Hello everyone, the Christmas decorating is finally finished and the glitter cleaning is also accomplished.  Not really, you know glitter never really gets picked up completely from the hardwood floors until April, LOL.

Today is foyer day all dressed for Christmas.  This is where we use our small German tree.  This is decked out glass ornaments, many Christopher Raddko and Old World.

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I have had this sled for around 15 years.  It started out bright red and a few years ago I decided to give it a facelift.  I used black paint.  I decided to do a wash of silver paint that I deepened with raw umber paint to give it an aged appearance.

The stencils on the sides, I used regular joint compound to give it a raised effect, I enjoy doing this, it adds so much character.  When I did this I had no idea there were products to use for the raised effect. To tell you the truth, joint compound works great and that will always be the way I achieve this look.

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Some close-ups of the tree decorated.  These were taken at different times of the day.

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At dusk

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On the antique shutter I added these bells I bought a few years back and I adore them.  They have an antique quality that is a perfect touch. The rope holding them together is so pretty.  A small bottle brush wreath was added to the old hinge.  This I found at a craft fair a while back.

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Moving to the Bombay chest, this year I used a box that I purchased at one of our food markets they used for display.  They were selling them half price, pretty cool don’t you think?

It is filled with antique looking ornaments I found at a craft fair years ago and a bottle brush tree.  You will notice throughout the house tour bottle brush trees were used in abundance.   They add so much charm and age to Christmas décor, I love them!

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The bottle brush tree by the lamp on the book is from an Etsy shop I found and I fell in love with the glass doorknob used to hold it in place.  I know I could have done this myself, however, getting this tightly into a knob and finding an old knob would have been a challenge for me.

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A candle always on this pedestal to greet guests.  As you may see I haven’t finished the fall scent when this was taken, LOL.

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The Hitchcock chair is adorned with a plaid throw and another box.  This was also found at the same market 50% off and I LOVE the plaid.  I think plaid screams Christmas.  I filled this with greens, pomegranates and pinecones I have had for years.

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I placed a wreath on the inside of the front door.  I purchased these beaded picks from a garden center that has their shop setup for Christmas many moons ago.  I have been frequenting this shop from childhood.  It was a HUGE trip with my mom and dad for years.  A memory I will cherish forever!

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Much more to come!

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