Friday, December 2, 2016

A French Country Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the foot of the Rockies!

I had such fun decorating the house this year for Christmas and didn't spend a fortune.
I like using the things that have been passed down over the years
and those things I already have but can be used in a new way.

Like this vintage candelabra.
It usually sits in the front living room window facing the street
but this year I decided to add a little Christmas spirit to the kitchen.
It really makes the kitchen feel festive.

In the farmhouse sunroom, silver bells bejeweled with red satin ribbons 
line the windowsills and the top of the seed bin. 
A family tradition, Ron's mother gave him a new bell every Christmas and he now has about 40!

A metal Christmas tree adorned with Shiny Brite bulbs sits atop the farm table. 
When I was unpacking the bulbs, one fell onto the tiled floor and shattered. Mwaaa!

The foyer halltree has a cheery look with Santa hats . . .

. . .  and a French market basket filled with stuffed toys.

Draping a couple of thick scarves on the halltree hooks adds texture and warmth to the entry. 
I love this scarf from the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. 
The Stanley was made famous in the movie "The Shining."

In the living room, we decided to put our little tree in the front window.
It's simply decorated with white twinkly lights and silver bulbs that I've had for years.

An old toy horse on wheels is hitched under the tree with more bears.

The mantel always takes on a new look each year. 
This year I placed my red-berried wreath on the mantel instead of on the front door. 
Surrounded by vintage books and holiday decorations,
it looks warm and cozy with a battery candle nestled inside it.

The dining room mantel is spiffed up with stockings and red accents. 

A simple centerpiece lies on the dining table with a linen runner and an old ironstone tureen.
I couldn't resist adding a few deer sheds. 

So, from our house to yours, a very Merry Christmas . . .

and a Happy New Year!



  1. Everything is so lovely and elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Very pretty! I love your home and decked out for Christmas makes it even lovelier.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

    1. Thank you for your sweet comments Lorraine! I wish you a Merry Christmas!

  3. Everything looks so festive and cozy! I love that movie the Shining, who knew? The center piece in the dining room is beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and your family and especially your cute puppy child. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

    1. Thank you Lisa! Your kind comments mean a lot to me. Puppy Roxy just turned 10 (that's 70
      in people years!). Hope I look that good at that age. Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Pat, a very Merry Christmas to you! Your home is decked with all the things that make Christmas have personal meaning....I don't think I could ever let my treasures be replaced with a 'new' look each year, and it makes me happy to see you love yours too. Those bells of your husband's....priceless!
    I appreciate your dropping in to my open house also. It's been a good year, getting to know you, and growing a friendship through our love of vintage. Cheers to a new year of more old stuff we love!
    Rita C at Panoply

    1. Thank you for your sweet and thoughtful comments Rita. The bells are engraved with the year so they're easy to track. I'm so glad to have found your friendship too. Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas to you, Ron and Roxie! Your home looks beautiful, I bet it is so cozy at night lit up. Hugs, Mel

    1. Hey Mel! Thanks for leaving me a sweet comment. A big holiday hug to you and Renee!

  6. Pat, I love your home and how you have it decorated with so many vintage items. It really feels like the Christmas I remember from years ago. And I had to smile when I got to the end and thought I was looking at our Molly...LOL!

  7. All very pretty! And your puppy is adorable! Happy Holidays!

  8. Hi Pat,
    Your home is looking very festive and I enjoyed all your touches of whimsy. Love the berried wreath with the candle and that sweet little pooch in the last picture! He is just too cute! Thank you for stopping by and I wish you and your family a beautiful holiday season, my friend!

    Christmas blessings from my home to yours,

  9. So sweet, Pat! Merry Christmas! I love the deer sheds on the centerpiece. Lovely home. Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  10. Everything looks great and how fun to switch things up. I love doing something different every year using what I have. Your home is very festive and your doggy is adorable!

  11. I love those Santa hats hanging in your hall. Thanks for sharing your pretty Christmas home at Monday Social.

  12. Your home is always lovely to visit and especially so at the holidays.

    Joyeux Noel

  13. So delightful! I love all the little personal touches. Joyeux Noel and a happy 2017!

  14. As a new reader of your lovely blog, I very much enjoyed your wonderful holiday decorations. And your adorable pup too!

    1. Welcome Lily! So glad to see you are a new reader. I hope you come back often. Merry Christmas from me and the pup!

  15. Have a wonderful Holiday! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  16. Your home is just lovely, Pat--I especially love your old toy horse--he's adorable :) Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm and Merry Christmas!

  17. I finally got my computer up and running and just read your Christmas blog. Everything looked so festive, warm and cozy. Good job.