Thursday, 8 December 2011


Christmas: filled with branches of Blue Spruce, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and snow dusted pine conesdecorations in antiqued Mercury glass and shades of smokey grey; rich textures and contrasts of velvet ribbons, chalky candles and shimmering silver. Here are a few of my favourite finds...    
Above image: Online magazine Bo Bedre
Above images: 1.Picture Library Gap Interiors Photographer Nick Carter 2.Name place baubles from Cox and Cox 3.Little angel photo from Italian interior archive agency Living Inside 4.Candlesticks from Affari
Above image: pine cone wreath from Riviera Maison
Above image: Antiqued, mercury silver heart from The White Company
Above images: 1.Glass chandelier ornament from West Elm 2.Festive gift wrap & ribbon from The White Company 3.Mouth blown champagne flutes from Summerill & Bishop 
Above image: Silver branch candle sconce from West Elm
Above image: Antiqued silver tea light holder by The White Company
Above images: 1.Candles and accessories by Jeanne d'Arc Living 2.Wooden rose wreath from Garden Home Designs 3.Grey Christmas tree baubles from Lindsay Interiors 4. Jingle bell wreath from Lakeland
Above image: House to Home Country Homes and Interiors Magazine
Above images: 1.Sprigs of holly and velvet ribbon BHG Better Homes and Gardens Magazine 2.Easy to make pine cone decorations from Country Living Magazine  3.Decorated kitchen from Country Living magazine 4.Smokey grey Christmas bauble from Cox & Cox

For more information on anything shown in the above images please click on the names under each photograph to go through to their web sites. The colour swatches featured are my suggestions for accent shades and do not relate to specific paints unless otherwise stated, but I'm sure your favourite paint companies would be happy to suggest matches!
With warmest wishes


Wendy Paula said...

So many beautiful things!
I love the white fireplace and the green topiary trees beautiful:)
Have a wonderful blessed Christmas Glenda.
Hugs Wendy xoxo

Le Style said...

Beautiful inspiration .....
And the little angel is so cute!
A very nice day.

Warm greetings,

cowparsley said...

Vintage Christmas. There is something wonderful about the vintage glass and candlelight, gorgeous.
I am still waiting for the Christmas spirit to take hold. The tree is going up next week and, as I unpack the decorations, I am sure the excitement will build.

Thank you for your beautiful post.


Anna at the Doll House said...

These are such harmonious and peaceful images of a season that many find anything but calm. Thank you for your little haven of gorgeousness. If I were to nominate my favourite, it would have to be the glass chandelier ornament.


Rozmeen said...

OOOHH WOW this is absolutly faboulous!! Love it!

Big kiss,

Anonymous said...

I <3 all that...

Fay said...

Hi Glenda They are all so very pretty and of course the little angel ! the elm silver candles are very elegant arent they .Hope you are enjoying the season and up to your eyes in mincepies ( jealous)
they look so elegant mixed with the greens and ribbons
Love fay xx

The enchanted home said...

Such a beautiful post...expected nothing less from you! Just magical! Wishing you the happiest of holidays Glenda.

Divina Chita Brasil said...

Maravilhosas as imagens!!!

Atelier de Campagne said...

I was looking forward to your Christmas posts, I love the silver- mercury glass, so much fun to combine with the winter greens. Nice detail in the doorknob Wonderful posting, will you be sharing your home decorated for the Season Holidays.
Warm Greetings,

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so, so much for such generous compliments! I do hope to pop a few photo's of our home decorated for Christmas nearer the time (I'm still decorating)! Warmest seasonal wishes from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxxx

AweSomeLiving By Rosita de Jongh said...

What a nice interior photos of Christmas ... and what do you have a nice Christmas angel hahahaha nice weekend, dear greets rosita

VPSantos said...

I just love this blog so much! The colours, the images, everything is so inspiring! Thank you Glenda for sharing it with us! Have a wonderful holidays!

Mayflower said...

I love all the beautiful Christmas inspiration, what a lovely pictures.
Warm wishes, Mea said...

WOW! it's all soooo beautiful:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Ann said...

I suspected I would have to set aside a few extra minutes to savor your post and I was correct. Soft and lovely.

It is always such a treat to come here!

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

The images are GORGEOUS!! I think I am drooling:) Thanks you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous! I would like one of everything! So tasteful and simple and exactly what I love.

Thanks so much for sharing these lovely images. If I wasn't in the mood, I am now!


Doina Manea said...

Since fate brought your blog onto my virtual path, I've become a follower (albeit in lurking mode.) It's a learning experience not only in decoration but also in how to appreciate the muted tones of grey, verdigris, rusty ... and much much more ... I felt as if a switch has been turned on. Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful pictures, for bringing the luminosity of Christmas time to us.

Susan T said...

How you find such beautiful images to delight us all I shall never know. It must take you an age.

The tea light holders from The White Company are calling my name. I can see them on the mantlepiece now.

I can't wait to see your stunning home decked for the season.x

Greet said...

My sweet Glenda,
I wished I could see your house decorated for Christmas!! I am sure you will have the brightest ideas ! And thank you so much for all the inspirational images and sources in your post of today!

stina sæm said...

Absoloutly gorgeous!
Beautiful inspiration .....

Love your post as always
kindest regards

desde my ventana said...

Hello Glenda,
Very inspirational an beautiful pictures.Thank you for sharing it

Hugs and bet whises for the Holidays.


Amye Price Gumbinner said...

Love your choices! So beautiful.

Home and Lifestyle said...

Wonderful pictures...thanks for inspiration!

Warm regards, Ingrid

Tatiana Doria said...

The branch chandelier is just wonderful!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Your images are absolutely gorgeous! I love reading your blog.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Coastal Cottage Dreams

swedecollection said...

Glenda, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog. The sources you published today are just fabulous. I spent a lot of time absorbing the eye candy and came back again to look at them all over again. It is almost as if I hold my breath between your posts and am thrilled when I see it come into my email.
Summer for Swede Collection

miss b said...

Beautiful stylish finds - great inspiration. The White Company have some gorgeous items this year - I have just bought one of their winter scented candles- so Christmassy!

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Oh, I've been waiting for this post! I knew you'd have the most beautiful collection of Christmas images to be found anywhere! I've already borrowed a few of the ideas, and sprayed my old pinecone wreath with snow, hung my mercury hearts, and tied a bow on my doorknob. Now I just need to find a cute little angel for my mantle! So precious!!
Thanks, Glenda!
Merry Christmas!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh how beautiful Dawne! Do post some photo's!!! A very Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you all so, so much for such wonderful compliments! Glenda xxx

Karena said...

Glenda, there are so many gorgeous finds here I don't know where to begin! That crystal chandelier ornament is precious. I want to find some mercury hearts as well!

The 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!! The French Basketeer has a very special offering right now and there are more gifts open to enter!


Art by Karena

Ivy and Elephants said...

What gorgeous images. Just the king of dream Christmas I imagine.

Ivy Clad said...

Hi Glenda! I love the beautiful serenity of your choices. The pinecone wreath is amazing.

I hope your Christmas season has been wonderful so far!


lisaroyhandbags said...

What an incredibly gorgeous post!! :)

helen tilston said...

Hello Glenda

Thank you for magically transporting me to a world of exquisite beauty.

I love all and in particular the branch containing the candles, truly special

Helen xx

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Hello Glenda~

Loved these last two posts of Christmas inspiration!
I am so looking forward to seeing some photos of your decorating, too.:)

designchic said...

I'm dying over the little angel precious!!

karen - Simply Inspired said...

inspirational as always, glenda... thank you! i have now decided that mercury glass will be on my christmas wish list...
season's blessings & joy to you,

Lost in Provence said...

I tend to save your posts for a quiet moment when I can really take it all in!! How very gorgeous, all of it. You just might un-Scrooge me after all...

Bon Dimanche,

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

What beautiful pictures. You have captured a magical Christmas atmosphere with this post, Glenda, well done! x Sharon

Anonymous said...

gorgeous images, love the simplicity! very dot dot dash, inspired! x

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Absolutely beautiful post! Love your blog.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

LOVE your blog! Added you to my blogrolll.
Have a nice Wednesday!

synnøve said...

Love everything, it`s fabulous!!!
So glad I found you :))

Anonymous said...

these are really lovely finds ;-)


What were your last 2 blog posts great!
I have very much enjoyed the beautiful photos that you let us see.
Is your House also become as beautiful as those photos that you show as in your post?

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year,


Anonymous said...

Greetings from Southern California.

I am your Newest Follower.

Merry Christmas :-)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Glenda, Your home is beautiful!
I have visited this post several feed my dreams.
Merry Christmas!
Happy Boxing Day!

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

So many scrumptious ideas and images here!! I , too, have been here a few times, but never long enough. I linked to this post in my blog post just now, so must come and thank you for all the inspiration!!!


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