Thursday, December 31, 2015


Brooch bouquet

Today is the last day my decorations are up, tomorrow afternoon I will start packing them away. I will miss them! Have you packed everything up and begin the new year with a nice orderly home? At times I want to do that but I always end up leaving everything out through NYE.  I didn't do a lot of decorating this year, just pulled out a few things and made  vignettes. It was a busy summer and fall, a little renovating, painting and traveling. I hope your Christmas was merry and you are enjoying your New Year’s Eve.

My brooch bouquet was a birthday gift from my sister. She attended a wedding where the bride had a brooch bouquet for her bridal bouquet. She loved it and made one (no she's not getting married, she is married) for herself to enjoy. When I saw it I hinted I would like to have one. She started looking for vintage jewelry, pins, earrings etc. I ask for Christmas colors. My bouquet has my mom’s pieces, pieces from my MIL, my sister's MIL, SIL and friends. It also has my dad's cufflinks so of course it is so very special! It has a velvet ribbon wrapped stem. Hope you enjoy looking at my bouquet and  my Christmas home tour.

My Brooch Bouquet takes center stage on a tray of white snow

Thank you dear sweet Iris

Christmas tour


Of course if you have a clock you know there will be mice

Blue, white and silver

Silver and white ornaments wreath for the inside door

Living Room

A few bears from my travels

A musical santa  from my mom and dad, so treasured

Lovely rabbit dancers from Anthro

Dining Room

Plates from Anthropologie, placemats from Williams Sonoma

Favorite RL tea set 


Oh Christmas Tree!

Family Room

Elves bringing in the trees 

Beautiful sleigh plant stand, a gift from a dear friend

Kitchen entrance

The French Hutch
(notice anything different)

One of my projects this past summer was painting the hutch. I choose black for a completely different look and I really like it. Everything really pops now. For Christmas I used my Spode Victorian plates with my pewter chargers. Love the blue with pewter.

Christmas rabbit

Christmas ribbon

Powder Room


I hope you are enjoying your New Year's Eve and  ringing in the new year with friends and family. Wishing you peace and joy and all the best in 2016! Thank you for your visit and support. 

Here’s to the blessings of the year,
Here’s to the friends we hold dear,
To peace on earth, both far and near.

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who into man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth!

                          ~Martin Luther


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  1. Emily, I always look forward to seeing all of your beautiful Christmas decor! Everything looks so pretty; and I love your hutch! Wishing you all the best in 2016!

  2. Emily, your home is beautiful anytime of year, but oh how special it is to see the Christmas decorations in every room. I loved this little tour. It made me feel as if I were there enjoying a cup of tea sitting by the newly painted French hutch. ;-)
    Your dishes throughout are all lovely. Like you, I love the look of pewter chargers. Your pretty blue and white vases on the mantel and the foot bath on the table, all add elegance. And that glorious tree in your living room. It is simply majestic! I wouldn't want to take it down and pack things away till the very last minute. Ha! That is basically what I'm doing here. I packed away most Christmas things today, but our tree is still up and decorated, lights twinkling as we bring in 2016 in a few hours. Chickadees are still out on the mantel too. I just can't put it all away just yet.
    The brooch bouquet is so unusual and special. How sweet that it holds pieces from loved ones. Did I overlook your birthday? How did that happen?
    Will call you soon. Happy New Year!

  3. Hello Emily, and a very happy New Year to you!

    I made a brooch bouquet for my daughter two years ago. It's actually in my sidebar if you'd like to check it out. Your bouquet is so lovely and special, I'm sure you will enjoy it for many, many years to come.

    Your decorations are so festive and cheerful, in contrast to what I did this year, which is zero. We are traveling so it just wasn't practical.


  4. Hi, Emily! Happy New Year! I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful home decorated for Christmas. I do like your hutch painted black, too. I was wondering, what you have your silver tree siting in -- it looks like a large tray of snow? Really pretty. My late cousin had one of those trees, too. I had a little one long, long ago, don't know whatever happened to it. I am going back to pin some of your photos!

  5. Your home looks absolutely beautiful at Christmas. I love your sideboard with the beautiful blue things - they really do stand out against the black background.

    I too have taken down my Christmas things which have been up since the first Sunday of Advent at the end of November & now the house looks very bare ...

  6. Emily, I am gasping. Each photo is like a present, more beautiful than the one before! Everything is so beautiful is hard to pick a favorite -- a magnificent tree or a mantle? How on earth did you get your shiny balls to stand tall on your mantle. I suspect hot glue was involved. It's a great look. It's all a great look. Loving your blue Victorian china, the white mantle trees, the gorgeous broach and every detail.

    It takes me a long while to get everything down -- the most Christmassy first, then the winter trees. I swap out Santas for snow folk (probably this weekend) but leave up the greenery and lights just to brighten the winter a bit. And yes, come Valentine's day, you might find a heart or two stuck in.

    Thank you for all this loveliness! Happy New Year!

  7. Happy New Year Emily! I have been pouring over your holiday photos, and my favorite is the mice on the clock, that is the cutest thing I've ever seen!! I love your black hutch, and it is gorgeous styled with your pewter and blue. I have never seen or heard of a brooch bouquet, what an incredible way to save, enjoy and display special jewelry! I hope 2016 brings much joy and happiness your way~

  8. Your home was absolutely enchanting for Christmas! My best wishes for the new year!

  9. What an enchanting home you have at Christmastide. The silver tree especially attracted me. Mine is weighted more to red and white. The music here is so soothing. Wishing you all the best in 2016.

  10. I love the bouquet - great idea!! I imagine its fun to collect pins throughout the year to make this. Your dining room is lovely. Are those tree candles on your mantle? Adorable!

  11. That brooch bouquet is stunning! What a fantastic idea, especially one just done for Christmas Thanks for sharing the great idea and wishing you a happy new year.


    1. Hi Lynn, The brooch bouquet is special, made by my sister and has pieces from my mom and dad's cufflinks.
      I came to visit you and couldn't comment. Love all the creative ideas you share. Happy New Year!

  12. Oh wow! Emily the hutch has never looked better!! I will feature it this week at Home Sweet Home. I love those pewter goblets! Great shape to them! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! Happy New Year!

  13. The bouquet is stunning, Emily. I ran across those while planning our daughter's wedding, and instantly fell in love. She opted for fresh flowers with a vintage jeweled tussie mussie handle instead, but these are gorgeous. What a great idea, to make one for ourselves...just because. I'm inspired.
    Love your holiday decorations. I wish I could have a do-over for December. The wedding simply had all our attention. I am reliving it a little through your post though.
    Happy New Year, my friend.
    Blessings to you and your loved ones.

  14. I really enjoyed this post, Emily. Love your hutch full of loveliness. :))) I'm your new follower from Canada. Deb

  15. Beautiful Christmas decorating Emily. Such sweet touches through out your house. Your hutch looks delightful with all those dishes gracing the shelves. I especially like the iron horse and sleigh with the rider, very cute!
    Have a great rest of your week,

  16. I'm behind on my blog reading but just in time to say goodbye to your pretty decorations and wish you a happy 2016.

  17. Emily, that brooch bouquet is stunning as is all of your Christmas decor! I love the hutch painted black! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you again tonight at Make it Pretty! Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  19. i'm late ... I love Christmas, your decor Christmas is wonderful.
    Happy New Year

  20. love the bouquet - great idea!! I imagine its fun to collect pins throughout the year to make this. Your dining room is lovely . ..




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