Sunday, December 14, 2014

How I Found My Style Sundays-Christmas Edition- Cottage At The Crossroads

How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours

Hello everyone! I am so thrilled to be on Pamela's Porch today talking about how I found my Christmas decorating style! I was pleased when she asked me to share my style way back in the summer, and I was doubly pleased when she asked me back for the Christmas edition of "How I Found My Style Sundays."  
First, let me tell you a little bit about myself and our home. 
red bows on white fence -Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours

My name is Jane and my husband and I live in a small country cottage in South Carolina. Our home is over 100 years old and it was built by my husband's grandfather. My husband grew up in this house so it's full of memories for him, many of those including Christmas. We moved here about 5 years ago, and it has been our goal to continue the Christmas family traditions and to provide a place for our large extended family to gather each Christmas Eve.  
So I shall share a few of our Christmas decorations as I answer sweet Pamela's questions.

My Christmas decorating style is...


Cottage At The Crossroads-Outdoor Christmas Decor - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
When you live in a country cottage, that has to be your style! We decorate the outside of our home in a very traditional way by putting red bows on the white fence that surrounds our property and hanging wreaths in all the windows. 
Outdoor Christmas Decor - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
Here the wreaths are all lit up at night by little lanterns hanging in them. 
A Gardener's Christmas- Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
On the inside of our home, I love to use a lot of fresh greens and incorporate natural materials as a way of bringing the outdoors in.  And I always use red and green in my Christmas decor. Since the walls of our living areas are white, our home wears red well. 
I love to decorate with a theme, and this year's theme was a garden theme. In case you're new to our blog, I need to tell you that we have a large vegetable garden.
garden at Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
This is a photo of our garden from this past June. We only started gardening after we moved here, and it has become such a large and important part of our lives. 
A Gardener's Christmas - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
So our gardening themed decorations are an expression of our personalities and interests.
A Gardener's Christmas - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
When I said that I like to bring the outside in, I wasn't kidding. Here are some cabbages from our garden underneath a gardening Santa!
A Gardener's Christmas - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
And there's another huge cabbage displayed in an antique dough bowl on the sofa table. 
A Gardener's Christmas - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
Since our home is small, I use tabletop trees. This year's indoor tree carries out the theme with vintage seed catalog illustration ornaments, seed pods, miniature wheelbarrows, and gardening tools with a chicken wire garland. You see, I love to have fun with decorating. As a retired elementary school teacher, it gives me a creative outlet. 
A Gardener's Christmas -Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
The tree topper was made from some vintage gardening tools and a raffia bow. 
A Gardener's Christmas - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
At the base of the tree is an antique wooden wheelbarrow that I recently acquired. So you can see that I like to incorporate the old with the new in my decorating to create a unique, country cottage style.
Gardening Santa Tablescape - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
The gardening theme extends into the dining room where there is a Santa in a wheelbarrow. On the table are some vintage, etched glasses that belonged to my mother along with some dollar store wine glasses. I love to mix the old with the new and the low with the high!
Gardening Santa Tablescape - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
I even found some napkins with a gardening Santa on them. Every time I see them, they bring such a smile to my face. Isn't that what Christmas decorating is all about-bringing us joy?
Gardening Santa Tablescape - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
In a corner of the dining room is an old high chair where my husband's children sat along with their cousins on many Christmas Eves. This year the youngest member of our family will use it. I like to think of it as a bridge between the generations that have celebrated Christmas in this house. 
Gardening Santa Tablescape -Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
The cupboard is all decorated for Christmas with a mix of milk glass, vintage Santa cups and deer figurines, and a few new things. 
Gardening Santa Tablescape - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
Each Santa cup has its own personality. 
gingerbread kitchen wreath -Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
In the kitchen, I have a gingerbread theme going on. Since I don't have room for a tree in our small kitchen, I decorated an old, artificial wreath that I spray painted white. Part of my style is to take old things and rework them into something new. 
Christmas rolling pin -Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
For example, this is an old rolling pin but I turned it into a Christmas decoration by painting the handles red and attaching a gingerbread ornament and bow. I haven't quite finished decorating the kitchen yet because I'm trying to thoroughly clean it before all our company comes Christmas Eve! 
snowman wreath with glittered cotton - Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
There is a snowman theme on the front porch. On the wreath I've used some real cotton bolls that I've glitterized. We don't get much snow here so I just make some of my own!
snowmen and trees on the front porch -Cottage at the Crossroads-How I Found My Style Sundays- Christmas Edition- From My Front Porch To Yours
I've put my snowman collection on display on an old wooden ladder next to a snowy, winter scene. I'm trying to create a magical, winter wonderland for all the children that will be here soon! 

How did you find your Christmas decorating style?...

Well, I have always been intrigued by old things and have always collected things. I just use what I love in my decorating and don't pay much attention to current styles and trends.  I've lived through quite a few different decorating trends, but I always keep coming back to the country style. It fits me and our home and the lifestyle that we have right now. 

What is your most cherished Christmas decoration?...

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My most cherished Christmas decoration is this white Santa. Each year I am delighted when I pull him out of the storage bin. He is actually a tree topper, and he has graced the top of many of our trees through the years.  This year I've put him on display on a stand that includes a white village and a white Nativity scene.  There is a story behind this Santa. Twenty-one years ago, Leo and I were celebrating our first Christmas together and were putting up a tree. It needed a topper and we spotted this Santa at the same time. So this Santa is a remembrance of that first Christmas that we shared together. He will always be a part of our decorations no matter how aged or faded he becomes. 

What decorating tips do you have for creating a beautiful, stress-free holiday season?...

Oh gosh, Pam! That is a loaded question! I think most of us who read blogs and look at beautiful images on Pinterest suffer from the stress of trying to create beautiful, magazine worthy decorations because we are bombarded with that.  And  I am somewhat guilty of falling into that trap, too, because I'm a blogger. I try to always keep in mind that what I'm trying to accomplish with my Christmas decorating is to provide our grandchildren and the other children who will be here Christmas Eve a magical, whimsically decorated place to celebrate Christmas together. What I try to do is to finish one room at a time rather than decorate the whole house at once. I decided on my themes and wrote down my ideas in a notebook a few months ago. Then I made a to-do list and started projects early.  Now that it's nearing Christmas, I'm finishing up but I'm also taking time to relish all the joys and meanings of Christmas. Leo and I are both participating in our church's pageant, and we also take part in community events.  So right now, the decorating is not so important anymore and the enjoyment of the season is paramount.  Knowing when to let go of the decorating is important to our well-being and to our family.  Relaxing by the fire with a warm drink within the glow of the tree's lights is my happy place, and if I don't quite finish my projects to perfection, well, so be it. There's always next year!
Thank you again, Pam, for inviting me over to share my decorating style with your readers. I wish all of you a most wonderful holiday season filled with all the joys that the season has to offer. And I invite you to stop by our blog, Cottage at the Crossroads, to see if I get the rest of my decorating finished!  

Jane your home is full of Christmas Magic and I am sure the children will be head over heels in love with it. Wonderful tip on creating a notebook with the plans. I need to do that next year and try to not do more than one room at time. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas home with us. Merry Christmas to you and Leo!

27 comments:

  1. I am so honored that you asked me to share my style, Pam, because I'm such an admirer of YOUR style! Merry Christmas to you, your family, and all your readers! :)

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  2. I love Jane and Leo, they are such an adorable couple that work so well together. Thanks for sharing their story today :)

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  3. Good Sunday Morning Pamela. Jane was a great choice. I love her decor for Christmas. Love that she has so many wonderful gardening Christmas decor added. So sweet and beautiful. I had to go back through a few times to swoon!!!! Love those red and white gardening boots. Tooooo sweet.
    Kris

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  4. What fun! Jane, I LOVE your Christmas living room! (although it's a tie between how much I love the decor and how much I love your sweet dog sleeping there!) Thank you for sharing your Christmas tour, those vintage Santa mugs brought back memories...

    Great feature Pamela! Have a happy Sunday both of you!

    xox

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  5. Hi Pam,
    I found you through Jane and now follow you. Jane has the most beautiful place. I am in South Carolina also and for just about my entire life have ridden by that place. Little did I know there was a family picture of Leo's hanging in their home and I have one of them also. My great grandfather as a child was on a horse in that picture. He was visiting them..Now that is a coincidence isn't it? I remember the one day that while riding through there I started noticing the place the home the grounds more and thinking this: "Wow this is so cute wonder who is doing this they are making such a really pretty home. It was Jane and Leo! Great style and great people. Love the post.

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    1. How fun is that and what a small world. I know Jane & Leo's is more fabulous in person. Thank you for the follow and happy holidays!

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  6. Love the garden theme in your Christmas decorating-so fresh and crisp and natural. The reds and greens are gorgeous together in your decorating!

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  7. Jane's Christmas decorating style is so charming. I love her garden theme!

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  8. Great feature Pamela! I love Jane's blog and decorating style...her home always looks fabulous!

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  9. I love Jane's cottage and Christmas decorations. Her garden theme is so cute!

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  10. Beautiful. How in the world did she find a print of a Gardening Santa. Amazing!

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    1. Ceekay, I just googled "Gardening Santa" and found one! :)

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  11. I love your gardening theme. We South Carolinian's love our gardens. I am amaze of all your creativity. Your home is beautifully decorated.

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  12. Love your style, Jane!! Beautiful Christmas home!

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  13. So pretty Pamela! Love those bows on your fence and your cute doggy. :) Julie

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  14. Thank Jane and Leo for sharing your creative, festive, adorable Christmas scenes. Some of my favs are the Christmas tree candles, your Santa belt flower pots that match your precious napkin rings. I really can almost smell the season. Happy holidays.

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  15. Jane has such a charming and festive home...love that garden style tree.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  16. Pamela you have being sharing my favorite blogs. I love seeing Jane's home and she is so talented. Jane your home always looks gorgeous

    Cindy

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  17. I saw so much I loved in Jane/Leo's home for Christmas. Might have to subscribe to her blog when I get my new computer going finally. Have had it for 3 weeks as of this past Friday but no time to play with it. Same time I got pc I found out about a craft show in small town close to us where our youngest daughter/child lives with her family. Been busier than a bee hive making things for show, was yesterday and I'm so glad It's over, house is a disaster and we're exhausted. Thinking maybe we're getting too long in tooth to do this stuff anymore. Just a lot at this time of year.
    Anyway sure loved Jane/Leo's home and all their fantastic decorating, everything about all of it. Loved the red/white gingham ribbons and light green accessories. So clean and bright, festive looking. Love their adorable pooch snoozing on hearth, looks so content and sweet. I'll have to look at photos again to see if I can pick up some great ideas. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and wonderful week.

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  18. Love Jane's home for the Holidays and I love that her philosophy is to keep it real....and she does so beautifully!
    Great feature today Pamela!

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  19. Such a lovely Christmas cottage! I love all of the vintage touches, especially the santa mugs. The garden is to die for!

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  20. Jane's home is beautifully decorated for Christmas! I especially love how she used vegetables in the décor.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  21. I love Jane and Leo's home, it is so beautifully decorated for the holidays. I especially adore the vegetable themed tree which is just too darn cute. I can't believe their garden, wow!

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  22. Where on earth did you get the Santa in the garden photo? I love it! Everything is so cute!

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  23. I just love Jane and Leo's cottage especially at Christmas time. The gardening theme is so perfect and so cute!

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