Monday, December 19, 2011

Sideboard Inspiration

We're counting down the days now  and I have a few more things that I want to share. I made a quick stop here at the sideboard on the  Christmas House Tourbut I wanted to show a little more detail.

This lantern is one of two matching that I bought this year.
and it was the inspiration for my sideboard.

I wanted a serene "Jeanne D'Arc" feel to the entry and Living Room.

This little bottle brush wreath
 and the bubble print portrait of Mary are separate,
they just happened to fit together beautifully.

 (sorry for the glare of the overhead spots)

I also found these wonderful moss covered pinecones 
and a battery operated candle to add to the lantern
with my Mary and Baby Jesus statue.

A few of my favorite vintage postcards and an ex voto in flower frogs.

I found this wonderful Madonna of the Goldfinch print 
in this chippy frame a few years ago.

Here's a little information about the painting:

Madonna of the Goldfinch by Raphael or Raffaello

Renaissance Art by Raphael Sanzio or Raffaello

Madonna of the Goldfinch, Madonna del Cardellino (1505). Artist: Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) or simply Raphael or Raffaello. Madonna of the Goldfinch is a vintage Renaissance fine art religious portrait painting. The Virgin Mary is holding a book, with identifies her as Sedes Sapientiae ("Seat of Wisdom"). The goldfinch is a symbol of Christ's future violent death. The young Saint John the Baptist offers the goldfinch to Christ in warning of his future.

This captured the feeling I wanted this year,
serene and spiritual.

Just a few more days...
hope you have a wonderful week!


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  1. A beautiful display!!! Have a wonderful Holiday, Laura

  2. Very beautiful...blessings on your week.

  3. I shall try to adopt this motto for this week...serene and olive

  4. Very lovely! And the lantern will be nice for all kinds of seasonal displays! Happy holidays! ♥

  5. BEAUTIFUL dear Debra, it is so beautiful all, the bottle wreath with Mary, the statue in the lantern with the mosscovered pinecones- oh my - the frogs with beautiful cards, and the ex voto-all so beautiful-I love it all on your sideboard .

  6. Your entry way is beautiful Debra!! Thanks for sharing. Definitely serene and spiritual!

  7. That's just beautiful!! Love the Raphael print - I was so inspired by the Raphael paintings that I saw at the Munich, Germany museum this past summer. They are unbelievable in person. I'm on the lookout for prints now. Merry Christmas. Sally

  8. lovely, lovely! Esther from fleurcottage

  9. Debra,
    This is a meaningful vignette of the Reason for the Season! Thank you for posting this serene and spiritual message for all of us!

  10. Debra, that lantern and the way it is filled is fabulous. Love this vignette.

  11. Your decoration is just gorgeous.

    Have a nice tuesday

    Hugs Bente

  12. I love, love, love that conservatory with the statue in it and mossy pinecones! That looks like it's straight out of a magazine. I also like that old window with the ornaments hanging off it. You did a great job.

  13. YES! Love all the elegant things with an old window backdrop.

  14. Oh's all so beautiful to me!!! I just love each and every element!!!! You have such a gift for grouping gorgeous things together that BELONG together ~ I hope you're having a wonderful week and I just have to wish you a very Merry Christmas sweet girl...wishing you all the best!!! hugs and love, Dawn

  15. What a gorgeous, display! The lantern is so beautiful!

  16. Your lantern is one of the most beautiful elements I think I have seen in all of blog land this everything you added to looks very French and very old world and beautifully adds to that serene and spiritual atmosphere you were seeking. Warm wishes for a wonderful Christmas.


  17. Gorgeous! I especially love the vintage religious pieces you have.

    Merry Christmas,

  18. Very elegant and classic vignette. Merry Christmas! Linda

  19. Oh I love your vignette. It is perfect for the season. Your lantern is wonderful. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  20. Yes this is very serene and contemplative! Lovely!

  21. I love it!! It is serene and beautiful, festive but not overpowering. You got it just right!!

  22. Deborah,
    What a beautiful sideboard. It is difficult to choose what part I love the most.The Madonna in the Lantern is extremely gorgeous. You hit your mark for the Serene and Spiritual.
    BTW, your posts on Paper Whites have encouraged me to try my hand at planting some. I have always loved them...from afar. You have made them look doable.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  23. Debra, this is so beautiful. I love the Madonna and child inside the lantern....I collect religious memorobilia like that and just picked a Madonna up yesterday at a little antique store. I have something like this set up in my foyer.
    Merry Christmas,

  24. loved Mary's vignette in the lantern

    Annie v.


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