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Sunday, November 30, 2008

BiRch

Don't you love birch......I love it. I use it everywhere. Indoor as well as outdoor. I wanted to share a few pictures of my birch decor at the store and at home.

a few sticks in my pot of greens.... height, color, contrast


a few logs in my wire basket with the bird houses

an upright bundle in a pot


again, upright logs within the mantle
Thanks to Pottery Barn ...birch sleeves that go over a pot..... awesome


birch as an owl perch


within the Christmas trees for contrast and that outdoor winter garden feel


here at the store in a bundle with greens

a matching urn....

accents for tabletop

another bundle within the armillary


table top center piece....

Thursday, November 27, 2008

GathER

Happy Thanksgiving
I can not believe it is Thanksgiving. The end of November. When you live in the world of retail nothing is quite the same...days, months... whole seasons are upside down. The store has been full blown Christmas for the entire month of November and just the other day I was exploring the thoughts of spring decor in my mind.....yikes. I need Calgon to take me away or does Calgon do cocktails ....something. Today is one of my Favorite Holidays because it involves food and family and rest. A whole day with no expectations but to be thankful for what surrounds you. Peace. So gather what you love and have a wonderful holiday.
this shade of green is speaking to me.....



Simplest pleasures

love the green.... L

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Home ToUR


One week of solid - 18 hours a day frenzied frenzy! Buying greens, rearranging furniture, hauling in trees...and then hauling in more trees, dragging in urns and statuary from the back gardens and then finally after cleaning again it is time to start decorating. Saturday afternoon guests started arriving at 12:30 sharp and I finished the last vignette at 12: 24pm.....whew, plenty of time to spare, I even had time to open the wine before the first guests walked in. Overall, it was an enormous task to take on and accomplish - not to mention what I put my family through in one week, but after listening to all the praise and the appreciation everyone showed for opening my home, it was all worth it. Some stayed for just a few minutes but many enjoyed the experience and stayed for over an hour....awesome! Many of you took pictures so you could remember and try to recreate the look at home....a great compliment but for those of you who forgot your camera or missed the tour this year here are some pics. Not all of the goodies shown are available at the store, remember I have also collected Christmas finds for years, however, I have featured the Barns product throughout the house - most selling fast at the store...... My theme this year is Snow and Ice, my colors are Black and White with a hint of Red in each vignette, my Christmas tree is Junk filled - showcasing my wheels, door plates, clocks and all kinds of vintage finds. I also incorporate all things that I collect....clocks, white dishware, candle sticks, empty frames and vintage lamp shades....and of course birch....birch....and more birch....can't get enough!!

Welcome

My little Wilbur's welcome you



Living room.....



coffee table... vintage wash tube stand

wall of birch draping the ceiling...
vintage lamp shades with silverware.....



ooh - la - la


Gretchen, Sue Whitney Junk Market Style, myself and Carolyn

Kitchen






Simple table.....a bowl of balls, fresh greens, a hint of red


Cocktails, anyone?








my tree of junk

no time for gifts under the tree....fill old tool boxes and gather your old scales


the sign says it all

guest bath.....
can't find the perfect garland......print what you want it to say on your computer, cut out the words and hang.... waa - la!
note the cute red door knob
whimsical and fun.....

I couldn't erase the love notes from my boys

entryway









old screen....perfect for hanging my jewelry






This year the store featured two homes for my Holiday Home Tour. My friend, Lanette Lorsung, volunteered to add her home to the tour. You can check out pictures of Lanette's house that are posted on her blog cottageelements.blogspot.com . I hope you have enjoyed my blog tour and that you are inspired to create your own beautiful space filled with Christmas splendor ...... thanks for stopping.....L