Tuesday, 11 December 2007

A Very English Christmas

What do you love about your Home at Christmas?
Karla is asking the question - she is hosting a virtual Christmas house party on her blog today (see the side bar).
Well first off we love our lounge and the fireplace with the roaring fire is the hub of the home, so cosy in winter and made extra special at Christmas.
December is the month of year when the house is filled with light, sweet treats and lots of cheer.
We start with a real Christmas tree which comes from Norway, this particular one does not loose it's needles and smells lovely.
I have collected lots of decorations over the years but my taste does change and for the last few I have preferred delicate whites snowflakes, hearts, rhinestones and glass baubles. I like to see the green on my tree and so leave the tinsel off, instead I add sheer ribbon .
I have lots of new ornaments this year- the rhinestone ones are from The Hope Jar - a lovely website. I have more hearts which are similar to the one below and baubles from Green Gate (sourced from Sophie Perks -Ward - ).
Just lately I have bought quite a collection of handmade ornaments from our very own Carol of Boxwood Cottage. This one below is Marie Antoinette and was wrapped soooo beautifully.
You can just catch a peak of the Marie Antoinette one in the tree - as I will be working hard on my round robin over the Christmas holiday it will serve to inspire me:)
- I just think they are so elegant.This one below is hanging from the chandelier in the dining room -bestowing German greetings on us and appropriately the little girl is sounding the horn - (calling us for dinner I think:)) Enchanting. Thank you Carol x.Well to add to the festivities I bought these gorgeous cones above from my sweet round robin friend Holly at Holly Doodle Designs. These are called 'Let it snow' cones and I love them. I have never had cones before although going by many blogs especially the Scandinavian blogs and of course Germany, these have been used for special treats for many, many, years. I love the idea of them and Holly really does come up with the most original and beautiful idea's, not to mention all the eye candy actually inside. I might even keep these out all winter. They hang with pride on my mirror in the lounge and you can just see the glass chandelier drops hanging below that came in the lovely cones.
I bought this wreath a few years ago from a very talented lady on ebay called Renee- I can't find her anymore on ebay but she knew how to create:) - she went to so much effort to make it right for me using vintage baubles of the particular colour that I wanted and shipped it in the most magnificent box that could probably withstand a crane landing on it. It arrived in excellent condition with no breaks. I really love it and could keep this out all year too. I recently received a gorgeous wreath with some lovely ballerina's and snowflakes in a swap from Tamy at Simply Mein.
I adore it and look at all the gorgeous pink!! It fits in very well with my decorations in the dining room.
I've put it on the dresser with other glorious eye candy, including little houses from Cody Foster and Miss Duffy and even Christmas goodies from the local garden centre.

And if you look closer
The pink wreath looks quite comfortable alongside my beautiful Christmas bunny box from Jenn at Sweet Eye Candy Creations. Jenn can come up with the most gorgeous and utterly whimsical original one of a kind bunny boxes. I love everything she makes!
But no Christmas would be complete without a beautiful crown and this snow queen crown from Holly is one of the most magnificent crowns I have ever seen - bring on the snow! I hear your iced in at the moment Holly with ice storms no less - what happened to the snow:(

Scanning around the dining room you may have caught site of some little bottle brush tree's and a wish sign - well these are all thanks to Heather who caught herself a bargain after thanksgiving. I wish our sales started before Christmas - it makes much more sense. Anyway she offered to find me a bargain or 2. Well I was so pleased that she did and they really are gorgeous in flesh. We don't have these here .... but we should - the signs are chunky and can sit quite comfortably anywhere.
Well we are not quite ready for decorating our table yet - but this is how it looked last year.

We are still painting and decorating at the moment and believe it or not the kitchen will be turned upside down on Monday - we are having new tiled flooring in the kitchen - talk about he 11th hour! Anyway this is all that is fit to be seen just yet.
Come back soon and see if it all got finished in time.
But in the meantime ~ HAPPY CHRISTMAS ~
bottoms up - cheer - chink chink ............ oops

Oooooh dear!
Well actually that's quite arty ... I like it!
Well for those that don't
Arrrh that's better:))


Natasha Burns said...

Ginny I love everything! It's all so beautiful, I felt likle I was there in your home!!! Love your displays and I love all the goodies you've bought from super talented people!

Monica said...

Your home is beautifu. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays!

AmyB said...

Your home is simply gorgeous! A winter wonderland filled with sparkle and lustre! Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas to you & yours! - Amy B

Sugar Bear said...

Your home is stunning! Everything is so gorgeous and put together in such a lovely way.

HopHopJingleBoo said...

oh my ..what a dazzling and whimsical holiday home..thank you for the lovely tour!

Karen at Junking in Georgia said...

I came by way of Karla' party; I am so very glad I did your home is so lovely. I ate my lunch with all your festive display... Cheers! Happy Christmas from across the pond in Georgia.

Scrappy Jessi said...

simply stunning! i see the little creation jenn made for you. she rocks.
love all the cody foster homes too!

Shawn said...

Wow, what a GORGEOUS post. I think my favorite is that vibrant colored glitter star next to the Marie Antoinette ornament with it's matching ribbon. Oooh, and that couch further down in the post. All the pinks and blues are gorgeous too and probably make those brighter pieces all the more lovely in contrast. I can't even imagine being surrounded by all those beautiful things. What a collection. :) Thanks for sharing! :)


tamy said...

This whole post is fantastic! I love the simplicity and beauty of all your white and ivory ornies! Everything is so lovely! I think your dresser with the fairy lights is my favourite, what a lovely collection - glad the wreath fits in too!!! I cant wait to post pics of your delightful banner once our house is rid of the "stomach flu" -laundry ++ calls! Happy Holidays

twinkleshabbystar said...

Your christmas home is BREATHTAKING! You take the most beautiful pictures. I loooove your christmas tree. So soft and pretty, especially with the sheer ribbon! Your ornaments are just lovely!!!! WOW! The picture with the crackling fireplace is fabulous. I can just imagine standing in your living room with the warm fire and all the glowing lights surrounding. AMAZING! This is when I wish we could upload videos to our blogs. How fun would that be? Im truly impressed at all the beautiful lovelies you own and collect from so many amazing artist. The christmas bunny looks so sweet amongst your treasures. Outstanding job sweets!!!! XO,Jenn

Southern Heart said...

Oh, wow...your entire home and all of your decorations are beautiful and charming! I especially love that wreath!

I will definitely be visiting again soon.

xo, Andrea

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Your home is so beautiful! I love the way the light filters and sparkles through your pretty decorations :)


Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

WOW! Your home is AMAZING!! Merry Christmas!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Gorgeous! I love the pink wreaths. The vintage ornies, it is all breathtaking! Susan

Stephanie said...

What a magical holiday home you have! I LOVE it ALL!! The pink wreaths, the multi-colored wreath, those MIRRORS (I sell antique mirrors on eBay & I'M drooling over yours!). Wonderful Cody Foster houses, & I've got the same WISH word that Heather got for you!
Please visit my holiday home.

Merry Christmas!
Angelic Accents

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Ginny... I have been here at your blog 3 times now today and each time got called away by a pesky little 6 year old...hehe. Each time I come my jaw just drops as I got farther down your post!! Ginny...your home is GORGEOUS!!! Can I come for a visit??? I would never want to leave! I love each of your fabulous displays..your tree is gorgeous and your new Cody Foster houses are SO PRETTY!!! Everything looks just stunning as I knew it would! xoxox

Alison Gibbs said...

Ginny, it all fabulous. So many pretty displays. The soft colours are beautiful.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Everything looks SO beautiful! I love how you featured all the pretties you've bought from your creative friends!

Miss Sandy said...

Your home is gorgeous! You have a bunny box made by Jenn, I love her work. My favorite item is your ornament wreath, I gasp when I saw it, lovely! Thank you for the tour. Happy Holidays, Miss Sandy

Lori said...

Ginny, your holiday home is just amazing...i love every single sweet thing that you have:) it all looks so very gorgeous!!!

i love your new banner!!!

Marina Capano said...

Hi!!! I love everything! It's all so beautiful. Your decoration is amazing.
Would do you like visit my post???!!!
Marina xo xo

PurpleFlowerFairy said...

so many pretties! i especially LOVE that pink wreath with the pink and silver bulbs - i NEED one - lol! merry, merry christmas, debbie =)

The Rose Room said...

ha ha, love the last bit!! Actually love it all, so . . . Twinkley Pink - Merry Christmas and Blessings - Rachael

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Ginny,
Your home looks even more beautiful than usual - I love all of your new decorations - you must have had such fun putting them all together.....
The dresser is lovely, as is your tree.....you have created the perfect palace for a vintage twinkly pink princess!
If it's not too early -

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginny! Everything is just beautiful! A home to be truly proud of, thank you for sharing your home with us! Jenn and Jacqui

She'sSewPretty said...

Ginny your house is just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! Karla's party has been better than reading my favorite decorating magazines.

Lucy Bloom said...

Wowee, your Christmas house is just divine, I could look at your pics all day!

pinkroses said...

Your home is FABULOUS, I know I have commented on many of these pictures over at Flickr, but to see them all together on this post is amazing! Thank you for sharing, and may you have a very Merry Christmas! xo suzanne duda

Debbie said...


First time I am visiting your blog. How beautiful everything is! Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us! Have a blessed holiday season!


Wild Rose said...

Hi Ginny,

I love your cosy fireplace and all of the stunning decorations.

Merry Christmas!

Marie x

Clare said...

Hi Ginny

Lovely decorations, everything is looking very festive. I must confess to not having decorated yet - but we should be buying the tree next week!

Clare x

angel wings and hearts said...

everything is so beautiful here on your blog. :)


bluemuf said...

I'm still partying. I love your Christmas decorations. Thank you so much for the lovely tour


KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, this has to be the loveliest Christmas home I have seen. I love the colors and the twinkle. Your blog is always lovely, but this post is simply divine. Blessings, Karen

Moderncountry said...

WOW!! That was a lot of pictures!!
Your house looks almost like a fairytale, so many lovely decorations and colours!! The fireplace is a huge favourite, so are your christmas balls. Specially love the Marie Antoinette. Do enjoy your lovely home!

Aina x

Sadie Lou said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing your holiday home!
~Sadie Lou

Paul-ene said...

Oh, I love your dining table at Christmas. So festive ...I would LOVE to dine at that table.

Your home is so warm and inviting with that roaring fireplace going.

Thanks for sharing your holiday home.

Merry Christmas!

Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

I enjoyed your christmas home tour. Just beautiful! Thank You

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Ottilias Veranda said...

Twinkle everywhere! Beautyful home!
I´ll be back to scroll through som moore later!


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"OK...i have to move in to your home!!" I have never met you, but you must let me come visit with you. We will sit and have some tea in your AMAZING HOME, you have lovely taste;-))) This is actually how I look right now :-O

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Sweet Remembrance said...

I love your Holiday home! Simply beautiful...

Clare said...

Hi again Ginny!

Well, now that we have the decorations up I can say that I love the way the garland frames the inglenook and the cosy woodburner, and as our windows are small and the rooms quite dark, everything looks so very cosy with the twinkly lights!

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Clare x

Sea Angels said...

WOW Ginny I really can't say better than that. After all that work you deserve a wonderful Christmas, hope you have a super holiday.
Lynn xx

M&Co said...

Wow you have sooo many gorgeouse ornaments! I really love the picture where the tree reflects in the grey mirror!

Carol said...

Awe Ginny your home is so wonderful Christmassy and I love all your pictures and decorations. I'm so proud that you like my soldered pendants so much and they look really great in your beautiful home! I just had a good laugh about the artsy Christmas tree picture lol Here is wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Hugs and Smooches Carol xox

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Looking at all your wonderful things AGAIN! I hope you and yours has a very Merry Christmas and a great Holiday!

teodo said...

Your house is wonderful..........MERAVIGLIOSA

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful!!! Merry Christmas!


FourSistersInACottage said...

Ginny everything is AWESOME!!!
Have a Happy New Year and if you get a chance, stop by my blog for new breast cancer pictures and a FREE VALENTINE GIVEAWAY!!!
Hugs, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Laume said...

Although I haven't left a comment in a while I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed all the lovely photos of your holidays over the last few months. I've come back for inspiration several times.

Nelly said...

I could spend hours looking at your home pictures! What a beautiful,warm and lovely place. What a magical place for xmas!

luvsvintage said...

Wow...what a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing it with us. It's so peaceful browsing through your pics. The wreath you got on e-bay is one of my favorites. It is beautiful. Happy Holiday's to you and your loved ones.