Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Winter Solstice

Christmas style books are a great inspiration for home decorating over the festive season. These two are my favourite. A Nantucket Christmas by Leslie Lindsey and Ruby & Begonia's Christmas Style by Sara Toliver and Jo Packham.

For us here the celebrations begin on the night of the 21st December at Winter Solstice and continue until January 6th when we celebrate Drie Koningen

and I put the garland across the granite pillars in the kitchen and put a pot of gluhwein on the stove.

The beds all had a festive makeover too. New covers and a gingham heart add a touch of cozy warmth, an inviting space to rest after all the cleaning and cooking.

The stove in the living room is really the heart of our home and Mr. Margie spent some time chopping the firewood for the holidays.

A choir of Dickensian Knitted mice spread some festive cheer. I knit these little mice about twelve years ago and each year they have pride of place among the decorations.

Mr. Margie, Leiny and I went up to the Christmas tree farm yesterday and picked up two Nordmann Firs, the smell in the house is enchanting.


Deborah said...

Yes, I enjoyed my evening by the fire! What a charming home you have! GLUHWEIN--oh, I miss that! Walking around the Christkindl Markt in Nurenburg with a glass of Gluhwein is the ultimate! I need to make some when our son comes home on Christmas Eve. Happy Winter!

Fyra årstider ♥ My Lovely Christmas Home said...

I will wish you a very good christmas..and now a will looke around.
Hug Lotta

Les Cotrions said...

Ciao Margie! Your Christmas home is very lovely! Enjoy the Xmas time in your beatiful home!!!
Baci e abbracci!

Clare said...

Hi Margie

Your home looks wonderful - love those granite pillars!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best Wishes


Anonymous said...

Hi Margie, You look like you have a nice, warm, and cozy home. I just love those little Dickens mice. So cute! I hope you and your family are blessed with a very joyful Christmas and New Year.

Veronica Tingvall said...

Wishing you a wonderful christmas. You really have a beautiful home.
lots of love /Veronica

The Whispering Poppies said...

It all looks like a fairytale dream! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Have a joyous and blessed day!

Stephanie said...

I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. xx

Elly said...

Owww.... love your knitted mice!!! They are so cute! And your new covers on your bed are very pretty, would love to have them myself!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, together with your family!
Hugs, Elly

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh how pleasant it must be to be by the fire...I so enjoyed seeing your charming the wood floors and ceilings and MUST show John before I forget.

Merry Christmas, Margie!

Anonymous said...

Wouah ! Beautiful granit pillars in your kitchen !!! Beautiful dining room ! Lovely decorated ! Very sweet home !

Lace hearts said...

I popped over from April's blog, and you have such a pretty home. I've fallen in love with your bedcover in this post - I wonder where you got it! I love your CK bags. Lucky you.