Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Welcome to Texas Blog Friends.

This week we began a blog hop 
touring around Texas
visiting the homes and more
of Texas Bloggers.
is our hostess and has done a wonderful job of planning for this week.

Welcome to my home and please come in.
My door is adorned with an urn filled with winter greens
and Christmas postcards from France!

Please come in for a French Country Christmas.

Santa stands to greet you and pointing the way past the dining room to the kitchen.

This is the dining table all decked out in black, white and red.

We will pass by this room today though
 and I will share it later in the month.

 For today, let's just relax in the kitchen.

It seems to be the room where my family and friends love to gather.

Decorated in Black Toile, Buffalo Checks in Black and White with pops of Red.
This holiday I decorated with everything I just had in my Christmas stash, but in a different way.

 Buffalo Check Tablecloth with Toile
pops of red sets the style for my French Country Christmas.
The Waverly Pastoral Toile Curtains hang to the floor
and topped with a small grapevine wreath, winter greens and red ribbon.

The centerpiece is a large round platter filled with greens,berries, pinecones and topped with a 
pedestal filled with sugared pears, apples and a large pillar candle wrapped in a buffalo check ribbon.
Easy to pick up and move when the table changes for a dinner.

The dishes sit on  a layering of round place-mats, charger plates and rose dishes~ 
all in black and white with red.

I designed the napkin rings to hold black and white checked napkins
 by decoupaging musical gift wrap 
around a metal ring, 
and topped each with a paper poinsettia over a sticky dot.
Easy to change out for seasonal holidays and special occasions.

To the right of the table
I have a built in hutch that has become our cookie and treat area for Christmas.
This cabinet holds my teacup collection but I have plans for change after the holiday. 

Opening shelves hold touches of Christmas among more black and white treasured dishes.

Several years ago,
I took the doors off a few cabinets,
painted the insides off white 
and it opened up the area.

Moving around the room little vignettes greet the eye and bring a smile.
Old treasures celebrating Christmas.
In a cozy corner,
my coffee station is ready for hot drinks
and seems to stay busy all day long around here!
I painted Santa on the tray and this comes in handy to serve guests when they visit.
Near my stove top,
 little Christmas touches make cooking
fun this time of year.
The rolling pin to the right has a little Santa on it I painted years ago.

Vintage aprons are hung on the door with care,
in hopes that some baking soon would appear!

I remember my mom and grandma wearing these aprons.

The Merry Christmas sign over the aprons is a needlepoint my sweet mother
created many years ago.
Each stitch done with love!

On the counter, 
cook books are ready and standing near by.

Red tinsel just sits on the edge of my counter lamp
with a corner tree in traditional colors.
I love a little lamp bringing a cozy touch to the kitchen.

The island glows with a musical timer candle
sitting on a large red platter atop a toile and black checked runner.
Again, easy to move when I need the island for prep work and serving.

Holiday wall art is placed here and there around the room for the season.
My favorite is the framed art over the stove.
Another wall hanging
is a pair of hand painted vintage skates
nestled in pine branches.
I  created these skates
so many years ago ~ I've lost count!

A stocking is hung in true French Country fashion.

Because I love an unexpected bit of decor,
I've added my aqua chair 
with a plaid and white deer pillow.
A cozy spot to sit in the kitchen

while enjoying a cup of Christmas joy.
For these mugs, I found a set last year at the Dollar Store
and hand painted the checks at the bottom with glass paint.
Now they add to the French Country style~
plus I just love anything with checks
and use them a lot in my paintings!

Bella Moo
is looking over all the fun in my kitchen~
from high above 
 the brick archway over the stove top area.

As our visit comes to an end,
the lights begin to glow 
 for a cozy December evening.
I hope you can return in the weeks ahead as I share more 
of my home for Christmas.

It has been wonderful to have you visit today
for the
Christmas in Texas Blog Tour.

Wishing you the beauty of the season
and all good wishes in the new year.

Joining the Texas Girls
 for the Tour Today
you can visit these great Texas blogs.

our hostess

Thank you Stacey for hosting and all you have done to make it special.

Merry Christmas
from my home to yours!
Celestina Marie

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