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,'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,

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