Monday, December 5, 2016

Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour 2016

 Hi Friends and Welcome to
Cozy at Christmas Holiday Blog Tour.

Our hostess for the next few days 

I've been busy here at Rose Garden Cottage
and welcome you today for a little tour.

The porch is ready to greet friends and family.

The glittered deer welcomes as friends and family arrive.
The old wood sled
was painted red like my front door
and this year sports a pair of figure skates stuffed with winter greens.

Christmas postcards from France grace my vintage style door urn
filled with winter greens.

 Santa is standing in the entry and ready to greet you.
Come on in and stay awhile.
So nice to have you visit.

My tour today is right in the dining room.
The table is set, the tree is decorated 
all is ready for Christmas!

This year I decided on a theme of reds, white, silver, gold
and a pop of aqua throughout  my cottage.

To the hutch top,
 I've added a garland of evergreens to my
white rooster parade.

In the evening the lights on the garland frame a cozy glow!

Taking a peek inside the hutch,
I've used a mix of holiday plates
with red, white and a pop of aqua.
Vintage school books lift and showcase among the treasures.
This sweet little angel is a gift from Ginny, a dear blogging friend.
The vintage red goblets are from the Mississippi Glass Factory in Pennsylvania 
where most of my family lived and many worked in that factory years ago.

Bottle brush trees stand among my dishes and collectibles.

Bringing in the aqua with a bowl of ornaments and a sweet aqua cow creamer.
The red floral platter was my mother's from the late 40's

Old books with Johnson Bros. dishes and holly plates become part of the decor.
Teacup plates hold a sugared red apple.

My little house mouse is taking a nap.
He is full from munching on an apple.
This sweet decoration was a gift many years ago from my grandmother.
I love it nana!!

On the hutch top, I kept it simple like the interior
 by just adding a tray with a red ware fruit  teapot by Antique Reflections,
Spode Christmas cup and saucer, and a couple more bottle brush trees 
with a pretty
Winterberry Platter.

Anyone for Christmas tea?

Around the dining room I've placed pretty accents
like these glittered
white roses with magnolia leaves
 in a tall farmhouse pitcher
 standing on a tall pedestal table.
The fabric roses were easy to glitter by spraying them with adhesive glue
and sprinkling glitter all over each rose.
It's a bit messy but turns out great and lasts without yellowing.

Pretty velvet and script fabric Christmas stockings hang 
on each side of the hutch filled with greens
 atop a vintage style window frame.
I stuff the stockings with poly-fill to hang fuller.

To the right of the dining table,
I've decorated my vintage Barley Twist buffet with
pretty holiday treasures.
A few years ago I painted this buffet black
and added the white accents with a stencil.
My talented hubby added the bottom shelf for the white bowls.
This piece was white at one time, I may go back to that.
What do you think?

I've used deer in my decorating theme again this year
and this sweet wood pair of deer stand among the greens on 
my handmade shelf.
To hold the stemware in the first photo above, 
I've placed two pegs side by side, and  slide the stem bottoms in place.
To each stem I've added a small candle ring for color.

Love the music shoppe near by.
Music is a big part of my life and while I didn't
bring out all my larger village pieces this year,
I had to bring out this treasured one.

Inside the little couple are singing carols.
This scene brings back special memories of
growing up and playing the piano every Christmas while
we all sang carols.

This special pillow makes for a comfy spot by the window and perfect for a seat to relax
with a cup of tea and enjoy the tree.

Last year I found these glittered antlers and keeping with the deer theme, I
 hung them in my ivory dream catcher on a side wall.

Please take a seat around my table.
Here I used a soft ivory tablecloth in a window pane design.
To the center of the table I've layered a poinsettia topper.

To one of my favorite cake plate gifts from a dear friend,
I've added a darling light up cottage under a cloche
with a boxwood wreath at the base and a scattering of
red,white and aqua ornaments.
The cottage was a gift  many years ago and part of a Christmas flower arrangement.
A gift that keeps giving years later.

In the evening, the light inside the cottage makes such a cozy setting.
I could live in this cottage.
See the family gathered around inside?
I love this sweet charming treasure.

On each end of the table, I've placed a beautiful Christmas tree plate.
My mother  made these over 40 years ago and they are
as pretty now and they were so long ago.
Thank you mom, I love and cherish these hand painted by you.

On each side of the centerpiece,
I've placed these beautiful glass candle holders
with drip catchers that have crystals tangling around.
The candle holders are from Ireland and a gift from my dear hubby
when we first got married 43 years ago.
In place of real candles, I've added these faux candles from Ikea.
It's hard to get a good picture of these and they have a bit of a glare here, 
but in person, the light is soft and pretty.

Here is a better view of the poinsettia topper.
All embroidered and cut out work on an ivory background with holly leaves.

For the place settings,
I layered The Noel patterned Christmas plates from England with red charges on white placemats.
To the center, I've added a ring of rosemary.
These are a find from Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas.
The stemware and dessert cups have rings of gold with holly and berries all around.
Years ago my Swedish daughter and exchange student gave me these goblets and dessert cups.
They were gifts for dining at Arby's years ago.
I really did feed her that year,(haha) she just loved to go there with her friends after school events
and in the fall, collected these for me.
What a special memory.
I love them my dear daughter and remember the memories every time we use them!!

My napkins are red with an embossed poinsettia design
and held with a snow dove napkin ring.
This set of doves are a long time treasure of mine and
given to me as a gift for a wedding shower I gave for a special friend.
They are perfect for all seasons.
 Love them Kathy!

To each chair back, I've added a silk red ribbon wrapped around
winter greens and berries.

Over the table, I dressed my vintage style chandelier,
with a garland of poinsettias, gold berries
drop crystals all around.
The crystals are designed in different shapes and stay in place year round.

I usually put up two or even three trees each year.
This season I decorated two skinny trees and one of those
 trees is placed in the dining room window. 
 The skinny style makes it easier to move around the table.
To this tree, I've added red, white, silver with aqua ornaments along with red birds.
The tree skirt is red velvet with a silver snowflake design all around.

And, my tree would not be complete here at "Rose Garden Cottage"
without large garden roses placed in the tree from top to bottom.

To the top of the tree, sits a large fluffy red bow.

When the sun goes down and the lights come on,
it's a cozy room to dine and enjoy family and friends
around the table.

This is my favorite view,
looking out from the table and seeing my deer all aglow in the front garden.

As are time together comes to a close,
I can't help but reflect on a wonderful year
and all the many friends here in blogland who have made it special.
You are all very dear and I wish for you,
blessings and God's grace this Christmas and beyond.
Let us remember loved ones and special memories that will
carry us through the season and into the new year.

But before you leave,
 I want to share one more thing.
 To the left of my front door,
I've placed a vintage style mailbox
and this year,
 I'm using it to hold Christmas cards.
I thought it was a good idea and can be used all through the year
to share cards and postcards for other holidays too.

Merry Christmas ya'll!
I'll be back throughout the month sharing more decor.

Thank you for visiting my Cozy at Christmas Holiday Tour.

It has been a joy to have you.

Merry Christmas with Love,
For more touring fun.
Visit the participates below in our three day schedule.
Thank you to our hostess 

Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour

Let's Add SprinklesHyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/ Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth  

Brookhollow LaneAt Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage

Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek CottageThe Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen


Katie Mansfield said...

It is gorgeous. I love what you did with the post office box. I have the same one. Your china collection is amazing. What a festive and fun dining room filled with memories.
Thanks for being part of our tour.

Stacey said...

Celeste, your home is so inviting! Day or night, it's easy to spot so many special little touches. You know I love the red and white transferware mixed in with Christmas. You really do have the touch!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh Celeste your home is absolutely charming! I truly love the wonderful treasures once loved by your grandmother and mother. You and I share a love of Johnson Brothers and I just bought that exact same vintage mailbox. We truly are kindred spirits! Thank you for the lovely inspiration.

The Bear's Blog said...

Beautiful. I always love your Christmas tour.


Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh, it's just lovely Celeste. I love the fond memories that you shared and that sweet mouse gifted to you by your nana! It's those kind of things that make Christmas so wonderful. Your tartan Santa is darling and your entire dining room is simply the coziest! Wishing you a very merry Christmas. Oh, love the post box as well!

Carole West said...

Love all these details and your black hutch is awesome! Everything is so inviting, this tour has been fun and nice to be apart of. Hope your Christmas is wonderful.

Carole @ Garden Up Green

handmade by amalia said...

Thanks for inviting us to see your decorations, everything looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh how gorgeous your dining room is! Love your sweet skinny tree and your table looks so pretty! The center piece is so sweet! I really like your Roosters sitting in the garland on top of your china cabinet. Wish the top of mine was flat so I could do something like this! Oh, I just can't get enough of seeing your pretty home!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Very pretty and welcoming.

Have a wonderful, happy Christmas holiday season ~ FlowerLady

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your front yard and porch are so welcoming for the advent season, my friend. I'd love to be a guest in your home and share a cup of tea in your beautifully decorated dining room, Celeste! You have so many special touches, from your pretty dishes, to treasures from your mom, nana, and friends, which add to the special coziness. Happy December to you and your sweet hubby. said...

So pretty! It's so much fun to get a peek into everyone's homes to see their holiday style!

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Your Christmas touch and words are very special. You are so nice to share the many hours of your hard work. "Wow" incerdible. Your talent...your kind words for others and life stories shows us your Christmas spirit and wonderful heart! Merry Christmas!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Absolutely lovely! I just love the memories that so many items hold for you from loved ones. Those are the pieces I always make sure to put out also. How cozy your room is lit up at night. So much of your décor can stay out all winter, which is perfect. I find myself a little envious of the things you can put out on your front porch. I could never do that because of the mounds of snow we will get!!

Kim said...

There is so much pretty on display it would be impossible for me to choose one favorite! I just adore it all...enjoy your treasured pieces and your lovely home this holiday season, Celestina. :)

Dorthe said...

Celestina, what a gorgeous Christmas home, you have created, with aLl the beauty, and your many wonderful items. So much to watch, I love so many things, among them that you used the Johnson Bros. dishes , for decoration aswell and with the apple on top of the cup. Love your skinny trees, too, but here it won`t go, as the grandkids will be unhappy ,not having a big old fashioned Christmas tree. :-) Happy December to you !! xoxo

Linda said...

This is breathtakingly beautiful!! Stunning!
You have s special knack for making the most glamorously decorated room filled with so many elegant touches warm and inviting!
I love your home!

Valerie-Jael said...

Your decorations are wonderful, and your house looks so cozy and inviting, it must be a good feeling to live in such lovely surroundings. Enjoy what you have created! Hugs, Valerie

Claudia said...

Dearest Celeste,
thank you for this wonderful Christmas tour through your lovely, warm and cozy decorated home!
Wishing you a wonderful week, hope, we'll see us before Christmas ;O)
Sending much Love and hugs and blessings to you, my dear friend,
Claudia xo

Ginny said...

Celeste, Thank you for sharing your beautiful festive home once again! I am just like you when it comes to being nostalgic with my Christmas decor. There are so many memories of years gone by. I have my mother's vintage glass blown ornaments that I put in a crystal bowl, and even plastic ones that were made during the war, when glass was unavailable. Everything looks so perfect and guest ready. I learned another thing about you. I did not know you had a Swedish exchange student! That is a wonderful memory of how she collected the stemware for you! How blessed you are, and how blessed we are that you draw us into your home and share your ideas, your thoughts, and your techniques! Merry Christmas!

Donna said...

Celestina, your home is just stunning all decked out for Christmas! Your dining room is so pretty, I don't even know where to begin! I love your cake stand and cloche centerpiece, and the pretty plates that your mom made. What a treasure. Your hutch looks wonderful, so many great ideas you've shared! I think I'll take a que from you and hang our stockings from the wood and metal pieces I have hung on the side of our hutch. Great idea!! And I love your vintage inspired postal box, too! Thanks for sharing your pretty home with us!!

Lisa said...

Celeste your home is positively breathtaking! I love hearing the stories behind all your pretties! They have certainly been well loved and putting your Christmas cards in the vintage mailbox was so clever! Thanks for the beautiful tour!

Sarah said...

Celeste, you home is so warm and inviting. I love seeing all your holiday touches, the pretty Christmas china, and other details of your home. The swag on the back of the chairs looks great. I'm adding that to my Pinterest board!
Happy Holidays!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Celeste, I love the special touches you add to your home all year long, but especially at Christmas I find it so warm and welcoming. Thank you for sharing your home with us today.

Debby Ray said...

Oh my goodness...I don't know where to begin! Everything is absolutely gorgeous! I want to just get lost in them, to stare at them all day and night!

Laura said...

It is such a treat to see your beautiful home and your collections through blogging. We love many of the same things- like transferware- so it is especially fun for me.
You are such a special lady:)

White Spray Paint

My thrift store addiction said...

So beautiful, festive and absolutely charming, Celestina! Thanks for sharing your lovely home tour! Blessings, Cecilia

Sue Kosec said...

Just one word: STUNNING. Oh and so very very very festive and homey. You are the best decorator!

Tucked in among your dishes an collectibles I spotted an aqua ornament with splashes of gold. I immediately thought of a Christmas card I made this year ... be watching for it on my blog.

Oh - and the cake plate. I've been lusting after one for years. One of these days I might get one!

Cynthia said...

My dear friend your tour is perfect with every Christmas touch. You have amazing treasures from family and friends. Adore your cloches too.


Cecilia said...

It's all so beautiful and festive! The cottage under the cloche is wonderful and the music shop is too. I love that they have a scene inside! You have some wonderful treasures!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your porch and that big beautiful Santa. I would want to keep the decorations out all year long! Holiday hugs!

Cindy Lou said...

Charming! Nice job ! Beautiful! Love the cottage!

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

Your home is lovely as always and all the Christmas decor is so elegant! I love the way you have mixed in the aqua with the traditional colors. It seems so simple but definitely stands out. I love everything! Thanks so much for inviting us into your beautiful home :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Celeste, COZY as can be! We are all having such fun fixing up our nests according to our tastes. Reds, blues, even pinks, everyone's signature touch celebrates the LIGHT. My décor this year is more natural with antlers, pine cones and fur! I AM LOVING IT. Your home looks fantastic and festive. ENJOY!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Everything looks simply beautiful Celeste! I do love that unexpected touch of aqua in the mix! Your table setting is so pretty; I love the rosemary rings on the plates. And I do love Johnson Brothers red transfer ware. It's lovely all year round, but blends so well with Christmas decor, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. xo Deborah

craftyles said...

Celeste, your beautiful home really shines at Christmas time. I love your entry into the house-so inviting. Your dining room looks ready for Christmas dinner. Such a pretty tablescape. I love the platter from your Mom. Your aqua touches look amazing. I love how you use little gifts from your family members or friends to add to the coziness. Your home looks so festive! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Homemaker' said...

I'm so glad you didn't ask what our favorite thing was in your gorgeous dining room because I love it ALL!!! How stunning. What a beautiful place to relax and enjoy a meal - it would be hard to get up from the table. : ) And to create such a welcoming scene outdoors before your family and friends even come into the house - you definitely have the gift of hospitality. Thank you again for sharing your home. Mary
p.s. I really like the buffet black with the white stencils : )

Blondie's Journal said...

This is an amazing tour, Celeste. Not only do you have so many beautiful pieces and treasures, you have a way of adding them to your home in such a precious way. Your dining room really has me swooning...I so wish I could leave my table set 24/7! What a lovely way to share our love of dishes. I have Winterberry dishes and wine goblets. I always think I'll add but then I forget after the holidays are over. I actually think it might be fun to add some sort of solid holiday color to the collection to mix it up!!!

Lovely, my friend!!

Jane x

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow! Everything looks great! Your doorway is so welcoming and festive! The sled with ice skates is great! Your dining room is a show stopper! Absolutely gorgeous!!

bj said...

It's all just did an outstanding decorating job on your dining room....

Susan Freeman said...

Everything is warm, welcoming and exquisite! I especially love the urn on your front door!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Createology said...

My Dear I have just spent the entire evening enjoying your divine holiday decor in your beautiful home. I love each and every detail you so brilliantly put together. Thank you very much for sharing your home for the holidays.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Evening my lovely friend,
What a special joy this is for me to see your home delicately and festively decorated for Christmas with such beautiful and special selections.
Your thoughtful attention to detail shines through out each vignette, table-setting and hand decorated piece.
I enjoyed learning a bit more about you,and I knew that your home would represent Christmas goodness in the very best way!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Lovely Christmas decor. Inviting, pretty and welcoming, just like you!
I enjoyed the tour of your home.

Carol@BlueskyatHome said...

I absolutely love your front door wreath. So well done and very inviting to your beautifully decorated home.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Celeste I enjoyed a leisurely stroll through your beautifully appointed home. You have captured the sense of childlike wonderment and the sophistication of an artist. It is decked to the nines and welcomes in holiday spirit and cheer.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Everything is so beautiful, warm and inviting! I love all the details especially the sentimental ones. From the skates with the greens to the urn on the front door everything is so welcoming. Love the dining room and your mother's dish. I have a few things my mom did in ceramics too- always fun to go down memory lane with them. Looks like you are all ready for Christmas!

Botanic Bleu said...

Everything is beautiful. I remember the first time I saw your French post cards that are on your front door, and have loved them ever since. I often think of them during the holidays.

Joyeux Noël,

Anna said...

Gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

quakerhillfarm said...

Your home looks gorgeous! The color theme you have chosen is perfect. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Rhondi said...

Thanks for the ur home looks wonderful!!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Celeste this was such a stunning tour of your front area and your Gorgeous dining room. I will just have to say that I love absolutely everything you have done here. The first thing your front porch is just wonderful and is so welcoming, love the bird houses and what a great first treat as you come up to the house. I love the stockings framed by those windows that is just too cool on either side of your gorgeous hutch filled with so many lovely dinnerware, I just love how you have so many special pieces that remind you of gifts from family and your exchange daughter saving all those cups for you that is just so sweet! Your place settings and centerpiece are just lovely too and the glow of everything at night is just so cozy and warm and I do love how you can see the deer out front also!!
I do love the hutch painted it black it goes with the rest of the design there and your stenciling is so pretty and goes nicely with the iron stylings above your windows! Your postcards in the urn on the door is a neat touch and love your vintage mailbox idea too. I am sure I have missed so much but truly it is all spectacular :)
Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas too!!

Stephanie said...

Dearest Celeste, your home looks amazing and what joy to know we get to see more :) I know I say this all the time, but you have such a special gift for decorating and making a home warm and inviting. Beautiful, my friend, truly beautiful.

Wishing you a lovely week! Hugs to you!

Sandi Magle said...

Pretty, pretty. You have managed to create gorgeous winter in your Christmas home. Love the traditional red with the black furniture. Grins and I still have to get going here! Sandi

Alessandra said...

Your home looks fairy inside and outside. Every single decor is dreamy and i especially love your gorgeous Christmas tree.
Hugs Alessandra

Eilis said...

I love the pops of aqua in your Christmas decor. Everything is just beautful. Merry Christmas!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

So pretty! I love all of your touches of red and your gorgeous china! Merry Christmas Celeste! xo, Andrea

Jill said...

Your home is absolutely stunning! I love all the little touches and those plates your mom hand painted are so beautiful! I love your tea pot and cups and I also noticed your blue cow too! Is it a creamer or for gravy? Love the color! The candle holders are gorgeous and I love that you still have and cherish them after your husband bought them 43 years ago, how special... love hearing stories like that expressing love and special times. Looks like you are ready for the holidays :-) Have a wonderful evening!


Crissi said...

Oh Celeste, your home is sooooo inviting - all is dreamy!
Blesses Christmastime!
Hug Crissi

Art and Sand said...

Your dining room is such a welcoming spot for your family to gather during the holidays.

Happy Christmas!

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely stunning! You have such a gift for artistry and decorating. Your home is so beautiful and definitely a Christmas wonderland! The dining room is amazing and I love that you can see the reindeer outside. You have so many unusual decor items and lots of memories too. Thanks so much for allowing us to visit!


Unknown said...

Everything is so festive. Beautifully done!

S H Elliott said...

Your home is lovely...and you dining room is just gorgeous! Thank you for the tour. Sheila

Jacqueline said...

What wonderful Christmas decor. The porch is just lovely. My favorite at Christmas is the home tours.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my! I just love everything! You better be glad I am not at your home right now...I would walk through...and have to touch every single thing! How beautiful my friend! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Celeste: What a beautiful room you have created. Mixing in all your treasured memories makes it so special. What a beautiful night time sight too..Thank you for your visit and Merry Christmas to you and your family..xxoJudy

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Celestina, your home is lovely and so inviting. From each room to the exterior. You have captured Christmas perfectly. So many wonderful decor to admire and take in. What a joy to visually see your home on this lovely Christmas tour. Treasured keepsakes to your prized creations. I could sit thee for hours and take in the beauty. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and Christmas decor. Have a beautiful weekend. xo

cynthia lee designs said...

Everything is so pretty!! Merry Christmas.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Everything looks so warm and festive, dear Celestina! Love all of your unique touches, from the skates on the sweet sled, to the glittered antlers and your wonderful table, all set with sweet keepsakes from loved ones. Your hutch is so charming with your beautiful dishes and decorations and then when you turned on the lights, I was so enchanted! It's all so beautiful! Sending hugs and blessings for your weekend. xx Karen

Kathryn Griffin said...

I love your welcoming deer! Everything is so warm and cozy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Celestina, wow I love how nice you decorated your beautiful home for the Christmas. I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.
Hugs, Julie

Junkchiccottage said...

Celeste your home is gorgeous and cozy for the holidays. Your table is gorgeous and love all your pretty dishes. Just so pretty. Happy Holidays.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

A most beautiful and cozy home for Christmas out-do yourself every year! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Kerri said...

Oh I love all of your Christmas decor.... amazing job! Awesome :)


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Beautiful!! Simply stunning!!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

It's such a beautiful room, Celestina, and you've decorated it so perfectly!

Merry Christmas!
Warm hugs,

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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..