Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A bit of red for the holidays....

My kitchen is predominately white and pale green.  Initially I had incorporated a bit of red into it as well.  After 7 years I decided the red was a little too bold for me and was taking over the pale green that I love.  I started to scale back a little as well as add a bit of faded reds and even a little pink... think Cath Kidston's faded red color.  Of course, for the holidays, I bringing out the BIG red in both the kitchen/breakfast room and the front porch were our "real" tree is.

I'm liking how this little vignette turned out in the breakfast room.... a vintage inspired wreath is attached to a picture that is up year round, one of my many ceramic Christmas trees with just RED lights, and one of my newest acquisitions... these tumbling Santas that I picked up at a local thrift store's annual Christmas sale.... don't they make you smile?

The other area of the house that has RED is the enclosed front porch.  This year I repainted the porch white with a pale aquaish/grayish (is there such a color?) bead board ceiling.  I also add a free cabinet that I recently painted with ASCP in a toned down Provence (more on that later....) so with all this aqua I knew it was time to change this room up a bit too.  The predominate theme here is vintage (of course) along with RED, aqua and my favorite pale green. 

This pale green box was picked up a couple of years ago at a local garden center for half price... usually it holds my collection (well a portion) of milk glass vases that I pick up at garage/estate sales and thrift stores.  For the holidays I add these fun tinsel-y trees and my small collection of vintage tree toppers.

This little gal is tucked in next to my Christmas cactus, which is happily blooming!

This cute little vintage "Noel" pair of candle holders is safely tucked into a corner of the a window....

And a sneak peak of the main event?  It's the "real" tree.  Covered with all my red/white ornaments along with some new plain balls of red, aqua and pale green.  Mr. and Mrs. Clause may be made up of cheap plastic and flocked velvet-y-ness... but it is a vintage ornament and they sure look cute all puckered up!

Hitting the holiday stride, on the last day of November,


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