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Friday, December 14, 2012

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!


I love the Christmas season!  It is in all reality the most wonderful time of the year!  December has been a flurry of tree decorating, Christmas cookie frosting, present wrapping, and cozy nights spent tucked under blankets with hot chocolate!  I am finished decking the halls, so let's take a little tour, shall we?  Settle in and kick your feet up, because like last year's Christmas home tour, it's a loooong one!










A simple cedar sprig and scraps of antique grain sack from a previous project adorn a French bistro chair.










Grain sack stocking ornaments made by Maria at Dreamy Whites hanging on a wire store display atop a stack of vintage breadboards create the perfect table top tree.
















A vintage wire apple picker gets a holiday makeover stuffed with greenery and Shiny Brite ornaments.  It rests on a stack of antique French linen sheets on a chair in the living room.




I love to stick fresh greenery here and there to add a festive touch!  Cedar works wonderfully indoors because it lasts throughout the season.














Give last year's Christmas tree new life by spray-painting it white and stringing with lights!










































Vintage sleigh bells fill a mottled ironstone bowl on the kitchen island.










I love implementing vintage pieces, such as this old grain scoop.  It makes a great holiday table centerpiece displaying antique bottle brush trees resting on a French wooden dough board. 




















Even the bath gets a touch of decor with faux greenery and berries.  Tiny mercury glass balls rest in my lavender topiary pot that is wrapped in vintage German "Kaffee" and "Salz" sacks.
















You might remember my Advent calendar from last year.  This year, I propped it on a vintage wooden cubby in our entry room.  The "countdown" ornaments store perfectly in each of the holes until ready to be hung!


















Well, I shall end the tour here!  I very much hope that you enjoyed yourself and that I didn't take too much of your holiday time!  It is precious!  I wasn't sure how often I would be able to post between now and Christmas so there is lots to hold you over until then!




Despite the whirlwind these last few weeks have been, I am trying to slow down and enjoy every moment, because these truly are the special times.  Let's remember the real Reason sent to us in a tiny manger on Christmas day.  And for that, we can all have a very merry Christmas!


"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6


"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
II Corinthians 5:21


Thank-you very much for your visit and taking my Christmas 2012 home tour!



Merry Christmas!



Maria ~Rusty Hinge






I'm joining these parties:










countdown to winter 500























58 comments:

  1. Beautiful! You make the prettiest vignettes!!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  2. What an amazing blog post. Truly the most stunning decorations and photos I have seen for this Christmas. Love it all. Sandy x

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  3. I don't even know where to start ? I can look at this over and over and over again ...you inspire me tremendously ...perfection ...! Thanks for sharing and thank you for your beautiful message that's matters the most ...
    Xoxoxo Lu
    Ps. Did you ever get your lens?

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  4. Wowwwww...so much beautiful pictures !!...your house looks grat !!..love all your decoratings...your home is beautiful...12 days to go......love from me...xxx..

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  5. Everything is so beautiful! Your home is loaded with Christmas cheer! I wish I had the touch!

    PS. I'm Heather's sister (Post Road Vintage) and I recognized at least one of those shots from the winter issue of Homebound!

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  6. Prettiest Christmas home tour I've seen this year, no question! I'm going to look at these photos at least 10 times if not more. Serious eye candy goin' on here from the decor to the photo quality. You just brightened my day!!

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  7. Gorgeous and inspiring! Your pics and home are truly beautiful. Merry Christmas and yes Jesus is the reason we celebrate this beautiful time of year!

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  8. Gorgeous Christmas home tour! You have some amazing collections!

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  9. Your home is just stunning...the way you have it styled is perfection, Maria! Love every photo. Love all your collections and how you display each one. You are very talented, sweetie :)
    Enjoy your Holidays!

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  10. Simply Gorgeous!!!!!!! I was going to photograph my house....maybe not anymore. Yours is so....pretty! Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Looks like you are ready .
    xo~ Cheryl

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  11. Your home is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love all your details! Hope you have a great weekend, Christmas wishes, xo Holly

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  12. I enjoyed every ounce of the tour. It is all so pretty, I was just swooning. Very nicely done, and I love all the pops of red. Great decorating skills.

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  13. Seriously?!? Oh my goodness, this is the most beautiful house tour ever! I enjoyed every single little detail in each and every photo. Thank you SO much for sharing your talents!
    Jaime

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  14. Maria,
    Oh my it is all so beautiful. You are one of my fav bloggers. I love every picture. Your house is so lovely. You have inspired me to do touches of red into my white decor for next year. Your pictures are beautiful. You really captured the magic in each picture. I hope you do enjoy every minute you can with your lovely decor. Simply gorgeous!!!! Love it all.
    Kris

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  15. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home all decked out for the holidays with us. I enjoyed the tour and I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday season with loved ones:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  16. Oh Maria!!! I just LOVE your home! I love the pops of red and the little stockings from dreamy whites!! Oh I wish you would come to help me :)
    I see you have snow we have not had any yet:) Merry Christmas Maria may you have a Blessed weekend!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  17. BEST.BLOG-POST.! Love every single photo, sitting here with my Starbucks and reading this post was relaxing, now I can go on about my day hahaha...Have a great weekend Maria!! Xo, Ashley

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  18. so beautiful! I love all the vintage and natural elements you decorate with, everything is so unique.
    Merry Christmas!

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  19. What a lovely tour, one picture was better then the next. Thanks for sharing this, Merry Christmas.

    Cynthia

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  20. Beautiful decor, Maria. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. wow, your home is just beautiful!!! this is my first time here and i love it! i have the same vintage wire tree on my dining table- i love the stockings on yours! i have vintage chandelier crystals on mine. :)

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  22. Hello Maria! How wonderful your home is! I love your decoration style with all the vintage items and the greenery! Thanks for sharing them! I wish you a wonderful time! With love, Geli

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  23. Oh Maria....your home is just breathtaking! You have such a magical gift of creating amazing vignettes that are a stunning mix of elegant, rustic, and chic....and so very cozy and welcoming! I just love it! Thank you for sharing this tour of your beautiful home! Bless you and your family during this happy Christmas season! ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  24. Oh wow! What a absolotely stunning home you have!!! I love everything about it. You have a special gift for decorating and creating a warm and inviting place. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home! I hope that you have a very blessed Christmas!

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  25. Maria, your home is Breathtaking!! I'll be back so I can take it all in more slowly.
    Mary Alice

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  26. Absolutely beautiful! :-) Where did you find your bottle brush trees?

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  27. So many wonderful things to love!!! Your armoire is just so amazing. Love all the decor. Fresh and cozy and lovely! Have a very Blessed Christmas!

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  28. Gorgeous home!! So many beautiful spaces you have created and so much inspiration!!

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  29. Beautiful!! there´s such a wonderful harmony in your decor style.
    hugs from Chile and Merry Christmas!!

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  30. Fabulous photos of your lovely home.
    I could move right in...:)
    Love it all!

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  31. Your home is lovely and you have some amazing collections and collected pieces. Wishing you a peaceful and wonderful Christmas season.

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  32. Your Christmas decor is as beautiful as it gets, Maria! I love everything about it! Your photos are wonderful, too! Discovered you on Pinterest and am now a happy new follower!

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  33. Just gorgeous! I loved it all. The vintage touches with the shabby and chippy whites are perfect. I've been really seeing a lot of your photos on Pinterest lately. Love it!!

    ~Shanon

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  34. Your home is beautiful and even more so decorated for Christmas. Happy Holidays!

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  35. So much inspiration...I love it all and thank you for sharing!!

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  36. So beautiful ! I love this !! Thank you for sharing all those beautiful pictures ♥♥♥

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  37. Super pretty! I really enjoyed your house tour.

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  38. Everything is stunning. . .I love your style.
    Christmas Blessings,
    Dru

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  39. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

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  40. Amazing! Absolutely gorgeous! Your entire home is my style and my dream home. I am a new follower and can't wait to see more.

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  42. Breathtaking!! I fell in love with your gothic window, greenish rolling stacked wire basket bin, and the sweet little trees displayed in the scoop. What a joy to look at. I'll have to stop back over and over again to enjoy them to the fullest! Thanks so much! Graniteware Gal at http://granitewarefarmhouse.blogspot.com/

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  43. Oh Maria, thank you for this beautiful tour!
    So many pretty little details, I'm going back for another peek!

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  44. Absolutely Gorgeous dear Maria!!!
    Your home is just stunning!
    I hope your doing well and having a lovely holiday season!!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  45. Wow, I enjoy this post. Christmas is indeed "in the air". I love it. Sending my christmas wishes messages to you and your family.

    Cheers!

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  46. oh!!!! I am soooooo in LOVE with your home!!!!

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  47. So much to love in this beautiful post....and so worth the time to view each beautiful photograph! I must return:)

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  48. I so enjoyed the tour-so many lovely details throughout! Love the outside shot too and I really love that white cane chair with the arms.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
    Carolyn

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  49. Such amazing displays of precious vintage items. Wow, I'd love to live there! Thanks for the beautiful post.

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  50. I dont usually comment on blogs but have to make an exception. I dearly loved every one of your pics. Your vignettes are unbelievably beautiful!!! I adored everything, everything, that I saw! Every piece you used and the way you used them. Thanks for sharing your home and have a blessed Christmas and 2013! Now on to your Pinterest!!!

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  51. So lovely, Maria.
    Merry Christmas,
    Revi

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  52. Absolutely beautiful. I love every single detail so so much! I pinned so many of the photos for next years decorating inspiration!

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  53. Wow your home is stunning!! I love it!! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!!

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  54. What a beautiful home and truly inspiring photos. I am your newest follower!

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  55. You have my vote. You inspire me over and over again. Awesome job.

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  56. hey girl. I may have already commented on this post, but just had to say I LOVE it all...you have so many cool pieces I would love to have...but alas, we are not supposed to covet...not that it does any good anyway. =)

    hope you have a super day and week.

    hugs
    barb

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  57. Absolutely stunning and you finished the post so completely....the real reason for Christmas. Thank you for the share! :o)
    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

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  58. This is absolutely wonderful! The decors and holiday setting is simply gorgeous and yes, dreamy. I love them. Thanks for sharing inspiration. This is soo perfect this coming holiday 2013.

    Drop by when you get a chance. Happy Holidays!
    Anne Walker
    @ short Christmas messages

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Thank you for stopping by! I love hearing from you and appreciate all of your comments. It's a treat to read each one!
Love,
Maria