18 December 2018

Christmas Home 2018

Welcome to my Christmas home 2018!
 The year could not end without inviting you to see our home as in years past.
The first few photos are Thanksgiving, but could easily be Christmas dinner day or eve.
We pulled a table from the Madhatter's Library and pushed it to the main one a very Swedish look.
Mixed and matched vintage place settings with some newer glasses make it festive and casual.
The empty yogurt containers from trips hold blossoms from our garden, and the empty soda bottles from the grocery now hold water.  Since we are a small family, I often only have four of something, so once something breaks, it's an odd number, so for dinners, I mix the dishes.

It looked so festive!
I painted that table awhile back.

The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas decor started to go up.
Here are some vintage blue ornaments with a vintage brass horn hanging on the armoire.
Our color is blue this year except in the she shed cottage where it is red and white.
I go back and forth. Last year, it was all red and white themed.

The traditional three stockings for the dogs with a bone in each.

Wreaths on the windows in the kitchen! This one has a seashell.

The cookies are so simple.
Just a white cake mix, 1/2 cup of canola oil, and 3 egg whites. They take 10 minutes at 350 in our toaster oven.
Topped with raw vanilla sugar. Though I think I should of put this on before I put them in!
I made the vanilla sugar by taking a half cup of raw sugar and adding a tsp of high quality vanilla.
I then spread it out on a dish plate and let it air dry, which doesn't take long in a desert!
I would otherwise recommend using vanilla bean, but it takes longer to create, so just purchase.
They are soft and taste like a birthday cake with crunchy vanilla sugar.
I probably read about the cookie recipe on Sweet Paul's site, but it is pretty standard knowledge.
The vanilla was my idea.
Sweet Paul has simple ideas and extravagant. I love the easy.

Let's go onto the porch.
The pretty stockings were purchased from Dore at Burlapluxe.
She made these, but I think she sells the pattern.

Simplicity is the theme this year.
In the basket are some ornaments, faux sea stars, and bleached pine cones.
The bleached pine cones are another easy project.
I bought a plastic bucket from the Home Depot.
Dumped store bought ones in and poured half bleach and half water and forgot about them for a few days placed outside and away from pets. I did weight them down, because they floated.  I used a stack of old Ikea plates. I emptied the liquid in a spot that would benefit from the mixture, and then hosed the area down a bit to dilute.
They are closed from the water, so I put them out to dry, and that's when they reopen.
They end up weathered looking.

The table was another of my painted projects, an it looks so pretty!
Dore from Burlapluxe gave me some advice.
I wanted it to be natural, but realized that wouldn't work, but kept all the roughness I achieved and then painted and washed it. It looks really old now. It was old to begin with, but someone had covered it with latex paint.

I took this photo before I placed the tree!

Over here, the bed receives one special pillow case: this year it's a pug with a blue collar of jingle bells. A simple tree with a bow, and baubles beneath were placed on the table. The knitted blanket that my mother made me years ago when I was a teen is displayed for the occasion.

My chalk art with a branch from the yard, a vintage ball, vintage rosary, the pine cones, and fairy lights.  LOVE fairy lights!

The desk nook.
Let's go out to the she shed cottage!

Here we went red and white and not much different than last year except that
 the Santa collection representing different countries is out here this year.

Now back to the living room!

And here is my present! A clean hand-washed rug! Now placed in the dark nap direction, to evenly wear from sun.

The little library received a small tree this year, because the other tree is my daughter's and she has it with her at school.

The second bedroom also received a little tree in a present bag from Vera, and a black watch Italian throw.  Almost unadorned elegance

The kitchen at night!
There is the angel that I repainted last year and another wreath, and some hot chocolate and cookies for Santa.

That's it!
I did not get to my bedroom or the nativity yet, but hopefully before Christmas, I can share that here.
I spent a lot of the year reading Russian literature, learning a language, writing poetry in a writing group, tutoring (for fun volunteering), summering away, and taking a photos. I hope to spend the new year learning some photography and painting some furniture that is currently in storage, so I can switch some pieces.
If I don't get back to here before the year's end, a joyous Christmas holiday and blessed New Year season to all.
I can always be found on my instagram.


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  1. What you do with your home is masterful. You keep telling me that it is a wee home, but it looks like a mansion! Oh I just adore the offset wreath at the kitchen door, and the blue table, and the she shed, and...

    1. Thank you so much, Vee. I think it is the nooks and small rooms, but it does have an openness in the living area; I think because someone might have removed a wall between the dining and living area sometime ago. Merry Christmas! xoxo Su

  2. Merry Christmas my dear friend.
    Your home is beautiful. I love how you decorate, you have amazing talent.
    Happy New Year,

    1. Thank you so much, Carla. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and a blessed New Year! xo Su

  3. This all looks lovely. Your always do such inspirational things. I have missed your postings, it is great to see you back again.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting after a long month away! I think about posting and then I don't. Blogs are for readers and writers, and there are less than they were, but I am encouraged, because it seems like we have community among the smaller ones. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. xo Su

  4. I love your home any time of year, but there is a magic quality at Christmas that is wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Carol. That's so sweet. I think that's true, I love the magic that I see in the homes at Christmas. It is really special, and I enjoy visiting them. Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo Su

  5. I looked at each post with delight. Such a beautiful and unique style you have in decorating. Very peaceful and fresh. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Thank you so much, Bernideen. Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo Su

  6. You have such a lovely, romantic style of decorating. Beautiful! Merry Christmas Su! xox

    1. Thank you so much, Anne! Merry Christmas! I went to visit your blog, but I see it is private now. xo Su

  7. I loved going thru your beautiful home seeing all your pretty decorations. Such a warm home it is....

  8. Your home is cozy and fabulous!!!

    1. Thank you, Alessandra, and Merry Christmas! xo Su

  9. I'm so glad you did another home tour for Christmas. I love that gorgeous blue color of the table! It reminds me of a large blue table I saw in one of my UK December magazines, I believe Period Living. By the large blue table was a fireplace, the opening of it waist high, so perfect for a kitchen. The picture of your living room with your Christmas tree in the window and that marvelous rug is so lovely! You always create such detail perfect rooms but with great restraint. I feel full of quiet and peace after touring your home. Your year so far sounds very productive and rewarding!

    1. Thank you, Dewena. That table and room sounds amazing, I will look for a copy! I do like it peaceful. xo Su

  10. Merry Christmas Su. Ahhh- I could sit and stare at your beautiful cottage photos over and over. There is so much holiday goodness in every picture. Your style speaks the language of simplicity and relaxed, yet it's also elegant and beautiful. I especially like how your home does not look like one of those cookie cutter styled homes filled with that months current trend. It is hard to pick a favorite picture and I can't even begin to, but I must say I could spend a long time on that porch of yours. So much goodness over here on your blog. Okay, let me go wipe the drool off of my chin.
    I hope your Christmas is blessed.

    1. Thank you, Tonita. You are so sweet, and yet I feel the same about yours. So unique, and interesting, the collections so much to study. I love the porch as well. I go back and forth between the library and the porch! xoox Su

  11. Su,
    I always love seeing your beautiful home but it is especially nice to see it done up for the holidays so pretty. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    1. Thank you so much, Kris! Likewise! Merry Christmas! xo Su

  12. Your home looks so pretty. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  13. Your Christmas looks perfect!
    I love all the details with decorations and wreaths.

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas!

  14. Su, your home is a treat to behold at anytime of the year, but during the holidays it's truly spectacular. Wishing you a wonderful season. xo

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! And your home too! Life seems always prettier at Christmas time! xoxo Su

  15. I love this. I need to see more of the second bedroom. I have that same chair. You've inspired me to pull it out of storage. I love visiting your blog. Your home is beautiful.


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