Thursday, 24 November 2011

Christmas is coming!

I'll soon be decking the halls with creamy white roses, frosted snowberries, mercury silver, fresh pine, bay leaves, holly and candles. The table will be set with crisp linens, polished vintage silver, gleaming crystal and fresh sprigs of herbs. With the smell of woodsmoke and crackle of the fire I'll be wishing for snow again this Christmas! Here are a few of my favourite finds and Christmas inspiration.
Above image: Interior shop India Jane
Above images: 1.Mini mercury glass baubles for the tree from Nordic House 2.Nickle plated footed bowl from India Jane 3.Silver beaded heart for the tree (would also look lovely on door handles!) from Bliss & Bloom 4.Scroll candle holder from India Jane 
Above image: Christmas tree in front of the main entrance to Waddesdon Manor by  photographer John Hackston 
Above images: Lucyina Moodie Stylist
Above images: 1.Mercury votives and table setting from The White Company scanned from their 2008 brochure 2.Christmas baubles display Lucyina Moodie Stylist 3.Silver plated monogram tumbler with vanilla scented candle from Brissi 
Above images: Mercury candlesticks and champagne candles, gilded bay leaf garland on burlap all from PotteryBarn
Above images: 1.Mantelpiece decoration ideas from House to Home magazine 2.White linen napkins on a silver platter from Country Living magazine 3.Jewelled frosted glass votive from India Jane
Above image: French style diner service, etched glasses, and white china roses votive holders all from Bliss & Bloom
Above image: pretty glass cake pedestal and dome featured in  2008 The White Company brochure
Above images:1. Crystal beaded tea light holders from Nordic House 2.Silver heart hanging decoration from Bliss & Bloom 3.Table presents/favours on antique silver platter by event planner Merryl Brown

Above images: The White Company from their tips and clever ideas - 'Making your guests feel at home'
Above image: Frosted pinecone wreath from John Lewis

To be continued..........!!!!

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


letrecivette said...

Stunning images my dear!
Have a great day!

AweSomeLiving By Rosita de Jongh said...

wowww what a wonderful Christmas atmosphere to enjoy sitting here on the couch ..... what an inspiration ...... who wants to celebrate Christmas not so ... wish you a nice weekend and the next post .... nice greetings rosita

RDA Pony Tales said...

Just beautiful Glenda... thank you for the inspiration!
I am now looking at all my silver that needs to be polished, and cloudy glass that could do with a wash!
No snow here in Northumberland yet, but the days are getting more chilly.
Have a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. Abby x

Le Style said...

Wonderful Christmas inspiration.
I love the inspiration on your blog!

Warm greetings

Susan T said...

I am sure you can hear me squeal all the way from your glorious farmhouse, fabulous images. The crisp whites and fairytale sparkles are inspired. I have decided as we don't have a log fire, it is candles all the way this year. Your description of Christmas decorating the Glenda way is magical, we need photos!, nay yearn for them. I agree a dusting of snow is all that is required to finish the masterpiece. You have such a gift, a true "if you are going to do anything at all why not make it beautiful" philosophy.

Also I am very remiss for not commenting on your last blog post, words fail me again, my favourite hues all in one post. I could sink into the dreamy loveliness of your images for ever, heart thumpingly wonderful.

Hugs from here as ever x

Foxanddahlia said...

Just the medicine needed as I lie here with a horrid cold and sore throat, another wonderful post to lift the spirits.
Thank you xx

Unknown said...

Buongiorno Glenda,
How perfectly beautiful! love the images
and the Rothchilds simple tree

what a great way to start my day
Love Fay x

The enchanted home said...

Glenda, this might be my favorite post of yours yet...positively breathtaking!!!!!!!
Love the feeling, so magical and beautiful. Christmas really is just around the corner...YIKES!! Happy decorating....once I get into the spirit, I tend to REALLY get into the spirit....and it is such a special holiday. This post got me a little more excited about it! Happy Thanksgiving.

Tatiana Doria said...

Very inspiring images indeed!!
Beautiful silver and white.

Peeters Liliane said...

These pictures give us a real Christmas atmosphere love it!!!

Greet Lefèvre said...

I would love to take place around your Christmas table, because I do know that it will be a wonderful table setting and your Christmas decoration in your house will be so beautiful!!
Don't forget to take pictures of your home when it is ready for Christmas!!

flowers on my table said...

So festive Glenda, I love it all, can't wait for more! Happy Thanksgiving! Love Linda x

Kom Achterom said...

What a beautiful blog! i love the nice interieurs
happy week

Mayflower said...

I come here for the first time on your beautiful blog. I'm impressed, what a wonderful Christmas inspiration Glenda.

Warm wishes, Mea

Home and Lifestyle said...

A lot of inspiration!

Thank you so much!!

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Oh, Glenda! Such a beautiful post! What simple elegance, combined with coziness!!! Our farm has been chosen to be on the Christmas House Tour this year, and I am taking the cue from these images for my decorating. I will be poring over these photos in the days to come, as I start the Christmas season tomorrow. But today is Thanksgiving! And among the many things I am thankful for this year, is The Paper Mulberry!!!
Blessings to you and yours,

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh I'm speechless at such generous compliments! Dawne you are so sweet (I can't wait to see your house)!!!!! Thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American & Canadian friends! I hope your cold gets better soon Cowparsley! Warmest of seasonal wishes from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxx

Atelier de Campagne said...

Oh Glenda! Your posting has spurred me to start thinking of Christmas decorating. What wonderful and elegant images of holiday spirit. I have to share this one! Wishing you a great holiday season.

Trinidad and Team Atelier

Z Bird said...

Lovely post. You have just inspired me to go for a neutral theme this Christmas, really getting bored of red and green.

Bring the sparkles! :)

Anonymous said...

love the mood in this post because I'm more than ready for Christmas ;-)

How awesome is that photo with the fireplace and chaise lounge? Sigh!

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Thanks for the beautiful images!! I love the one with the ornaments hanging above the bed! Simply stunning!

Jo Farmer said...

Oh my, so very beautiful and magical. Thanks so much for sharing

Jo xx
Eliza Interiors & Design

summersoul said...


stunning as always! I hope to make my little apt resemble a bit of what you posted here. Happy thanksgiving, though I know, not an English holiday :)


karen - Simply Inspired said...

beautifully inspiring & elegant way to open the season...
thank you!

Maria (Magia Mia) said...

Of all the blogs I read, your posts are the ones I look forward to the most! Thank you for sharing your impeccable taste. It always inspires me!

Anonymous said...


Your posts are always so beautiful and dreamy... the candles, mercury glass, garland, silver, linens...I could go on and on. Simple yet elegant as always.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from the US.


The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

So, so kind of you all and Happy Thanksgiving! Warmest of seasonal wishes - Glenda xxx

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Glenda, Each image is so lovely ...I could study these details for days. You have outdone yourself on this post. Simply gorgeous. You are indeed an inspiration to me. I'm thankful for our friendship. Have a splendid day. XO, Mona

manon 21 said...

Magnifique comme toujours...
belle soirée


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
J'adore toutes ces photos! C'est somptueux! A DREAM!!!
Have a great evening!

Karena said...

Glenda I adore all of the mercury glass ornaments! The bay garland is also very special. All of your images exude Holiday Joy!

Love and Hugs

Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

Oh Glenda,
You have left me breathless!!! This inspiration is truly beautiful!
I can't wait to see how you decorate your farmhouse!! Please make sure and show us photos.
Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

Gracefully Vintage said...

Just Stunning. Im in such awe.. So Inspiring.. Thanks for sharing such Beauty..

Anonymous said...

Looking at these beautiful photos, feels like it's snowing outside! Such great examples of winter decorating! Happy holidays to you!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

Wow Glenda - you have given me so much beautiful Christmas inspiration in this post! I can't wait for the next one. x Sharon

Anonymous said...

So festive! I am re-thinking my plans for red at CHristmas!

Pure Living* Interiors said...

What an inspiring collection of images and ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

helen tilston said...

Hello dear Glenda

As always your taste in decorating is impeccable. Mercury glass mesmerizes.
I am just starting to think about decorations and before we know it the parties will begin.

We do not expect snow here at beautiful Indian Rocks Beach Florida.
The sand is the colour of snow

Wishing you a fun week
Helen xx

Wendy Paula said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures, Christmas is such a wonderful time to enjoy decorating, however it is far more inspiring in a colder climate than a hot one.
In Sydney Australia it is hard to get motivated when it is so hot and humid.
Wishing you a wonderful white Christmas Glenda:)
Wendy xo

Passione Helena said...

What a stylish blog!
So tasty ... and such wonderful pictures of a beautiful classy Christmas ...

I know now to find your blog, and I'll come back.

Have a nice day,

Akissfromthepast said...

Wonderful pictures! so inspiring post, i really loved it!

Darlene Payan said...

I came across your blog and of course I loved it. I posted it for others to see on my blog. I will visit your blog often. Everything is so lovely.

designchic said...

I don't even know where to start with these gorgeous images...dreaming of the chaise by the fire!!

Lynne said...

Patina perfection with frosting...

deb mills said...

as usual, you've transported me with your visions of loveliness. thanks for the trip! :)

Robynne's Nest said...

Oh Glenda, yet another gorgeous post...visiting your blog is like opening a particularly beautiful homewares magazine!! I noticed a photo of Waddesdon of my favourite places to visit...being only 20 minutes away...last year I visited during the heavy snow to see the French Xmas display and it did not disappoint. The whole day was a magical adventure as I drove home throught thick snow, got stuck, got pulled out by another motorist...and marvelled at the scenery all the way home (doing 15 mph). Waddesdon, with it's twinkling xmas trees looks amazing at this time of year! Robx

Virginia Country House said...

So beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

Divina Chita Brasil said...

belas imagens!! Parabéns pelo blog lindo!!

Millie said...

Superbly curated Glenda as usual! Our Aussie Chrissie will be so different - the airconditioner on full blast, a big bowl of icy cold prawns with mango salad, semifreddo & a shady tree in the garden to lie down under to have a post-prandial kip. Oh & trying to get all our sons to ditch the flip-flops & wear appropriate footwear for Christmas lunch!
Millie x

My Galveston Cottage said...

I love all of this glittery white and silver. It seems like everyone is leaning toward simple elegance, which I like a lot. These are beautiful images; great sources of inspiration.

If I may, I'd like to invite you and your friends to check out the custom pillow giveaway I'm hosting. Check it out.

Happy holidays!

Unknown said...

I just love your blog, such amazing images, so gorgeous, so inspiring,love, thanks for sharing