Sunday, December 6, 2015

Brandywine Cottage all dolled up for the Hometalk/Country Living Tour!



Welcome to the Brandywine Cottage Christmas tour!! This tour is hosted by two of my favorites: Hometalk and Country Living!




(Please check out the other fabulous bloggers to see their lovely homes, as well!)





This year I decided to decorate with fewer pieces, so the pieces I did use had to make a statement!


I began with a bird cage that's over three feet high and about 20 inches across. I filled it with shredded paper and lots of white and silver, with green and aqua ornaments used as accents.


I have two of the same style of ironstone pitchers (one a little smaller than the other), and I made book page rosettes to fill some of the space.



 Of course, you can't miss the tree!! (For those of you who have seen my tree before--yes, drunk Santa is still a part of it.)




The other noticeable piece in the living room is the mid-century modern creche.



This creche belonged to my parents.  I can remember being a kid and fighting with my brother over who got to plug it in. (One of my friends calls this 'Nativity on LSD' which is sacrilegious but still somehow funny.)





In the kitchen, I began with this 1970s Vera tea towel. My mother had lots of Vera stuff--scarves and other textiles--and this tea towel reminded me of her and our Washington Street home. (She was a charter subscriber to Country Living, and when she moved I bet we pulled out seventy-two of the "best" issues she had saved.)

I put this towel on our coffee table and put some glittery pine cones in a bowl along with it.








Right now, the kitchen table is serving as my studio space until we get the climate control worked out in the loft room, which will eventually be my real studio. I put out some Quality Street chocolates in a wine glass, just in case I start to feel faint while I'm being creative. Being creative can take a lot out of you and you need to have both chocolate and wine handy. (More about Quality Street later, because there's a story. With me, there always is.)


This handmade snowman keeps an eye on stuff. Just in case someone tries to steal my wine/chocolate.







The dining room got a huge wooden dough bowl with fake candles and real holly. The teacup in the center was my grandmother's, and I put a battery powered votive inside. I don't trust myself with a real candle, because I am somewhat forgetful.

The dining room is also where I put up my putz village. Some of the buildings are new, some vintage. Usually they are on the coffee bar, but this year I tried something different.



I hope you  have enjoyed stopping by, and please be sure to visit  the other participating bloggers!

13 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that birdcage vignette is my favorite part- so pretty!

Kathleen George said...

Great minds think a like, chocolate and wine, is what's on my end table right now. Love your Grandma's tea cup, and the nativity, gorgeous! Drunk Santa? Mmmmm, perhaps to much peppermint schapps? Kathleen in Az

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I like your new vignettes! That bird cage is pretty amazing, in case I've never mentioned that before. You know I have a fascination with vintage kitchen items, so that towel could fly my way anytime...

Rose L said...

All decked out for the holidays! I am just starting. I have never seen that light for a nativity scene before. Are you sure they came together and weren't wed?

Pam Kessler said...

Your putz village is beautiful! And your nativity scene on LSD is too cool! Love that you used to fight over who got to plug it in!

Bliss said...

I would like your houses please. I like those much better than the ceramic ones I have, that I hate setting up. So I guess I'll be Google'n putz houses.

Rita C. said...

Kirby, your birdcage vignette is awesome. Nativity on LSD, hahahaha. I'm like you with not trusting myself with the real candles, but I did use a couple this year. Merry Christmas (and it looks like you got in the HT and CL party, good for you!).
Rita

Kathleen TheLavenderBouquet said...

Love your vignettes and creatitvity!

Marie Blackburn said...

Kirby, your holiday vignettes are so pretty. I love the birds nest under glass!

Feral Turtle said...

I just got coffee all over my computer after reading this post. OMG too funny Kirby. Your house looks fantastic and I won't mess with your wine and chocolate. I would hate for your adorable snowman to be mad at me. Cheers!!

Andrea said...

Oh wow to the birdcage! The tree is beautiful and all grown up (my son said ours looks like 5 year olds live here....um, because it does!)

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Nativity on LSD is right, LOL! Your birdcage is wonderful and I have a few Vera towels, too. I love the old timey vibe of them. I think I can take that snowman in a fight if I need to, Kirbs. Move aside, Frosty. Love your teacups, too! xoxo, T.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Looks wonderfully festive at your house. Hope you have a happy Christmas!

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