Summer Cottage Holiday Inspiration

Happy December everyone!  I can’t believe we are half way through the month already.  I thought I was so organized, then Thanksgiving hit and it’s been a blur ever since.  I have decided that next year, the Christmas tree must go up after Halloween.  The store has been busy, family has been busy but I wouldn’t change a thing.  It’s all part of this special time of the year.

Since July I have had the pleasure of joining an amazing team of vendors at Summer Cottage Antiques in Petaluma CA.  Although my heart and soul are put into The White Barn in Woodland, Summer Cottage has allowed me to have a social outlet with like minded people.  Believe me, we are a special breed.  We are always on the hunt and most of us are very creative, artists of sorts.

Well, last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first annual vendor holiday party.  It was hosted by Summer Cottages owner of 16 years, Michelle McCauley.  She has been published in numerous magazines and books.  That in itself is a testament to her decorating talent.

Rarely do I enter someone’s home and think, I could live here.  Well, I could live there.  It was a winter wonderland and done in all the colors I love and use in my own home.  It wasn’t overdone, but just right.  I can’t stress enough, decorating is in the little details.  Furthermore, you will see that adding seasonal decor to items that you already have in your home is really all you need to do to create a festive space.

Enough with the anticipation, here we go……….

This is the view as you enter the front door.  Dreamy right?TWB Christmas Home tourDirectly across from this entry table is a hall mirror with a shelf.  On the shelf was this vintage white truck trimmed in simple seasonal decor.TWB Christmas Home tourContinuing straight ahead you see this vignette.  An old window frame as a backdrop.  In front varying sizes of glass jars filled with vintage ornaments. Insta holiday decor. Waala!TWB Christmas Home tourAs you enter the house, along the left wall which you can’t see in the first photo is this amazing metal rack.  The word Joy above, with the added greenery and mercury glass votives are a simple festive touch.TWB Christmas Home tourThis simple joy was hanging off of the left side of the metal rack.TWB Christmas Home tourTo the right of the metal rack in this amazing buffet with an old school house chalkboard.  Michelle recently had an anniversary party for her parents and this was the menu.  Her daughter did the writing and she loved it so much she cant’s bring herself to erase it.  I don’t blame her, I love it too.  Again, nestled among the desserts was the word Joy.TWB Christmas Home tourIn the kitchen, I fell in love with this vintage rustic Bakery sign.  Above the breakfast nook table is a hanging iron piece with different height candles.TWB Christmas Home tourIn front of the kitchen sink there is a bay window.  These little lovelies were stacked high and topped with simple vintage aqua and silver ornaments.TWB Christmas Home tourAbove the little plates is a glass shelf with every size of white pitcher imaginable. The simple addition of the word Jingle made this whole vignette.  So, maybe the lesson here is to not only add simple christmas decor but also words and signage that instantly make us think about Christmas.TWB Christmas Home tourTo the right of the buffet was the dining room. This display was in the far right corner. I nabbed this photo for inspiration. I am so going to find a vintage bubble frame and add starfish to it. I love this idea.TWB Christmas Home tourIn the hallway leading to the bedrooms was this pretty display.  I believe this is an old bread pan filled with vintage silver ornaments.  With the addition of black and white family photos it makes it preciously personal.TWB Christmas Home tourAs you are aware by now, I was showing no shame in my pursuit of photos and inspiration.  This yummy chippy white cabinet was in the master bath.  Yes, we should all be so lucky to have a big enough bathroom to add such a wonderful piece.TWB Christmas Home tourI just really felt like you needed a close up of this pink vintage truck clad with vintage pink ornaments.  I really wanted to put this in my purse on the way out.TWB Christmas Home tourStepping out the back sliding door, to the left was the drink station.  Above that  was this amazing framed chalkboard clad with vintage white shutters.  This simple green wreath and the addition of the Holiday 25 sign were so simple and elegant.TWB Christmas Home tourThis evening was amazing and even more special because it was date night with my hubby, which doesn’t happen very often.  I hope that this post gives you inspiration for this year or years to come.  Happy Holidays friends!sheila and tom 2016