Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas vignettes

Hello dear readers:

I've been meaning to post some pretty Christmas vignettes for days now, but the perpetual winter darkness and lack of flattering natural light in the house has really restricted my photography!

On Sunday we got home earlier than planned from Lake Louise, so it was time for photos!

Here's the sideboard:

The little ceramic tree is from the Christmas store in Banff. The small paper boxes were from my friend Noel's Etsy shop last year.

I decorate our lovely china cabinet with a little faux boxwood wreath and place a few pretty Christmas cards inside. The china inside is Haviland Concorde; many of the miscellaneous pieces are Haviland Limoges with a similar ruffled and gilded edge:

I like the old "D" tag, which of course is for "David". I really like classic green, white, silver and gold at Christmas:

I did not buy much new Christmas decor this year - only three things! One of them is this beautiful little rose bowl/candle holder. I love crystal (and have a little too much of it):

David's cardinal "Welcome" sign hangs at our front door. I am not a great red fan, but David is fond of this, so it hangs especially for him!

I find it challenging to get good photos of the tree, which sits right in front of the window!
We have coloured lights on the tree (David's preference) but I use a lot of white garland and balls to soften the look. Many of our ornaments have a historical look:
The small pillow in the background is from Pottery Barn, new this year. The small ceramic tree in the background was my Grandmother's.

Here's another view of the room. Our tree is a real balsam fir and it's huge! I love my pine cone wreath hanging on the mirror:

My model was uncooperative, preferring to look at birds out the front window:

Here he is in the background, looking perturbed:

I've been needing a small clock for the living room, and received this darling crystal oyster clock (foreground) from my mother as an early Christmas gift.

I bought this little Christmas sachet at a favorite local shop, Melange for the Home. It is filled with balsam fir, buckwheat hulls, cinnamon chips, allspice berries and whole cloves! It was made by P.Flynn Design of Portland:
~ Merry Christmas! ~


  1. You know, I consider colored lights every single year and very occasionally I use them. I love the warmth of the light they give off.

    Everything is really elegant. All the crystal is wonderful, like ice. Love the PB pillow, Biscuit is cute as always and love Grandma's tree. Those ceramic trees are very nostalgic for me.

    Where is a angel that looks like a santos from? That's really beautiful.

  2. So elegant. I love your tree. It's beautiful. And the cards in the china cabinet along with your china, lovely.
    Wonderful post.

  3. Oh I see no problems with the lighting or the photography. You have such a charming, elegant home. The way you incorporate David's preferences over your own is very dear, too. In case I don't get by again before Christmas, have the merriest and most blessed one ever.

  4. Everything is gorgeous and absolutelly perfect!
    Merry Christmas

  5. Can you really have too much crystal? I love the glow of the light through your candle holder.
    Your home is lovely, elegant and welcoming. Even David's red cardinal welcome is toned down and soft.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Gorgeous photographs and a gorgeous Christmas home.


  7. It is gorgeous as always Terri.
    I wish you a magical Christmas with your Family.
    Ness xx
    Marley & Lockyerpatera

  8. So, so beautiful! Your decor is just so lovely. Like you, I didn't purchase very much new Christmas either this year. It was fun to find new ways to use my old things.

  9. Terri,
    It's all so gorgeous and peaceful!
    I want to push your kitty off the chair so I can curl up and look at your tree!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  10. The china cabinet looks very seasonal and I love the wooden angel. Is she old?

  11. Your home is so beautiful! Merry Christmas. xo

  12. Happy Holly Day, your home looks wonerful in it's Christmas frocks, hope to see you again in the New Year...

  13. Hi Terri, I'm so happy to know you are a fellow blogger... Thank you for enlightening me and directing me here!
    I visited Lake Louise as a teenager. It is gorgeous as is your lovely home all decked out for Christmas.
    I'm so glad we connected and I look forward to getting to know you better in 2012!

  14. I LOVE your china T - simple, elegant & very gorgeous!

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