Friday, November 30, 2018

My French Country Christmas

Happy December and Welcome to my French Country Christmas!

This year, I'm keeping it simple and natural with a touch of ethereal. 
Very French Country. 

Welcome my friends to our Colorado Christmas!

Outside, the front porch feels festive with black metal lanterns from the patio 
filled with bulbs and greenery and topped with red ribbons.

In the foyer I created a simple vignette with a painted table
and a white ironstone pitcher. A touch of boxwood is very French. 

Leaning against the foyer wall is a rustic wreath found at a thrift store.
This beautiful wreath adds natural texture to the space. 

Please come on into our living room.

This is our second year without an actual Christmas tree
and we've decided we don't miss it.
It feels good to pare down on the decorations and keep it simple.

However, I couldn't pass up this artificial tree under two feet tall from Michaels.
I added a few twinkly lights and some miniature bulbs.

Arranged on a stack of old books to give it some height, 
the tree was then placed atop a table draped with a vintage linen.
I love the natural look of the burlap and plaid ribbon.

I used our old string of twinkly lights to fashion
a "tree of lights" framing the tiny Christmas tree in our front window . 

I placed a French market basket under the tree stuffed with teddy bears, worn books, 
lavender and a vintage embroidered cloth. A simple French Country vignette. 

The tree is next to our fireplace.
I've always wanted a long cedar garland for the mantel. 
I'm in love with the natural look of the garland, 
dotted with some candles, antlers and pine cones. 

Twinkly lights are reflected in the large mirror above the mantel
creating an dreamy ethereal ambiance.

A flickering fire makes for a cozy room
and natural woods bring that French Country feel home.

So glad you stopped by for a holiday visit.
Hope to see you next week when I share my
French Country Christmas dining room and kitchen.

From the road to our mountain cabin, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season.


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  1. Very warm and welcoming, perfect for your cozy home!

  2. Beautiful! I like a more simple and natural look also. I love your little tree with the bird on top. Is the garland on your mantel real or did you buy it someplace?

  3. I love it! That little tree is so cute and I really like the candles on your mantle too. This is our first year without a 'regular' tree but our reason is we have a new puppy and keeping him from a tree would be more than I want to deal with. I bought a 3.5 ft. tree at Hobby Lobby and put it in an antique egg basket in the bay window seat. And like you, I'm thinking this may just be the way we go even next year. I pared way back on decorating as well and kept things pretty simple . . . again, nothing the puppy could reach!!

    1. Thank you Lauren! Your display sounds so pretty with the egg basket in the bay window. What kind of puppy did you get? Smart move to have a smaller tree. Hugs, Pat

  4. Big or small i think all Christmas trees are pretty. From your front steps to the inside it is magical, thank you.

  5. Love your simple Christmas decorations.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

  6. Love your Charlie Brown Christmas tree! Everything is warm and cozy.

    1. Hi Pat, I hope I didn't offend you by calling your sweet tree a Charlie Brown tree. When I saw your tree I thought of Charlie Brown because I always loved those Christmas specials. I have a similar tree on my desk at work and it certainly adds cheer to the room. Our trees at home have a lot of bird and butterfly ornaments. Your bird it adorable. I'm glad you put up a tree this year. Enjoy your decorations and cozy home. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

    2. Dear Ann, of course you didn't offend me. I took it as a compliment. I love Charlie Brown too. Don't worry about it for one minute and do enjoy your winged ornaments. Hugs, Pat

  7. Pat, your home looks so cozy and festive! I love the little tree with the bird on top. We’ve been trying to keep our Christmas decorating simple in recent years (although it isn’t always easy to do so).

    1. Thanks Melissa! That little bird must be getting close to 25 years old and still looks pretty good. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. Hugs, Pat

  8. Nice!!! I'd miss our tree, grand kids love to explore it....

    1. Thanks Nancy! I agree, the grandkids do enjoy all the fun of Christmas. Hugs, Pat

  9. Love your 'paring down'....we also have not had a large tree for a few years in our home and I'm loving it too. I have a small aluminum tree at our cottage and love that too, it's just right. Enjoying you blog.....Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks so much Susan. Glad you're enjoying my blog. I appreciate your visiting. Seems like a lot of people are having smaller trees. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Hugs, Pat

  10. I really love all your fresh and outside natural elements. Somehow---I don't think the original settlers had much more except a twist of ribbon or twine. Lovely ideas here for simplifying decorating! If we only get our tree up, I will be happy.

  11. So lovely, I can see why you don't miss a big tree. I love garland on mantels, too! That tiny tree is precious, especially with all the lights. xo Kathleen

  12. Your home all dressed for Christmas screams warm and cozy. I too love French country and use pops of it in my very tiny vintage farmhouse. Merry Christmas.