2016 Christmas Home Tour
Welcome to our Christmas Sparkle Home Tour. We hope you enjoy the talent and creativity on display here, as well as find a little inspiration for your own holiday cheer! Please be sure to visit all of the blogs listed at the bottom of this post.
To create a warm, cozy, quiet and peaceful Christmas feeling, I incorporate pine boughs, burlap, Christmas berries and fruit, plaid…oh, and a few bears and one moose! I combine these elements with simple plaid runners, burlap-base trees, candles sporting ribbons and bows, and pine cones.
Allow me mention right here at the beginning, (so I don’t bore you senseless saying the same thing over and over); nearly everything you see in these photos is either from a thrift shop, garage sale, or a craft fair.
In our (very tiny!) entryway, a Nordic Father Christmas welcomes you….
…along with this little door hanger that cheerfully rings it’s bells each time the door is opened and closed.
On the built-in next to our fireplace is a vignette made up of a pine-cone-wreath, topped by a lantern and softened by some pine boughs. Bears roaming the woods and a bear-topped bird house complete the scene!
On the mantle, I hung a Christmas bough from the window frame that I found by the side of the road. (It didn’t look like that at the time; Sailor helped with adding the framing and the chicken wire. I stripped, sanded and painted after his work was finished!)
I couldn’t resist the tall bird house sitting on the left.
And on the right – Mr. Moose with his little plaid pants and Christmas tree vest!
Down on the hearth, perched in the suitcases, is a basket displaying some Christmas fruit and holly!
And on the opposite side, is this little wrought iron ‘lamp post’ that my mother displayed every Christmas, usually sitting on the hearth.
As I recall, it had some bright green ornaments and matching ribbon, but not much else that I remember. I pulled it down from the attic a few years back, and after I removed all the busy ornamentation, I realized it is a very unique and festive decoration.
You can still see some of the original ‘greenery’, but I found that it is practically welded to the wrought iron, and is simply not going anywhere. So I have left the 50+ year old greenery, and added some picks and dangling decorations.
I placed a battery candle in the candle holder and added a plaid bow on top. Now I have a pretty and unique Christmas decoration, but more importantly, a wonderful memory how my mother decorated for Christmas.
Over on the dining room table, a sleigh filled with pine cones, berries and Christmas fruit sits surrounded in a ‘forest’ of burlap-base trees.
And finally on the coffee table, a wooden tool tote filled with pine boughs, berries, and Christmas fruit. I added these little dewdrop lights (from Target) and wove the wire in and out and among the greenery. This particular strand is not very long, so it was the perfect size to use in the tote. But even better, it is powered by a battery pack. And even better than that…the lights are on a timer!
Even though I love a woodsy, natural Christmas feel, my Christmas tree is all about sparkle. When I was young, our family Christmas trees were always decorated with ‘Shiny-Brite’ and German blown-glass ornaments. (And tinsel. Lots of tinsel!) To this day, that is really all I use to decorate my tree. I still have, and treasure, my small collection of Shiny-Brites that were on our trees when I was growing up, and I mix them with newer ornaments.
Every year, I search for one or two unique and beautiful glass blown ornaments to add to my collection. (And that would be my photo-bombing cat, Lucy, taking a bath under the tree!)
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of Christmas at Red Shutter Cottage. Please let me know if you have any questions, or leave a comment below. And be sure to visit the other blogs in our Christmas Sparkle Home Tour!
Best wishes for a Happy Christmas !
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