08 December 2011

Winter Wonderland

I have been enjoying reading many of your blogs this month and seeing your Christmas creations and decorations.  I have also been so inspired to work on new projects and create new ornaments, yummy treats, decorations, gifts...it's hard for me to stay focused these days ~ there are so many things that I want to do this holiday season.  {I've got some ideas up my sleeve right now as I write this...I'll show you soon.}

But of course, I have set aside some time decorate our home for the holidays which I always enjoy doing ~ changing the arrangements from year to year, using the same decor from the previous years.  I love the challenge of creating new vignettes with the same old stuff with just a few new touches.


So, I began with our living room.  I love this room, done in blues and whites {with a cobalt blue ceiling}  which has a stunning ornate Carrera marble fireplace as the main focal point.  When we moved in, the marble was charcoal grey ~ so covered in soot that it took me five days to sand and polish it and bring it back close to its original condition. 

With a mix of vintage Victorian bird cages {and our Sock Monkey family portrait gracing this stage},


white berry wreaths and twinkle lights,


lacy white Moroccan votives,


the most special Nativity of all {when my son was two years old, he bought this for me}, and



my transformed silvery blue gourds {from our autumn holidays} adorned with golden tassels, beads, and hand painted wooden crosses...



my little winter wonderland is created. 
One of my terra cotta angels pops out of vintage embellished shoe... 


with a halo of a golden glittery snow flake,


while the queen of angels watches from a beautiful wrought iron filigree castle,


gazing through heart shaped scrolls.


Antique gold tinted petite pine cones are nature's flowers...


and placed in a stone pedestal bowl to resemble a topiary.


Christmastime is here.


Thank you for visiting and taking a peek inside my home during the holidays.  I will be showing more in the days ahead.  For now I am going to hide out in my "workshop" and act like an elf for a few hours.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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Joining these friends for Christmas festivities this week.  You're invited too, so come along with me.

9 comments:

Carole said...

Completely stunning! I can see why that nativity is so special to you. A proper place on that incredible mantel.

Happy Holidays
Carole

Grace said...

what beautiful and fun decorations. I cracked up so much with the sock monkey potrait! lol Merry Christmas. Grace xoox

Jennifer Hayslip said...

Everything looks so beautiful and festive Suzanne! I love the vignettes and you know I adore the sock monkey couple. Beautiful job girl! I especially love how unique your holiday decor is. ;) EEK! Your new banner is FAB! I spy Mister Snowman! xoxo,Jenn

Cheryl said...

Suzanne,
You Decor is absolutely beautiful!! I love the idea with the lights and ornaments in the birdcage's. The decorated shoe is also beautiful as well!! I can not wait to see more.
xoxoxo
Cheryl;-)

Shari Replogle said...

Suzanne,
I love all of your wonderful holiday decor, and all of your hard work on the fireplace was definitely worth it , it is absolutely gorgeous.I need to come south next year for some blue gourds! We don't have those here, and those are stunning.
I love the sock monkey couple as well, just precious.

latebloomerbuds said...

I would expect nothing less my dear Suzanne. The fireplace is exquisite. Merry, merry, Margie

Italian Girl in Georgia said...

Hey Girls!

Thanks so much for coming over. I love hearing from you and appreciate it so much. Happy December weekend to you all.

Baci,
Suzanne

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

It all looks so lovely Suzanne! Thank you for sharing ~ Merry Christmas :)

Mary Ellen said...

Such pretty Christmas going on at you home!
I have the same birdcage that is on you mantel-

bee blessed
mary

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