Window Shopping

Last week was my first time shopping at a Pottery Barn since moving to Illinois seven months ago.
I was blown away by the gorgeous displays in this store.
Their stylists are so talented.
I wish one of them could come work their magic at my house.

I took this photo outside so there is glare from the window, but you can get an idea of how pretty it is.
I love the old wood paper in the background. Then you have the contrast of the shiny mercury glass.
It's brilliant!

Here's a closer look.
I just adore the reds, greens, and silver together.

The other front window was a table set for Christmas dinner and it was lovely too.

I loved the metal deer and the cute little trees.
Once again backed with the barn wood paper.
Makes me wish I could put it all over the walls of my house.

A couple of months ago I bought a bunch of large baskets at the thrift store; planning to put them on a big empty wall in my dining room.
I just haven't been totally convinced it would look good though.
So I was thrilled when I saw this wall of baskets inside Pottery Barn so I could see how it would look.

I am sorry I didn't get some better pictures of this.
Under this pergola was the most gorgeous tablescape, but there were lots of salespeople about and I felt weird taking photos.

Don't you just love the huge nail head trim on these chairs?
The table was full of rustic textures and white flowers.
Two of my favorite things!

With the distracting background in the photo it's a little hard to see.
But, this was such a pretty vignette on the sofa table.
I think it would look gorgeous in an entry way too.
I just may try to recreate this look in mine. :)

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that you have a safe and fun New Year's!!

Jesus is the reason for the season

I have this niche in my hallway and I thought it would be a great place to display a nativity scene I got this year.
It is small (supposed to be an ornament) but making it part of a scene somehow makes it larger.
(hope that makes sense ;)

I hung another one of my sparkly snowflakes and we're pretending it's a star, okay?
I found these vinyl words "He is the reason" at the craft store and stuck them on the wall.

A little tree was put in a burlap bucket and little silver stars were put on the tree.

The nativity is made of driftwood and is nestled in some greenery.

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.
Luke 1:30-33

Home for the holidays @ Corson Cottage

Christmas Card Holder Wreath

So here's the story of me making a Christmas card holder wreath.
 I decided to use soft creamy colors so it can be used all year round.

I started by spray painting wood clothespins cream.
I then decoupaged this pretty script scrapbook paper on top.

I glued the clothespins onto a metal ring, putting cream buttons in between for space.

A brown and cream gingham ribbon was glued to the top with a loop for hanging.

I can simply clip the Christmas cards to the wreath.

When Christmas is over you can snap on some antique post cards.

Or you can use it for displaying photos.
These are pictures from a trip to Philadelphia several years ago.

I think this house belonged to Betsy Ross.

I have a confession......

I actually like the wreath best with nothing on it!
All that work to make a Christmas card holder and I'm not even using it for that!

White Christmas

We got our tree on a Sunday night.
 It was the first time in ten years that we've had a live tree so it took us quite a while to cut off the bottom, bring it inside, see that it was scraping the ceiling, bring it back outside to cut it down some more. etc etc
Finally we got it in the house and got the lights put, but it was started to get late so we decided we would decorate the tree another day.

My 12 year didn't want decorate the tree on a school night.
 He just didn't want to do homework and decorate the tree on the same night. ;)
So I threw ornaments on the tree. My two year old helped me hang the white metal stars.
This was my chance to try something a little different.

 I found these sparkly snowflakes for a dollar a piece and hung them from the ceiling.
I used packing tape and they are starting to fall down now. :(

Here's the arrangement on my living room table.
I threw it together for these pictures and planned to change it out later,
 but I ended up liking it so much that I kept it this way.

You know those beautiful Nordic blogs where the tree sits in a bucket and they are very sparsely decorated. That was the look I was going for.
(FYI: there's a tree stand inside of the bucket)

It was something different for five days, but I was glad to load on the color at the end of the week. :)
If you want to see what our tree ended up looking like go HERE.

Linking up to White Wednesday @ Faded Charm

Our Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my Home!
It amazes me how early most people in blogland managed to get their decorating done!
I'm just finishing mine up.
If you'd like to see more of any rooms I'm showing just click on the highlighted word and it will take you to that post.

A Christmas welcome at our front door.

This is the first time I've decorated the master bedroom.
I have a feeling it won't be the last.

I had fun putting together this gingerbread man tree in my kitchen.

A vintage vignette in our family room.

Our red and turquoise tree.

Our living room which you can see more of in the tree post.

Having fun with paper whites.

I wish you could smell them through the computer screen!

The buffet in the dining room.

You can also see a Christmas tablescape in our breakfast room in my dining post.

A Nordic inspired Christmas tree.

The reason for the season.
Thanks for stopping by my friends and Merry Christmas!

I'm joining the Christmas Home Tour @ A La Mode

Room by room tour @ Cottage and Vine