Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's Begining To Look A Little Like Christmas

A Little White House Christmas - 4 -



We've had a very sunny but cold (at least cold for Brittany) weather lately. It's hard to believe winter is right around the corner when I still have roses in my garden , though. Yes, the picture was taken last Sunday.

Nous avons eu la chance, ces derniers jours, d'avoir un temps magnifique, bien qu'assez froid pour la Bretagne. Mais les roses fleurissent encore au jardin: la photo a été prise dimanche dernier... Peut-être n'avez-vous pas chaud à admirer mes roses. Que diriez-vous de fermer les yeux pour traverser la véranda dans un état de  décrépitude inquiétant et le salon en bazar? Je vous emmène dans ma petite salle-à-manger...

But maybe you're cold, admiring my roses outside. Would you mind closing your eyes while we walk through the shabby front porch and my messy living-room, as I take you to my dining-room?


I worked a little in it as you knew you were coming. Now, I had pinned many different Christmas ideas, but all very simple and as usual with me I then edited a lot. I have a very small dining-room and I feel that too much decoration kills it.


J'ai travaillé un peu sur cette pièce juste pour votre venue. J'avais mis de côté beaucoup d'idées de décorations de Noël, mais comme d'habitude avec moi, j'en ai finalement laissé tomber un grand nombre, car dans une pièce si petite, les décorations trop chargées ne me plaisent pas.

So here's what I decided on...


Voilà donc les choix que j'ai faits...


Small boxwood bushes in tiny white tureen bowls...


Du buis dans des petites soupières blanches individuelles, de la vaisselle blanche et dorée dans le Saint-Hubert, dont une de mes récentes trouvailles, cette théière Sarreguemines.


Gold and white china pieces in my hutch, including a darling Sarreguemines teapot I recently found for a (Christmas) song, full of gold accents that don't really show as I'm still learning to use my new camera without using the help CD I find too boring...


Some snowy pine cones, reused from my autumn decor and snowified with Annie Sloan Pure paint. I'm wondering if to be a good blogger I should write a tutorial about that awesome and complicated craft?!? Or maybe about my also very difficult-to-do tealight holders?


Quelques pommes de pin (recyclage du décor d'automne) enneigées de peinture à la chaux blanche, un photophore constitué d'un vieux pot de confiture enrubanné d'or et agrémenté d'une pampille...


My sconces got a simple branch of evergreen and two pendants. My chandeliers some baubles in white and... I'm curious how you would name the other colour....



Mes appliques ont été agrémentées d'une branchette de sapin et de deux pampilles et le chandelier se pare de quelques boules aux couleurs douces qui reflètent la lumière.


Some more gold and silver on the little shelf. Can you see that portrait on top of it? It's actually a project for the kitchen, but it's there until I decide on a plan for the kitchen. A post will tell you all about it after Christmas.

Sur le meuble à partitions, le portrait est en fait un projet pour la cuisine, mais il reste là en attendant que le plan de la cuisine soit arrêté... Je vous en parle l'an prochain!


Two very homemade and uneven wreaths: I began this project on Saturday evening and then there was a power outage for an hour and half in our town, so they were made by candlelight! It only partly explain why they are imperfect (the other part of the explanation is that I'm clumsy), but I like them as they are linked to a fun memory of a candlelit evening!


Deux fines couronnes de sapin garnissent le vaisselier. Commencées samedi soir, elles ont été achevées à la lumières des bougies car il y a eu une coupure de courant dans mon quartier. Cela explique en partie (l'autre raison étant que je suis assez maladroite) pourquoi elles sont un peu biscornues... Mais je les aime quand même!

So is it Christmasy enough? 

Alors, est-ce assez Noël ou me suis-je trop retenue d'après vous?



See you soon,

A bientôt,



I'm showing off my dining-room at those awesome parties:

http://www.greenwillowpond.com/         Creating Christas Image                  Lavender Garden Cottage      

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47 comments:

  1. I love your dining room. Clean, elegant and simple is my preferred style, and it is most reflective in our dining room, too.

    Thank you for visiting day one of my holiday home tour. Day two is now posted, and it features my foyer, stairway and landing. I hope you will come by again and for the remainder of the tour days.

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  2. Magali, your dining room is elegant, simple and chic. I love it.
    I think I would call the beautiful baubles Sea Green.

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  3. I love the simplicity of the decor with the added greens and baubles.

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  4. I love how you decorated this room...crisp, lovely, and elegant. Great job!

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  5. I really love it. I agree that a small home can be overwhelmed if it is too much. That's why I only do one tree and leave other decorations more bare.

    I'm obsessed with wreaths, and I love how yours came out.

    I would say the color is aqua or sea form or faded turquoise. It's perfect for a cottage by the sea. XOXO

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  6. Yes, Christmasy enough - it's lovely and perfectly suits the room. I'd call the baubles silvery-sea foam. Very pretty!

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  7. Magali, it all looks so pretty and festive. I love your sideboard with all of your beautiful dishes. xo Laura

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  8. Everything looks lovely. Love the sideboard with all your pretties.
    Mary

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  9. I love it! That hutch with the shaped top and scrollwork is beautiful!

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  10. Met you at makinmyaptahome.com just wanted to say I just love how you decorated. I especially love the little wreaths, I have been looking high and low for something like that. How did you make them? :)

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  11. Lovely! what a great idea to put wreaths indoor. I cannot beleive that you have roses in december, bretagne does not feel that far away... If you love wreaths you will love this page, a series of them of course =)
    http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/making-a-holiday-wreath/

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed the wreath link very much. The wreaths were very "fluffy" and lush... something I have to learn how to make... next year!

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  12. C'est simple, chic, raffiné. Ta vaisselle blanche et dorée est sublime et ta dernière théière Sarguemines est magnifique ! Mais je n'aurais jamais le courage de faire tout ça !

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  13. Making wreaths by candlelight, that's the stuff bedtime stories are made of. Lovely:)

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    1. But the fact that my sight isn't perfect made knotting the thread to keep the branches from falling a nightmare!!!

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  14. Beautiful Magali! I want white baubles, Love them!

    Hugs from Jerez

    Marina

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  15. The beauty of your home is in it's simplicity Magali!!!! Love how you decorated the hutch, so pretty!

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  16. Just beautiful.

    Isn't it amazing how some pretty ribbon and greenery can transform a room to Christmas.

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  17. I am your newest follower. You left a sweet comment at my blog, so I came over to visit. Your blog is dreamy and I LOVE your dining room. Sometimes less is more. What a wonderful job you have done with your simple decor in this room. I'm so happy to have found you.

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    1. Thanks a lot! I was also very happy to find your blog at a party.

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  18. Your decorations are perfect! I love the simple and stylish look of the evergreens and white. A classic combo that enhances your dining room beautifully!
    Sherry

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  19. Magali,

    If I had a garden and exterior like yours, I would stay outside all day! Your roses are so dainty, but strong, still surviving in this very cold front we are getting here in Europe! It was 6Celsius here in Crete today and it snowed and hailed, with wind storms to boot! So, since it was cold there in your beautiful neck of the woods, as well, I made my way indoors and headed straight to your beautiful dining room! What can I say? It is a calm and inviting space, surrounded by just enough of Christmas flair to feel a sense of enchantment and a welcoming warmth. Love your sideboard and the pretty display of nature's festive finery, along with the imperfectly perfect handmade by candlelight, wreaths! Lovely.

    Poppy

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  20. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE every single detail, more than anything the simplicity. I would have loved the messy and shabby too...it all says home vs magazine to me. I love that your hutch is not painted white. I have one that I like to call Miss Maple and would not paint the beautiful craftsmanship for any popular trend. A little house in France, what a dream. I dream of one in Italy some day.
    Glad I found your page via Beverly's How Sweet the Sound.
    xoxo's

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    1. Thank you very much for your sweet comment. I like to keep some pieces in their natural wood colour and to paint others. I think some wood add some warmth!

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  21. Enchanting and serene and perfect and welcoming! Yes all of these things and more! I too love that your hutch is showing off it's beautiful stain and natural finish-it's real and honest and warm!
    Happy Holidays!
    Jemma

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  22. I love all your decorations - simple yet perfect. Even your uneven wreaths are just right! I'm loving the whole "less is more" look. I'm tired of clutter in my life. :)

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  23. Very lovely - sweet, simple and very merry! Your pictures are turning out beautifully with your new camera, don't you just love the fine clarity! Diane

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  24. It's very Christmassy, very charming and elegant (I'm afraid my small house is quite the opposite). I love the view through your half glazed door. The pictures look great too, aren't instructions boring !

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  25. I love how simple, yet festive your decorations are. The wreaths look lovely on the cabinet. The balls on the chandelier are so pretty - pink champagne and silvery sea foam is what I would call the colors.

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  26. Magali, everything looks cozy as allways. I can not believe you still have beautiful roses. Happy holidays my friend!

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    1. Thanks a lot. Roses are rare in December, even here, but Brittany is known for its mild weather. Happy holidays to you,
      Magali

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  27. Simple and elegant...I love it! It is oh so pretty...:) The roses are pretty spectacular too! Have a blessed Thursday my friend! Vicky

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  28. So simply lovely! I love the wreaths on the cabinets doors, and the ornaments on the chandelier. Quaint, charmingly simple!

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  29. How very pretty and tasteful. I love the ornaments hanging from the chandelier. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.

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  30. Thanks for a lovely posting. Your little teapot is so charming! And, I love what you did with your tealight--I have some loose crystal prisms and will now get them out to use in my Christmas decorating. Thanks for all your inspiring ideas!

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    1. Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment. It's so weird to me to think that I can inspire someone else!

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  31. Very pretty Christmas decorations, Magali! I love the green boxwood in the soup tureens--so beautiful and simple. I also really like your wreaths, and the making of them by candlelight--both romantic and holiday all rolled into one :)

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  32. A little ribbon and some greenery goes so very far, doesn't it? Your decorations are so classy and elegant and yes, I think we do need a tutorial on the pine ones ;)

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  33. It's beautiful - I love simple, but always seem to go on and on like the energizer bunny!

    Merry Christmas!

    Leann

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  34. Just gorgeous Magali!! I feel like I should come for dinner....What day would be good for you? lol

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  35. So pretty and elegant ! Beautiful but not overdone.
    Hugs ,Izabella.

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  36. Thank you, Magali, for your comment on friendship and my tags.
    I agree with you about friends being there for one another.
    Much love!

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  37. they are all lovely touches Magali, and if I hadn't already published & you commented i would swear I stole your title lol great minds really do think alike huh lol hope your having a lovely weekend

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  38. The hanging ornaments are my favorite. :)

    -andi

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  39. It looks beautiful Magali, understatedly elegant and totally Christmassy!

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