Christmas is coming quickly.  I did some cookies this weekend and it was a bit strange to be playing Christmas carols and it being 70 degrees.  Normally, one would enjoy that but not when baking and getting ready for Christmas in NJ, Mother Nature sure is odd.

A collection of Champagne bottle brush trees took center stage this year.  I must confess, I am slightly addicted to bottle brush trees.  How this happened I am not quite sure.  They have a feel of nostalgia, a sense of elegance, a simplicity to them I think.  There are many reasons I started to collect these.

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I used them in my centerpiece this year with greens and pinecones, battery operated frosted candles and an old-fashioned wooden tag.

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It seemed the place to use my mini pine cone wreathes on the backs of our side chairs using ivory ribbon with gold edging.  These wreathes have a beautiful flocking and have been around for a while.  I purchased these at Ballard at their end of season sale.  The lighting from the chandelier casts a wonderful glow in the evening.

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I used my apothecary jars filled with fake snow and beaded brown pears for a simple addition.

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On the captains chairs I added my poinsettia pillows from PB that I got on sale years back, love the jingle bells.   

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The buffet is dressed with a bowl I took from BRIGHT yellow to this soft blue/grey antiqued beauty and I filled it with another tree from the collection.  The perfect fit seemed to be these gilded silver large artichokes I have had for many years now.

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This little side table I redid and will speak about after the Holiday.  I added two boxes I purchased at JoAnne’s half price a few years back.  I kept the theme going with the last tree I had placing gold pears from PB I purchased years ago with another old wooden tag, love the jingle bell on this one.

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This jar I just used some simple greens I had leftover.

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Now I couldn’t forget to decorate my antique door could I, no way.  I added a plain simple wreath to say welcome.  It may be unusual to see a wreath without a bow but with the sparkle of the pine cone and the iced spray I wanted to leave this plain.

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I didn’t want to leave this corner empty so I placed a lighted small cedar like tree to add some brightness.  Notice I left my lavender, sorry I can’t remove my love of it completely, just can’t happen, LOL.

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Our dining room is ready for the family for Christmas.

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