Christmas Entry and Dining

We received 3 more inches of snow yesterday.  I would like it to stick around so we have a White Christmas, here’s hoping.

It has been very cold here this week, in the 20’s.  

Today, let’s take a look at our entry and dining room.  I would like to have had the table set but I still have limitations and going back and forth with dishes wasn’t in the cards.

Our Bombay Chest, you may have noticed in most of the rooms I LOVE bottle brush trees.  

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The little skate was a gift.  Every year, as soon I take it out of a box Reeses runs right over wagging his tail.  Every item in the house that has a jingle bell attached he loves.  He is quite adorable at Christmas, he is our nosey pup.  By the end of the day he is exhausted.  Wish it was safe to get one for him to play with, not at all.

Something about candles during the season.  I enjoy scattering them into my vignettes.  The photo below was taken in the evening

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Our small tree in its usual place in our wooden sleigh.  This year we used a Mercury glass finial as the topper.

Boxwood wreathes are scattered around the house.  Hmmm, think I may get a few more small sizes during the spring.

The bells hanging from the shutter are from a beautiful store that was in the area.  Sad it is no longer around, one of my favorites to make a trip with Audrey.

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This tree will always be filled with Old World ornaments, many were gifts and have special meaning.

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Let’s venture to the dining room.  Our home is pretty open.  We enjoy it because all our favorite things can be seen from almost anywhere we sit.

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The candle holders are lamp bases I took apart and painted a few years back.

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More bottle brush trees with a mixture of greens.  The bird with the crown was a small purchase from Soft Surroundings this year.  

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Another love of mine is Mercury glass.  The small birds are brownish with nice sparkle.

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Another bird and a small French frame I purchased on Etsy a few years back with a chalkboard inside.  I like using different greens to add more of a realistic feel.

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These pine cone wreathes hang from the back of the four side chairs.

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This door leans on our side wall.  The bottle brush wreath fits in nicely with the bottle brush trees.  Had to hang the small one from the handle.

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One more photo and isn’t the little vintage wreath cute?

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As you can see this wall is the front by the windows.  I purchased this frame from Michael’s. Chalk paint and Silver gilding wax was used to bring out the details and I hung an antique plate that was my grandmother’s.

The iron piece below, John and I purchased quite a few years back while antiquing.  The large piece of mirror was broken and the gentleman said he couldn’t get a sale.  Next, $10 and it is yours, SCORE!  We brought it home and John knocked the rest of the mirror out.  The metal work is beautiful.  Hung a small boxwood with ribbon and perfect.

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The small tree we have had for around 20 years.  A simple touch.

Last but not least are my three angel signs I made with reverse transfers and added charms.  Small wings and Fleur di Lis.

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The tree with the knob I found on Etsy a few years ago and the other was at an outing with Audrey.  The tea-cup is one of many I have from both my grandmothers.

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The ornament hanging was a gift from Audrey years ago from Neiman Marcus.  The hint of browns work great in this room.

The vase is from Ballard and is about 15 years old.  I love the vase but was stark white and didn’t give me the feel I wanted.  What’s a girl to do, get the chalk paint out a play around until you get the right look.  I love my gilded artichokes.

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Final look and notice those cute pillows on the captains chairs.  PB 15 years ago with Poinsettia stiched on top with little brass jingle bells.  Yes, Reeses LOVES them too.

A Christmas get together Saturday and baking Sunday.  Hope you are having a good time too.