Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas around the house...

I wanted to show a little more of the Christmas decorating I
 did in the house this year.

The silver balls are hanging in the kitchen from a high shelf I have over
the chalkboard that is my 'brain'.

And in the living room, a few more touches here and there.

The reading room is where the grandchildren hang out when they are here.

So don't ask me why this is where I chose to put three little jars of glass
balls in there.

This is also the room that the tree will go up in.

In the family room, my husband hung a shelf behind the wood stove.
I consider it my mantel. 
I lit up the scrolly iron garden pots that I brought in from the garden again
and put them on it this year. 

A little shabby shelf between the living room and kitchen.

In the mirror above the living room sofa I hung the little vintage
baby mittens I picked up at the antique shop a few weeks ago.

This is such a joyous time!

I love this time to celebrate the birth of my Savior.
I love that I take more time to consider the 'gift' that He was to the world.
I love that I live where I am free to honor Him in the
way that I choose to.
I love the school Christmas concerts, the church Nativity displays,
 the holiday baking,
the Christmas movies on the television.
 (I can't wait to make time to sit down and watch my all
time favorites...The Christmas Carole and Little Women)
I save them until the week before Christmas))

I love the smell of cinnamon and pine.
I love that whenever a friend and I part, that we wish each other a Merry Christmas, 
and hug longer than we usually do.
I love that I go around every morning doing my daily chores
 humming some carole of the season.


Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your home looks so Beautiful June. I just love your Christmas decor. Everything looks like it should be in a magazine!! You sure have a way with decor!

jojo said...

your home is so pretty, like a winter wonderland! I love the silver with the greenery, I just found a vase exactly like that one on your shabby shelf and I love it. Shine on sweet June.

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Your photo's are amazing! I really like how simple your greenery is with your's the perfect mix!

oldgreymare said...

and we love you...<3

merry merry


The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet June...your home is magical to me!!! I just love the subtle touches of red here and there ~ such a beautiful post and you are so right, this season of love, celebrating Christ's birth, is absolutely wonderful!!! I want to wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Sofies Haus said...

Dear June, this is so very beautiful!!!And the touch of red is just right! Hughs Anja

Fräulein Klein said...

Dear June, wow your home is so beautiful!
Big Hugs, and a wonderful weekend,

Monica@The White Bench said...

This warmed my heart... Thank you!

LiLi M. said...

Hello June,
As everybody else I love your decorations and the way you photographed them. Oooh those baby mittens, the silver vases, the mirror with a little touch of red...I just cannot tell what is best, but I don't have to do that. Just being here amongst blogging friends, feeling the warmth and almost smelling the cinnamon, just listening to you humming the carole and wondering...did I already wish you a warm and happy Christmas? Merry Christmas and a wonderful advent time to you and your lovely family, hugs (yep the Christmassy ones!) and love, LiLi

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful post June. Your home looks so festive for Christmas have such a wonderful way of knowing just where to put things so that it all looks perfect.
I'm so pleased to hear that your tree is not decorated yet......I don't feel so bad now!! I am doing our's today.
Christmas is such a magical time but we mustn't lose sight of what it's really about. Lots of love June. XXXX

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious June,

YOU HAVE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HOUSE live in a palace, and yes, your décor is so fabulous and luxurious, but I know that the love that you create there makes your home an even more beautiful abode. I am so impressed by the beauty that resides without (your horse ranch, oh my goodness) and the antiques and white lovelies within. But you sweet character and kindness outweigh them all....

Have a wonderful celebration!!! Anita

"Στον δικό μου υπέροχο κόσμο...." said...

YES!I must told you that your house is lovely!Sorry for my English!Have a nice day!

Custom Comforts said...

What lovely and serene rooms. I've been waiting to see your house at Christmas and it was worth the wait. Everything white and pure like the new fallen snow. Just beautiful and so peaceful. Merry Christmas and a big Christmas hug to you :)

Tracy said...

June, how ALL is but I love the three glass jars with the red glass bulbs; very delicate but strong!
I too save Christmas specials for the week before such as 'The Bells of St. Mary's' and 'White Chrismas' and can't think of it at this moment but Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney's movie...'Prancer' is also another fantastic CHristmas movie...

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
Well said and well done!!! I love all your little touches.I smiled to see we have some of the same things in the house as well as the garden.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.


time worn interiors said...

Oh June! Everything looks so Christmas calm around your house! Not to fussy, just the way I like it! And while I love your vignettes, I would love to see some whole room pictures! That way I have a feel where all these lovely vignettes really fit in! Thank for sharing! Here's hoping you have the best Christmas yet!

Denise said...

so so gorgeous! You are a girl after my own heart.....I love vintage tarnished silver. I love the silver ornaments on the silver tray! Oh........everything is just so magical!

Barbara said...

Oh June...I just love your little touches here and there. Going to steal some of those ideas...and here I thought I was finished! :)

Ozma of Odds said...

I adore the subtle nuances of the red, stunning!!
~ my favorite is the rose chain on the mirror.
Happiest Holidays sweet one:)
xo, Rosemary

Claudia said...

I love your home, June, with and without decorations - but your holiday touches are just plain beautiful. As is your photography, my friend.




C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi June, you make me want to re~do my entire house...yours is so very lovely, I wouldn't know where to start on mine... I love this time of year too, especially when I get everything done that needs to be, and sit and relax in the peace and quite, with just some Christmas carols playing... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Jane said...

I've decided there is no need for me to go out and buy any more "home" magazines. All I need to do is visit your blog and I have all the home eye candy I need.
Your home is gorgeous and the way you have decorated for the holiday is exquisite!
Have a wonderful weekend.

The French Bear said...

June, your home is divine...I love the touches of the holidays that you have done. They evoke all the memories of every Christmas feeling and inspirations I have ever had! So wonderful and full of God's love and promises, the true Christmas it all! Love to visit and take it all in.....very much!
Margaret B

Connie said...

Magnificent! That's the only word for this, sugar...

Zuzu said...

I think your home is one of the prettiest in blogland, June! It is all so very lovely!

Karen said...

June I think your home looks ... perfect. So detailed, yet simple. So natural. It shows you truly do celebrate the REASON for the Season. I love that. You do have a way with things. Brilliant.
I think I could walk in - plunk down and we could visit for HOURS.
And then when it was time for me to jump in my Jeep and head back to CA, give you a little bit longer hug and say "Merry Christmas my friend!"
:) longer hugz! Karen

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Just stunning, June!
Even more beautiful is your heart and your recognizing the true meaning of the season. :-)

Big hugs,

sweetpea said...

merry christmas june! i love your holiday style. it's so peaceful and charming.



Secret Garden Cottage said...

Pure holiday perfection, June! Everything is so bright and cheery and makes you feel warm and cozy all at the same time! I just LOVE it all and your beautiful home!!
Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year my friend!
Jo :)

rustandruffles said...

What an amazing gift you have...your decorating and photos are stunningly gorgeous as always.
Happy day!

Diane said...

Maybe little touches but huge impact. I love your Christmas house June. Enjoy every minute of the Christmas season. This morning EVERYTHING is white! You'd love it. I must get out and take some pictures (but it's cold, too)

Attic Charm said...

Such sweet detail - it all looks so peaceful and calm and lovely. Wishing you a very merry Christmas sweet June! ♥Laura

Junebug said...

Hey girlfriend, you have the touch! But more important is I can see the love in your home. I'll be watching Smoky Mountain Christmas this weekend. Just love Dolly! Merry Christmas and a extra HUG!!!! June

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi June, your home is lovely and the simples touches of holiday decorating are superb. I'm like you, I have to clean first and then decorate which is why I haven't done much this year for Christmas. We just had a dust storm and now everything needs to be cleaned. That's what I plan to do for part of the day tomorrow. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a most joyous holiday season. Best wishes, Tammy

HWIT BLOGG said...

You have a beautiful home...and i love your pictures!! Take care and have a lovely lovely weekend!
Greetings from a snowy Sweden and T/HWIT BLOGG


This is such a beautiful post! Both the pictures of your home and the sentiments.

Marydon said...

June, sweet friend ~ Of all the homes we see & that are shared beautiful as they may be ... yours brings such a peace & beauty to your decor. There is such a lush elegance & solemn peacefulness ...

More magazines need to be apprised of your castle!

Have a beautiful winter's day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs of love, Marydon

Villa König said...

Dear June, your home is so warm and cozy, full of love! I really like your decoration, here a little bit, there something lovely, everywhere something adorable. Wish you a wonderful advent weekend, hugs Yvonne

Riet said...

HI JUne.Your house looks so beautiful. So fine and calm yet fastive. Your pictures are the best. Have a good weekend my friend. I think I will, we will be celebrating our 50th weddinganniversary. Yeah!

Suzanne said...

Hi June,
Your home looks very, very beautiful!
I wish you a merry Christmas in your cozy home!

Brenda Kula said...

Wow, your photos are breathtaking! Love the reflection in the mirror. You should have been a design stylist of some kind. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Lovey said...

Did I tell you...I love you? Merry Christmas my June! Merry Christmas and thank you for the are my Angel.

Deb said...

Thank you for sharing images of your beautiful home dressed for the holidays June & some of the things you love to do during the Christmas Season :-) I love that you hum Caroles as you go about your daily chores ... me too ♥
Sending Wishes for a Blessed and Joyful Christmas xo

wendy said...

I love these sneak peaks iinto people's houses...and how they decorate. Everything I see in your house is exactly what I would LOVE.

This year I am especially grateful for Christmas
for the birth of the Savior
for the atonment
because that means I will be with Matthew again one day.

Merry Christmas indeed

Ann Marie said...

Love your decorations.
Love your words.
Love your Faith.
Merry Christmas friend! :)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Dear sweet June, Your home is so beautiful. You have such a talent to mix shabby with elegance to make it a cozy place. Your gorgeous photos make it looks like it comes right out of a magazine.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friend :-)!

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Absolutely beautiful, both the pictures and the words...
I do love the little mittens, simple and pure...
Enjoy the movies and don't forget the kleenex, that Little Women gets me every time.
Susan x

Shaunna said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE every single subtle detail you photographed. And the photography is stunning. Thanks so much for sharing! -shaunna :)

A Cottage Muse said...

Good Morning June ~ thank you for starting my day off with such beauty and warmth!

I was actually visiting you earlier this morning in Jo~Anne's new beautiful!!

maría cecilia said...

Dear June, so beautiful what you have written about what you love of this christmas time, and your home looks so, so pretty and lovely, delicate as everything you do.
Wishing you and family much happiness, love and joy.
hugs from the heart
maria cecilia

Denise said...

Your home looks beautiful June! Yummy.....I can smell that cinnamon and pine now. And maybe just a hint of cloves and oranges.....
Merry Christmas!

All That Jazz said...

Your vignettes/photography is always so beautiful, June! I love the red, green, and silver (and chippy and shabby, of course! :-)
Happy holidays to you and yours!!

KATHY said...

Hi June, I just love visiting your home!! All your christmas decor looks so beautiful.I love everything you do.


LemonyRenee' said...

I love your spirit, June. (((Merry Christmas)))

Vicki said...

June, your holiday "touches" are pure perfection!! I, too, love this time of the year. So many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for you, dear friend, your kind heart and beautiful spirit. Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family~ Vicki

Chrissy said...

Calm,serene,peaceful....and I love that we are friends...Merry Christmas June!!! x0x0

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear June,

Where do I even begin to tell you how much I appreciate ALL of you, all of the dear angels that visit each other, leave such dear words, in the midst of such a busy season. But the love and glow of Christmas is ours always, isn't it dear one? Thank you for sitting down for a bit to see my rats and other fantastic foibles come to life, or at least try to, surface from above my head and to come out to entertain. Thank you for your friendship and I pray that every moment of 2011 will continue to bring us ALL the joy that comes from knowing HIM, the grand creator of them all.....

Bisous, Anita

victorian parlor II said...


I don't which is more beautiful-your home or your photography! Thanks for sharing the beauty of the season with us all!

Christmas Blessings,


Victorian1885 said...

Merry Christmas to you & your Dear Family! Your home looks lovely!


My Vintage Studio said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
Hugs, Sharon

Pondside said...

What to say - everyone else has said it so well. I enjoyed my little tour immensely! Your decorations are charming - just enough to be festive but not so much that they become the celebration. Merry Christmas - and consider yourself hugged!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi June,

Your home looks splendid and love all the decorations around. Isn't it lovely having wonderful smells like baking in the oven, cinnamon and pine.
Thanks for showing us your wonderful
May you and yours have the best ever Christmas and wishing you and yours peace, good health and happiness for 2011.

Theresa said...

Everything is so beautiful June! I love all of the simple touches, they say "Merry Christmas" in the most wonderful way! Merry, Merry Christmas to you! Theresa xoxo

Carole said...

I couldn't remember if I'd commented but I wanted to see it all over again. The way you photograph your home is better then any magazine or book June. Truly breathtaking.
Oh also did you write that just for me??? Christmas Carol(e)'s lol

I like those specially long hugs too!

Big hugs to you my friend!

saltbox treasures said...

Your home and photography are just so gorgeous!!! I wish you a Merry Christmas with your family! I love your sweet blog.
~ Julie

Karen Valentine said...

Hello sweet June. I am sure that were I able to visit your beautiful home, my mouth would just drop open at all the lovely Christmas touches. The photos are so wonderful I wish I could see more!!!! I hope you and your family have a perfectly lovely Christmas and a very happy new year!!

koralee said...

What a joy it is to see all your have such the special touch to turn everything into such magic....sending you blessings of Joy and love for this week and Christmas day. xoxoxo

Georgianna said...

Your photos are exquisite, as always, June, and your home is holiday charm and warmth personified! You create such an atmosphere with a few items, perfectly placed. And I LOVE hanging ornaments on mirrors.

I love your list, too.

Wishing you a very Joyous Christmas!!

xo – g ♥

Lana said...

June, I love your touches of Christmas and winter here and there. It's lovely and subtle, just perfect!

Merry CHRISTmas! :)

Ana said...

Hi June,
I love, love, love this time of year too...for all the same reasons and especially for the main "reason for the season"...Christmas blessings my dear friend.

Much love to you,

Shabbyfufu said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas June. Everything looks simply divine! xo, Janet

Rebecca said...

You are so precious... many blessings to you this wonderful Christmas week. I wish you and your family a Christmas filled with the love and joy only Jesus brings

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Junie....

You are the QUEEN of Devine Decor! LOVE everything you've done.... I can't believe how sweet a little sprig of greens and a tiny red ball look on your mirror. DE.LISH! I'm going to snitch lots of these ideas next year. Love the twine too. I'm thinking I might just do a more Scandinavian look too... It's sooo pretty. I'm crazy about the jars with the Christmas balls in them too.

I soooo agree about the joy of the season too... We are so fortunate to reallllly understand Christmas. So many celebrate it more as a secular day....

Many, many Christmas blessings to you Sweet Junie!

Huggies and Lovies,

Tarnished and Tattered said...

I love your photo's, they just get better & better. Only flaw...I want more! I can use my imagination & just know that it's white & old & a little bit touched & fluffed by you, & just perfect. I wish every happiness for you and all your angels this holiday. You've become a dear friend to me. I predict 2011 will be a great one for us all!
Hugs & blessings, Lisa

Farah Muzaffar said...

Oh June so beautiful, I don't know for what I say great, fabulous .. its all so beautiful and plus your dynamic photography... excellent... Love your icy pine cones very much... they look so beautiful on the mirror... you make your home beautiful with your effort I believe...
Wish you a very Happy Christmas …
I would love if you come to visit me at

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Just me again... popped back over to be reinspired by all the beauty that's going on over here... aaahhh... :)

Rosie said...

Oh JuneBug, this is lovely as usual...and you are so right there are SO many things to celebrate, HIS perfect L*O*V*E being at the top of the list...and a very close second are those lingering HUGS you spoke of...:)
Just a quick note (as that is all I have time for these days) to tell you how VERY special your friendship has been...and to thank you for the L*O*V*E you sprinkled all over my site through out this last year and wish you and your beautiful family All the JOY this perfect season brings...MERRY CHRISTMAS dear one xoxo...Rosie

Rostrose said...

June, my dear, I just stopped over to wish yo and your family wonderful Christmas-days - and to tell you that your decoration is breathtaking! So nice to hear you humming caroles in the morning :o)
Have a good time and enjoy the celebration! Warmest hugst, Traude


Daer June,
what a festive decoration! Just the right sprinkles of red... The mirror is just stunning! My dear, I wish you and your whole family a merry and blessed christmas and a happy and healthy new year. With all my good wishes, hugs & kisses, Mira!

Suz said...

So incredibly elegant, June. I am just loving it! It gives me such a sense of calm. Thank you!!!


The Tin Rabbit said...

Absolutely beautiful June, I love the touches of green...wishing you a very Merry Christmas~! God Bless, Ann

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Diana`s said...

hey june...merry christmas to you and your family
.diana denmark

Victoria said...

Your photo's are gorgeous, I can only imagine how magical your home must look right now!

I hope you have a Wonderful Christmas!!!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

June, all your Christmas decorations are so so pretty. I love the little trays on the platter. Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comment, I always love it when you stop in. Hope you have the Merriest Christmas ever.

Holly Loves Art said...

Dear June,
It's been such an absolute pleasure visiting your gorgeous blog this year. You never disappoint and I always leave feeling inspired and happy. Thank you for sharing yet another beautiful and heartfelt post.
You are such a treasure.
Big hugs and happy holidays,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Beautiful post as always June.. I just wanted to wish you and yours a wonderful christmas filled with love and laughter!! Thanks for all your friendship this year.. I hope 2011 brings you much joy!!! xxx Julie

Thelma-Art said...

Beautiful pictures and enchanting decor. Everything is perfect and stunning. Happy Holidays!!

Diane said...

Merry Christmas, June. Thank you for all of the beautiful posts this year.
Blessings to you and your family,

Katsui Jewelry said...

Dear June,
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I know that you have overcome hardship in your life which makes your words seem all the more precious. Santa and I will have have a lovely Christmas, thanks to the help of friends.

Your decorating is just beautiful and your photography...sigh! I think you are a I right?


The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi Miz June!
I thought I'd just pop over for a wish for you and your family to have a wonderful Christmas together. I imagine you have snow, that would be nice. I know God will continue to hold your familys hands in the new year.
Merry Christmas!
Love, and a southern hug!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family dear June!... xoxo Julie Marie

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hello Gorgeous June!

Your gorgeous decorations have my heart skipping beats...stunning my friend! Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas filled with wonderful memories!


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Well, I love coming here and gazing and dreaming of all things pretty and bright that you've shared here with us. You share the beauty of the eye and of the meaning of Christmas, the glorious day, the birth of Jesus Christ!

June, I have loved the little white pots since I first saw them featured on Alice's Etsy Curator series, they're stunning w/lights filled so brightly. The chain across the mirror speaks to my heart too with the roses and clips, love all things hanging from mirrors here too.

May your day be filled with all good things. Merry Christmas!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

Just popped by to wish you and your dear family the best and happiest Christmas. I hope it is filled with the sweetest of blessings.
I am so grateful for your beautiful friendship.

Christmas hugs

Cottage Garden said...

Peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas time dear June!


Zuzu said...

It's me... again. :)

Just wanted to pop over and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, June!


Rita said...

Dearest June,
wish you and your dearest ones a joyous and peaceful holiday season in you so beautifully decorated home.
I decorated mine at the very last minute but finally made it to have it ready for Christmas eve.

Ann Nichols said...

Ha! I'm comment number 100!!!
Dear have such a tasteful and elegant way of decorating. yOUR POSTS ARE A REAL TREAT FOR MY EYES...BUT NOT JUST MY EYES... (cap lock key...sorry!) I can almost smell the fragrances and hear the sound of bells chiming whenever I stop by for a visit!
I hope your Christmas was just wonderful!
Many blessings, dear June, to you and your family!

A Fanciful Life said...

June, once again I am so in awe of your beautiful home and photographs. Everything is so gorgeous. I'm wishing you and your family a most wonderful holiday season.

Sharon :-)

MJ Ornaments said...

Love it all June, and I hope your Christmas was a joyous one, and a Happy New Year to you too! XO Martha

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Your home looks soooo lovely!

A very Happy Christmas to you June, and may your New Year be a happy and blessed one!

Hugs Jane said...

The little pops of red stand out so pretty with all of the white!

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Me again June!
Thank you so much for visiting dear June, I've left you a little reply on my comments page.
x Jane

karen said...

The white pine cones with the white frame and the beautiful 3 white metal lights on the mantel were sooo beautiful! I only wish I could be a guest in your home for a few hours! I'd take pictures of your home and put them on MY blog!!!!
I wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year for 2011. Keep up the beautiful work you do with your blog. I love to visit.

Fete et Fleur said...

Dear June,

It looks like a Christmas wonderland. I hope you had the best of Christmases.

Your photography gets more beautiful with each post. Thank you for sharing it with us.

I want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! May it be filled with great joy.


karen said...

What??? If your NOT an artist, then NO one is! Your home and incredible gardens... That is true art! Like I said in my post, claim the word "artist"!

Suzanne said...

A belated Merry Christmas June! Your home looks so warm and welcoming with your special touches. I love watching Little Women during this time of the year.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Most precious and beautiful June,

YOU WOULD LOOK LOVELY IN THOSE PINK PUMPS!!!! And could you imagine a TURQUOISE BLUE PAIR? Oh, now I have to go out and find a pair!!!

Your new year will be filled with much joy and love because you CREATE IT and that is where it starts, doesn't it?

May this new year be ever so good to YOU dearest; you deserve it so.


Jane said...

Hi June,
Just dropping by to say hello and send some well wishes. I hope you're getting lots of rest while you are recuperating.