Thursday, November 25, 2010

Vintage Inspiration Friday # 13 What's inspiring my decor this Christmas

I hope you're having a wonderful
I'm sneaking off from all the family to post for
Vintage Inspiration Friday
(psssst...don't tell them I'm gone!)

My Christmas boxes are on alert,
and I'm so ready to dig in.

I have lots of different styles that I love for Christmas decor,
but the one I always rely on and find that is the basis
 for whatever else I might use is "nature";
Paperwhites, natural greens, holly and berries.

Here are a few magazine images
 that I love and use for inspiration.

A rusty urn with a little glitz, glitter, and sparkle fit right in.

This year I'm being drawn to more
 neutrals and naturals with decorations

Burlap ribbon on the Living Room tree
(no ornaments yet)

My two smaller trees are up for the Thanksgiving weekend.
They're a little easier for me to handle.
I love a large tree, and do have one,
but since I'm the one that does the work,
I've opted for "less stress" and scaled down this year.

"My favorite number" 3 on an ornament I found at
 the Seed Box Open House. 

Brown velvet ribbon is what's happening in the Dining Room.
What's inspiring your Christmas decorating this year?

Hope you'll join in for
 Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Please visit The French Cupboard's
Extravagant Affair

and I'm running a 15% Off sale
this weekend at the Etsy Store
Just type in thanks1125 as the promo code at checkout.

Hope you have a wonderful and blessed
Thanksgiving Weekend!



  1. OMG a lite bulb just went off Debra!!
    Thanks so much for this post and your inspiration photos.
    I could I have forgotten to think of burlap for my garland filler!!!
    Thanks so much

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Debra! I also snuck away from the turkey to take a peek st my favorite blogs... love your decorations already... can't wait for Vintage Christmas Fridays... I went a little crazy! (so what's new, right?).. xoxo Julie Marie

  3. What Fabulous, Inspirational Pics... I want to start decorating but first I must continue to De-Clutter ~ Wishing You & Yours a Wonderful Thanksgiving....

  4. Such pretty Christmas decor...Thanks for the inspiration! I love your blog, I'm a new follower. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. I couldn't let Thanksgiving go by without telling you how thankful I am to know you and call you friend. Hope your holiday is blessed with family, friends and love.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

  6. Debra,
    this very lovely post have given me lots of inspiration.
    I love the white box, on the table, with the sprigs,and aubergines inside, the paperwhites, and beautifull nature elements.
    I hope you enjoy a wonderfull thanksgiving with your family.

  7. So much inspiration here Debra! I am going in the same direction I think, lots of naturals maybe less bling. Of course the boxes haven't been pulled out yet and as soon as I see all of the vintage decorations well, I go a little crazy! i love the peacefulness that all of those images give. Happy Thanksgiving! Theresa xoxo

  8. Happy Thanksgiving. You have a nice blog and I like your pictures as well. Don’t miss the give-a-ways, linky party and Bavarian Christmas starting 26 Nov!

  9. Hi Debra; please forgive my postings (number 3 and 4--something went haywire on my posting) delete if you can--so sorry. Your posting today was absolutely beautiful; inspiring as usual. Happy Thanksgiving.

  10. I'm new, been watching you... and would love for you to come and visit me....Please stop over and let's become friends. Have a lovely Turkey Day with loved ones. Blessing...xoso Sandy

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
    Great inspiration pictures - thanks for sharing.

  12. May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving Day...and everyday!!!

    m ^..^

  13. I love what YOU love! Such pretty and inspiring pictures you chose! I'm loving your tree decorating choices! Right up my alley! I guess some of us are just die hard bloggers! Lead the way Debra! Love JQ

  14. Hi Debra, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My son and his family left a couple of hours ago but not before helping us get all the decorations from the attic. The fun begins tomorrow. Love your inspiration photos.
    xo, Sherry

  15. Hi Debra, just wanted to pop in and say thank you for hosting once again such a lovely link party. I always appreciate such hostesses as I'm still rather new to blogging and it's a nice way to meet folks and get inspired. Hugs tami

  16. I just LOVE these photos. Gets me in the mood for a natural Christmas, too. Thanks for hosting. Planning to take a look at your etsy shop!
    Becky C

  17. Love these photos, Debra...lots of inspiration!

  18. Great inspiration photos. I am wanting to use more natural greens and items, too this year. Not sure what I'm doing yet. Look forward to seeing the full picture of your trees.

  19. I truly love the natural look as well. I will get my boxes of Christmas decor from storage tomorrow and start the process. Even in my little place, it takes me a couple of days. I love folksy, rustic at Christmas as well. And since my husband is in boat sales, I have a collection of lighted lighthouses that I incorporate also. Oh....I'm getting excited just talking about it!!

  20. Whoa - that vignette at the stairs is to die for!

    Thanks for participating in my giveaway!

    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  21. Debra- I am with you. I am scaling back. It just seemed so stressful years before with "me" trying to get it ALL out and decorated. We did the family tree with all the kids ornaments on school break wednesday. Now all I am going to do is put up my "white" tree - the one decorated with what I love in the dining room.

    I used to do trees in all the rooms but I went and purged almost all the decor except family memories and white. It was all donated to Habitat so someone else could have some.

    Enjoy your weekend..tammy

  22. Everything looks so beautiful, I am loving the simplicity of the natural look!
    You are always an inspiration!!!
    Margaret B

  23. What a gorgeous nature isnpired centerpiece you have there! I want to design my own too for this X'mas. I thinks the plants are perfect for my additional season decor,hmm. Thanks to your post, I've formed lovely ideas for my decoration.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  24. Debra,
    Thank you so much for hosting this great event each week.
    I'm excited to show you my beautiful tree today.

    barbara jean

  25. What has been inspiring my Decor this Christmas has been the wealth of Faith inspired ornaments... especially the Milagro style Sacred Heart ornamentsl... I bought a couple and after they grace our Tree this Christmas I intend to create some Bohemian Treasure Necklaces out of them to wear.

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  26. Gorgeous inspirations! I seem to be having trouble linking up, will try again later. Have a wonderful day!

  27. Just took what we have, and made a mantle arrangement, which we love very much. :-) Even though things are old, I can combine them differently, and in different spots in our home, different years.

    You have a lovely blog here! In case I haven't said that before.

  28. Beautiful inspirations! Can't wait to see your home for Christmas.
    ~ Julie

  29. Love these pictures. Thanks for sharing them ~ they are very inspiring. Getting some new ideas.

  30. I am so not a black friday shopper girl...I am a friday after thanksgiving decorating girl! I am looking forward to seeing your home all ready for the holiday! Thank you for hosting today Debra and have a fun weekend!

  31. So pretty! I feel myself leaning towards more rustic pieces these days. I love the photos. Thanks for hosting! I have a great giveaway going on at my blog. If you get a free moment, enter. Take care.

  32. Debra,
    Looks like you will be bringing the outdoors in!!!
    Love it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  33. Hope you guys had an awesome Thanksgiving!

  34. I hope my link works from Mel's Cabin.
    I made a chalk board out of a vintage kitchen cabinet door I used to use in my old kitchen.
    If you want to see it, here it is:

  35. I love the beauty of natural decorations! Love the brown ribbon! Enjoy decorating! I am starting tomorrow:) Have a blessed evening! HUGS!

  36. I'm with you, Debra! This year it's all about nature-inspired decor. Pine cones, pine boughs, white berries, lavender, galvanized buckets, and small white twinkly lights. No glitz or glitter here! :) Your photos were a great inspiration! xoxo laurie

  37. debra,
    perhaps i flatter myself, but i think we have so much in common we have been separated at birth! beginning with how guilty i feel when i'm on the computer working on my blog (or reading others'), perusing magazines for inspiration, favorite number is 3, down to the burlap and/or brown velvet riboon.
    as you've named your blog "common ground" i guess this happens to you often . . . don't worry, i'm not "going SWF" on you. ;^)
    i think this is the last time i'm a voyeur here--next time i'm participating in vintage inspiration friday!
    thanks for "inspiring" me!

  38. Hi Deb! Now that the family is sleeping I finally have a minute to visit everyone...thank you for hosting! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  39. Blessings to you my friend... I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with love and
    Joy. Your images are all wonderful and I love the number ornament.
    Loving the whole peaceful look here at your blog .

  40. I LOVE the nature theme you showed. Soooooo refreshing. I wanted to do something different but, the GRANDS are coming this year & they want the whole kiddy tree complete with the Santa Train underneath. I caved... they are growing up so fast & I have other years where they won't care what my tree theme is. RIGHT? You had a lot of great participants today. I'm off to check some of them out. Hubby is doing great & back to work. I wanted to thank you again for all of your information & support when he went through all that heart stuff this summer! HUGS!

  41. love your neutral decor! that brown ribbon is gorgeous! using neutrals with reddish burgundy in living room - ree and turquoise in the kitchen, will be here this Friday!



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