A Country Christmas Tour Party

Jennifer Rizzo House Tour
Several "finds" on my treasure hunts  and a day trip to the cotton fields set the tone for my Christmas decorating this year.  Three glorious angels and a box of felted flocked and glittered stars......old store stock from a "going out of  business sale" and cotton boll branches call to mind decorating with the goodness he gives us everyday and one of most popular symbols.  Thank you to Sherry of  the No Minimalist Here blog and Brooke at Creative Country Mom for having me.  You can click on either one of their names to be taken to fabulous bloggers and their holiday homes
 Let's begin at our front walk :)

 I am in love with the tin angels.  Each is about 2 feet tall and the wings are dimensional.  Adding a touch of red gives a little pop to the porch.

Stepping into the foyer, I used my ancient white tree, now patinated with that gorgeous shabby faded hue.  It was a autumn trip to the cotton fields that inspired the garland of cotton  bolls on the tree, perfectly matching the found felted stars and stars from my collection.  The sweet white shabby angel, I have had for more years than I can count and that gorgeous bottle brush star at the top of the tree was my most recent find, purchased at Lucky Junk.     A bit of soft gold rounded out the decor.  The tree is based in a gorgeous worn crock I found this summer at a yard sale.  (will be for sale in my booth for the New Year)   :)  It's the season for remembering that a star brightens up the dark night time sky, the nativity star represents the light of Jesus.   It shines forth a message of remembrance, promise and hope. 

In the kitchen, my newly chalk board painted pantry door, announces Christmas Day dinner for our guests.  The old shabby spheres on the dining room table, were another yard sale find a couple of months ago.  Love the weathered and worn verdigris on it.  (Another two pieces that will be for sale in my booth after the first of the year.)  Fresh green trimmings decorate the old chandelier. Closer to Christmas,  old farm table will be dressed with a cream colored burlap runner topped with a runner of fresh green pine boughs.  In justaposition of all the rustic decor, the table will be set with fine, shiny silver serving pieces and crystal.  The kitchen gets a little more whimsy, with it's candy cane decor, fresh greens and Santas.

In the family room, a large white poinsettia is housed in an old milk pail, accompanied by a pretty hand made paper star wreath and the Snow Queen.

Our floor to ceiling fireplace doesn't have a mantel.  In its place I hung an antique street window  gate, said to have come from New Orleans. I adore the heart design on it.   I simply added some fresh evergreen branches around a "vintage" metal sign, purchased at Big Lots for a steal.  

Two woodland trees reflect the country side I live in, embellished with burlap garland, golden pine cones, moss, deer, and pine cones.  I few lime green orbs pick up a bit of the lime green in this room.  Vintage deer on the table and a very very old paper mache deer stands on the floor, a preserved boxwood wreath around his neck.  The fishing Santa was a gift to my husband when we first moved to the country.  Hand made, he stands about 2 feet tall and is handmade.  

And the reality behind the scenes    :)

I hope I didn't keep you too long and that you will come again.  I still have right much to add to our holiday home..... bowls of vintage ornaments, more fresh greens, our beloved nativity, old santas and wreaths.  And I so hope you will visit all the other Open Houses on the tour.  So many ideas and unique decor for you.    xoxoxo

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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...


Betsy Brock said...

Beautiful..I love the angels, too!

A couple things you just don't see in the north...cotton blooms on branches and magnolia leaves!

Blondie's Journal said...

Lynn...I truly hope I haven't missed too many posts! I'm so glad I'm here to see this one. I am simply in awe of what you have done, a true Country Christmas! The tin angels, the old white tree, the cotton bolls, the fishing Santa! I just love it all! My daughter painted her pantry door with chalkboard paint and I thought she was so very clever. You, too.

Happy Holidays and so sorry I have been remiss.

Jane xx

Michele said...

All your well- designed touches of country charm abound and delight! Everything looks perfect there in your awesome home.

Kelly said...

Your home is so warm and inviting! Looks like you live on a beautiful property. I love how you mixed vintage and rustic together. I love the chalkboard painted door with the menu on it too!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Lynn,
It is all so gorgeous. I love your entry to your front door. Stunning! Everything is so pretty in the golds and whites.

Shelia said...

Your home is so beautiful all dress up for Christmas.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debra@CommonGround said...

Lynn, LOVE that wonderful color of your tree, I call them "oatmeal" trees 'cause of that great shabby off white color. Everything's just beautiful!

angie said...

liebe lynn,danke für die tollen bilder und inspirationen, liebe grüße von angie

Junkchiccottage said...

Stunning Lynn. Just so beautiful. Love all the pretty gold and whites you added. Your tree is so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Lynn, how lovely. So inviting and classic!

Miss Kitty said...

Just beautiful, Lynn! Thanks for sharing your holiday decorating with us. I am from Alabama so I particularly love how you used the cotton bolls.

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Love it all! But those gorgeous magnolia leaf swags and the way your front door is adorned with the gold angels and fresh garland just made me swoon. Your entire home is stunning Lynn!!!
XO Barbara

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, Everything is soooo beautiful! I especially love the chalkboard. Thanks so much for joining the blog hop and Happy Holidays to you and Gar.

Jennelise said...

So many fabulous treasures! I love everything!

Dixie Delights said...

Hi Lynn, Everything looks wonderful! I just love your use of fresh greenery!! xo

Calypso In The Country said...

Your home is beautiful! I loved the tour!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So enjoyed touring your most festive and beautiful home!...

Unknown said...

Love the cotton bolls added to your decor. You're house looks festive and so well put together from the porch to the interior. Thanks so much for your visit.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty.

Alycia Nichols said...

Let's just say I think I'll be celebrating at YOUR house this year!!! Wow, Lynne! What a fantastical tour and feast for the eyes! I LOVE the solution you came up with in place of a fireplace mantel! That makes 1000% sense, and it looks terrific! I'm loving your pantry door, too, and getting it in my head that I need to copycat that! If you tell me you drew the reindeer head on there, I'm going to disown you. That's just TOO MUCH talent!!! It looks great! Your entryway is beautiful with the solemn angels and the pine bough that drapes so nicely. And your TREE with those cotton stems! Fabulous to the nth power!!!

You got the "vintage" metal sign at Big Lots??? I'm going to run my hips right over there and see if they have any at the one nearest us! I play piano, and I think this would be a neat addition to that area of the room.

I love it that you've done several trees throughout the house! Very festive!

Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes peek, too! Just keepin' it real! :-) Have a great weekend, darlin'!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Beautiful! Love the look of greens. It's all so warm and welcoming. Love the giant chalkboard.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love it all! So sweet and you had me at the DEER! Thanks for visiting me too. You have no clue how you made my day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

All About Vignettes said...

Gorgeous Lynn. I love the tree tucked inside the stairwell and the sheet music on the iron grate. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Ron said...

I love your real greens-pine and magnolia. Thanks for sharing your Christmas home. I love it. Happy Holidays!

Babs said...

Everything is beautiful. Love your outdoor magnolia arrangements and the cotton bolls on the white tree.

Anonymous said...

I love the magnolia additions. And I can relate to the reality behind the scenes - that's what you get at my house this week!

Rosemary-Thyme said...

What a gorgeous home. Everything is put together beautifully. I love that it looks very warm and inviting. Your tree is spectacular.

Happy holidays,


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I dialed back to check out this wonderful post, Lynn, and boy, you did a great job with the Christmas decor. SO cute! You are GOOD. :-)

Hoping your Christmas was merry and wishing you all the best for the coming year.

Love you, my friend!

Happy New Year!!!


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. The cotton bolls? Swoon!

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