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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Cottage

Welcome to our Christmas Cottage.  My gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea for a few minutes during this busy time of year.  We are so thankful to have rain in Southern California that is helping with our terrible 4 year drought.  We are also having cold nights and beautiful but chilly days.  

Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting to bring you in the house for tea as it is getting chilly outside.
My theme for decorating this year ended up "red and white check" both indoors and outdoors.

              Let's go inside where it is warm and Bentley is waiting to show you around. Opps our tour guide decided to take a short nap on the stair landing.

The guest bedroom is ready for guests with greens, sea shells, vintage stockings and a little tree.

The dining room is festive with more greens, sea shells and red and white check.

                           I use my sea shell collection as part of our Christmas decorations and use this delicate vintage table cloth each year for Christmas.

We love using the red and white china for the Christmas holidays - normally the shelf is filled with blue and white china.

                                    Let's stop in the kitchen to have a cup of tea.

We don't have a lot of rain in Southern California and when we do get rain we get giddy and get out our garden boots to splash around in!

I already have red and white indoor/outdoor pillows and found the darling reindeer check pillow at Ross for $10.00 to add to my collection.  The shore birds are also wearing red gingham ribbons .

My home is decorated in coastal cottage style with my coastal cottage art  and I love using my seashell collection as part of our Christmas decorations.

The vintage flower stand used to be in the garden - now it resides in the living room in front of a sunny window and is perfect for plants and display for shells and bird nests!

Decorations are kept very simple with lots of greens, flowers and sea shells.

 My living room has lots of light and outdoor plants thrive indoors during the winter.

                                          Our tour guide finally woke up from his nap!

                                                    More sea shells used in decorating.

Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate you visits, comments, e-mails and those following my blog this year.

Wishing you and your family a Joyful and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I will be back with a new post the first week in 
January 2017.  Blessings,  Erin

                 "When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding joy."  Matthew 2:10


Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Such a festive decor, lovely for your warm climate. Give Bentley a scratch behind the ears for me, and Merry Christmas!

Susan said...

Bright, cheery and beautiful! Love it all. You have done a great job decorating. I LOVE your red and white checked pillows with the ruffle edges. Did you get those at Ross, too? Hope your Christmas is magical! Susan

Sue Kosec said...

I dream of being a guest in your home. Everything is so beautiful and I love the touch of whimsy throughout.

Christmas Merries!

Junkchiccottage said...

Merry Christmas Erin. May the new year also bring much more creativity from your artistic soul.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Erin, your home is so lovely and I love all the red and white decorations. It's simply beautiful.

So glad that Bentley got up to greet us. They do like to take naps in the afternoon. Mine take a morning one and then afternoon also.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


PS Mine garden loved the rain and I did lose about 10 rose bushes.

Cindy Lou said...

So cute! Looks so be achy and fun! Love the bright colors ! Merry Christmas!

PKBrandon said...

Everything looks so pretty and cheerful! Bentley is beyond cute!!

PKBrandon said...

P.S. So happy you're finally getting some wonderful rain :)

Polly said...

Very pretty, I would like to be a guest in your home.

Marlynne said...

So Happy! Love it

Sonia said...

Your cottage is one of my very favorites, especially at Christmas with all the red splashes of color! Merry Christmas!