Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Collected Christmas - Home Tour 2014

Welcome to our home!  I thought I'd join in with The Nester's Christmas home tour.  It's for home's that don't have to be perfect to be beautiful.  Come on in, I'll just let you have a look around.

Let's go into the family room where most of the "hanging out" happens. 

I was in a hurry to cover up the label on the poinsettia wrapper before my party last Monday.  I decided to grab a quick scarf and it worked perfectly.  This may happen every year. 
Pottery Barn plates, vintage collectables fill my antique cabinet. 

Thanks for visiting.  I have a little more to show in the next post.  Make sure you check out the other participants in the House Tour.  Merry Christmas!

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  

Isaiah 9:6  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Favorite Things

My girlfriends and I went to Matilda's Christmas event last Friday. We bought tickets for early entry and a delicious breakfast that they were offering.  It was very nice to shop before the crowds arrived.  Look at these beautiful centerpieces that greeted us!

 We sat at one of these beautiful tables.
 It look me a minute to notice this unique Christmas tree at the entry.
They also were incredibly creative as usual with this fun tree.  
You can see another version here from two years ago that was fun and creative.  

This front wall display was so beautiful.  It was really difficult to capture.  The wall are ceiling tiles that they randomly added glitter to.  I went home with one of those beautiful tinsel trees. 

 This armoire is huge and has been there for awhile.  
Every time the Matilda's girls do something fabulous with it.  Every time. 

Can you tell I like vintage ornaments? That's all the decent pictures I took.  
I think I was a little bit distracted.  
We had our fun "favorite things" gift exchange at lunch.  The requirement is that it has to be YOUR favorite thing and be under a $10 budget. That in itself is tricky.  I received a handmade pumpkin.  My friend did not make it herself, because that is against the rules.  Her friend makes beautiful pumpkins so she gave each of us a different color.  They are so well made.  Another friend gave a set of Party Lite votive candles, each a different scent. The third friend gave cute mugs with her favorite Teavana tea called Earl Gray Cream. It was delicious.  I gave the L'Occitane Lemon Verbena soap to everyone.  I love the scent of Lemon Verbena.  I hope you have special friends in your life to spend time with.  Those are the really important things about the holidays.  

I will be posting AGAIN!  I know, it's a shocker.  I have Christmas decor photos to share.  Then we will get back to Paris eventually.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November in Paris

Yes, you read that right.  I was in Paris in November.  It was awesome.  I thought I'd share with you a few pictures.

 We flew on an Airbus A380 which is the largest airplane in commercial flight.  Can you see the three different walkways into the plane?  There are two floors, although I didn't explore to find out.
 Our hotel was across the street from The Palais Garnier, the Opera House.
We took a walk around the Jardin de Tuileries.
And around the local streets.
The first day we toured the Musee d'Orsay which houses several Impressionist paintings.  Photography is not allowed, except a couple of places where I could get pictures of the restored train station, but no art.  It was beautiful!

Because it was a train station there are several big clocks.  I loved this perspective from this large, clock window.  You can see Montemarte and the Sacre Coeur. 
 We joined the rest of our group for lunch on the Eiffel Tower.

After lunch we went for a LONG walk.
 The first stop was the Arc de Triomphe.
We found this beautiful park with cute school children walking back to class.
More to come, I promise.  And sooner rather than later.  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 


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