Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas in the Parlor

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.

I am joining the following parties, please come and join us.
EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE with Nancy
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry
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

26 comments:

  1. Oh Gina, it looks GORGEOUS. I love your home and your decor. Splendid job. The mantle looks divine from the doorway. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Susan

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  2. Gina,
    Truly a splendid job of decorating, it all looks so lovely!! I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas season, blessings to you and yours,
    Teresa,
    sugar, spice and whatever's nice

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  3. Your painted cherubs on the ceiling are so beautiful. Your parlor is just gorgeous. I'm especially smitten with your feather tree. Such a special room for the holidays. Christmas hugs!!

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  4. I so love Victoriana. Your home is beautiful.Merry Christmas from Australia x

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  5. Gina, everything looks amazing! I'm drooling over that feather tree, and the way the curtains frame the entry. Gorgeous! Have a happy and blessed holiday season!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  6. It's beautiful, Gina. You've really captured the Christmas spirit. Your fireplace, mantle and the feather tree photos would make lovely Christmas cards.
    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  7. What would Christmas be without a tour of your beautiful parlor?
    Thanks once again for sharing!
    Merry Christmas!

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  8. Your house and trimmings are Beautiful, such a warm cozy feeling, thank you for visiting last week and the lovely comment, wishing you a Magical Christmas, hugs, Celeste

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  9. Gina, your home is just made for Christmas. Your parlor is absolutely stunning. I love it all but I had no idea you were featured in Victorian Homes, and your feather tree is beautiful. I hope you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thanks so much for mentioning my Cottage and the silver tray..Judy

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  10. Just beautiful! You live in a gorgeous magazine! love your vintage nativity.

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  11. Hi Gina,
    How nice to have you join my tea party! Your home looks very festive and I love the two chairs in front of the fireplace. I have two Friendly Village teacups and a few other pieces. I love to use it this time of year. Thanks for joining me and have a fabulous holiday with your loved ones.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. Hi Gina: Your home is amazing! I love everything about it. I pray that God will blessing you this Christmas Season. Hugs, Martha

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  13. Just beautiful! I like your nativity!

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  14. You have an amazing eye. So cozy and I love all your vintage pieces and the old postcards are perfect. Your chairs are so pretty!! I would love to have tea there! Your Nativity is so beautiful. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Looking forward to your next post!

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  15. Just beautiful! Thanks for the tour of your lovely home dressed for Christmas! Love the Friendly Village teacup! Merry Christmas!
    Ruth

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  16. I'm visiting from Sandi's party. Oh my, everything here is fabulous! Gorgeous. My favorite is the nativity set which reminds me of a set my grandmother painted. Love your Victorian tree, congratulations on having it featured. The vintage cards are priceless. Happy Christmas to you!

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  17. Hi Gina,
    Your home is just spectacular! Your furniture is so very lovely as is your mantle. Your new outdoor light is so pretty too. Thank you for visiting me! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! Blessings! Karen

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  18. Oh Gina

    It's all beautiful really beautiful. I knew it would be, your tree is gorgeous as with your mantle. I love your vintage Christmas post cards I always like them also.
    The drapes going into your parlor has the Victorian look down to a tee.
    What a sweet gift from your daughter.
    I just loved seeing it all. You should be in Victorian homes magazine again this year

    Merry Christmas dear sweet blogger friend.

    Janice

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  19. What a lovely setting. I really loved those peacock ornaments.

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  20. Lovely! My favourites are the postcards and that glorious feather tree!
    Happy New Year!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  21. I know that feeling! It's marvelous to enjoy the home decorated and all things done - now, I'm looking at putting things away. Your Christmas decor is absolutely beautiful, I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  22. Your feather tree is fabulous Gina!! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  23. Gina! Your home is decorated so lovely! Just loved so many things... my heart melts for vintage and especially when I saw the old postcards! Ahhhhhh! Awesome.
    Thank you for taking part in last week's LTV! I'm getting this week's post ready and I'm planning on using your postcards in a feature!

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  24. Hello Gina - your home is absolutely beautiful. I will be featuring your home in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  25. Gina, your Victorian parlor is stunning. Thanks very much for sharing it at Every Room In The House. I will be featuring it at the Finale party tomorrow. Happy New Year! ~ Nancy

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  26. Dropping by in July to see your lovely Christmas decorations in the Parlor. Beautiful to see!
    d

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