“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Happy New Year to you all and I am so thankful for your friendship ~ truly you are the best!
I am blessed beyond measure and hope to share many new ideas and a new home with you in this new year. Today though we are taking a little New Year’s tour with our French chalkware maiden…
Dressed up in layered strands of pearls and my grandmother’s rosary plus a new piece of embroidered ribbon, our fair maiden is all ready for tea ~ and teatime is always a part of my transitioning from the holiday season into a relaxed winter decor.
Adding a small stack of teacups to a vignette adds an aire of gentleness to the scene which quietly send a message of calm ~ something we all need after the crazy fun and sometimes hectic pace of the holiday season.
Last year I went with whites and touches of pink to ring in the New Year. With mini dried roses and ranunculus placed in a vintage zeppelin style creamer
and styled with tealight candles in creams and whites, the scene was quite ethereal!
The white velveteen fabric previously used as a tree skirt at Christmas time helped transition the scene to snowy Nordic winter whites ~ perfect for any French loving girl.
Further transitioning led to more whites with favorite white ironstone stacked in the window creating a china cabinet effect ~ definitely something easy to do for small space living and a perfect way to transition one’s decor.
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This year’s transition was made easier with the candlesticks I made in the fall by moving them from their spot on the coffee table at Thanksgiving, then next tucked in with the French Snow People in a Christmas vignette around the television, and now reusing them here in the window.
I freshening them up by pairing them with these mercury glass candlesticks I found for 50% off right before Christmas. The faux candles were found at Hobby Lobby and Lowe’s and I wish I had purchased more as I really like their glow.
I love a good sale right during the holidays, don’t you?
Adding white again with the addition of this mini pedestal topped with an antique Irish tureen and a coordinating Haviland Limoges tray ground the vignette.
Bringing a few baubles in silvers, whites and crystal
off the tree and a bit of greenery also help the transition ~ a bit of Christmas carryover just like Scrooge said in The Christmas Carol…
The last thing was to add a faux fur throw to the sofa to replace the plaid one there previously. I have to admit I really like to snuggle and be warm in the evenings with the fireplace going and wrapped up tight and I imagine you do, too.
So these are my simple ways to transition to the New Year.
I’ll be back later in the week with your favorite posts of 2018 and an update on our house hunting.
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May you always be richly blessed,