Monday, December 10, 2018

An Ethereal Christmas Home Tour



Welcome to our humble abode  today and I hope you enjoy this little Christmas tour here at
French Ethereal! 

If you are stopping by for the first time and are coming over from the Merry Christmas Blog Party with Janet Coon of Shabbyfufu and
I am so happy you are here!




This time of year  is so fun to be able to share our festively decorated homes with family and friends.
 One of the things I love to do is set up a beautiful table and share a home cooked meal letting everyone know how much they mean to me and that I appreciate them so very much.

We currently live in our 41' Heartland Charleston Landmark 365 fifth-wheel travel trailer which though it is pretty large still cannot hold too many people for dinner, so big groups are happily hosted out of doors. 

Too, we are in process of looking for our first Texas home since our move two years ago from California. Mr. Ethereal loves his new job and travels quite a bit so getting both of us to tour homes is a juggle so for now this is our home.

Summer of 2015 ~ the hollyhocks were blooming and one of our outdoor statues was enjoying the summer sun's warmth!


Here is my former backyard at our second home in California and it is part of today's inspiration for today's outdoor Christmas table setting.




Two of the Girls made the trip to Texas with us ~ our big lady statue and our angel as they are fixtures of my style.
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Here our leftover pumpkins were opened to share with the birds who frequent our birdfeeder and birdbath.  I don't really know if they are eating any of the pumpkin seeds but it is part of the offerings. I am finding that the birds here love safflower seeds a lot!

What types of seeds do your birds like to eat?



Recently I set up a Thanksgiving table outdoors and this is where these lovely pumpkins were for most of the season.



Coming indoors I decorated with mostly pinks and whites on our tree but our window display changes frequently.



This sweet little Mary and Baby Jesus was found in McKinney at an antique store.





Our tree has a lovely golden cast to it in the evenings this year which I really love.



This is part of our sitting room and although I haven't taken any new photographs this couch is usually decorated for the seasons.




Heading back outside our table setting is lovingly decorated with a Victorian Dickens theme.  It began with inspiration from this hat which I just decorated to attend the Dickens Festival and a tea at the Lasker Inn in Galveston just a weekend ago.  I'll link this up once I am done writing those posts for you so please stop back by.
:)




Along with the Dickens hat on our indoor maiden I've used a multi colored blanket scarf I found last year as a tablecloth.  With it I pulled out my box of flowers and added this garland of white flowers and some pinecones and acorns found on our trip to South Dakota.

Gold chargers gave an Old World look and adding in our Johnson Bros. pinkish-red transferware and some poorman's silver candleholders from Pottery Barn gave just the right look ~ simple and elegant without the table being too busy.  



When guests arrive it is easy to remove our Maiden and bring her indoors for easy conversation and bring out the little pheasant from Thanksgiving.




Since moving here I've collected a mismatched set of wine glasses and two of these are ones my mother-in-law sent.  They are from an Odd Fellows dinner hosted in Sacramento, California.  I do find it is nice to decorate with family pieces and this was a welcome gift.   The patriotic linked rings go well with the plaid table scarf.





One last photograph for you!

Once everything  was put away and sprinkles of rain had begun yet again it was fun to run back out and wrap our Girl...  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you stop by the other ladies on the Merry Christmas tour.  

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Happy Christmas to you,

21 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol! I appreciate your comments. Happy Christmastime to you and your family. <3

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  2. My tree is tiny as well! It works in small homes, but I'm hoping to get a bit bigger for next year! Thank you for sharing, Barb!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I really like this tree, actually. I picked it up right before Christmas at Sam's Club for $24 or $27 on a closeout, which was HUGE! It is 4 1/2' tall, which is perfect for a tabletop tree. I hope to pick up a bigger one for next year for the house that is coming... We've found two we really like... Will keep you posted! <3

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  3. Wow, what you've done with the inside of that trailer is impressive! Good luck with your home search and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much, Roxanne! It has been good living here but we are ready for our next home. Merry Christmas to you, too! <3

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  4. Aww Barbara your home is so charming and full of warmth. You would never know it's an RV from looking at the photos. I love your Christmas tree and how you wrapped the statue in a blanket. I will also have to try sharing my pumpkin with the birds.

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    1. Hi Mary! Thank you for your sweet comments, as always. I think the birds ate the Baby Boo seeds but maybe these Cinderella pumpkin seeds are too big?? I'll probably pick up the remainder after this weekend. Stay warm up there in New York! <3

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  5. Barb, dining outdoors is the best! The table you set was awesome! I love transferware and plaid so it hit a homerun with me!! Nothing like a sparkly tree to add magic to the season!!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan! I do like plaid a lot ~ my mother REALLY loved plaid and would dress me in plaid jumpers when we lived in Ohio, Colorado and finally in Massachusetts when I was little before our military move to Hawaii. Then it was all about Hawaiian print flowers, LOL!

      Enjoy your Christmas home,
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  6. The next time I'm in Texas I want to come over for an outdoor dinner. This is just lovely.

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    1. Come on! :) I know, I need to host an online party one of these days on Facebook {I think about it} and we could have a tea.

      Thank you so much, Rosemary. It would be lovely to have you over for tea!
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  7. It looks beautiful -- so nice to dine al fresco in December! I love your table -- the pretty lady is perfect and it looks so elegant!

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    1. Hi Jeanie! Oddly enough, December has been rather warm which was perfect when I was out here that day. My daughter is coming for Christmas so we will have to have a little picnic outside if we have good weather still. <3

      Hope your weather is holding up north for you!
      Hugs and Christmas wishes,
      Barb :)

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  8. Barbara, you truly know how to set the mood for a lovely gathering.♥️♥️♥️

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I am sure it is all those years being a theater rat while my father had practices on weekends for all the plays and operas he was in during the 1970's and early 1980's. :)

      Happy Christmas season to you,
      Barb :)

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  9. So pretty, Barb. What a lovely place!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/12/cranberry-orange-rolls.html

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    1. Hello Sue, thank you! I enjoy getting over your way when I can.
      Happy New Year to you,
      Barb :)

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  10. Very pretty Barb! Thank you for sharing at TFT.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Happy New Year to you in return, Amber! Always happy to come over for TFT. In fact, I need to stop by tomorrow. :) Hoping to share more table setting this year.

      Happy hugs to you,
      Barb :)

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Hugs,
Barb :)

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