Sunday, December 16, 2007


This year our family tree is a faux Douglas Fir, 7 1/2' tall with my Norwegian Star making it nearly 8 feet high. I'll explain more about the star later. We have this tree displayed in our dining room window facing the front of the house. First, starting at the bottom I have a tree skirt in shades of copper with lots of bling sewn on between satin and roping to form a design. All the colors on the tree of reds, whites, sage, pinks, copper, silver and gold, seem to go so well with this skirt. Our ornaments are an assortment of vintage antiques passed down from my parents, collectibles from our travels, some handmade ornies, lots of ornament gifts, my 2 from the White House invitations, and finished with bead garland, handmade snowflakes and copper icicles made by my husband last year! Lastly, topped with my gorgeous Norwegian Star given to us from our dear friend Randi, of, in my mothers name. Click on her blog to the right below to see her wonderful hand knitted and felted designs on her blog and her etsy shop! She explained, that in Norway, people hang these stars in the windows with a light in them. We had to change the light due to the differences in electricity, so it then became a tree topper for us, and we love it. Thanks once again Randi for this star, it is a Christmas favorite!I also have some close up pictures of some of my very favorite ornaments collected through the years. As a family, we just love hanging each and everyone each year. It brings back wonderful memories of times we found or received them.
I really was not able to get good pictures of our tree with the light on or off and the ornaments, so this is the best I could do for now, along with the close ups of some of my favorites!
These last two ornaments are from 1998 and 2004 in Washington D.C. Those years I was invited to hand paint ornaments for the White House Blue Room Christmas Tree. I brought these back as a remembrance of my invitation to the White House!


The snowman tangled in his skis was made by Randi. Karen and Ele, do you see your tags on this sweet berry wreath? Also the pearl snowflakes are made by my mother on the vintage plate and also a few displayed by the frosted white trees! The white coat Santa is sitting on the bed staying cozy as he greets visitors! The children dragging home the tree is a painted plate from the year our son was born! The blue coat snowman is ringing in the season!
Later this week I will share pictures of my winter village buildings and the gorgeous manger scene made by my mother, 30 years ago. I invite you back to join me then. Merry Christmas!


Unknown said...

Oh Celeste....your home is Heavenly...and so beautiful! everything looks so comfy/cozy....and for those of us who love to decorate...eye candy..for sure!
God Bless you my Dear!...Lorena

Unknown said...

Celeste, you are no longer aloud to post!!! Your house is TOO beautiful!!! Oh my gosh you are so lucky!! Your home is to die for!! You are awesome, everything is just so perfect! And i love the picture of you, Larry and Miss Beazy! What a beautiful couple and your love for each other just shines!

Love ya,

Sharon said...

I just loved the tour of your Holiday home Celeste, thank you for inviting us in.

Natasha Burns said...

Oh these are just beautiful photos. Your tree is divine! The needlepoint is so sweet. WOW you did ornaments for the White House? I heard just a couple of days ago about this famous tree!!!

vickie said...

Celeste, I love the picture of you,Larry and Miss Beazy. Your home is just gorgeous, and your christmas decor so warm and inviting.

Bertie said...

What a treat to visit your beautiful home all decked out for the Holidays! Thank you so much for sharing. It is just so lovely.

Aunt May's Cottage

Barbara Jacksier said...

Sorry I was late for the tour. I'm so glad you kept the welcome mat out a bit longer! Your shabby blue bedroom is to die for.

Mockingbird Hill said...

Everything is beautiful! I just love the light colored rock around your fireplace. Your White House ornaments are so special...what an incredible honor for you!

Thanks for sharing your Holiday Home with us...and thanks for visiting me a couple of days ago...I hope you will stop by again soon!


Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Celeste... your home is SO beautiful!!! Hope you are enjoying this Christmas season...wishing you and your family a happy Christmas! xo Heather

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Beautiful! I love the ornate scroll headers over your windows. Sweet blue guest room decorations. Love the pink bandana on Miss Beazy!

Please stop by my place for a peek!

randi K design said...

What a beautiful Christmas blog, and your house is like always spotless and well put together... AS Larry always said: Gorgeous...WE miss you guy's!!
Did I do that Hardanger angel? it look familiar... I had forgotten that I gave you the star, I am really getting old...

Celestina Marie said...

Randi, yes, you did the hardanger angel, the snowman skier, the Norwegian fellow with the flagg and the Norwegian Santa that eats soup and hids under the stairs. Not all are pictured, but we cherish them all. We miss you too!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your home is simply divine! Absolutely picture perfect down to the tiniest of details! I love it all & how you incorporate so many different styles & colors so effortlessly into one seamless look! Stunning, as usual, dear friend!

Big Holiday Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas.... we are all well here at Ingrid and DaMon's, and they all says Hello!

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..