Monday, December 15, 2008

A Pretty Little Christmas Tour of Homes

Welcome to A Pretty Little Christmas Blog Party! The 'oh so talented' Heather is our hostess and wait till you see her delightfully cozy home all decked out for the holidays. . .you definitely will fall in love with this girl's style. Also Boomama is hosting a huge Christmas Tour of Homes as well, so let's get going...there's lots to see!

This year I've decorated our home in cool icy tones of pink, aqua, silver and white. Much to my DH's dismay, I have ALOT of Christmas decorations and a NOT SO BIG house, so I never have enough room to put them all out at one time. I still do my gingerbread tree in the kitchen, a snowman tree in the livingroom, and a Paris themed tree in my family room. But the rest of the decorations usually vary from year to year, which I kind of like as it breaks up the monotony each year.
I love, love, love mercury glass and anything covered in silver glass glitter. I got these goblet style candle holders at Homegoods to use at my daughter's wedding last month. The flickering candle light creates a wonderful glow when they are lit. The glitter deer is from Target. The mercury glass tree is from Michael's. And the best part is I didn't even have to polish my sterling silver tray, because I think the tarnished finish suits the mercury glass very well.
These vintage tinsel trees sit in a grouping on top of my grandmother's baby grand piano. A string of mini white lights weaves it's way through the display. I am so obsessed with tucking those small $1.47 strings of 50 Christmas lights all through the house.
This sweet little angel is new this year. She was displayed on top of this wispy wreath in the store and I couldn't resist buying them both, just the way they were. Now that's what I call a smart shopkeeper who knows how to double her sales!
This pink organza stocking is another Homegoods find. Both the color and the layers of ruffles at the top are what caught my eye.
If you need to sit and rest a while, you can do it in this wicker chair in my 'studio annex.' Since my daughter's wedding, I have taken over her old room and am using it as an extension of my studio. Unlike my original studio space, I am trying my best to keep this one tidy. So far, so good...but then it's only been a month since she moved out!
I adore the sparkley aqua color of this tree. Most of the ornaments on this tree are new this year, either made by "moi" or handmade by talented friends.
JOY has been my word for this year. . .I can't seem to help myself when I see that word pop up wherever I go.
I keep this little guardian angel out all year long. I got her at a tiny local craft show a many years ago. She is made by a textile artist who uses vintage lace on everything she creates. I have her hanging on a small quilted memo board that was also handmade by another crafter I know.
Pink snow cottages and a vintage aqua Santa ~ what could be better than that?
More mercury glass and a wee pale pink bottle brush tree trimmed in pearls.
This creamware pitcher holds pink and aqua vintage glass bead picks ~ very festive indeed!
A darling mica covered ornament made from a kit designed by blogging friend and fellow Joli Paquet artist, Beth Quinn. FYI - Due to popular demand, Joli Paquet will be returning after the first of the year. Check back here in early January for all the details.
An aqua clip-on glass candle ornament "lights" up the night. . . . . . . . . .while a bottle-brush tree balances atop a snow covered aqua glass ornament. This is my version of a 'contemporary' Christmas tree, using a glass and silverplate tiered cookie server loaded up with silver glittery ornaments, pinecones and glass balls.
Well, thank you so much for stopping by. . .if you want to see a lot more of the Pretty Little Christmas homes, then click here. I'm on my way out the door now to visit some of my friends places too. . . .who knows, maybe we'll bump into one another along the way! Enjoy the day!

35 comments:

LiLi M. said...

I love all your decorations in aqua! Have a jolly good time the days before Christmas!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Glitter, Pink and Aqua...my favorites for Christmas. I especially love your Christmas house. Your Christmas is truly a pretty little Christmas.
Merry Christmas,
Karen

Scrappy Jessi said...

yum yum yummy!!!
i love it all!!!
happy holidays
oxoxox,
jessi

Lori said...

Jeanne, your pictures look so pretty!!! thanks for sharing your Christmas with us...i LOVE your mercury glass, it is just lovely!!!

Karin said...

Love it all Jeanne!! But I especially love the tiered tray with all the silver goodies on it!

Lolly said...

Your home is wonderful! The colors are spectacular! Thanks for sharing and happy holidays to you!
~Lolly

dollybelle said...

I love your beautiful icey tones you decorated with. So enchanting! Pretty holiday fairyness is you!
xoxo
Dollybelle

Cathy said...

Jeanne,

The pink and aqua vintage glass sticks are 2DIE4. I absolutely love the color combination of those two pastels. Great decorating job and thank you for sharing your lovelies with all of us.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Cathy

cherished*vintage said...

I'm loving everything pink aqua and silver! Your glass bead picks are fabulous - ooo I love 'em! Merry Christmas and I'm excited for Joli Paquet's return.
-Karoline

Coastal Sisters said...

I just adore the wreath! Everything looks so pretty and I especially like all the aqua.

Happy Holidays~*
LuLu~*

Michelle (Shell) May said...

I love everything. It's all so beautiful. I enjoy your blog too and will be visiting often.
Merry Christmas and bunny kisses,
shell

Miss Sandy said...

Glorious Decor, love it all!!! Whoo Hoo about the Jolie Paquet return! I visited several times and made some of the creations, can't wait! Merry Christmas!

Fete et Fleur said...

What a beautiful color scheme. Your photos are lovely.

Nancy

Kathy said...

Wow, what a beautiful post. I love your decorations and your Christmas colors ~ gorgeous.

Happy Holidays.

pinkroses said...

I LOVE the colors you have used throughout your home...I could move right in! xo suzanne duda

debi said...

Your decorations are SO pretty! Love your colors!!
Merry Christmas!
Debi

Marilee said...

Your decorations are wonderful. How clever to include your JOY rubber stamps, I love it.
Merry Christmas,
Marilee

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

what a gorgeous post!! I LOVE that aqua tree... so so pretty! I just love everything!

Thanks for joining in the party and have a very Merry Christmas!! xo

BailiwickDesigns said...

I'm crazy about mercury glass too! Your pieces are lovely. Joyeaux Noël! ::Jill

Secondhandrose said...

Thanks for sharing. Oh the aqua tinsel tree...love that.
come for a visit.
karen

Susie Vasquez said...

Your Christmas decorations are simply so beautiful, the colors are so fabulous.
xoxo Susie Happy Holidays

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Nice to meet you !It was lovely visiting your christmas home. It was fun visiting your home. Wishing you Merry Christmas, Marina at Only cute things!
visit me anytime...
Marina

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

I love your sweet little aqua tree and all of the pretty ornaments on it! Thanks so much for the beautiful tour!
Hugs~Kelly

Zita- Mlle Magpie said...

How pretty! Love all of your decorations, especially, the angel!

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

Wow, every single photo is delightfully pretty! Love it, you home must be so cozy right now!
Hugs, Heidi

Alice W. said...

It's all so lovely! I love the colors...mercury glass...silver glittered goodies...and esp. your little aqua santa and the house!

Sandy Michelle said...

Hey Girl! Love your aqua tree, silver gliiery decor and ornament from Beth Q! I noticed your in the Valentines swap with me. Have fun!

Sandy

Sandy Michelle said...

P.S Go to bloggerbuster.com for falling snow :):)

Congrats on being in Somerset Winter Gallery as well! Which page are you on???

Sandy xox

Jenny said...

Beautiful! I love the colors you used, it's so refreshing.

Cyndi said...

your vintage items are unique and beautiful!

Merry Christmas from a fellow Illinois girl!!

Lola Enchanted said...

PRETTY is right!!!!~

Natasha Burns said...

Jeanne it is all just glorious! Thank you for sharing all this beauty with us!
BTW I love the little snowflake effect on your blog, it's so sweet!
have a lovely Christmas,
Natasha :)

justcandice said...

Very festive and unique! I love it! I also love your simple and great idea of using a lot of short strings of lights and putting them all through the house. I'm using that one!

Lori said...

Jeanne,
Thank you ever so much for the beautiful tour of your holiday home, it has been a delight! I too, love mercury glass and have one very old piece that has been passed down. Happiest of holidays, Lori

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Beautiful, Jeanne!!
Michelle

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