Christmas in our Forever*Cottage....


I have to admit I had much more fun fluffing our home
for Christmas this year.  I think it's because I am hosting
my family for the holiday which definitely made me
"up my game".  The awesome sign on my mantel was made
for me by my friend Melaine of My Sweet Savannah!

Back in the day I purchased santa's and snowmen and glitter houses,
but over the years I have donated many of those items and the
ones I have left remain in my green and red tubs.  Like
many of you, I find myself embracing a simpler decor, using more 
natural items to bring the season inside.  

My decor is as simple as substituting pinecones for seashells in
my silver bowls.  I also pull together all my vintage red books for a 
festive touch.

Or adding a jar of candy canes to my tool caddy in the kitchen!

I love creamy poinsettias!

Here is a view of our dining area, simple boxwood wreaths on the 
window and red stripe grain sack pillows are all I added to
add a seasonal feel.

Here is our au natural tree!  My girls say it's a "Charlie Brown" tree
but I love it's imperfect qualities!  I have collected Christopher Radko
ornaments for years and I think a sparse tree allows them to hang 
so much better.  Hard to see, but the tree is sitting in a 
vintage galvanized metal tub.
{my large french doors are dying for some drapes, don't ya think?}

Paper whites are a Christmas must-do!

Can you guess what is holding those vintage ornaments on the center
of my table????

It's a vintage chicken feeder!
You often can find metal chicken feeders at flea markets but I had
not seen a wooden one until I found this one at an occasional sale
in Minnesota last year.  

  Overall I want our home to feel like our home,
just tweaked a bit for the season.  

Now, that our home is fluffed I can move on to enjoying the best
part of the season......baking!

Wishing you all peace and joy this season and always!

** I am linking up with Rene at Cottage and Vine!
45 comments on "Christmas in our Forever*Cottage...."
  1. It all looks so beautiful ~ just the right touches of the season.
    I especially l♥ve your Christmas tree, it's perfect :)
    Wishes for a Joyous holiday season ~ Rebecca

  2. Beautiful! I especially love the chicken feeder with ornaments. :)

  3. Everything is absolutely gorgeous! I love all your ideas.


  4. Oh, my. I love it all, from your "Merry Little Christmas" sign to your "Charlie Brown" tree and the vintage chicken feeder holding the ornaments. Everything looks so beautiful. Thanks for joining my party and inviting us in! :)

  5. Everything looks so beautiful!! Love the sign that Melaine made for you!! The chicken feeder is so cute with your ornaments in it! Love it all!!!

  6. I love your home and all of your decorating so of course your holiday decor is perfect. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  7. Oh....I love, love, love your design. You are truly talented! I agree with you....paperwhites are a MUST!

  8. Jill, Your home is absolutely gorgeous... Yep! perfection... yours should def be on a "tour of blogland homes".... love everything.

  9. I love that sign there! You are such a good photographer! Thanks for letting me be a part of your Christmas! Melaine

  10. love the charlie brown tree. it's all so sweet!

  11. Ok....I just pinned a beautiful dining area on Pinterest thinking how gorgeous it was with all the windows and long table and grain sack pillows. Come to find out....it's YOURS, Jill! lol! GORGEOUS!!!! It's just so homey and cozy! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  12. Everything is beautiful!! I love that chicken feeder...perfect!!

  13. Your home looks beautiful as always, Jill! Love the wreaths on your windows, your tree, and the simple uncluttered look of your hutch with the greens and NOEL sign. I too am leaving many things in the rubbermaid bins and instead using greens cut from the yard. I'm really feeling a "less is more" thing this year!

  14. Love your home all decorated for Christmas! It looks so inviting and cozy! Enjoy the holidays with your family! :)

  15. Hello Jill, I'm visiting from My Sweet Savannah, and am very happy to have found your blog. I love your living room, all decked out for Christmas and I do agree about not over doing the tree...it looks lovely. We too, have relocated, but to the other side of the world...Oz to UK...and I really enjoy Christmas in the northern hemisphere....just waiting for the snow! But as much as I'm enjoying the ride, I'm also looking forward to returning to our home and decorating with all my great vintage finds...England is full of great old stuff...much to my hubby's dismay! Have a lovely week. Robx

  16. I too am paying a visit from My Sweet Savannah . . . I love "your look" and simple touches. The chicken feeder with the vintage Christmas balls is beautiful. I enjoy using natural in combination with vintage as well. I feel it is a time to give our home "a new dress."
    Peace and Joy to you . . .

  17. I just found your blog : o ) We have very similar tastes in decorating. I love the sign as I have bought many of them from Melaine myself!

  18. what great taste you have! thank you for all the beautiful eye candy :)

  19. That ornament-filled chicken feeder atop the table is simply adorable. :)

  20. Jill....love your style and your Christmas decor. First time here and I know I will be back :)

  21. what a lovely holiday home! very cozy!! -teresa

  22. Love the sign on your mantel. Beautifully done home...posted on the Housewalk and had to take a peek when I saw your post.

  23. I love your tree and have to agree that the ornaments do pop on it..Your home is beautiful..
    Merry Christmas..

  24. Love everything you have done,and that sign on your mantel is to die for!!! x0

  25. Gorgeous, inviting and homey! Love the colors

    (would you pop over to my house too? http://www.timsarmywifey.blogspot.com)

  26. Gorgeous home and I love the Charlie Brown tree. Best kind.

  27. Oh My...this is one of my FAVORITEST!! So simple & warm & filled with Christmas Magic...I LOVE everything about your gorgeous Holiday Home, in fact I'd love to come over for cookies!!!
    Merry Christmas,

  28. Jill, I just adore you home. You have such a great eye!Thank you so much for linking up and sharing it with us.

  29. That was such a treat! Love how you sprinkle Christmas all over and the vintage chicken feeder, is perfect! Having it hold those ornaments was a perfect idea, thanks for sharing!

  30. I enjoyed this so much...Merry Christmas!

  31. I've come by way of Hooked on Houses, where your picture of your dining area caught my eye. Gorgeous! I wouldn't do a thing to the windows, they're beautiful without drapes!

  32. Hi! Love your sparse Christmas tree. I am building a house and would like to know if you would pass along the manufacturer of your fab light hanging over the table next to that lovely tree? My email adriennek@swbell.net Now following you on Pinterest too!Thanks, Adrienne

  33. Your holiday home is very cozy and welcoming. I think I'm gonna need one of those Merry Christmas signs! Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us. Happy Holidays!

  34. I love it all! Your newest follower, ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

  35. So Beautiful! I can't get over the chicken feeder - I've never seen that before - it's adorable!

  36. Here from Cottage & Vine! Your christmas decor is lovely!

    I'm off to look through your archives!

  37. I could move right in! Love all of your festive touches. Had to pin a couple of the images. Thanks so much for joining the party!

  38. My fave part is the vintage chicken feeder with the ornaments inside. Too cute!

  39. What a beautiful home you have. Merry Christmas!

    Kat :)

  40. Hello, I just discovered your blog through Cottage and Vine. I love your style, your Christmas decorating is lovely! Have a very Merry Christmas,
    Claudia, My Little Bungalow

  41. your home looks adorable ! i love the dining area- off to explore more!

  42. I've been looking at your posts from Oct. 2012 until this one. well so far anyway! I love each and every post! I don't usually spend this much time on blogs but yours must really suit my style.

  43. love, love, love it!! you are blessed


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