Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Vignettes Around the House

There are little touches of Christmas around the house. Just a little, not too much. Mostly fresh greens and flowers

I'm hoping they stay fresh one more week, but the greens are getting crispy and the paperwhites feel like, well, paper!

In the kitchen, paperwhites are outside in the flower box, and inside.

In the sunroom, a long garland rests on the ledge and little cypress trees are getting quite crispy in the urns.

In the family room, just a few branches in a tray on the coffee table are a reminder of the time of year.

And finally, the family room mantel.
These are just a few of my favorite vignettes around the house.

Mr. A finally hung the garland and lights around the front door.
It is now full-on Christmas at this house, let me tell you!

I'm joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday
I'm also linking up to Sherry at No Minimalist Here for Share the Decor.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers for Alex's safe trip home.
Because of the snow and ice in Europe, flights are being cancelled everywhere.
After hours on the phone with United in the middle of the night, I got him a flight out of Rome for Monday.
It was a miracle!

So much for dreaming of a White Christmas!

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Kathysue said...

Delores, as always, just beautiful. I can only imagine how wonderfully the paper whites and cedar smell. So pretty. I just finished wrapping some packages and polishing some silver and poured myself a cup of Winter Solstice tea, yum, from Petes coffee. I am enjoying my tea and pretending I am at your house!!! xo Kathysue

savvycityfarmer said...

why of course you can grow paper whites outside,

Merry Christmas California babe!!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Delores,

First of all congratulations for pulling off Alex's return flight for Monday! He's young and he will easily fluff back before Christmas starts! Good for you.
Love your little touches of green with the fresh paperwhites.
Ours just started blooming this week, outside in the garden and I enjoy my second little vase.
Have a Merry Christmas and relax now you're ready and got Alex on his way home.

Mariette's Back to Basics

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Delores, I love all your little touches of Christmas and the front entry looks beautiful. I noticed that I have the exact same hurricane with the wicker bottom that you have on the tray in the family room!!! We both must have GREAT taste:):) I envy you being able to have paper whites inside AND out! I also love the idea of the window box right outside your kitchen window!!!!! That will go on my list for spring! My hubby made me all new window boxes last spring( 10 in all) so one more shouldn't be a problem:):) Merry Christmas!!!! XO, Pinky

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your decor is so pretty! A white Christmas sounds wonderful - Until you have to face the hazards involved! Glad you could get your son a new flight.

Allison said...

I am so glad you were able to get a flight for your son, Delores. I'm sure it will be wonderful to have your whole family together for Christmas. Your house is gorgeous. Beautifully decorated! Where did you find your pretty reindeer dish towel? I love that!

On Crooked Creek said...

Your home is a vision of loveliness and will be a Welcome Home sight for your son to behold! So glad he will be able to be with you for the Holiday Season. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, dear!

Tammy said...

Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas, so simply but so very elegant! So happy your son is able to make it home in plenty of time for the holidays! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Beautiful Vignettes!! Actually...when I mentioned magazines in my last post...Your blog would apply!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Gorgeous through and through. You style and elegance just speaks to me! Have a beautiful day... and enjoy this week.
xo Yvonne

Anonymous said...

*** WUNDERBAR, as ALWAYS, dear g'friend! Soooo pretty, warm n' welcoming!!!

And I'm super-thrilled that darling Alex WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!! That will make everything PERFECT for you all, I KNOW!!!

Love n' warm holiday hugs!!!
Linda *

Linda in AZ * said...

* Must've pushed a "wrong button", but you KNOW I could NEVER be ANONYMOUS... (I'm too loud!)... Grins...more hugs...
Linda in AZ *

Marlis said...

I am so glad to hear that your son will be home soon. As a mother, that is a relief. Your vignettes are gorgeous. I have one sitting about that I won't blow on for fear the needles will drop! Merry Christmas

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, Everything is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing this at my party and I hope your son makes it home for Christmas.
Happy Holidays,

The Gilded Cherub said...

Oh my what do I say! Your home is just beautiful, and the door decor is wonderful. I am an interior designer so of course I love many styles and I have to say next to Shabby Chic your home decor comes in second. I am both Scottish and Irish so I would love as home that looks just like yours. I am also new to blogging about 3 weeks now, if you get the time I would love if you could stop by and take a peek at my blog. Right after the new year I'm planning on a big give away just waiting for a few more followers and getting my blog out there. Well, you have a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year, I will be checking back often to your blog as I just love it.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Delores, what elegant beauty you create! Yikes! All of my cheesy decor is looking pretty bad after viewing the Christmas elegance at your house. I love the swag around the door - so elegant. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas - and I do hope your son makes it home with no more problems. laurie

Mary Ann Pickett said...

I think Alex will love walking through that beautiful front door!
Mary Ann

Anonymous said...

Yes, really. All above told the truth.

AT HOME BLOG said...

WOW I love your Christmas decorations... my favourite is the front door!!

Kathy Walker said...

Lovely visions of the season throughout your home! I am so happy that you worked the miracle and your son will be coming home today!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Delores your Christmas decor is just wonderful! I love the arrangement in the green stoneware pitcher and your front entry is so stunning and welcoming! I really love your style!

Hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season!

Hugs, Sherri

Laura said...

Wonderful blog!

French said...

Delores, I loved your door and beautiful tree on TartanScot's blog; and now to see! You have a fantastic sense of style; love the kitchen, love the entry, it's all just so fresh & love love....wishing you a very Merry Christmas. We are getting ready to float away down here in Laguna with all the rain! all best, Andrea

Burlap Luxe said...

All is bright all is calm :)

What a beautiful Christmas over here at your home.

Those little mini cypress trees are so adorable in the kitchen window.

I bought one years ago and it is about 2 1/2 foot tall now!

Have a beautiful holiday.

Un Joyeux Noel


Sarah said...

Beautiful vignettes, Delores! Hope Alex is safely back home by today. Enjoy your time with him during the holidays. ~ Sarah

The Tablescaper said...

Delores, you have such a beautiful home and have a magical touch. Everthing looks lovely. Hope your son made it home safe.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

- The Tablescaper

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