Winterizing the Foyer, A Winter Vignette

After a very busy and fun-filled weekend with friends and family

which was  also filled with surprises,

I hit the ground running on Monday, dismantling the Christmas decorations.

It usually takes me the better part of the week to do this,

so I concentrate on one area at a time.

I thought it best to start in the entry . . . the foyer.

After the Christmas items were taken away,

I began winterizing the foyer.

Foyer Table Vignette - Housepitality Designs

The lighted pine trees that were in the ironstone soup tureens

on the coffee table in the Great Room were placed in the vintage ironstone footbath.

Vintage Ironstone Foot Bath with Lighted Pine Trees - Housepitality Designs

Out came the preserved boxwood wreath and in came the pair of lighted pine trees.

I added some stems of faux snow covered evergreens with pinecones.

Vintage Ironstone Foot Bath - Housepitality Designs

I decided to keep the candlesticks on the buffet

replacing the faux boxwood balls with a pair of my

“someone to watch over me” vases.

Pottery Barn Candesticks with vases - Housepitality Designs

Special vases to remind me that special people

will always be watching over me.

Someone to Watch Over Me Vase - Housepitality Designs

Candlesticks aren’t just for candles anymore!

Vintage Ironstone Foot Bath - Housepitality Designs

On the other side of the vintage ironstone footbath,

I placed a framed print called “Jack Frost” by William Mangum,

a North Carolina artist.

Winter Vignette - Housepitality Designs

Embellished with pinecones and another winter bird.

Foyer French Buffet Vignette with Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

A vintage ironstone covered soap dish holds faux cranberries

for added color.

Print: Jack Frost by William Mangum - Housepitality Designs

Some of my very favorites things are on this buffet.

From the vintage ironstone to birds.

Birds on vases, birds in a print, and small decorative birds here and there.

And . . . a monogrammed vintage grain sack from France.

Antique French Buffet - Housepitality Designs

Ever since I brought this beauty of an ironstone footbath,

I had a faux boxwood wreath suspended in it.

This is a delightful change . . . to celebrate the Winter.

Vintage Ironstone Foot Bath - Housepitality Designs

Celebrate Winter? . . . Yes, to celebrate the beauty and the serenity of Winter.

From the magnificent sight of new fallen snow

to the beautiful sunrises of oranges and pinks against a blue sky.

Antique French Buffet - Housepitality Designs

But then again, ask me about the “celebration” a month or so down the road,

when the temps won’t climb out of the 20’s!!! 🙂

Hope you all had a very joyous Holiday . . . filled with making memories

for you to treasure always!

Have a great day!!!

Note: After this post published, I discovered that Loi, from Tone on Tone had written

a post today on Ironstone . . . and when he got to the subject of the wheat pattern

and footbaths, he featured my footbath!

So my footbath is not only featured here today on my blog, but on Loi’s.

Hop over and see his most extensive and exquisite ironstone collection

and how he so beautifully displays them!!

I am joining:

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  1. That looks so pretty, Shirley! The little wintery birds are perfect.

  2. Love the trees tucked in the foot bath that Loi wants so badly. 🙂
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  3. Love your ironstone. I want it all. The dded touches of winter birds in print etc. is so delightful. I am a huge bird fan and use them everywhere along with nests I so love though your ironstone. Nice job!

  4. Shirley, I absolutely love the entry winter scape. PERFECT! I done pretty much the same thing, turning Christmas decor into winter scape design. I have also redesigned both mantels and entry to a more neutral winter scape. Btw…Happy New year!

  5. Aunt Shirley I love the bird motif and how it is so subtle! Knowing how you love unique vases has given me an idea for a belated birthday present!! Happy Birthday a day late!

  6. So cute!! I love the tiny trees and the little birds. That painting is gorgeous!

    Have a great day!
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  7. Pretty Winter arrangement Shirley. This morning we are finally having Winter temperatures after Spring weather all Fall and into Winter including all the things that are usually expected in Spring…like the terrible floods Missouri is recovering from. It was 19 early this morning. Will be warming to 40s, but I would not mind if the temps just stayed in the 20’s a couple of days.:-)
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  8. Shirley, I love your winterscape in the foyer! The birds, vases, foot bath, the lighted trees all combine for a perfect vignette!
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  9. Happy New Year, Shirley! Your foyer looks wonderful! Love all the birds sprinkled around. Those vases are gorgeous and the ironstone foot bath looks oh so pretty with its little trees. I spent yesterday taking my Christmas stuff down too and transitioning to a winter look. Whew, it’s a lot of work! 🙂
    Have a wonderful week!
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  10. I am not celebrating winter today: it is 16 degrees right now with high MINDS! Ugh! Staying inside and organizing today! I love your foyer vigmette. My Christmas is still all up, coming down this weekend. Will probably remove Christmas from the bathrooms today though. I’ll go over to Loi’s too. I bet he has footbath envy:):) Your vases are just beautiful. You have such pretty things!
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  11. whoops! That should have said high WINDS!!! LOL!
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  12. I love your winter vignette. I was thinking about you and all of your pretty Christmas décor and wondered how long it would take to put it away. We only decorate the living room, dining room and foyer and it took a day.
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  13. Love what you did here. Of course I’m still in love with the ironstone footbath and the trees look cute in it. Love the vases on the candle holders and the little birds spread about. I’ve just gotten things put away and now have to get my regular things back in the room. Winter finally found us and we have snow- go figure! Nesting time!
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  14. Beautiful winter vignette… those sweet little birdies!
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  15. Your vignette looks really good. I like the birds and the picture. you nailed it.


  16. Shirley the temp in Connecticut this morning was 8! I haven’t taken down my decorations and I won’t until after the sixth, besides I have a sinus infection so I am taking it easy. I hate how the house looks after taking down Christmas things and I never thought to leave the snowmen and plain trees until you showed it. It won’t be so depressing if I leave somethings there. Thanks Shirley (again)!

  17. Gorgeous, Shirley! And, how exciting that Loi featured your footbath — headed over there now to take a peek! 🙂
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  18. bobbi duncan. says

    Every season calls for a celebration, and yours is lovely! Great way to add cheer during the more dreary days of old man winter.

  19. Awesome winter inspiration! Looks lovely!

  20. Your inspiration in decorating is just what i need to get me full of ideas.:)

  21. Looking so beautiful and wintery! Speaking of winter, it has finally arrived in DC – frigid today. I’m gonna make a cup of hot cocoa in my favorite ironstone mug. Okay, Shirley, add that little soap box to my list, please 🙂 And thank YOU, my friend, for the mention. Let’s get together soon. We can do an ironstone outing. xoxo

  22. Charm galore as always Shirley!! I love what you have created in your entry!

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  23. Very pretty, the picture to added is pretty. I always love seeing what you do with the footbath

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  24. Looks so wintry charming! Great job!

  25. imagine that. your buddy is thinking like you today. Happy Winter. Now time to get the rest of your stuff put away. Happy Birthday!
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  26. Shirley I love that artist print and Im glad you stated that item was a foot bath. I would have never guessed. Your space is stunning like always. I just took the last Christmas tote to the basement today for storage. Im so glad to have it all put away and my house clean and back in order again.
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  27. Everything looks beautiful Shirley! I need to get on the ball and winterize.

  28. Shirley, this elegant winter display on your French chest is definitely a favorite of mine! It’s perfectly appointed in every way and absolutely gorgeous. Your beautiful ironstone footbath is a show stopper by itself. Love the other white pieces that contrast beautifully with the sweet birds and pinecones and red berries. Definitely a winner that can be enjoyed all winter long…hopefully it’s not too long, though. 🙂
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  29. Looks so like Winter to me, pretty….That ironstone footbath is very nice! I love the trees that you put in this piece. Today was too cold for me but I guess that is why it is Winter, waiting for Spring.

  30. Your winter decor is perfect – you have done a splendid job – just love it, Shirley!

  31. Beautiful, Shirley. Love that footbath and its versatile styling options!
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  32. So glad to see how you decorate for winter; I always have a hard time taking Christmas down and then going straight to spring decor when it’s so cold outside. I’ll have to incorporate some touches like you’ve done. Lovely!
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  33. I love all your little birds. I have many, many little birds arranged within my home and I love how you have yours together in that winters scene. How nice to see another ” bird collector.”
    Tickled to have found your blog… sweet!

  34. Love your birds flocking together in your foyer and winterizing Shirley!
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  35. It’s all so beautiful, Shirley:) Those “Someone To Watch Over Me” vases are absolutely stunning! WOW!
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  36. I really like the tree and the pine cones.. Not Christmassy, but still a wintry feeling…
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