So this was our weather today. The view out the front window was rain spattered due to a big nor'easter storm that is over the Maritime provinces, and southern Quebec and Ontario. It's nasty out there. The wind has been howling and the rain blowing against the front of the house all day. The temperature hasn't budged above 2C (34F). The schools were closed due to very icy roads and driveways. The northern regions and Quebec were getting heavy snow from this instead of rain. I'm thankful that we haven't lost power yet as thousands have in NB today. This will continue into tomorrow morning but the temperature will rise then and maybe the icy driveways will melt down some.
We need a little Christmas...
Inside though, it's cozy with the tree lights on and candles burning. I took most of these photos of our Christmas decor over the past week. I love vintage decorations so they are seen everywhere around the living/dining rooms and kitchen. Enjoy. There are lots of pictures.
Our tree has a mix of new ornaments and vintage glass ones. I use the underside of an old quilt for a tree skirt. The brown and white transfer ware platter on the coffee table is old, the cloche new. The silver candlesticks were my mother's.
A reflection of our tree looking in the vintage mirror.
Our house is a split entry so this is the view of the bookshelf next to the open stairwell. I went with garland after a break last year and this time added my vintage putz houses. The shelf in the stairwell has vintage bottle brush trees, a Santa sleigh and reindeer, a new Santa and my childhood slate, which I guess is vintage too! :)
This is a vignette on an antique drop leaf table.....all new things this year for a change and I love the sparkle.
Our dining room enjoys lovely sunshine all afternoon so it's nice and bright. It's where I blog. Most of the dishes in the hutch are vintage. The ceramic tree was my mother's and was made for her by my mother-in-law. One of those keepsakes that I enjoy. ;)
Here is our hutch at night.
This is my second 'look' for the table centrepiece. I didn't like the first one I'd done so I re-did it. :) We use this table for all our meals as we don't have an eat-in kitchen so I don't want anything big to move around. I simply slide this over when we are eating. Plus I have the option of setting out a new centrepiece when we have company....and a plaid tablecloth with our white and silver snowflake dishes.
The vintage painted table in the corner with my favourite little medicine cabinet.
This is a wall space between the Kitchen and dining room. The little shelf is filled with vintage dishes and ornaments. I have two smaller trees in crocks...one sitting on one of the kids red chairs and the other in the dining room. The empty crock is where I keep our newspapers each week.
On the kitchen counter I put some artificial greens etc. in this vintage enamel teapot.
This vignette is on the peninsula next to the dining room. I love these vintage Santa mugs and my white pitcher.
The skate photo is the front of an old Christmas card that I liked. I often save the pretty ones to set in different spots and it worked with the red and white theme here.
Well that is a tour of our little house. I don't decorate the bedrooms or bathroom. I know some of you do these rooms too and they look amazing. I find it's just too much work and no one really sees them. I have some decorations in our family room downstairs but nothing fancy. I've cut back a lot on what I put out. It is just too much effort and the thought of putting it all away in January.....just too overwhelming. I've certainly enjoyed visiting all the beautifully decorated homes in blog land haven't you? There is lots of inspiration out there.
I've been writing this post by candlelight. :) And the soft lights of the Christmas trees too. I bought this lace edged tin at IKEA in Calgary and just love it. I may have to bring a few more home next trip. At least the power stayed on!
Thank you for staying with me to the end. I hope you enjoyed seeing our home decorated for Christmas. I haven't been out taking photos of nature the past week so I thought this would be a good time to do this post and share it with you. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. A few of you have mentioned that you've had problems commenting the past week. I am not sure what's going on with Blogger but for some reason they have put Word Verification on all blogs. I didn't do that willingly! But, I have been able to comment without putting in the numbers to 'prove I'm not a robot' without any issues. Hopefully this will be changed soon. Unless there's something I don't know about this. Do you know? If so please enlighten me/us. Thanks. :)