Rustic country decor with a touch of sparkle

I was  a busy Christmas elf this past weekend getting my log home into shape for the holidays.  Inside and out it’s ready for the season to begin, minus the fresh tree, of course.

Hope you enjoy!

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Now onto the house!


The 613 Holiday Special | Holiday Traditions

Well, for the last instalment of this 613 Holiday Special, the topic was Holiday Traditions. So, I’m going with my family’s favourite tradition, the Christmas stocking.

Turns out that there are no written records of the actual origin of the Christmas stocking, but there are popular legends that exist.  This is one of the favourites that is told :

A long time ago, there lived a poor man with his three very beautiful daughters. As he had no money to have them marry, he worried about them.  Saint Nicholas was passing through his village and heard talk of the girls.  He wanted to help, but knowing that the poor man would not accept charity, he thought he’d help in secret.  So, after it got dark, he threw three bags of gold through one of their open windows and they landed in their stockings that were hung by the fire to dry.  When the family awoke the next morning and found the gold they were overjoyed, as you can imagine.  The girls got married and lived happily ever after.  

This legend led to children hanging stockings or putting out shoes to await gifts from Saint Nicholas.  Sometimes the bags of gold in the story are changed to gold balls, and this led to the tradition of putting oranges in stockings to represent the gold balls.

This is my childhood stocking that my Mom bought and embellished with the figurines and glitter when I was a baby.

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When had my first child I thought I would carry on this tradition and made us all stockings customized with embroidered names at the top.  We use these every year and even  my kitties get their own stockings.  Does your family embrace this tradition?

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Time to go and check out the other fabulous Holiday Traditions from the 613 bloggers. Thanks so much ladies it was great to collaborate with you all. I loved reading all your posts!

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The Sweetest Digs

Just Settle Down

Keep it Beautiful


Merry Christmas and a very healthy and

Happy New Years to you and yours! 

See you in 2014!


The 613 Holiday Special | Holiday Decorating

Welcome to the second instalment of the 613 Holiday Series.  This week’s topic  –  Holiday Decorating!

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Holiday decorating should reflect the style of home that you live in.  So with that in mind, I’m showing you how I seasonally embellish my two very different homes for the holidays.

First up, my city home, where I try to keep everything sparkly, elegant and simple. I do this with natural and faux greens…particularly magnolia leaves, pearls, crystals, mercury glass together with silver and snow white pieces.




I found these little birds last year and love the little touch of whimsey they give the mantel.



Here’s how it looks in the evening with this year’s addition of the new type of wired LED light strings.  I love how the wires are barely visible.


I’m still looking for this year’s addition to my mercury glass tree collection.


After seeing birch logs wrapped in these LED lights in the Pottery Barn store in Miami last year, I was determined to do the same in my home.  I so love the look they may just stay past the Christmas season.  And you can see here the ornaments that I hang in the window above the fireplace. I do the same thing for the transom window over the front door.


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Now, at the cottage, which is a log home, I use natural elements, like pinecones, evergreen boughs together with vintage pieces and a few touches of red.


My adorable Santa seagulls nestled among my vintage encyclopedias.  They make me smile, every time!


Vintage pieces, such as this sap bucket are the perfect touch for a country or rustic home.  It literally took me a few minutes to put this display together.  Some fresh evergreens, birch branches, a few frosted faux stems and berries and you are done!

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A vintage green glass jug with some faux branches and cotton stems help to add some height to the top of my dining room hutch.  Loving the jingle bells!


This chalkboard banner was picked up while shopping in Almonte a few weeks ago.  I’m thinking it has found it’s permanent home here and I’ll be just changing up the message per the season.


Well that’s it for me but be sure to follow five Ottawa bloggers as we set our tables, deck our halls & try to survive the holiday season with style & cheer. Grab your eggnog and toast to the season with us every Monday until Dec 23rd. Happy Holidays!   Check out their holiday decorating below!


The Sweetest Digs

Just Settle Down

Keep it Beautiful

Oh yes, stay tuned as next Monday’s instalment is Oh, Christmas Tree!



Christmas 2012 Exterior Decorating

Seasonal Urban Exterior Decor

This beautiful home was dressed for the holidays, starting with a swag on the lamp post.  It continued on the railings in front of the french doors and finished with a gorgeous urn at the front door together with a coordinating wreath. Also shown is a close up of the holiday urn and the railing garland.  All set for holiday visitors.