Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas Decor Put Away

I was finally able to put my Christmas decorations away from the family room. Yep, the Christmas Village is gone too!
I simplified the mantel somewhat.
Nothing is new on it except for the carved wooden Infant Jesus of Prague.
See that black hutch all the way back there in the kitchen? It's going to change very soon or rather being moved somewhere and replaced.

See? The Christmas Village which used to be on the treadmill is gone. Now hubby and I have no more excuse from exercising.

This is the side table at one end of the settee. I moved a Nippon tankard and a small urn with plants unto it. The bronze bust was already there.

I lit the fire and had cappuccino there. This is one of my favorite places to sit at home, that is, when I am not in front of the computer or in front of the TV. It is very cozy.

It's cold and wet out there so it is so nice to just relax in front of the fireplace here in the family room.

I used a "Nippon Toki Kaisha" Noritake tea cup. I like the white flowers inside the cup. Are they dogwood?

I just made a cup for myself and did not bother taking out this whole set. As you can see, it is a complete service for 6 set with dessert plates, cups and saucers, in addition to the tea pot, sugar and creamer servers. I really like the color and the pattern.

Here is the marking at the back of the cup.

Just as I said earlier, the only new thing new on the mantel is the wooden Infant Jesus.
We saw Him in an antique shop on our way home from Baton Rouge last week. I placed it at first in our niche where I have all my religious statues but I decided to move it on the mantel.

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Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at
Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at
WandaLee for Tuesday Tea for 2 and Wednesday Teatime at
WandaLee and Pam's Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at
Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at
Sandi for Teatime Tuesday at
Kim's Boring to Better Party at

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eileeninmd said...

Lovely photos, Christine! Your teacup collection is beautiful. I love the fireplace and mantel. Have a great week.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, your house looks lovely with or without decorations. Love seeing all of your pretty things!


Sheila :-)

Sarah said...

Christine, looks as if we are all getting Christmas packed away and things back to normal. Have a great week! ~ Sarah

The Charm of Home said...

Yes, I agree your house looks lovely with or without Christmas decor. Love your china tea cup and that bronze candle holder. Makes for a very chic tea.:) Love your header with all your family in it too.

Dolores said...

I love your new header picture. Your family is so beautiful..... your home is too, .... like the others said, with or without Christmas decorations!

Blondie's Journal said...

How pretty everything looks...your mantel and your sitting area in front of the fire. I would love to be sitting there with you now enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea! Are you expecting the bad weather, too? We have been hearing all about how the South is going to get hit with rain, snow and ice. I hope you stay safe and warm.

Oh, I love your pretty Noritake china and the Infant Jesus is just precious, I can see why you bought it and it deserves special attention on your mantel.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

As much as I like my Christmas decor, I am glad it is put away. I am ready For Spring and flowers, but know it is still a while away - especially since it is snowing right now!
Have a great week.

Debbiedoos said...

Nice to see the treadmill again! I always enjoy coming over here Christine, because it I love all your treasures and I always spy another one that I had not seen before. Like the bee lamp shade, LOVE!

Marlis said...

I packed the last of the Christmas decor away today! I guess there is a lot of that going on today. Your home is gorgeous. I love the Jesus!! It's an amazing piece. Your mantel looks so pretty and you are right... no more excuses.. and I keep making them myself. Are those flowers camellias? What a terrific teaset!! I love the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Every thing looks great Christine!! I still have yet to get Christmas down- we are getting snow and it looks like tomorrow might be a snow day so hopefully it will be the big day!

You made me hungry for a great cappuccino!

bee blessed

Rebecca said...

You have such a lovely home-so welcoming and everything in it's place! Just wonderful!!!!!

bj said...

What a beautiful home you have...and so many pretty thing.
I just love your sweet header.:) said...

Getting all the Christmas decor put away gets you in the mood for redoing things doesn't it? Love the infant of Prague.How did you make out in the winter storm? We are coated in ice.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I agree...You have a beautifully decorated home :o) My hubby and I put our Christmas decorations away Saturday. Stay warm and cozy :o) We are getting lots of rain today.

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you for your sweet comment. I am happy that John loved his artwork with his name in it :o) Still have yet to post it on my facebook business page...but when I do, I will definitely be sure to let you know. Thank you, dear friend! Have a wonderful week!

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, my goodness how I drool each time I see our pretty home! Everything looks wonderful!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Such warm, cozy colors in your home! About your tea set... They're not dogwood. They look more like a lenten rose, but that may not be correct. Maybe you can identify them at Good luck!

Marie said...

I love love love the vignette with the bronze statue Christine. So elegant, especially looks like you added a piece of bling bling! Everything else is gorgeous as usual.

SmilingSally said...

Our homes do look a bit plainer after Christmas decor is put away; however, your home is always filled with delights for the eye.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Your fireplace is an eye-candy! Thanks for stopping by :)

Diann said...

Hi Christine!
Although I love Christmas and all the decor, it sure feels nice to have it all put away. Everything looks so cozy at your home!

Beth said...

Hi Christine! You have a gorgeous home, and I love how you decorate. Your tea set from Noritake is absolutely stunning. I would love to sit by the fire and have a cappacino or cup of tea with you! Also love your header photos - especially you and your family on the stairs on the cruise ship. Last but not least, you showed Cozumel in a previous post. That's where my daughter and son-in-law were married - we got off the cruise ship for the wedding and reception there. It was beautiful. You have a wonderful week, Christine!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Sue said...

Don't you just love how clean things look when you take down the Christmas decorations! I love having them up, but I'm always ready to put them away.

The china is beautiful, I love the pattern.

So, how is your mom feeling these days?

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Christine I love your mantel both ways, so pretty. I always love to see the sitting area you've created in front of the fireplace, it just looks so cozy and inviting. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Lynn said...

Very pretty Christine, always nice to have everything safely packed away! Your chairs by the fireplace catch my eye every time I see them, just beautiful:@) said...

lovely decor & beautiful photos!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi my Friend! Your home always looks so beautiful, no matter what holiday. I pray your New Year will be filled with your hearts desire. Hugs, Martha

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Christine, you have such a cozy home and cappuccino by the fireplace sounds just right to me! Actually I'm sipping on one myself as I write this. Your china is beautiful! I also wanted to mention how lovely the picture above the mantel is! My hubby just happened to be passing by the computer when he stopped to look at it. We both love the picture! It just sets off your fireplace so beautifully! Thank you for sharing and for joining me for tea. Hope you have a wonderful week.


Savannah Granny said...

Beautiful room and decor. Love the fireplace. We have a fireplace but almost never use it. I probably need to this year. It is unusually cold.
Thank you for the beautiful tour. Such a warm and inviting room. I love your tea service. Hugs, Ginger

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Your first pic of Christmas-time by your fire is so cozy looking and I'd love to sit in one of those gorgeous chairs! However, your pared down look is also beautiful in its simplicity and again, the fireside is so inviting! Love that china set!


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Christine,
I don't know where to start. Your rooms are full of wonderfull things. Isn't it nice to have a reason to change the decoration and to foreground something what has been hidden for a while? So every thing has its own season. Your tea set is lovely, I have never seen it before. Noritake alwayws make such a tender china. All is pretty and inviting in your house. Have a good time.
Greetings, Johanna

Snap said...

Your home is so lovely -- it is a holiday every day! The Noritake set is lovely with its white flowers. Happy Tea Day!

Dredd said...

Your home is just as cozy with or w/o holiday ornaments. I love the china set, is it possible to wash in dish machine coz there are some china's that are hand painted and it will going to be ruined when washed at the machine?

Pellie / Penny said...

Your home is lovely and your Noritake China is so beautiful. I picked Noitake for my wedding China way back in 1971.

Hope you have a wonderful day.


Terri said...

You are way ahead of me! My tree is still up!
Your home is as beautiful as ever, and your tea setting in front of the fire very inviting. The tea set is beautiful!
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

Carol at Serendipity said...

Your home is so beautiful and filled with so many wonderful things. I always love to see what you are going to do next.


Princesa Nadie said...

I'm glad meeting you,your tea cup is really pretty

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, such a pretty vignette on your mantel and that fire is so cozy to sit by. Thanks so much for sharing this at the party this week.

Donnie said...

Everything was just so beautiful. I would sit there and take it all in too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a gorgeous the fireplace and candles! The topiaries and works of art you have throughout your home really give it you own personal style! Looks so warm and inviting! ♥

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

your home is so elegant! and i love the fireplace! and the setting just so cozy! and your teaset are just stunning! precious treasure!

Sue said...

Hi Christine,
Your family room looks lovely, so serene and peaceful. It's perfect for a cup of tea by a cozy fire. Your tea set is wonderful too ~ looks like a great way to spend an evening.
Have a great day!

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