Happy Holidays, from our Homes to Yours

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Next stop on this tour is my home. My favorite animal is deer, so I tend to use deer in my decor year round. I also collect little vintage figurines, the more whimsical the better. I love a mix of scandinavian/nordic, shabby chic and pretty pastels for winter. Most of my office is decorated in a boho/winter wonderland theme, and I leave the decorations up year round because I adore them so much. 

I love the softness that pillows add to holiday decor. I add many more pillows and blankets for snuggly nights in. I am also quite fond of little stuffed animals, like these Annalee dolls, which I scored one from a garage sale and one from TJ Maxx this year! The glitter deer was a gift from Holly Tripp and the deer head was a gift from Kim Ohlin, who were mentioned previously in this blog. 

The above photos are from my home craft room. As you can see, I love animals, cloth dolls and deer! The wooden cabinet was made by my grandfather many years ago and now holds craft supplies. 

I also wanted to take a small portion of this blog to address outside decorating (although that could be a blog on its own). These photos are from my friend and loyal customer, Melissa, who has a green thumb! Her tip for the season: 

Why waste beautiful dried foliage, dazzle it with some sugared extras!
— Melissa Macejko

Melissa brought life back to these autumn arrangements by adding new greenery and sugared fruit. Her daughter is also a wonderful ice skater, and she adds a personal touch by hanging a pair of ice skates on her porch near her front door. Handmade wreaths adorn each window and her gorgeous tree lights up her front picture window. 

Last but not least, I would like to mention my very talented customer, Amy. As a customer I have gotten to know Amy for her love of vintage ephemera, trimmings unique paper goods. This year, Amy shared several of her gift wrapping photos with me and I was truly overwhelmed with their beauty. She has used a neutral color palette with kraft paper and wreath and paper doilies, then added unique baubles, natural details and buttons. To Amy, the presentation is part of the present, and I believe anyone would be overjoyed to receive one of these gifts!

I hope you enjoyed this little blog! I want to say thank you to all those who contributed photographs. Each person has such a unique look and they are beautiful. Feel free to leave a comment and tell us about one of your special decorations or traditions. 

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Happy Holidays, from our Homes to Yours

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This fabulous photograph is from Kim Ohlin, contributor at Vintage VanBlair Antiques and Oddities. Kim has a wonderful old home and an eye for mixing old and new. Her decor is so charming and also tells a story. I love her eclectic look and talent for combining mid century pieces with new items.  Kim and I also share of love for pixies, elves and gnomes, like this little guy tucked away in her mantle decor. 

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Emily of Sawdust & Scribbles is another talented maker who you can find at Reclaimed Rose. Emily loves mixing primitive style with antique items and rustic elements. Emily is also sentimental and says that her "grandma" pieces are her favorite. This antique ceramic school was passed down from her grandmother and has been on display every year since Emily inherited it. 

Here’s a pic of my grandmother’s Santa Claus. It was her favorite Santa, she had an obsession with Santa’s. After she passed away, I made sure that no one took this or got rid of it. This Santa has been apart of my Christmases for 33 years now!
— Emily, Sawdust & Scribbles
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Jennifer of Little Paws Apparel, enjoys a whimsical tree, filled with keepsake ornaments that all tell a story of moments in her life. 

Jennifer's oldest ornament is the 1976 pear tree ornament, and continues on with a hand painted ornament made for Jennifer in 1979 by her mother's dear friend. The two mice in the lantern commemorates her marriage in 1996 and her 1985 unicorn was painted by a dear friend. Each and every piece has a special meaning and is cherished by Jennifer. 

Collected pieces over time make for the best decorations, and an eye for detail makes all the difference. Check out these great shots by Kelly from Junquey Gal. She found this green cashmere sweater and vintage wool blanket at estate sales and incorporated them into her holiday decor. She incorporates vintage ceramics from her grandmother, a decoupaged trunk and several pieces sources from local makers and friends. 

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More beautiful trinkets by Junquey Gal! I don't know how many times I have passed up gorgeous vintage bulbs thinking I had no room for them on my tree. But Kelly uses them as bowl fillers, an ingenious idea! I absolutely love the little snowy cottage and bottle brush trees. Her buffet has me drooling!

Continue on to page three to see my home and other important holiday elements!