Thursday, December 2, 2010

Decking the Halls!

I decided to get to it.
Get to 'decking the halls' and 'fa la la la' 

 I have this little shelf next to the sofa.
The perfect place for a Christmas vignette. 

I am one of those people.
I can't just decorate for Christmas...
I have clean first, and then decorate.

Before I decorate any surface, I have to clean every little thing around it
or I just can't do it.
Thus, my Christmas decorating takes me days and days to accomplish.

I know I'm not alone on this one.

I had dreams of decorating for Christmas this year like what you 
find on the pages of Jeanne d' Arc Living.

I just couldn't stick with it. 

I have to have shiny!

I have to have bright!

The shelf over the kitchen stove got a little dose of both.

Now the shelf is clean once more.
And everything in it!

 I have to have whimsy!

Last December I wrote about a special teacher my daughter had in 
elementary school who helped
 her students create the Nativity from clay.

My most prized Christmas decoration.

I love my little red heart given to me as a 'just because she thought I would love it'
gift from my sweet neighbor Sarah
and see the tissue paper flower that my friend Suzan had tied around a lovely package
she sent me last year? (Actually this hangs here all year round!)because I love it so much))
Suzan sent me several things that I use at Christmastime in my decorating.

And with it, hangs my precious star that Rebecca made for me from her heart.
It has a picture of Landon as a wee baby sleeping.
This also hangs here year round.

I love putting out the things from friends that have been given to me from Christmases past.

This beautiful little lace angel was sent to me from my friend 
Riet  in the Netherlands.
The darling little button filled ornament is from my friend Judy.

So this is the extent of my decorating so far.
 I really do love putting all the festive touches around the house
this time of year. I don't do a lot, just a little here
and a little there. 

Just enough to 'Fa La La La La' to.


Wickedly Divine Creations said...

your decorations look fabulous :)

Vintage Tea Time said...

Beautiful things - your home looks lovely. It's really nice that many of the things have a special association for you too. Gorgeous post!

oldgreymare said...

Sweetie, it all looks divine. I cannot wait to see more. I also am amazed that you clean twice - before and after. I'm a slug, I only clean after because I throw snow everywhere and it hides the dust! lol

I swear your photos get more beautiful with every post. You've got it all going now girl for sure!

Hurry hurry show us more..


Shabby Chatue said...

Love, love, LOVE every single thing!


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Very pretty, June.
I am the same way, have to clean first and rearrange furniture now it's messier than it was before I started (minus the cleaning surfaces!).

Thanks for putting me in the mood to roll my sleeves up again... I'll hit it running again tomorrow, well, after I pack some parcels.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Lovin' the touch of red! It is so pretty and festive...I'm gonna do some red, too this year...when I finish my cleaning :)..I'm that way too! Have a wonderful time fa-la-la-ing!

Sares said...

Hi June! It is always such a feast for the eyes when I visit you. You have such a soft and gentleness to your decorating that just makes one melt. Your decorations are beautiful!

All That Jazz said...

June it's so lovely!! The special little touches of sparkle! I have been loving greenery this season....but seeing that dash of red, now I'm loving that, too! ;-) Thanks for the inspiration!

Lana said...

June ~ the vignettes are so beautiful! I especially like all the touches of old silver. :)

Junebug said...

June, I love the wire trees from the bells to the snowflakes. Did you make them? If so, how about a little class. I so love the touch of red and shine. Guess what? All the moose decor is packed away for some other year. On to the new me! June
PS Hope Landon is feeling better.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your decorations look so magical in your beautiful home, June! I wasn't expecting you to decorate with red for the holiday, but you've pulled it off so beautifully... big shocker... lol! ;-) Everything looks gorgeous!
You're right... you're not alone. I have to clean before I can put out the decorations too.
Have a great weekend girly!
Jo :)

Pondside said...

Hi June - I'm like you...have to clean before decorating. This evening we came home from the theatre to find that our daughter had all the boxes out and had started decorating. I was SO proud of myself for not saying 'but I always clean first!'

mudderbear said...

Your post is such an inspiration. I want to be just like you.

Honey at 2805 said...

Everything you do just leaves me breathless!

Georgianna said...

Beautiful, charming, joyful and so inspiring, June. I love all the little touches here and there. That is pretty much how I decorate – I don't do the whole house as, honestly, there are rooms we don't use much in winter. I also love the handmade gifts – those are the best to decorate with.

Fa la la la la to you and have a festive weekend! xo – g

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful and elegant vintage images!!!
Kisses and regards, Zondra Art

kerrie said...

Oh June it looks like a magazine. I love your red ornaments...I've never seen any as pretty as yours. Your cottage is always dreamy to me.

LiLi M. said...

This post makes me feel the warmth of your home. I think this is what Christmas is all about. Decorating in a way that makes you feel good and using ornaments that friends have given you. Those ornaments are always prettier than the ones money can buy, as they bring back fond memories and they let you feel the love of your friends. I love all the little vignettes, your daughter's nativity scene, the heart with Landon's photo, really too cute, well each and every item that was given to you is precious! Thanks for an inspiring post! Have a great weekend June and enjoy your decked halls, fa la la la la!

Alle mooie dingen said...

you have beatiful christmas decorations
thanks for sharing

BELDECOR by Bine said...

Dear June,
you've done a so wonderful romantic christmas decoration in your one personal style, I love the JdL decorations, but they can only inspire us, but more important is, that we do that, which come from yourself... The gifts from your friends are sooo beautiful, and they are not to buy... and they are not to buy...they are sooo precious. Big hugs and a great weekend

sissie said...

I'm sitting here with my first cup of coffee savoring these beautiful photos that only you can create.

Everything is so pretty and really gets me in the Christmas spirit.


Polly said...

It's all beautiful June! My favorite detail is the tiny red ornament hanging from the ironstone pitcher's handle! A clever little place for an ornament!

The fresh cedar is beautiful in and of itself, isn't it? I just bought some cedar clippings at the greenhouse myself! We have blue spruce and boxwood in our yard, but no cedar, so I had to break down and buy some!! :-)

Happy fa la la la'ing!!

time worn interiors said...

Oh June it is magical! I simply adore those metal stick trees! I like things plain and simple and those would fit the bill at my house! You own some wonderful decorations and a great talent to display them! Thank you so much for the tour!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

So pretty June... I love that you are using some bright and shiny things in with your whites, just makes it sparkle so!... I too clean before decorating, so it actually took me two full weeks to get all of mine done, so happy I started early!... love the little star with Landon's photo in it, and I also love the gorgeous berry wreath on your mirror... happy decorating!... xoxo Julie Marie

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh have just taken me on a breathtaking stroll into a dream have some articles that I have and we seem to have the same taste. I cannot however, decorate to my FULL heart's content this year because of our building going on, BUT ARE WE HAVING FUN coming home every night to see more progress! What little I have decorated is in WHITE and turquoise. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US THIS PEAK INTO YOUR CASTLE OF DREAMS! Anita

summersundays-jw said...

I've just recently found your blog & I love it. The wire trees are wonderful as are all your decorations. Maybe I'll get inspired today. Jan

Fräulein Klein said...

Dear June, wow, I love your beautiful christmas decoration!
So stunning!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend
Big Hugs,
Yvonne said...

Your decorating, for any time of the year, is always magical. You have such a talent to make something beautiful with just a little touch here and there. LOVE it all:) Have a fabulous weekend, my friend:)
~Debra XXX


Hi sweet June, your home looks beautiful! I added red to my home for Christmas this year too (;
Merry Christmas.

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Everything is so beautiful June, you give me inspiration to tackle my house this weekend. Love those wire trees and that nativity scene is precious. Have a great weekend.


maryboys said...

hello, june:)
you did this perfectly - i love the serenity of everything, with just touches of color. beautiful!


Ozma of Odds said...

...OH JUNE!!!
You are so very wrong, your decorations ARE VERY Jeanne d'Arc like! So elegantly displayed!! LOVE the jingle bell wire tree and the vintage card hanging off of the door knob...
magical my friend, pure magic!!
xo, Rosemary

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Looks like a magazine! So pretty. I have got to ask where you got the wire like trees. You didn't make them did you?

MJ Ornaments said...

Everything is beautiful June, I look forward to seeing more of your Christmas pretties! XOXO Martha

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your decorations are very beautiful, sweet June! Those wire trees are cool! Did you make them? I love your kitchen shelf. Red, white and silver is such a pretty combination.
Happy weekend!

victorian parlor II said...


It's all beautiful! I can't wait to see the rest:).



Petite Michelle Louise said...


d. reyné said...

Hello my dear friend!
I love the pops of red!
It's so...cute and festive!
Rebecca's beautiful star with the adorable picture of your sweet one looks so wonderful!
(I just love that lady!)
I am still trying to get everything finished here...Want to come over and help?
Hugs and blessings!

Diane said...

I love your decorations, each and every one of them. NOW! I have to get with it. Thanks for the inspiration. Diane

Ann Marie said...

Yes... I'm just like you in the decorating /cleaning area. :)

What a nice time I had today visiting. I have some cocoa as I sit here.. so it's ALMOST like I stopped by for a visit. :)

Your decor is beautiful.. but I LOVE your treasures and keepsakes the most. :)

Those little white trees are amazing. Where did you get them?
Are they vintage?

A Cottage Muse said...

Perfectly merry and bright!

Attic Charm said...

It's all just perfect June, the reds and greens just pop against your whites. I have been working really hard to reduce my xmas decorations because if it's in the box, for some silly reason I feel like I MUST find a place for it lol. Here's to simple beauty my friend, well done :)

Riet said...

Hi dear June. I love your decorations through the house.Love that green and red and white. Very tasteful.:))) You make me want to start decorating too. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

KATHY said...

Hi June, everything looks so gorgeous!! I just love all the touches of red and green.It's so lovely.


Deb said...

The best of all holiday decorations are those with such wonderful memories attached ~ you have filled your nest with the sweetest of decorations. I love the heart with your precious son as a sleeping baby ♥

Lounging with a Latte said...

I love your shiny, bright and whimsy decorating. I haven't started Christmas decorating yet, but I'm feeling the urge coming on!

Suzanne said...

Love, love, love your shouldn't change a thing!:) Now you've inspired me to go to our very cold garage and pull out our Christmas decorations!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi June,

I love your shiny, bright decorations
and it is looking very festive at your place.
Also how gorgeous is the star Rebecca made you with the lovely photo of Landon.
The nativity scene your daughter made is precious and isn't it lovely having things made by your children, that money can't by, but made with love.

Happy weekend, dear friend

maría cecilia said...

Every little detail of all the chirstmas decor you have made is really lovely,dear June, and I love imagining you cleaning all the surfaces and around it before decorating, so cute!!!!
The gifts from your friends are great too.
Thanks for all the beauty you share with us.
muchos cariños
maria cecilia

mudderbear said...

Thank you so much for coming over to my place. I wanted to let you know that I also have a daughter who lives in Layton.....that's a good start to being like you. I am delighted!

Christine said...

perfect christmas touches...

Debby said...

Hi June,
So much beauty to behold, love everything.

Denise said...

Beautiful as usual June! I do much the same thing when I decorate. this year I thought all white. I ended up with plenty of color mixed in. I really really love those little wire trees.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear June
You might be crushing on my lunch pail.. but I'm crushing on your everything!! haha.. especially your sofa.. and that wonderful Saint Nick image.. I just love that to bits...

Im a bit the same.. if I'm going to do it.. then I'm going to do it from top to bottom!! cleaning and all. sadly last xmas I didn't quite achieve it... maybe I'll get some inspiration from you this xmas..

Enjoy your beautiful surrounds and incredible vignettes.. and all that wonderful snow!!! so jealous. hahaha .. ciao ciao xxx Julie

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

I love the simplicity of your decor and the red adds the perfect pop of color. Every details is magical:) Oh, and those trees are adorable, where are they from?

Theresa said...

Good Morning June! Your home looks so pretty, the decorations are simple yet stunning. A good friend of mine here in town and I were talking about how we love JDL and want our homes to look like that for Christmas but the reality is that when I do bring up the tubs of decorations and see all the 'shiny' I'm going to have to put it up! maybe just little touches like yours, that looks perfect! Theresa xoxo

Laura said...

Dearest June-
Isn't it fun to just do your own thing at Christmas?
I love that freedom- and you do it so well.
Your decorations are beautiful!

Love to you dear friend,

Barbara said...

Just perfect, June! I love how you've scattered all the brilliant reds! Simple and elegant....

Privet and Holly said...

Gorgeous, June!
You've inspired me
to get to it, too.
I am the same as you...
My "canvas" has to
be clean : ) !!
Happy weekend!
xx Suzanne

Angela said...

Fa la la la lovely June! I love the simplicy of your decorations. I love red and white together, too. I almost bought those same wire "trees" in Omaha at my fave prim store. I wasn't sure where I'd put them but I definitely like how you did your vignette on the table. Christmas is a time of love and sentimentality isn't it? So many memories in our decorations. God bless!

Ann Nichols said...

Your Halls are decked so perfectly!! You have such a lovely and elegant style.
Many blessings!

birdie blue said...

your home looks lovely, june. your pics are just beautiful. you could teach a class on how to decorate for the holidays...


sweetpea said...

june, i was off to a weak start with my holiday decorating and couldn't figure out why. and then i realized i needed to clean first... are we twins separated at birth? on another note, i think my heart stopped beating when i saw those white bottle brush trees... if they ever need a new home... just sayin'.



Dorthe said...

Oh June, you have made it so beautifull, I just love the sweet,trees on the beautifull red bubbles, the little red one hanging on the white pitcher, looks adorable, too,-and your gifts, all, wonderfull sweet.
Hope your sunday will be filled with joy.

Zuzu said...

Soooo pretty, June! I love every little detail! I've started a little decorating, but am waiting to go out in the forest & cut a tree around the 15th.
Enjoy your weekend,
~ Zuzu

HWIT BLOGG said...

Lovely lovely lovely! All the beautiful, charming christmas decorations...would love to have them all!
Have a nice week and greetings from a snowy Sweden!

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
I love all your pretty Christmas touches-your home is always a treat to see.
I am going to check into ordering the magazine -I am sure it will be beautiful!
We just got home last night from a little trip to Maine so I am catching up with everyone.

Take care,

Jane said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful!! I have loved those little wire trees since you pictured them last Christmas. So many wonderful details to your decorating. You are an inspiration to so many of us!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Love, love, love everything, June! Such beautiful and inspirational Christmas decorating - just a pleasure to have a peek inside your home.

Cottage Garden said...

Dear June, your understated festive touches are so elegant and beautifully composed with touches of red here and there. Your home looks sparkling and I always adore your vignettes. Inspiring as ever!


Victoria said...

It's my dream to someday have every inch of my home decorated like this for Christmas! Everything is gorgeous!!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh June Sweetie...
How absolutely breath taking your festive decorations are. Now I just have to know about the wired tree that has bells and the one that has snowflakes. Where on earth did it come from? I am so in love with them.

It's the little things that make a house a home, and yours looks so beautiful. Isn't it fun to bring out decorations from Christmases past that were given with such love, and you can pull out a memory? Makes you warm and fuzzy inside. I love that feeling.

I adore the lace Angel from Riet, I so enjoy visiting with her, as her photos take me to some of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world. She is so talented.

I also love the star with Landon sleeping. Is that not precious? I love looking back at the kids when they were young and sleeping. They look so peaceful. Rebecca did a gorgeous job of creating this star of love.

Oh what beauty your home has. Right down to the red balls in the silver bowls on your shelves. They look so inviting June Sweetie. Oh thank you for sharing with me this evening. I have SO enjoyed my visit. Many hugs sweetie and SO much love, Sherry

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh June your world is always a fantasy to see and THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMPLEMENTS on my post! It was fun to do..simple, but fit for how I am feeling now: hibernation mode...tired.....excited...thrilled to be a believer.....WOW! Thank GOD for this time of year. You are such a lovely soul....

Have a splendid day, Anita

Denise said...

I love all your falala! That nativity set is so so special. I can see why it holds a special place in your heart.

Terri said...

What a beautiful Christmas style you have! I love the red with all your whites, it looks totally festive!

Rebecca said...

Hi June
Everything looks so beautiful, and I agree there just has to be a little sparkle at Christmas! We are behind on our decorations, everyone has been sick here with colds but getting better... so plan on decorating this week. The snow is here is it puts you into the mood.
I love how you displayed all your lovely gifts you have gotten, you are such a love... everyone just wants to return it to you.

awal.ny said...

I came back for another look, so pretty and inspiring. I was wondering if you made the little wire trees or where you found them, I love them. Oh and I love the little clear ornament with the buttons in it. I have some similar to that too. Have a wonderful week, right now I am sitting in the house looking out the window to a winter wonderland. Someone shook our snowglobe.

Chrissy said...

OH June..of all the beautiful decor I have seen on blogs this year...yours speaks to me like no all looks very British and that reminds me of Ireland which in turn reminds me of how much I miss it....I am so glad we are friends..your just lovely!! x0

Rebecca said...


Simply amazing my friend. Your decor screams beauty and class. Love it all.

Now...have I missed your magazine article? I've looked and looked and have found nothing! Bah!

Do share soon!

Love to you sweet friend~


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

Everything looks so beautiful June and I can feel the Holiday spirit that lingers throughout your home.
Susan x

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Absolutely stunning. Your photography and styling are perfection....what camera/lighting/editing do you use? Everything just looks so beautiful!

Anne Marie said...

Hi June!! You have me singing Fala la la now....I too have to have touches of red for Christmas - but to me: your home still is so jeanne d'arc - truly beautiful...

it's just so inviting!
Anne Marie---have a great week!

Tracey said...

June you have done an amazing job with your Christmas decorating!!! Soooooo pretty! And your photography really is incredible!!!

Hugs ~

:) T

Rosie said...

Oh my Sweet Kindred...I too am quite fussy...just can't help myself...I know when it's clean and it makes me even happier to have it as sparkly as possible.

I LOVE each and every little "bauble of LOVE" you have in your collection.
Your white kitchen cabinet is just BEAUTIFUL...Yup.."It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."

Happy decorating sweet one... ...hugs...Rosie

paperbird said...

Oh my goodness June- how very beautiful. You have inspired me.
My house is undecorated- I just needed a bit of inspiration to get me excited and now I am. Your decorations are so very pretty- simple. Thank you dear girl for the "beautiful light" I find from you.

Sweet Christmas blessings to you!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Just wonderful June,,,I mean...everything!!!

Lady Pamela said...

Hi June, You have so many friends because you are a friend to many. Does that make sense? Anyway, I was so glad to see your post that I read it twice! Just to make sure I didn't miss anything. My Dad has been helping me with Christmas this year. He put up the tree, does the baking and I decorate and wrap and create the gifts. We are staying away from the busy stores this year. Blessings and Hugs to you my dear far-away friend.

Catherine said...

Very nice touches of red! love your decoration. C

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Junie....

Know what I alllllways say when I visit.....ahhhhhhhhhh............while I'm sighing.... YOU have the touch..... Everything is glorious...but I that's exactly what I would expect.


wendy said...

I loved all of it. My little house doesn't allow a lot of room for decorating, but I have tried to fill up every area I could.
It cheers me.
and decorations from others ar so precious and bring back fun memories each year we put them out.

koralee said...

my friend..everything makes me soooo happy! Your home is stunning..I do love the touches of are amazing my friend!

You have such an eye for beauty.

Sending you more JOY..but it looks like you have lots already. xoxoxox

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hi June...... so clean, crisp and elegant decor... Your shelf is the most impressive for me, pitcher is such a master piece... very lovely...
And yes I defiantly wants to learn some tips about that much fab photography... if any please.... or do a post on it please...
I would love if you come and enjoy the fragrance of sweet potpourri heart at

Ana said...

Hi June,
I didn't realize it until you said it...That's why it takes me soooo long to decorate too. I have to clean before I decorate...Just yesterday I spent all day long on the porch decorating and I didn't put up that many decortions, but the porch needed a good scrub down :-) That's what took me the longest. Hee, hee, hee. Anyways, your decorations are beautiful...Love all the white with the touches of red. Have a wonderful day my dear friend.

Hugs and Kisses,

saltbox treasures said...

Your Christmas decor is lovely!
Congrats on being featured in the magazine. That is awesome.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
~ Julie

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi June,
I always seem to get here late.... so sorry about that. I was cracking up when you mention the cleaning thing when decorating I do the same thing. Your place looks heavenly, just the right amount to make it Grand. As always it is a Big Treat to see peeks of your beautiful home.. and I love your couch.

Sending Warm Big Hugs*

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Oh June....June, June, June,
I just love it. I'm with ya on so many levels. Must clean. Must have red. I love the Jeanne d'arc too but my living room looks like someone threw up candy canes. I am doing my bedroom all in whites. The nativity scene, now that's what Christmas is about. I'm going to try that project on my 3 next year. The ironstone pitcher with the red ball hanging off is AWESOME. You probably paid a dime for it! Now I have a Christmas wish, I want to see more of the living room, not just a table. A real picture. I know you can do it June. Final words, you did shinny right! Lisa

Sharing with Sherri said...

Your home looks so warm and inviting with all your sweet Christmas touches!
I seem to keep scaling back on my Christmas decorating year after year. I guess I just don't have the energy to do all the stuff I used to do, and not much family to come and enjoy it like they used to either.
I did do some decorating in white though(your favorite color!) and even linked to White Wednesday!

Hope you come by to see!

Warm wishes to you sweet friend!

J. Wecker Frisch said...

Hi June - I really like your interesting wire trees and the "jingle bells!" I am still decorating and cleaning as I go too.

The French Bear said...

June, everything looks so wonderful, what lovely decorations and so much charm and beauty!!! I just love the way you create little scenes and how you mix your decor with old and elegant!!!
I never leave here without being inspired and so impressed with your photos and lovely posts!!!!
Margaret B

Bumpkin Bears said...

It is all so very very pretty, I especially love your berry garland on the mirror. Such a delight to have visited today, Merry Christmas! Catherine x

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karen said...

Thanks for stopping by again! I absolutely get the cleaning first. My holiday decorations took 3 times as long because of how much house cleaning had to be done as well. I spend more time these days creating fun art rather than creating a clean house. I love seeing your decorations and your home. Keep us all posted with your "goings on" and I'll keep you up to date with mine. By the way, Grizzly is still singing at the top of his lungs!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Your Christmas decor is stunning...especially the child crafted nativity.

Country Livin' said...

June, your decorations are absolutely stunning!
Trish xo

Monica@The White Bench said...

So much to catch up with, June! Your decorations are stunning, and some of them so precious! What I love of your home is that white and rusty elegance around, and the airy, bright feel.
Thanks for sharing your world with us! It's such a pleasure to visit here.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

June loved my visit with you to the garden center and especially your decorations that you shared with us.
Wow you really have been busy. I love everything in your lovely home. I can see you in most of these pieces. Their all so special.
Love the picture of Maddie eyeing a tree for you.
The star with the lace and picture is one of a kind. Did you make that honey.
I pray that you and your family have the a Very Merry Christmas
Love ya