December 19, 2009

Christmas Decoration

It took me pretty long this year to get my Christmas decoration done but I'm finally finished and now I would like to invite you to take a look into our living room.




The small rack you see below had been a flea market find that I painted white. The styrofoam tree we had once bought in the US and had carried it in our hand baggage. The customs let us unpack that thing. It must have looked like one of those dangerous styrofoam weapons, LOL. No, well I can understand since it has a very long and thick metal screw. It had a gold colored base and tip and was covered with red velvet. For the last years it had been decorated with my vintage Czech rhinestone Christmas tree brooches. Because of my new color scheme the tree had to undergo a change this year. So I painted it white, did a little bit distressing and sewed a cream colored velvet cover. Then I pinned rhinestone buttons, brooches and a belt to it. See the little cast iron squirrel? It's a nutcracker and I love this little guy.


In the French magazine "Marie Claire Idée" I had seen a picture where they used glass ornaments as bottle closures. I loved the idea as you can see but I found the bottles would need some more decoration and so I glued rhinestone brooches and buttons on.


I love faux pearl necklaces for decoration and can hardly resist when I see one at the flea market for a reasonable price.



To stay with my white, creme and silver theme I decided not to get a fir tree but to paint a large branch white and use that as our Christmas tree.




The garden table below had been a curbside find, deposited there to be picked up by the garbage collection. For me it had just the perfect vintage look.


Karen over at My Desert Cottage had shown beautiful pictures of her home. Her sweet mantle decoration inspired me to take 2 teddy bears from my studio into the living room and place them onto the cupboard. Thank you, Karen for this wonderful inspiration!

Thanks for your visit, dear friends! Hopefully you enjoyed the tour a little bit. Have a wonderful weekend and don't get stressed out too much by the Christmas preparations!

Hugs,
Julia

17 comments:

Rita said...

Hi Julia,
the bottle, and the candles. I am coming over, it feels warm. Merry Christmas=Buon Natale Rita mammabellarte

Sandy said...

Hach ja wat schön.
Im Original noch tausendmal schöner.
Weihnachtshausen ist immer eine Reise wert.

Liebe Julia, ich wünsche Dir einen wunderschönen 4. Advent.

Rostrose said...

Liebe Julia! Ich habe leider erst mit einiger verspätung deinen Besuch auf meinem bislang letzten Pink-Post mitbekommen - aber heute habe ich endlich zum gegenbesuch angesetzt und bin begeistert von deiner Deko und deinen Ideen! Übrigens habe ich eine ähnliche "Draht-Kleiderpuppe" wie du, allerdings in schwarz, du kannst sie in meinem aktuellen Posting sehen. Diese Stücke sind wunderbar-dankbare Dekorations-Objekte, stimmt's? Und deine Schneemann-Adventkalenderidee hat mich ebenfalls begeistert, ich habe nämlich exakt das gleiche Exemplar wie du, doch da auch bei mir die Weihnachtsfarben in Richtung Weiß gewechselt haben, passte er nicht mehr und blieb heuer in der Versenkung. Doch mit Hilfe deiner Inspiration wird er möglicherweise im nächsten Jahr wieder zu neuen Ehren kommen. DANKE!
Ich hoffe, es ist dir recht, wenn ich deinen Link gleich mitnehme!?! Alles Liebe, Traude

June said...

Julia everything looks just magical. You have done the most beautiful job of decorating your home and I know your family must love it. I think I'll just stay here awhile and take it all in.
hugs

Liz Schaffner said...

Julia, as always your home is breathtaking! Like a real Winter Wonderland!
Wish I was there drinking a tea & and eating a few cookies!
Hugs,Liz

Dorthe said...

Julia,
how beautifull you decorated your home,
It looks wonderfull in every corner,I love your bottles, your tree, and the mantel decoration, everything so great.
Happy holliday, Julia
Hugs Dorthe

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Julia,

I loved looking at your beautiful home at Christmas ~ everything looks delightful.
The tree with brooches and the bottles and candles looks really wonderful.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas
Hugs
Carolyn

shabbychicinspired said...

Eine super schöne Dekoration, Julia! Ganz zauberhaft! Wünsche Dir und Deinen Lieben ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles Gute für 2010!
Ganz liebe Grüße, Viola :)

fräulein klein said...

Hallo Julia! Deine Weihnachtsdekoration sieht einfach toll aus! So viele schöne Lichter!!!!
Einen schönen Abend wünsche ich Dir
viele liebe Grüße, Yvonne

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Julia! You truly made a masterpiece with your living room!!! Each detail is stunning and the overview is stunning and magic!!!
Enjoy a wonderful Christmas time and Buon Natale!!!
Vale

Carol said...

Hallo Julia!

Erstmal vielen lieben Dank für Deine netten Kommentare!

Dein geschmücktes Wohnzimmer sieht einfach traumhaft aus mit diesen schönen Fenstern und all den twinkle lights!

Da würde ich gerne auf einen gemütlichen Weihnachtsbesuch reinschneien ;-)

A pro po schneien, hier schneit es schon wieder den ganzen Tag und die Hoffnungen auf eine weiße Weihnacht steigen!

Fröhliche Weihnachten wünscht Dir
Carola

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Oh my goodness...your home is like stepping into a magazine...GORGEOUS! what a wonderful treat to see your home decorated for the holidays! lovely indeed! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to sharing and seeing your art in 2010! :)

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Julia,
Your home looks so magical! Very cozy, I would have no problem snuggling on your couch with a hot drink. Marie Clare Idees is my favorite inspiration magazine. I pay $55 for 4 issues a year, but it is worth it. I don't understand a word of text but the pictures are enough! Have a Merry Christmas. Lisa

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

It's like a bit of heaven at your house. You've done a beautiful job in making it warm and magical. The little touches of vintage and new go so well together. I've been meaning to use old glass balls for all those bottles I have....Karen does have some great ideas......and so do you!
One more thing....i love the tree you lit with lights.
xo......Carole

Merry Christmas!

Barbara Jean said...

This is all so beautiful.
I'm glad i found you and cannot wait to go back and see more.

blessings

barbara jean

Rostrose said...

Vielen herzlichen Dank für lieben Worte zu meinem letzten Post! Zum Glück hat das zugelaufene Katerchen die Glaskugeln nicht von der Fensterbank heruntergeworfen. Aber selbst wenn - meine Katzen haben mir im Lauf der jahre auch schon das eine oder andere Stück kaputt gemacht - man liebt sie ja trotzdem! Ich wünsche dir ein schönes, besinnliches Fest (und dem Katerchen auch :o))!
Ganz liebe Grüße Traude

The Rustic Victorian said...

How wonderful, I love everything, the light you created is so romantic and magical. I know how much work it takes to do the tree branches, I have done that and it is so worth the time. Really really lovely!
Happy New Year to your household!
Love
Marcie