Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cardinal House - just one more Christmas decor post

We have a beautiful antique French wedding trousseau cabinet (via Eloquence) in our master bedroom. Last year I found the perfect Christmas garland for the top. The crown is so ornate that I didn't want to take away from it and needed something to fit the era of the cabinet - a tough call since it is about 130 years old. But I think this loose greenery works well. The flocked natural twig wreath hangs over our bed and is reflected back in the mirror.

The master bath has a simple festive dressing with the addition of preserved boxwood wreaths to the vitrine. It's actually a great all season look, but once you tuck a little Christmas bell in or hang holiday linen it takes you through the season.

I love having the vitrine in the master bath.

We are fortunate to have an outdoor space that can be used throughout the year. The lanai is covered, so even in pouring rain you can sit out and not get wet. Our outdoor fireplace is still waiting to have the stone face finished - :(. But it didn't stop me from hanging a huge wreath over it anyway. But since it's not complete I'll save the picture of it for the ta-da moment of the before and after.

The lanai was spruced up for Christmas with plaid cushion covers. Two yards of fabric, a couple of hours at the sewing machine and everything went from summer patterns to winter wonderland.

My granddaughter Kya, got in on the act and helped sew the envelopes for the cushions. It doesn't get any easier than straight lines and stuffing the cushions in.

The garden Angels get moved around each season.

The dining room hutch is all about decor - I rarely use it to hold items for dinner. So faux garland, lights and a collection of gold Angels that I've had for many years, complete the look.

The banister on the main floor is lit each night via fiber optic battery pack lights - just enough glow to add some 'pretty'. White satin ribbon, pine cones and few white berries keep it simple.

The kitchen sideboard and bistro shelves are in constant motion when we host dinners at our house. It's the perfect place to set up wine or a dessert buffet. Fresh greenery and berries tucked into the silver trumpet vase adds a festive vibe and doesn't take up space on the countertop.

From our house to yours,
Joyeux Noel.

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