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.
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!