Friday, December 18, 2015

Foyer, Porch, Gifts and Cookie

Greetings, oh wonderful missed ones!

Well... here I am, better late than never-
 sharing the first of my holiday decor!

This message is sitting on my front table in the foyer
to welcome you to the SEASON!

Simple & understated - a bright, clean and cheerful hallway.

Last Christmas this old chippy window pane was on the mantle.

I made the paper wreath last year and designed the 
winter greenery floral a couple of years ago. 

Tucked in on the top of the floral is this antique postcard.

No holiday decor feels quite complete to me
 without Good 'Ole Saint Nick!

Close up of a sweet little china pot
 with a winter scene and birdie
given to me this Christmas from dear friend
(Thank you so much, Deb! I really love it!)

The antique leather Catholic prayer book
is a gift from MD that I have had for a few years.

It's almost 95 years old to the day!

See the first  page?!?

Here is our front porch this year -
those awesome red lanterns were a recent thrift find.

I am thrilled with how they look here...
just a nice pop of color seems to bring it together.

Our fresh evergreen wreath looks similar to last year's
 because I take off the embellishments and re-use them
on a plain wreath..... saves money, and I like the look -
why spend more when one doesn't need to?

On tuesday I hosted my annual cookie exchange party
and had an epic blogger fail: I didn't take a SINGLE pic!

I totally forgot! I got caught up in the moment!

I was, however, able to take a lovely pic today
of the beautiful gingerbread cookies my eldest daughter made.

We all agreed they are too pretty to eat.
(And they are as tasty as they are beautiful!)

Well that's it for my 2015 holiday sharing for now.

I am having a couple of friends to tea tomorrow,
then hopefully I can get busy taking more decor pics to share.

I have SO MUCH I want to show you!
So please be on the look-out! : - )

As always, thank you so much for your visit!




  1. Hi Michele~~ such beauty! I loved seeing your front door and totally agree with you in that those red lanterns really gave it a pop.

    Those cookies your daughter made are gorgeous! She does beautiful art work, and yes, to beautiful to eat.

    I received a lovely Christmas card and some delicious tea in the mail...Thank you!
    You blessed my heart with your thoughtfulness. It was so unexpected.

    Merry Christmas, dear friend


  2. It all looks so pretty and serene.. Love the vintage card you have..

    your daughter did great decorating her cookie.. I know ya'll had loads of fun.

    Merry Christmas to You and Your Family

  3. Hi Michelle, Everything is gorgeous...and your front porch is beautiful, and so welcoming!

    I love how you put things together! All the little extra the vintage postcard!

    I have never been to cookie exchange...where people brought such beautiful cookies...your daughter is very talented!

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas Michelle!!

  4. I love your beautiful Christmas touches, Michele. Of course, I keep scrolling back to that cookie. lol

  5. Hi Michele, your entry way is absolutely beautiful!! LOVE that window and white cabinet, the Santa, white wreath, and arrangement are perfect compliments of each other! and those cookies! the are beautiful and so delicate looking. Glad you're having a lovely Christmas Season. xoxo

  6. michelle, its all so lovely. I could comment on each photo. I love your front door and its color, and the cookie…..yum.

  7. Michelle, your décor is lovely! The winter vignette is so charming, and I'll be pinning your pretty wreath....the cookies are gorge, too. :)

    Happy Holidays!

  8. Michele… your Christmas decorations are so pretty… Looks like you are ready! The cookie really is too pretty to eat… Enjoy the season!
    XOXO Mary

  9. Your home looks so pretty, Michele! Isn't Deborah the dearest for sending the pretty teapot with the birdie? Those cookies of your daughter are absolutely stunning! Merry Christmas blessings to you!

  10. Very nice, Michele! I'm a Scrabble geek so I'm loving the "Merry Christmas" greeting in the first photo.

  11. Such pretties - and the cookies are wonderful - I've not made our traditional gingerbread pigs just yet - but I will.

  12. Everything looks beautiful and those cookies are gorgeous. Definitely too pretty to eat.

  13. Your Christmas decor is beautiful and I really like your wreath on the front door. Have a Merry Christmas! Blessings, Pam

  14. Dear Michele
    Wonderful pics, love them
    Nice greetings from austria
    Your new follower

  15. Oh Michele, everything is beautiful inside and outside your home! You add so many lovely touches and it seems so intimate and cozy.
    I always get caught up in the moment too and never get the photos I would need to do a great post of friends and family. I will just take your work that the cookie exchange went off awesomely :)
    Wishing you the most magical Christmas!!!

  16. Oh Michele,
    I have always wanted to make a coffee filter wreath as yours, I must try my hand at one soon, perhaps for next year.
    Your home is pure good and festive, loving the simplistic in the whites and greenery.
    Love the door in dark charcoal with the greenery wreath, it looks so rich like a holiday greeting card.


  17. Michele: I know everyone loved your home and tea time. I look forward to seeing photos. Your entry area sure was pretty. Early to bed tonight might be just the thing you need!

  18. Oh my! Those cookies are wonderful! Popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas! I'm sure Christmas is the sweetest thing at your house! Hugs J.

  19. Oh, how I dream of having such beautiful, serene Christmas decor! You really do have such an elegant touch that belongs in Romantic Homes or some similarly lovely magazine. And that cookie! It's the prettiest one I've seen this Christmas. The "touch" must be genetic!

  20. Michele, I love your wreath on the front door! You have a beautiful home and your daughter's cookies are so pretty! I am stopping by to thank you for the lovely card and tea you sent me. I tried to find your email address and couldn't so will have to thank you here. I so appreciate your thoughtfulness, my friend! I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and much joy in the coming new year.

    Christmas hugs,

  21. Hi Michelle, I love the wreath on your front door! Just the right amount of decorations-- perfect! I do the same thing that you do. I usually get my wreaths at Trader Joes or through someone at work and then I add my own pretty ribbons and decorations. Happy New Year!


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