Hello everyone! After weeks of having boxes laying around, driving me crazy, I think I can finally say I'm done decorating. Or at least it's as done as it's going to get. I don't really do a ton of decorating but most of it seems to be in what I call the Parlor so that is the room I will show you in this post. Year after year I always seem to decorate the very same way so this year I changed it up a bit, but just a little!
As you walk in the front door and are standing in the foyer you get a glimpse of the fireplace and mantel.
I did not have a fire burning for these pictures but I do have some soft white lights on the mantel.
Adding an elegant sparkle to what I'm calling my Manger Mantel.
A great company of heavenly host are hanging from the mirror, gracing the top of the mirror and if you'll look closely through the mirror you'll see the painted cherubs on my ceiling.
To the left of the clock are the three wisemen and a camel (above) and to the right (below) is the Holy family, a donkey and a bull.
Here is a more detailed view of the Holy Family. I got this vintage manger set at an Antiques Mall a couple of years ago marked down after Christmas.
A more detailed view of the Wisemen and the camel,
and nearby are the shepherds who were living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Moving on around the room on a parlor table are some early 1900's Christmas postcards. I bought the basket sleigh after being inspired by Janice's over at Curtains in My Tree. I added a doily to soften up the look a bit. The gold Santa is also a new purchase for this years decorating. It and the basket came from Michael's Arts and Crafts.
I also added to my postcard collection, I got these Christmas cards at the sales I work at.
I really liked this one with the postman, isn't he cute?
And I have these 3 too. When collecting postcards Santa's and toys are always a good thing. I just love the greeting Happy Christmas, it reminds me of the Night Before Christmas book.
Next to the parlor table is this secretary bookcase where I added a miniature sleigh and a little glass dome with a miniature Christmas tree inside. Behind the dome is last years Christmas gift that my 14 year old daughter picked out for me. I just love what it says..."We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."And when you have teenagers that is so true don't you think?
Up a shelf by Queen Victoria is a little egg in a brass Christmas napkin ring, sorry you can't see it.
On this far end of the parlor is my Victorian feather tree. This is the tree that was featured in Victorian Homes magazine a couple of years ago. If you want to see that post click here.
Over on my pier table I created this vignette on my silver plated tray. I was inspired to use the tray from Judy over at Gold Country Cottage. She did a cute vignette on her tray for Halloween.
On the tray I have 3 little book boxes in which I embellished with some miniatures and string beads, a silver plated chocolate pot, a Johnson Bros. Friendly Village cup and saucer and another gold Santa.
I bought the below white peacock ornaments and stands for my mother for Christmas this year. She has a wonderful peacock collection but mostly blue peacocks not white ones so when I saw these I knew she had to have them. And I had to have them too, so I bought 2 of each! The pictures don't show how sparkly they really are, they're just gorgeous. I bought them at JCPenney.
Over the sofa is this mirror decked out with a little Christmas greenery and in its reflection is the family tree that you see when you first walk in the room. The star flashes on and off so I was lucky enough to have caught it lit up! I placed the tree in front of my recently acquired Pier mirror that I showed on this post. It worked out perfect there I thought.
Outside you'll find more Heavenly Host all lit up.
And one of my three new outdoor light fixtures. I thought they were kind of Victorian looking, they remind me of carriage or street light lamps.
As always, thank you for your visit. I really appreciate your visits and especially your nice comments.
I am planning on doing a Christmas dining room post early next week, so I hope you will visit again for that one.
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EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE with Nancy
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SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY with Cindy
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
TEATIME TUESDAY with Sandi
A RETURN TO LOVELINESS with Kathy
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY with Marty
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME with Maria Elena
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Bella
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy