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December 21, 2018
I've had this "new" blog for TWO YEARS now and it has sat blank for that long! I used to blog quite often and I used to do little house tours here and there throughout the year. But it's been several years now since I've done one. The other afternoon, the house was quiet and kind of clean (emphasis on 'kind of''), so I thought I'd dust off my camera and take a few photos.
I really tried to pace myself this year. I shopped very early on and tried to keep our schedules as clear as possible, so we could really enjoy being together at home. For me, that is what this season is about. A time to slow down and really enjoy. It has made all the difference for me.
This year, I had decided to decorate with a deep midnight blue color. I found some beautiful vintage French ribbon in the prettiest shade of blue I've ever seen and that was my inspiration. Whenever I've seen blue at Christmas time, it's just so unexpected and different, which is what I wanted this year. Something different. I loved it a lot, but I have to say it lasted for about two weeks before I really started missing my traditional decor. So I changed things up a bit (yet again), and feel more at home now. :) I know this is all so trivial in 'real life', but decorating is a passion for me and I really enjoy my quiet time decorating my home.
I have found some beautiful new (vintage) pieces this year, and I have a slight obsession with bells. I've added a bunch to my collection and they are treasured pieces that I'll use for many years to come.
I was happy to find another vintage European sled this year. I already had one and I adored it so much, I always hoped to find another. It was a happy day when I came home with this one.
I found this beautiful vintage Italian box this year and I love the color and patina. It is perfect for displaying some of my vintage ornaments.
These bells were a new find this year, too.
This year, I ordered fresh bay leaf garland and it was such a delightful purchase. I have plans to turn this into a wreath when I'm done displaying it here.
Paperwhites and a beautiful vintage French bell, another sweet new find.
Beautiful grainsack runner from Rustic Farmhouse Wares on Etsy.
My dining room was in need of a refresh. I recently found this beautiful vintage hutch at Vain and Vintage in Old Town Pocatello. It works perfectly in this space.
Simple white candles are also another thing I've really loved this Christmas. I found the cutest short tapers at the dollar tree -- six for one dollar!
This plump little tree just jumped into the back of my car one afternoon. I hadn't planned on buying a tree for this space, but I just had to have him.
And let's not forget paperwhites. I ended up with a ton of bulbs this year. I forgot I had bought a large pack back in September, so it was a pleasant surprise when I went to plant them a few weeks ago. I swear I have paperwhites in every room. When they bloom, it's going to smell really nice around here......(not!). They are so pretty, though. And worth the smell (I think!).
The beautiful tureen on the bottom shelf belonged to my sweet grandmother. I remember taking it out of her hutch and putting it in my 'keep' pile when we were going through all of her things preparing to sell her home of fifty years. I was nineteen. My decor taste has changed so many times, but this piece will always stay displayed in my home.
I love my market baskets from Dreamy Whites.
More paperwhites -
Bell garland inspiration from Tracey - French Larkspur.
And I think that's it for now! I feel a bit rusty with posting and I'm not committing to regularity around here, by any means, but if you've made it to the end of this post, thanks for hanging around! I also want to thank my sweet friends who continually support my little shop. I have made some wonderful friends through the years (nine years and counting!), and I'm very thankful for the love and encouragement I continually feel from each of you through Instagram, and otherwise.