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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas at Le Beau Paon Victorien!

I did manage to get my Christmas decorations up finally, including my tree. I'm really late getting going this year---I've just been too busy it seems!

I managed to snap a few pictures when it was daylight; it gets dark now at about 4:15pm, so by the time I get home from work I don't have the kind of light I want for good pictures.

When I purchased fresh greenery for the outside decorations, I also bought a bundle of pine boughs for $2.00. I like to put the fresh pine boughs on top of some of the pictures throughout the house; like this one in the dining room. A little faux holly and a plaid ribbon makes it festive, and it smells lovely.

Last year I had to dress up my ugly chandelier for Christmas....but this year, our lovely antique parlor lamp needs no such accoutrements!

The sideboard gets Christmas-y too. ( I just need some red candles now).

Dining room centerpiece.

Last winter I found two of these white deer (a buck and a doe) for $3 each at Goodwill. They are small pots; probably someone got them from a florist shop with a fresh flower arrangement in them as a gift. They were a little dirty, but after I scrubbed them up, I added some pretty wintery florals and ribbon.

Here's the buck. I put them in the living room on top of the media cabinet in front of the TV.

They compliment my white and silver Nutcracker.

Holiday toss pillows add festive cheer!

Not much change to the decor for the parlour mantle..........

Martha gets a little Christmas cheer for her portrait too.

And at last, the big tree.
You may notice that my tree skirt is a little askew. That is courtesy of Olive. She insists on the tree skirt being in disarray no matter how many times I fix it. Five minutes later she appears and messes it all up. All attempts I made to photograph the tree with the skirt nice and neat was futile.

I added some extra greenery, bling and ribbon to the top of the tree this year just to make it more fancy!

And of course, some cabinet cards from my collection get added to the tree as always.

I bought two of these pink beaded chandelier ornaments last year after Christmas. Since they are new, I had to show them off.

I also put a string of lights on the parlour mantle to back light everything. I have a new decorating project for this mirror but I haven't put it up yet. As soon as I do, I promise to post pictures!

Here's another picture of this year's theme tree, with the lighted garland on the banister. When I took these photos I didn't have the decor in the front entry finished yet, so I don't have photos yet, but I will post them this week as well.

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Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm said...

Your house is beautiful! And yes, I have one of those kittys, too! Only mine loves the bathroom rug!
Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, everything is beautiful! Your home is just perfect for a Victorian Christmas!

Richard Cottrell said...

Christmas at your beautiful home is so wonderful. i love your tree and the greenery here and there just says, have yourself a Victorian Christmas.Richard from My Old Historic House.

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...


I love all your little Christmas touches everywhere! You have such nice ideas, like putting cabinet cards on your tree. I laughed when I saw your messy tree skirt! Our cats have always messed with nice tree skirts, so now I just wrap the bottom in a white sheet and hope for the best, lol!