like oversized stuff!

Jacqueline said...

I usually like to leave a few things up in January, especially new things. Your wintery things will be perfect. My mom always kept things up until my birthday which is 2 weeks after Christmas so I like to do the same thing but by then I really am ready.

Jenny said...

What beautiful colors! I'll be curious if the theory works. I don't usually put my things up until Mid-December because I get tired of them, too.

Or maybe we should just decorate with candy...then the decorations would self destruct!

Kim, USA said...

Your decoration are beautiful!

Mackinac Island

Tanya@takesix said...

Sue, I'm usually in quite a hurry to put things away as well. But then everything looks so bare. So I started waiting until Christmas was all packed up to put my snowmen, snowflakes, skates, sleds etc out. Then I enjoy them for some of the winter. Until I'm sick of winter!!!!!

xinex said...

Sue, I love your Christmas decor. I like the colors you picked....Christine

KB said...


Jessica said...

We are the same way around here. The tree comes down usually the day after Christmas. Maybe this year we will both do better!


bj said...

Everything looks so pretty, Suz...love that fox.:))
I am so far behind in my visiting but...I think of you often. Things will slow down after the holidays. :)

Angie said...

I just love your color combination this year, Sue! Silver is such a perfect color to last all winter. And your fox is adorable.

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm the same way about Christmas decorations ~ they come down asap! I'm always ready to get back to "normal"...whatever that is these days. I have such a mess right now due to the painting, I feel like I'm living in a snow globe without the snow. Your things are very pretty ~ I LOVE the silver tray, compote and trees. I always have some mercury glass out ~ it's a real favorite.


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