Around the House: Holiday Sparkle

Hi friends! How are you? It’s been quite some time since I’ve had the opportunity to share something with you! As usual, life’s been crazy but I’m happy to report that we are all getting a little more sleep (most nights) and it has greatly improved the general mood in the Newport house. Plus, it’s hard to be grumpy with all the Christmas decorations up. I do love this time of year! So let me take you on a tour of our house…who doesn’t love some holiday sparkle?

First off…welcome to our living room where we place our prized, live, Grand Fir Christmas tree. Isn’t she a beauty? I usually do this tree in soft gold, silver and touch of light blue. I crown her with sparkling branches in stead of the traditional star.



I love using my vintage items in my decorating so this antique, turquoise seltzer bottle takes center stage on the coffee table.

A frost covered forest was my inspiration for the greenery…


This beautiful, old clock dates back to the 1890’s and was found on one of my many treasure hunting trips.



Strung from the mantel with a piece of twine, hangs vintage postcards featuring birds and antique European letters.


Come through to the dining room where the winter forest theme continues…table

table2  light and tree

A vintage printers tray is displayed on one wall filled with glimmering bits and pieces and antique French postcards…


printer tray

On the kitchen table, I have featured a vintage silver bowl filled with budding paper-whites. I have always wanted to do these! Can’t wait to see them in full bloom!

kitchen table


A lovely, antique confiture jar from Paris holds miniature white roses. This gorgeous, rare jar is currently listed in my Etsy shop.

kitchen table 2

I may have overdone the roses…but in my opinion, you can’t have enough and they pair so well with the tarnished silver, don’t you think?

white roses

silver vase

Look who couldn’t resist jumping up on the table to get into my shot – none other, than my ever curious cat – Toby…


Thanks for coming along and checking out my holiday decor. I had a blast putting everything up (with the help of the hubby)! My family gets here this week, so I may not be posting much until after Christmas. I wish you all the very best for the holidays! Thank you for all your wonderful comments and loving support! I will see you in the New Year!




Filed under decorate, entertaining, Etsy, flowers, holiday, Home, interior design, Paris, photography, Pretty Rooms, Shopping, vintage

16 responses to “Around the House: Holiday Sparkle

  1. So beautiful! I love the table decor.

  2. How beautiful! And all Toby needs is a sparkly silver bow tied around his neck so he can blend in with all the decorations! :-) Kat

  3. So beautiful!!! I love your style!
    Big kiss

  4. Simply gorgeous! I love how you blend the colours with each other and use nature as the inspiration. Lovely post!

  5. Cathy Garrett

    I love the soft blue and white decor. It is all beautiful and love how you mix in the antiques especially the light blue clock. Such an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  6. So beautiful, thank you for spreading such beauty during this holiday season. Many blessings. love love love…

  7. Erica Bach

    So beautiful thank you for sharing. Love it, all of it! Enjoy your family and we will see you in 2013! xoxo

  8. So beautiful! Can you come decorate my home please?!

  9. Hi Ivy!

    I love your home!!! Found your etsy shop first, then your Instagram, now your blog!!! LOVE it all!!!

    Jessie @

  10. You have a beautiful home– I love the tree framed in the window and you have great decorating taste! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing

  11. strawberryquicksand

    What a lovely post. I really love the idea of Christmassing the house all up, but I live in a crappy rental and have crappy old furniture. My nice house is elsewhere with tennants in it, and it just doesn’t feel the same living where I am. I have a few little Chrissy decos here and there and am shying away from tinsel because as much as I love it, I think it is rather tacky. My mother in law is Finnish and has the most beautiful Christmas decorations so I try to take my inspiration from her. I am building a collection of classier and nicer, well made Christmas decorations to adorn my house in the festive season. Your house is just delightful, and I’m sure it must have a pleasant pine scent due to the gorgeous real pine leaves you are using. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and your home is filled with love and laughter.

  12. I love every single pic up there, obviously the one with Toby is extra special!
    I also cant resist myself from saying that photo-shoot of your 4.5 months old baby-boo is just superbly supreme!!!

  13. This is such a beautiful post! This interior design is fresh, but soft as well.
    Feel free to check out my blog.
    Have a great day!

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