Florentine Nesting Tables

On one of my trips to Florida this month,

I had the opportunity to visit some antique shops in Ft. Myers,

while hubby was playing in a Baseball tournament.

I found something that I knew would fit in the car easily,

as they could be stacked inside of each other . . . Florentine Nesting tables.

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Cookie Baking In Progress ~ Take Out Menus In Drawer

Cookie baking in progress

take-out menus in drawer

is what the kitchen chalkboard chef sign says these days.

Do you find that with all of the Holiday preparations that need to be done,

when it comes to the dinner hour, you just can’t seem to get it together

with cookies cooling in sheets all over the counter

or the island is filled with rolls of wrapping paper, boxes and ribbon?

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Guest Room and Garlands

For the most part, many of us have guests over the holidays.

It is always wonderful to have either family or friends gather together to celebrate

treasured traditions.

Therefore, it is a good thing to have your guest room ready for either the

expected or sometimes last minute guests.

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The Sunroom Upside Down Christmas Tree and the Five Favorites and Winner of the “Better Late Thank Never” Linky Party

Before I tell you who the “faves” and winner of the “Better Late Than Never” Linky Party…

…..I thought I would keep you in suspense and present my large Upside Down Tree.

It stands in the corner of the sunroom…

…..It is put together like a regular tree..

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I have red accents in the sunroom, so I use red ornaments and glass “icicles” in the tree…

…..along with these cute little owls and birds..

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I used the same holly berry garland at the top of the tree that is also on my mantel…

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I have been fortunate to find these pretty red glass ornaments on sale after Christmas…

…..and the owls too!

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I use quilt batting..berry sprays and evergreens to decorate the base of the tree…

…..and a few crystal snowflakes

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A view of the sunroom…..

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As with most rooms…furniture has to be moved about to accommodate the trees…

…..I am certain you all can relate!!

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I just love Cyclamen this time of year!!…

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A few “tidbits” around the room….

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Another Nativity that I have…It is “faux marble”…

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And this cutie..flew from the tree and landed here…

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Thank you for your patience in another picture filled post…and now to the announcement…

…..Do you remember our Linky Party..”Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations”??

……….that I participated in with these beautiful fellow bloggers?

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At this time…we would like to present our five faves from the party:

Many of you know this very beautiful blogger…Becca of Adventures in Decorating

She presented this gorgeous room that was inspired by a beautiful plate…

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And Mary from Home Is Where The Boat Is presented her most creative “Oh Fishing Tree”…

…..a fishing theme….Her tablescapes are also so magnificent…

……….and her garden cottage is out of the world!

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Oh My..this chalkboard art from Kelly of The Lily Pad Cottage is magnificent!!…

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This wonderful festive appetizer was presented by Jocelyn of Caramel Potatoes

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Pat from Back Porch Musings shared her gorgeous mantel…Her home is beautiful..

…..and her photography is perfection.

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So many wonderful links to the party…I so enjoyed them all…so many great inspirations!

We thank you all for joining the party!!!

And now..to the winner…Congratulations to KELLY of THE LILY PAD COTTAGE

…..For her magnificent Chalkboard Art!!!

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My Living Room Tree…finally!

Finally…”better late than never”…the living room is finally all decked out for Christmas…

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It takes a lot of going up and down a 10 foot ladder to deck a 12 foot tree…

…..I am getting too old for this…need a smaller tree!

However, it looks so “majestic” with the height of the ceiling.

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I overlaid the green ribbon with a gold glittered ribbon…

…..for a little more bling!

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Rather than line the foyer with poinsettias as I did last year..I chose a more natural look…

……I can hear my friend Linda applauding me now…

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Rather than embellishing the garland with ribbon, etc..

…..I chose to leave it natural..adding a few birds here and there.

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The tree is filled with many sentimental ornaments…

…..like this “vignette” for my son…he played soccer…still does!

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Another “vignette” of “Florida” ornaments given to me by friends…

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The train “stained glass” ornament was my very first Hallmark ornament purchase!

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I love Christopher Radko ornaments…especially the “911” tribute collection…

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And then there are always the “travel momentos”…

…..bought this one on one of our “Christmastime” trips to NYC.

My friend Linda and I were browsing in the gift shop before the show…We spotted this beauty…but there was only one!…The clerk said that there were more across the street from the show…the show was starting soon…but we ran out of the Music Hall..crossed barricades and darted into traffic..to get another ornament!..What we do for a great ornament…We made the show just in time!…:)

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Tavern on the Green…so enjoyed our lunch there…so sad it is gone!

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I recently received this beauty from a friend…

…..she knows how much I want to go to France…She has been there many times…

So if I concentrate on this enough…I may someday go…hope so K & K!!

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I love my set of carolers that I place around the tree..

…..this is the other side of the tree…

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And now I am going to share some more “vignettes” around the room…

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I embellished my existing decor..something that I am going to do more of next year..

…..more natural….less is more.

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The top of the secretary..I made the swag/garland..

…..and the print is a gift from my friend Sherry…the artist is from N.C.!

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Hard to get a good pic of it due to the reflection…

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Glad you are hanging in with me with all these pics…have lots to share..

…..before Christmas!

Down the stairwell are two vignettes of Byers Carolers…

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Many of these have been generous gifts from family and friends…

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My Salvation Army Collection…below the Thomas Kincaid limited edition he painted after 911.

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Here is my antique Salvation Army Hat…

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A few more tidbits around the room…

My fruit collection..

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A poinsettia in my Red Wing crock on the hearth…

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And I leave you with one of my favorite Radko Ornaments….

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See you later with my large upside down tree in the sunroom…

I am joining:

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

The Stone Gable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits

Kitchen Chandeliers and Tidbits and an “Apron Swap”

I started decorating today at o’dark thirty…

It seems to be a pattern lately, trying to complete the decorating…

…..so that I can move forward with shopping, cards, and party preps.

First thing this morning I tackled the kitchen and sunroom chandeliers…

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I decorated the kitchen island chandy with florals and picks and stems…

…..and two beaded garlands of bells..

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I have had these garlands of bells for a few years now…

…..using them in different places each year.

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day..the old familiar carols play…”….

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A close up of the floral picks…

…..I have splashes of red in the kitchen and sun room…so these do well in the chandy..

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Now on to the sunroom…

…..I added ornaments to the arms of the candelabra and placed floral picks at the base.

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I bought the ornaments when visiting the Biltmore House in Asheville…they had a great sale!

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Here is my cookie cutter tree…placed in a mini colander..

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I fill some of my covered jars with candy ornaments…

….and sugared fruit…bells shaped into a bunch of grapes lay in the jar with the wine corks!

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And now we move on to the other side of the kitchen….

…..a decorated covered jar with pears and cranberries…a Byers Caroler..”The Milk Maid”

……….a watercolor of cherries by my friend Martha…

……………crystal pineapples hang from beneath the cabinetry.

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What’s a kitchen without Mr. and Mrs. Claus Lenox Salt and Pepper Shakers!!

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And another thing I need to do….CLEAN THE SILVER!!!

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A swag on the range hood…

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And Katherine of Katherine’s Corner had an “Apron Swap” a while ago…

…..and here is the apron I received….It is so cute!!!

I placed it on my A&P vintage grocery cart to show you!

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I received it from Susie of Homemaker-mom.com

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Thanks Susie!!!..

So there is most of my kitchen decor…the take out chefs were featured in this post….

Have a wonderful day!!…and I leave you with my favorite item…

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A gift from my niece…

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Holiday Guest Room

Over the holidays we usually have many guests…

…..so it is appropriate that I also decorate that room in the spirit of the season.

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I try to have a tree in every room in my house…including the guests rooms..

…..this tree is a gold metal tree decorated in the color scheme of the room.

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I added a twig garland to the trunk of the tree…

…..and antique fishing floats to the base.

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All of the ornaments and the tree were purchased after Christmas…love those sales!!

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I love these porcelain “flower petal ornaments”..and the “new vintage” blue ornaments…

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and there is always a bird or two in my trees…

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And across the bed is the dresser…our very first dresser…just waiting to be painted..

…..one day….

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Now….in case you are wondering how I attach these ornaments to the tree…

…..I will tell you my secret…I cut the wire portion of a wired ribbon…

……….they are like mini pipe cleaners!

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There are no birds in the tree, but placed one at the base!

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Bliss….a perfect, beautiful word…

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You will see Byers Carolers throughout the house…

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I placed my cotton grapevine wreath over the iron gate…

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A cotton arrangement made by Kristen sits on top of a wicker stand below the gate…

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A collection of ceramic angels adorn the other nightstand…

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A bit of my things on top of the lingerie chest…a rhinestone adorned clock I purchased many years ago…

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And now we move into the guest bathroom….

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Some quirky ceramic trees on the vanity…

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They all lean in a different direction….

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And what’s a tree without a bird?!!

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Here we are in the “loo”…

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Another wreath that I made….

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So I hope you enjoyed “the tour” of my guest bedroom and bath…

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Tonight our Linky Party of “Better Late Than Never” Christmas Inspirations…

It starts at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, December 11th…

Hope to see you there!!!

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I am joining…

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

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