Friday, December 2, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday # 66 Toile, Plaid and the Winners!

One concept has been going on in my head as I've started decorating
for Chistmas this year, and that is that I want to
do something different.
It's easy to get stuck in a rut each year, 
so I've been changing things up a bit.

This is a peek at what I'm doing in the Dining Room.
You all know how I love plaid,
but usually I've corralled it in the Sunroom.
This year I ran with it for the Dining Room too.

But I love me some red toile,
so that's also part of the fun this year.

and of course, add a little of this on the tree...

mix it all together, and you get some of this...

more coming on the Dining Room soon...

So now for some inspiration from last week:

has a great idea for gifting this Christmas.
(More on paperwhites from me, next week!)

Julie from Saltbox Treasures takes us along on a tour
of her flea space full of Vintage Christmas Goodies!

Sarah from Upscale Down Home had me with the plaid ribbon
on her wonderful mini wreaths!

shares all her bottle brush trees, some natural
and some dyed. you'll love them!

Kathy at A Delightsome Life shared an alternate method to make
mercury glass candleholders, really pretty!

And check out this great scrap garland from the Old Block House

Are you ready to know the winners of the 
All Things French Give Away?

Thankyou, each and everyone of you who entered the Give Away!
I'm humbled by your friendship, love, and support.

Robin from High Point Circle is the winner of the 
wonderful pillow from Jolie Marche, the frenchy necklace, 
and goodies from L'Occitane.

The majority of you grabbed my button and shared on your blogs.
Thank YOU so much!!!

so Jann from A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
wins the wonderful French Market bag
 from Carol at the Polka Dot Closet

WOW, remember that we're having a month long celebration
of Vintage Christmas and all your decor here at VIF,
so I hope you'll grab the button on the sidebar and join in for the fun!


Heads up for the Week Long Christmas Block Party 
coming from the gals At The Picket Fence,
starting Sunday with Debbie's Copy Cat Challenge

One more thing...
Tracie from Fishtail Cottage has been having 
a mega celebration with some amazing give aways.
If you haven't entered, hop on over.
tons of fun going on over there!!

Hope you're not worn out yet,
let's share the fun and vintage inspiration!!!
(please add your link within the post)

Joining in with these wonderful party gals:

love you all bunches!


  1. Debra, I have always called myself 'plaid happy.' I adore filled with energy. Can't wait to see your designs.

    Thanks for hosting.


  2. Hi Debra,
    You have Some Very Pretty pictures of Inspiration this Week... Congratulations to Jann on Winning that Adorable Market Tote from the Polka Dot Closet... I just finished linking up the DIY Winter Ice Skate... Have a Great Week!!

  3. Lots of great stuff to take in Debra. Thanks for hosting. I love how the inspiration brought that beautiful tree together.

  4. Debra,
    It is looking great! I love your Christmas blog button! I'll use that next week. lots of great ideas! Your necklace is beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

  5. Lots of beautiful things going on in your page Debra! Congratulations to Robin for winning! I knew I couldn't be the luckiest person in the world by winning your giveaway a second time around! I love the necklace that I won from you last time and keep wearing it! Still deciding what to use the lovely notebook for! Patsy from

  6. Hi Debra, So much inspiration here. I love toile and plaid, for Christmas or anytime. Can't wait to see all your doing. Lovely features.
    Thanks for hosting.

    The French Hutch

  7. Hi Debra... oooh, your tree is so pretty!... I too love toile and plaid, especially mixed together...can't wait to see what else you do... congratulations to your lucky winners!... and thanks for another peek from last weeks party... love to you, xoxo Julie Marie PS I have waited FOREVER for these parties of yours again... so of course I linked today!

  8. I'm mad for plaid, too, Debra. I don't care if it's taffeta or a wonderful Pendleton wool ... nothing says home and Christmas better. Great theme and I can't wait to see all your clever touches. Thanks for hosting :)

  9. I am so ga ga for plaid this year. I just love it Debra. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for hosting. Can't wait for the bloggers block party next week.

  10. Hoot man! Nobody wears tartan better than you and I can think of nothing better to pair with red velvet cake...except maybe scotch on the rocks. I hear bagpipes?

  11. So funny, I have been working today on a tablescape with a plaid tablecloth with blue in it. I love the red, green and blue. I made a tree shirt out of one of the plaid fabrics you featured today. It is hard to find those now and how I wish I had bought the napkins to match. Anyway, we like so many of the same things. I always enjoy your posts. Have things scattered all over the house so I must get busy! Thanks for all your fun ideas.

  12. Congratulations to Robin!
    I love toile, always fitting it in where I can. Your tree is lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing your fully decorated dining room. Thanks for hosting Debra.

  13. Great inspirations! Very lovely. Congratulations to your winners!!

  14. I'm so happy for your winners...I see some of my blog buddies here! And thanks for the fun! Hugs! ♥

  15. What a nice surprise to see my bleached and dyed tress here! Thank you!!! I love your choices for decorating this year...I like those plaids! Thank you for hosting each week!

  16. Hi there...lots of fun going on here :) I linked up my Christmas mantle. Thanks for hosting :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  17. Love those fabrics. Thanks for hosting, Debra.

  18. Hi Debra! I can't wait to see more of your Christmas decor next week!!! I am loving the toile especially! I used to have a pretty purple toile guest room before little guy #2 came long. I loved that room...but I love my little guy more. lol! Thanks for hosting today!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  19. Plaid is bad baby. But in the best way! Thanks bunches for hosting. BTW Clovis has a toile cat bed he will not sleep in...ha.

  20. ...lots of happy links to get the holiday decorating started!!
    adore the paperwhites:)
    xo, Rosemary

  21. I am looking forward to participating in some of the parties you have listed, but my project this week is not yet Christmas. We had a death in the family and I will delayed in starting on Christmas. Hope you like my lamps anyway!! Thanks for hosting.


  22. Hi Debra! Thanks so much for having me today and for always being such a sweet hostess. I have linked up a couple of posts today, one from my Pinterest link up and one from my Christmas Blog. I hope you might be able to pop by some time!

    Have a happy weekend!

    Best wishes,

  23. Toile and Plaid, two classics that will never got out of style, in my opinion! I love the plaid for Christmas as it's so festive!

  24. So beautiful Debra!
    I am a huge fan of toile...especially red!
    I haven't seen your new's gorgeous!
    hugs from here

  25. Is that your real tree with the plaid ribbon and church (who would have thought...a church! Love it!)

  26. I love the red toile and plaid, Debra! Of course, I do love red! Great features! Thanks for being a lovely hostess!

  27. Lovin' the plaid Debra!!!


  28. I love toile and plaid too! I am a Ralph Lauren kind of girl for sure! Look forward to seeing your Christmas decor. We are going to the Victorian Home Tour in Midtown tommorow night, I hope to get lots of inspiration!

  29. You gave me a great idea to use a toile ribbon that i spied in the store, I will buy it for my Xmas tree :)

  30. Oh I really, really like your plaid ribbon. All of the inspiration photos and your tree are just wonderful. Thank you for hosting!

  31. Wonderful features, Debra! Congrats to the winner and thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

  32. Your snowy Christmas tree is precious the plaid and toile inspiration :)I know your dining room is going to look so pretty...can't wait to see that.... I enjoyed seeing all of the features...Thanks for hosting!
    Big hugs,

  33. So much beauty, yours and others:) Enjoyed looking at all of the pretties, great inspiration! Have a blessed weekend and congrats to the LUCKY Ladies! HUGS!

  34. What a great prize package to win! I am so grateful and surprised! Thank you so much for this opportunity. I LOVE this linky party!

  35. It's pretty obvious that I love plaid too! Your tree is adorable!!

    Susan and Bentley

  36. Oh! It's going to be DARLING! :)

    Thank you for hosting every week. :)


  37. Holy gorgeous! These are beautiful images!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  38. Do you have a bit of Scotch in your family tree Debra? I think I've been very influenced by RL in my love of plaid! I love vintage CHristmas too! Thanks so much for hosting!xx

  39. Love those winter plaids... I think I need to go pick up some fabric make some pillows after seeing that. And Debra, that December party button picture is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting--

  40. thanks for hosting Debra! It's been awhile for me, but glad I can jump back in. some beautiful linkies this week!

  41. Thank you for hosting! I am doing the same thing this year, trying a little different approach to my holiday decorating. I think it will be fun to "shake it up" a bit!

  42. Thank you for hosting. I'm pretty new to the link parties and this is my first time on your wonderful blog. Love it! I accidently put the name on my link as my first name instead of "Christmas Peeks" (oops)1 That means it's time for bed :)

    Thanks again and I will be back,


  43. Good Morning Debra! Your dining room tree looks so sweet with the plaid ribbon and little barns!
    Thanks for the party and have a wonderful weekend!

  44. thank you for hosting! What a great party!!

  45. HI Debra,
    Love a bit of toile - there is some in my Christmas stockings!

  46. Hi Debra,
    First of all, so excited to have won that darling bag! It will be perfect to hold my stitching projects that I'm working on. Can't wait to show it off to all of my friends!
    I love toile and plaid. Your tree turned out so lovely. I like mixing things up a bit each year also. Thanks again!

  47. Thank you, thank you for this gorgeous inspiration!

  48. Thank you so much for hosting and for featuring my vintage mini wreaths! I really appreciate the the shout out! I am in love with plaid and toile and can't get enough of either!

  49. i do adore
    lots of red plaids at Christmastime

    in fact
    i just found
    a vintage red plaid
    linen dish towel
    that's now hanging in my kitchen

    all linked up for the week!


  50. Hi Debra,
    hope it is ok I used your pics on my blog. your beautiful tree inspired me!
    fab party...


  51. That combo of toile and plaid makes my heart go pitter patter Debra! :-) Your decor is looking just lovely and I can't wait to see more next week. Thanks for hosting us!

  52. Oh my goodness, this time of year there is so much beauty, I want to visit each link! Thanks for hostessing a fantastic party!


  53. I have some red and beige toile which I bought because it was dirt cheap several years ago. I have never used it. Looking forward to seeing how you incorporate it into your holiday decor.

  54. I love toile all year round. I always look so forward to joining this fun party, so thanks for hosting it. Lots of hugs and beautiful tree, lovely!

  55. Hi Debra, I love the toile and plaid mixed together and your tree is so pretty. Looking forward to seeing your dining room. I am a little late for the party but I still wanted to join in. Thanks for hosting.

  56. I never would'ave thought that plaid and toile would look good together, Debra....but they do!!! Wow!

    xoxo laurie

  57. Toile and plaid, my two favorite fabrics! I love using them together!

  58. I am such a fan of toile and never thought of mixing it with plaid. The look is totally awesome! Wonderful inspiration as usual.

  59. I love your new idea for toile and plaid nothing better for a beautiful arrangement

    what great inspiration. I want to get all my lovely things out however due to a serious health problem I am limited now, but hope to recover soon

  60. Debra,
    WooHoo, I'm so excited I finally had my act together enough to post on VIF! I love your red toile & plaid. That pic of the sunroom from pinterest you showed has been in my inspiration file for ages. Love everything about it. Your home is so elegant but warm & cozy too. I love seeing how you decorate for each season. Thanks for hosting this party. It's the only one I make an effort to join.

  61. Thanks to a very dear friend, I LOVE the vintage look - AND I love using unique, personalized, and vintage Christmas tree ornaments on my tree. Thanks so much for a fun visit to your site to enjoy even more of these treasures. I've added you to my Christmas blog party roundup for the Sandwich Generation caregivers who aren't always able to get out and about for the holidays. Have a delightful week.

  62. Hi Debra! You know, I keep thinking about participating in Vintage Friday since I have a number of interesting items in my collections, but since I started school in September, I've barely been able to keep posts on - down to only two a week! Difficult to visit regularly, too - though I have been lurking . . .

    So, I'm checking in here with my tree and my vintage angel on top - plus all things nostalgia. More vintage things to come this month, too! Loving all the inspiration with you - as always - and your sweet spirit. Thank you for hosting so many talented and inspiring decorators and collector!


  63. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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