I have, over the years, loved the look of red and white together, particularly at Christmas, but after loving the whites and the pastels and the neutrals, I thought I had kind of fallen out of love with good old red and white. Low and behold, when I started pulling out things to decorate for Christmas this year (remember use what you have simple?), I decided to use my white ironstone more prominently than I usually do. What better to punch up white ironstone than greens and candy canes? Well, nothing, says I! So I went out to the yard for some greenery and to my neighborhood KMart for some candy canes and ribbon candy and...voila!
I had a ball with this sideboard vignette and red seemed to enter into it as well, although in a much more subtle way. The little stool is an old red and one of my favorite things from my New England days. A touch of red berries add a little pop to the greenery in a new thrift store galvanized vase given my old zinc paint trick.
Fun chance to pull out my Christmas books and my adorable drawer I won in Mitzi's giveaway along with the awesome little black alarm clock, among other awesome treasures. Thank you, Mitzi!
One of my favorite little doodads, a very cool flower frog topped this month with a bird Christmas ornament and some greenery.
My friend down the street is a talented calligraphy and watercolor artist. She had an open house for Christmas and gave us all a pretty card of our choosing and I loved this quote from Rudyard Kipling, beseeching us to delight in simple things. Obviously, meant for me. I gave it a decorative clip around the edges and then put it in the center of the greenery with an old band instrument music holder.
OK, pure randomness...does anyone else decorate their necessary room? Toilet, potty, bathroom, water closet, whatever you call it. I do, I must admit. I have the great blue and white dishes in there all the time (you mean everyone doesn't have dishes in their potty? Hmmmmm, what's wrong with them????), so I thought a little touch of Christmas was in order in there as well.
Moving on to the dining room, I pulled out my Victorian red flash glass souvenir pieces for a little red love.
These fun little glass items were keepsakes from various tourist destinations. Often, people would have them personalized like this glass with the initials E.S.H. How can you not be charmed?
So, anyway, I also changed out the pastel quilts I display in my entryway (didn't photograph that) with my red and white and red, blue, and white ones for the first time in years and it is so nice to see my old friends. I think red and white and I are going to be spending a little more time together this year. How about you? What did you think you were over that it turned out you still loved?
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Until next time,