Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Place for Christmas Dreams

What exactly are Christmas Dreams?

Thoughts of sugarplums dancing in our heads?
dreams of health, happiness and a soft place to end the day?

Being thankful for the gifts we're given.

Enjoying home and family appreciating the comforts around us.

And you know,
 all that doesn't have to come with a high price tag.
Creativity can be the difference.

The last few years, I like to bring a little Christmas to the bedroom.
It's so nice at the end of the day,
to enjoy a room that reflects the love of God's Blessings.

But who wants to spend a fortune to have a pleasing style or look?

Using what I have on hand or created,
 I pull out my old quilt in shades of red to coordinate along with my black toile.

You know I love toile and I leave it as a backdrop year round
just pulling in a bit of pattern  and color to bring the room together 
for whatever the season.
I can go from a summer beachy style to Christmas,
 just by changing the color,
pattern and accents,
 all while keeping the toile.

For the holiday, I mixed pillows and pattern by using this old Waverly quilt.

It's just timeless.

Adding a vintage Christmas pin to a pillow gives it a little something.

These hand crocheted vintage pillow cases were designed by my grandmother many years ago. 
They are still like new and I love enjoying them for Christmas like she meant them to be.

The tree is a woodland style tree filled with little woodsy critters,
white, silver, gold and red.

I used over sized pillow shams for cushion covers in the sitting area.

This is a cozy spot to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and watch the birds right outside the windows
or settle in with a good book.

The little wood tray holding the teapot and cup is one I hand painted a few years ago.

 The tree has little red birds, squirrels and owls along with vintage ornaments and snowflakes.

The tree skirt is very old and was a gift I stitched for my mother
many years ago in my 20's.
It took me nearly a year to stitch all the scenes adding accents of glittery threads, sequins and beads.

I gave her this as a gift before Christmas one year and she used it for the rest of her life. 

Made from muslin,
it is double lined, embroidery stitched
 along with candlewicking knots and edged in red lace and lots of love.

The black toile stocking  was created by my friend Kathy from
Creative Home Expressions and her etsy shop. 
I  pinned on a red ribbon for the holiday.

This is one of my snowmen hand painted a few years ago with a black coat.

So there you have it,
a place for Christmas Dreams.
The only purchase was the stocking from Kathy.

I think I can keep the quilt through the winter months.

What do you think?
Could you have sweet dreams in a Christmas bedroom?

Whatever one prefers,
one thing is true.
It doesn't take much to make an impact for change.
Being a Decorative Stager, it is my challenge to see what I can do
without spending a bunch of dollars!!

Mr. L.J. likes that about me too!! ;)

Merry Christmas!

See you next time with more home decor!

Blessings and Sweet Dreams
Celestina Marie


The Cranky said...

Creativity trumps dollars every time, and you have oodles of creativity!
Your mother treasured that tree skirt, I'm sure, and it's so good that you use it as well.

Valerie-Jael said...

Yes, it all looks so wonderful, you have really done wonders here! Enjoy! Hugs, Valerie

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
oh yes, I would sleep and dream wonderful thingsin this lovely Christmas Bedroom!
I so love all your ornaments and items....your home is filled with so much Love!
The Birds and Squirrels on the Christmas tree....beautiful, and also the blanket around your tree!
I just love it!
Blessings, Hugs,Love and sweet Dreams to you, my dear friend!
Looking forward to see more ;O)
Claudia xo

Dianna said...

The Christmas tree skirt you made for your mother is absolutely beautiful, Celeste! I can't begin to imagine the time it took you to do all of the stitching! Lovely.

Anonymous said...

I love the quilt with the toile curtains. Your room looks cozy and festive. Your grandmother's pillowcases and your tree skirt you stitched are real treasures. Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely Christmas room.

Julie Marie said...

So beautiful Celeste... yes, your Christmas bedroom is full of sweet dreams... your red quilt you have had is just gorgeous and I would leave it there all winter... so pretty!... and your grandmother's pillowcases are priceless... I too am counting my many blessings and I think we all need a peaceful spot like your beautiful bedroom to do so at the end of a busy day... your woodland tree is just adorable, and that tree skirt you stitched for your mama just brought tears to my eyes... I am sure each year she used it filled her with much happiness, and still does to see you using it now... much love, xoxo... Julie Marie

Brandi said...

Hi Celeste! Your bedroom looks cozy and festive. Everything is so beautiful. I can see why you like to spend time there watching the birds. I could sit there all night!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear Celeste,

I was just about to walk out the door to drive to work, when something told me to come back to my computer. Lo and behold, your post POPPED UP just as I entered my email.

But the true miracle is that your message here is exactly what I needed to read this morning.

I feel as if I have nothing that people want. My home, the way I see it, is gorgeous. But when I take photos of it, it lacks in what people want to see.....lots of antiques, lots of white, lots of art. So I am saying to myself, "What's the use?" "Why share my dreams and what makes me smile?" But your message is something to take with me on my hour drive to teach and fulfill my duties to my household, and that is to work. I wish I could stay home to write, improve, submit to magazines, write my memoirs and even improve some of my art. But I can't. But what I do have, I will continue to use to make the best of it.

Thank you. I don't think you will ever know how timely this post is for me on this 9th of December, 2014.


Debbie Harris said...

Just beautiful, Celestina!
I love to decorate as well, but my you have inspired me to try new things, and maybe even pull out some of the items I have not used in years and re think of the possibilities.
Your home is just lovely, and very evident that love resides there.

Merry Christmas to you!

"Sweet dreams" Debbie

Judi said...

As I'm disabled and spend a lot of time stuck in bed, I ALWAYS have my bedroom decorated up for Christmas. A guy came to quote for new central heating last night, and he said that our bedroom looked like something out of a Christmas card, so warm, welcoming and cosy! It made my day!

Loving your look and envying you your beautiful red quilt.

Judi in the UK

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Your room is cozy and inviting. Love the ged quilted pieces and the tree. The tree skirt you made is amazing and truly an effort of love. I'm glad you have it back in your hands.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Everything you placed from your heart in your home this year certainly will create magical Christmas dreams. But what stopped me and made me truly appreciate and feel my eyes fill with tears was the story behind the Christmas skirt you made and gifted your Mom and it's returned back to you.

Jan Hermann said...

I love this room...love the black toile with the quilt, too. It's nice that you can pair different quilts and accessories with your black toile and change the entire look of the room. I love being able to do that, too.

The tree skirt is darling...and I can just imagine all of the hours it must have taken you to make it. Every stitch done with LOVE>

Jan ♥

Nancy said...

So Pretty and comforting!! I just Love the Christmas Tree Skirt!! Thank~you Sweet Celeste our Beautiful Dreamy Package arrived!!
Huggs, Nancy

Donna said...

Celestina, your bedroom is just beautiful! The Waverly bedding is so pretty, and I am in love with your Christmas toile sign! The wicker chairs are so inviting, great idea to use the shams as cushion covers! You have so many wonderful idea, I love how you pull everything together without having to spend a small fortune. One of my favorite things is the tree skirt you stitched for your mom, what a treasure. And the crochet edged pillow cases that your grandma made are just beautiful. You should have your own decorating show on HGTV!

TexWisGirl said...

the tree skirt stitching is really sweet.

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

You have so many lovely and meaningful things Celeste. The quilt, the pillows and of course, the needlework you made for your mother are just stunning and full of memories, which is really what the holidays are about.

My vote is to keep the quilt for the season.

(Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment)

Stephanie said...

I just love the black and red/burgundy together - it's inviting and beautiful!

Your tree is lovely, my friend, as is the tree skirt!

Have a splendid day! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, your bedroom looks so beautiful all dressed up for Christmas! I love your quilt and it does look pretty with your toile. Oh, my goodness! I adore the tree skirt you made for your mother. When I see something like this I know it is made with love because there is so much work that goes into it. Blessings, sweet friend.
Shelia ;)

Mari said...

Celeste your room looks gorgeous! So cozy and warm just a beautiful and peace place to enjoy the holidays, I too use and reuse decorations every year.......
I love the items I have collected through the years.....


Sola Scriptura said...

I'm absolutely amazed at the details of the tree skirt you embroidered for your mother! I'm sure she had treasured the hand work of love you stitched into the lovely gift. The bedroom looks amazing and so festive for the season :)

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Looks wonderful and cozy Celestina Marie! Nothing is more cozy then laying in bed with a good book with the twinkle of the Christmas tree lights!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So love this room....and love that there are many treasured memories of the pillow cases of your grandmother's and that gorgeous tree skirt that you made for your mom...They are the best and makes the room so very special !

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Such a pretty room Celestina! I love everything you did to pull it together. I especially love the snowman with the black coat. So pretty.

Alessandra said...

Your bedroom is gorgeous! I love your Christmas decors. The quilt and the pillows are my favourite. The tree caught my eye!

Anonymous said...

I love this room, Celeste! You're right, it's a "place for Christmas dreams"! The tree skirt and pillowcases are such treasures- sweet memories! Katy's stocking is fabulous! I do love toile and black and white together are one of my favorite combinations! You have a holiday magical home!
My friend's gift arrived and it's gorgeous! I also adore the ornament you included! It's on it's way to the beach! The colors are lovely! Thank you dear friend for your kindness!

NanaDiana said...

Oh! It is all just beautiful. I love everything you have there-especially the crocheted pieces from your grandmother and that skirt you embroidered for your mother. How sweet is that and what special memories those things have attached.

You are so right-you can change a whole look by simply using what you have and shifting things around.

While I was "down" these last couple of weeks I did some sewing and I redid our bedroom, too, with a mini-makeover that I will share this week.

Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season so far, Celestina Marie. Love ya- xo Diana

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Celeste!

I've had a great time catching up with you and your gorgeous holiday rooms! Each room has such a great personality. Your master bedroom red quilt is so perfect for the holidays. It compliments your black and cream toile perfectly. And anyone would LOVE to be a guest in either of your guest rooms!! I can hear the Christmas carols softly playing in the background as a wake-up call.

Blessings & lots of love, Edie

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh Celeste....your bedroom is such a sweet Christmas haven. The red/black mix is so unique and embracing. But what really caught my eye was your tree skirt. I can only imagine the memories that flood your mind when you pull that out each year. What a beautiful addition to your decor!

xoxo laurie

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh, that tree skirt is just beautiful, Celeste! What a labor of love. What a gorgeous keepsake, just priceless!
Your room looks so pretty and cozy, and I love your woodland tree, with the cute little creatures.
I think "shopping" our homes and rearranging things can be very satisfying. You have created a very cozy haven.
Blessings to you, xo Deborah

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness! I love it all but see here....I could do me relaxing in that beautiful bedroom of yours! Matter of fact I would probably just camp out in there! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your colors are so beautiful for Christmas! I agree that a few touches make all the difference. Your beautiful tree skirt must have been such a joy to make! Wonderful that you still have it.

farmhouse-story said...

i just love the skirt you made for your mom, celeste! and the crocheted pillow cases are darling! kathy's stocking fits in beautifully, too! adorable painted snowman! you've created a cozy, charming room to relax in!

LJS said...

Celestina, My days with you are full of dreams and exciting adventures. Your special care for sharing and making everything in our house gleam with the natural joy & spirit of Christmas. God bless you! Your are the love of my life,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love your bedroom dressed for Christmas, Celeste! Black and white is my favorite and the toile puts me over the moon. : ) Your quilt is great. I was just thinking this week I should look for something for my own bedroom to use for the holidays. I always see such pretty quilts and comforters on other bloggers beds this time of year.

Thanks for the shout out! The stocking is perfect for this room! I love the touch of the red ribbon you added. It helps tie it all together. I have my own black and white toile stocking alongside my hubby's black and white ticking stripe stocking hanging off the mantel in our black and white living room. : ) Red is such a great accent color to add to the black and white and I do it myself.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celestina, what a beautiful bedroom and it gets even prettier at Christmas time. I love the toile and the fact that you can just add to it all that Christmas perfection. Such a cute snowman and that tree skirt is one of a kind and so much love must have gone into it..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow I just love your Christmas decorated bedroom Celestina! The Christmas tree is so pretty! Your skirt you made is just gorgeous. I the black toile and the crochet is so pretty. Enjoy the holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That tree skirt is amazing...you were a crafter even as a kid!!! I love grandmas pillow cases, I have my grandmothers too...But my grandmother wasn't as talented as your lol! Your home is always breath taking at Christmas


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love black toile and quilts. That is some gorgeous embroidery that you and your grandmother accomplished!I'm impressed. I agree. xoxo Rotating is key.. Some years I put or more; some years I put out less. Have a wonderful week.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your bedroom decorated for Christmas. Everything looks so pretty!

Createology said...

Oh yes I could definitely enjoy a lovely and very refined Christmas in your lovely home. The touches of red are perfect. My very favorite item is that amazing tree skirt you hand stitched and gifted to your Mother. A true heirloom treasure dear. Merry Merry Bright Blessings...

Jillayne said...

Truly lovely Celestina - Your bedroom is warm and cozy and and full of holiday beauty. I especially love the tree skirt you made for mom that has found it's way back to you. It's amazing!!
Warm holiday hugs,


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh My Goodness! Cleste, this room looks fabulous. For Christmas, I also switch to a red and white quilt in our black and white toile bedroom. Yours looks beautiful, and how wonderful to have those beautiful crocheted pillow cases from your grandmother. But the piece de resistance is the tree skirt. What a work of art and love that is. I know your mother was thrilled, and I'm sure she enjoyed using it. I'm so glad you are now able to enjoy it and remember your mother's excitement when she saw your gift. laurie

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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..