Friday, December 9, 2016

our christmas home

Happy Friday!  I'm currently sitting as close to the fire as possible trying to keep warm.  It feels so cozy in my living room, which I'm excited to share with you!  Over the last few months I've made some changes in this room.  They have been small but sometimes moving things around a bit and changing a few patterns is enough to bring new life into a space and help it from feeling tired and dated.  While some of these changes I've shared on instagram, it's still not completely finished and I'll be making a few more tweaks in the new year.  This is our 10th Christmas in this home so it felt like a good time to freshen things up.  Even though my style hasn't really changed I think it's part of what makes a home feel good, the little layers we add over time.  Here are a few pictures... (my camera ran out of battery before I was finished, so I might be back with a bit more before Christmas!)

^^ I moved our little Martha's Vineyard secretary (picked up on a spring trip with Jimmy many years ago) along the staircase.  I added an Ikea parson chair with a Bemz slip in a dusty gray-blue linen.  I also added a vintage bamboo coat rack (estate sale) to our "foyer".  Everyone in my family thinks the old walking stick and canes are funny and they have all sorts of jokes about them (and me). I keep telling them to pretend we live in an English country home somewhere. :)  The vintage rug is new here too (Actually picked it up when sourcing for a client.  I might swap it out for a striped rug in the summer if it feels too warm in the space.  For Christmas, I used faux garland with fresh magnolia leaves tucked in.  The copper ribbon was purchased last year.  Fresh greens on the door with my brass temple bells.^^

 ^^ When I moved the secretary this little area just had too many dark wood antiques in a small space so I added a tablecloth to the gateleg table.  This is just an old burlap cloth intended for a round table and doesn't fit properly. I will have a new one made eventually, maybe change it up for different times of year, but I love the way it changed this part of the room and styling the tale became much more fun too!  The old brass lamp base got a new custom lampshade that I adore.  When I took down my old floral drapes, I felt I could add pattern in a few other places without things looking too busy.  One was on the lamp shade and another is on a side chair that I will show below.^^
 ^^ Fresh greenery in the pitcher that is probably getting ready to be replaced.  The holly was looking a little crispy. :)^^

^^I added a couple plates ,picked up at an antique mall, on either side of the mirror.  I like that they pull all the colors of the room together.  I always felt like that wall was missing a little something.  I added faux magnolia branches to the top of the wreath on the mirror and mini brass bells^^

^^Ummm, THIS CHAIR deserves it's own post.  And boo, this is when my camera ran out of power.  Is this not the prettiest?!  Slipped in a favorite Peter Dunham fabric.  This chair was once in Charlie's room, then in our family room and now the living room.  I'm obsessed with it.  The throw pillow is Lisa Fine fabric.  I will be adding a standing lamp on the right side just as soon as I stop debating which one I want. The bench that used to be by our staircase now serves as a coffee table.  The glass hurricane is filled with whole hazelnuts and a candle for the holiday season.^^

^^My little table top tree is covered with mini brass pinecones  I bought with Jimmy last year in Beacon Hill and large brass pinecones found a few years ago when antiquing with Andrew.  I added some new ones this year too from Crate and Barrel^^

Hope you enjoyed this little peek!  Hopefully I'll be back before Christmas with a bit more - once I charge my camera!!  I've got fun ideas for baked treats and gift wrap that I'd love to share! ^^


  1. I love everything. I do hope you share more. That lamp shade is very pretty.

  2. Tessa- Your home is just gorgeous!!! That chair- perfection!!! I always look forward to your new blog posts! Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!��

  3. I adore all the new changes, especially that chair!! I love the room the old way too, but it is fun to give spaces a little refresh now and then thanks for sharing!

  4. So pretty! You must have the most outstanding seamstress for your pillows and slipcovers. Your newly covered chair is just gorgeous. I love that you find things at places like antique malls and Ikea too. (your blue parson chair) It shows that beautiful rooms don't have to cost a fortune. In my large metro area, I am gobsmacked by many of the gorgeous pieces that come up on craigslist for great prices.