Sunday, December 14, 2014


Favorite keepsakes for decorating my hutch

Every year I look forward to decorating my hutch for Christmas. I love to use favorite keepsakes, souvenirs from trips, gifts, candles and maybe a few things picked up just for my hutch! This year I wanted to add a lot of white and cream. I still have to replace the red bows with creamy satin bows to finish the look. So here goes, I made a lot of photos!

Roses I dried left from Thanksgiving

Little musicians from France

Christmas books from the English countryside

The Christmas Story

Nativity form Italy

White chocolate flowers from a favorite shop

Souvenir from the Black Forrest in Germany

Hand made wool sheep

A simple centerpiece for the breakfast room table

Galvanized tree and pails with paperwhites 

I was going for a really simple look this year. I usually use fruit ornaments on the garland, but opted to display those in a crystal bowl.
Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you will leave a comment so I will know you were here.


  1. Emily, it is always a treat to see your hutch, but especially so at Christmas. I want to study each shelf. It's fun to change things up from time to time. I did a bit of that this year as well. I need to get some photos taken to share. Just so much going on at the moment and little time to devote to my blog. Thanks for sharing the inspiration here.
    Happy Holidays, dear friend!

  2. PS ~ love the table centerpiece. That little tree is wonderful.

  3. Oh Emily, BONSOIR et Joyeux Noël! WOW, your hutch is beautifully decorated like a perfect little shop. You have such a seasoned collection of beautiful Christmas memories from around the European world. GORGEOUS! Thank you for stopping by today. Love and heavenly peace to you! Anita

  4. oh Emily, your hutch looks fabulous! You have so many gorgeous things from your travels! AND your paperwhite centerpiece is stunning also! Merry Christmas my friend!

  5. Your hutch is so festive and lovely, Emily! :) I really like your paperwhites...what a pretty centerpiece! Merry Christmas! Are y'all going to New Orleans! We'd already planned on going to visit Trip's sister.


  6. Oh goodness! .. the music and beautiful tour has me all-aglow this morning! Everything very festive Emily:) Your paperwhites are gorgeous. Mine are not blooming yet...soon hopefully!

  7. Oh Emily--it is always such a treat to read your blog posts! Your French hutch is amazing with detail--I just love the little French musicians, and the artwork of the rabbits bringing their Christmas tree home--darling. We just had a party here last weekend that you might have liked--my theme was: Fa-La-La-Ooh-La-La: A Holiday Cabaret and Small Plate Soiree. I served appetizers and a variety of finger sweets--everybody seemed very happy and appetites were satisfied! I decorated our little tree with a French theme, and had pictures of the Eiffel Tower and fleur de lys that I used. Merry Christmas to you!

  8. I could spend quite a long time exploring all the details -- and I will definitely be back to study it some more. Lots of interesting things to look at! This is a reflection of an interesting life.

  9. Your hutch looks stunning!! I love all the closeups but love the full view in that 3rd photo from the end...beautiful Emily!!

  10. Hi Emily! How nice to hear from you. Your hutch is amazing! I love all of your decorations and they have an olden feel about them. Hope this season is going well for you. Merry Christmas!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. There are so many cute things on your hutch, it's a little like being in Wonderland.

  12. Emily, I am unbearably in love with this post! Your hutch is simply gorgeous -- all one could wish for and more. I love that it is so very personal and that each piece means something, is a memory. And all are so lovely.

    I know you know how to have a Merry Christmas -- I hope by now you are feeling at full speed and ready to tackle the season! If you can pull it off half as beautifully as you have made your hutch, you will have a holiday to remember -- and one that all around you will remember, too. Merry Christmas!

  13. Wow! That is quite an amazing display. So festive! As amazing as your hutch is, my favorite is the little display of galvanized buckets, tree and paper whites on you table. Absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a merry Christmas season!

    Blessings, Deborah

  14. Olá amiga, hoje quero agradecer a Deus pelo dom da sua vida, e desejar a você e sua família
    um feliz e santo Natal, cheio de saúde e alegria!!!
    Que seu coração esteja preparado para receber o Menino Deus!!!
    Um grande abraço, Marie.

  15. I could stand in front of this hutch for hours looking at each detail. Completely charming and gorgeous!

  16. You know how much I'm in love with your hutch. Gorgeous! Love the way you displayed all those very special pretties...and you're taking time to smell the flowers! Yay!
    Merry Christmas, friend.

  17. Olá amiga...Feliz ano novo!
    Seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano, harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz...que começa em nossos corações e se estende a tudo que nos rodeia!!!
    Obrigada por fazer parte da minha história de vida!
    UM ABENÇOADO 2015!!!!

  18. Emily, I forgot how much I loved to see your hutch all decorated with goodies. It's so festive and everything looks magical. The doll with her fur coat is gorgeous. And I love the simple tree covered with snow and red berries. Your teddy bears always make me smile, as I am a lover of bears myself. And the most precious scene is the nativity.

    I hope you had a nice Christmas, and I wish you peace and lots of love in the new year.





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