Town and Country Living, Friday Feature

As a single mother of two, Jennifer from Town and Country Living,  bought a Victorian cottage, circa 1875. Later she remarried and decided to stay in her beloved, well worn home. With wide baseboards framing painted floors, ample sunlight washes in through two-over-two windows, some with wavy glass. No floor is perfectly level and the need for small props under furniture feet is a necessity. It sounds perfectly delightful!

living room

In the living room, she used landscape burlap to create window treatments, using sticks as curtain rods. This room features Aunt Marion’s blanket chest made over with Annie Sloan chalk paint and the clock has been made over too!

crafting closet

With not much closet space, an Ikea cabinet was made over and serves nicely as a crafting space.

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Adding to the charm of the old house, the stair case is narrow and twisted.

buffet

In the dining room, this beautiful buffet is dressed for Christmas. It’s gorgeous!

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Another peek into the dining room, I love the bamboo floor mat!

Christmas kitchen

A spacious built-in, beadboard cupboard graces the kitchen. Boxwood wreaths dress it up for the holidays.

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The other side of the kitchen is decorated simply with greens and red ribbon and looks so pretty!

claw foot tub

Two claw foot tubs are in this home and this one is all set and full of bubbles for you to slip into and relax! Click on the picture to be taken to post to see how this tub was transformed.

Go on over to Town and Country Living and visit Jennifer. You’ll find lots of furniture makeovers and beautiful tablescapes to inspire you in her lovely Victorian cottage.

Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow I hope to be baking Christmas cookies and have decided to make an old recipe I haven’t made for years! Wish me luck!

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Merry Christmas 10 ways from Pinterest

Today I’m sharing pins from my Christmas pinterest board, creating a virtual Christmas party! Have a look at all the prettiness and see if something catches your eye. Subdued or over the top, what’s your style?

 

Let’s start at the front door by welcoming guests with sweet little skates displayed in a square frame surrounded by greenery.

 

The silver trays create quite a statement when displayed this way. I love this look and am on the lookout for old trays wherever I go. Silver, green and white go together beautifully.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

This year I’ve decorated our home with lots of greenery and Christmas ornaments so this centerpiece caught my eye. A recycled can with greenery and pretty Christmas balls is so simple and so pretty!

 

This idea is just too darn cute. Imagine your guests delight when you serve hot chocolate with little gingerbread houses!

 

Holiday sweets are a weakness of mine and I know I couldn’t resist this colorful treat.

 

A red tree is something you don’t see often! White ornaments are the perfect touch. This is really unique and I would definitely ohh and ahh over this tree.

Source: fieldstonehilldesign.com via Bungalow on Pinterest

 

Blue and green ornaments in a large silver bowl, another look I love.

 

Here’s the a kitchen sink with more of the green that I’m partial to.

 

Maybe your Christmas style is more fun and funky like this decorated window.

 

Share some yummy looking eggnog fudge with your friends as they leave the party. My mouth waters just looking at this!

Merry Christmas!

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

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Christmas mantle 2012

This year the mantle is decorated in aqua and teal blues, paired with shades of lime green. The center focal point is a new, large ornament from TJMAXX but everything else came from my huge collection of Christmas decorations. My mantra for Christmas decorating this year should be greenery and Christmas balls everywhere!

Christmas mantle

For the past several years I haven’t put up a tree, but the house can still look festive and pretty without one! The kitchen, dining room and family room are all decorated with plenty of greenery and pretty ornaments.

Christmas wreath trio

I’ve always liked the look of a trio of wreaths, so I added them above the mantle.

Christmas urn

A faux wreath is surrounding the twigs in my thrift shop urn and freshly clipped greens are tucked in.

large aqua ball on mantle

Every year after Christmas, I think about replacing the old faux swag and replacing it with a fuller one. For now I just tuck in lots of fresh greens.

green blue Christmas ornaments

Most of these plastic ornaments are from Walmart. They do have a nice selection of ornaments.

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On the center wreath, I pictured a loosely draped, satin ribbon but I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I settled for a metallic mesh ribbon.

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That’s the Christmas mantle this year! It’s hard coming up with a new look every year.

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This was the mantle last year, done in silver and white. The ‘O holy night’ got recycled this year in the dining room. I’ll be posting that soon. Lots more past Christmas décor and recipes HERE.

Added to Inspire me Monday at Create with Joy

The Lettered Cottage

 

Are you finished decorating? Got all those cookies baked? Shopping done? Isn’t Christmas exhausting!   HO HO HO……..!

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

Baker’s rack made over for Christmas with Annie Sloan chalk paint

In the process of decorating for Christmas, I decided to redo the baker’s rack with a little help from Annie Sloan, in old white.  The kitchen and family room were done in gold and red back when this before picture was taken. Since then, these rooms were given a new look with board and batten and Palladian blue, from Benjamin Moore on the walls.

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The after is bright and beautiful! at least I think so and gives the space a completely different feel.

baker's rack christmas

I added lots of greenery clipped from the yard and red and green Christmas decorations. The old wooden box was holding newspapers in the garage and it’s now looking great in its new home serving as a sort of shelf.

Annie Sloan old white distressing

A little distressing makes the baker’s rack look aged.

white ironstone christmas

I ‘m guilty of having way too many Christmas decorations in all colors, but I really like the red and lime green combination.

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This little elf boot is one of my favorites.

red green Christmas

I love this sign, let’s not forget the real reason for the season!

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So there’s a little Christmas in the kitchen 2012.

Christmas 2012

No Friday feature this week….I’m so behind on my blog posts, I hope to catch up soon!

 

 

 

 

Thanks for visiting! Debra(((xx)))