Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Calming Down



Over ten years ago Evi made this Santa especially for me... he holds tiny, meaningful treasures that I asked her to include...(the little doll I bought on our trip to Paris)....Isn't he wonderful?

So, after feeling pretty good about my energizing post on all things Christmasy RED yesterday...
...this morning on my way to work, I heard on the radio that red is indeed energizing but stressful and that greens and blues are calming and the way to go this holiday season...



So here are some more blues and greens...and some more stockings!
They were cut and made from antique pieces of toile by Karen Pfaller.



A few vintage blue ornaments...





Remember these green transferware plates I found at the flea market a few weeks ago?
They cleaned up so nice...



...and a few vintage Christmas postcards in blues and greens...
Do you feel calmer? What colors do you prefer for your holiday decorating?

37 comments:

A Dancing Mango said...

Lori,
What beautiful postings and a lovely Blog. I am so happy I found you.
It is wonderful and I love your name 52 Flea!
You are invited to come to my Blog,
I am having a Christmas Give A Way on Dec. 13th so you still have time! I know you will be delighted to see what I am giving away.
please look at Mondays post.. not todays.
I see you have Vintage Christmas Monday.. How cool..!
Good luck hope to see you!

Lisa said...

Our pictures are lovely as always, I do love your santa! His treasures are perfect!
Hugs, Lisa

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Laura:
Love the blues and whites! Living in Florida, I've changed over to blues and whites from our Northern reds. I even add white starfish to our tree. Thanks for the images!
xoxo
Donna

Linda said...

Much calmer... the color does make me feel good. Love those dishes! Everything is so pretty, thanks for sharing.

KarenB said...

That's a questions I'm trying to decide for myself. Struggling with that this Christmas. I love the neutrals of gold and silver with burlap and linen. But, I love vintage ornaments. My favorite colors to decorate with are red and blue so that's what I'm using. It goes with my house. Upstairs where I'm attempting a beachy look the colors are blue and green. So, pick a room, it could be different.

Karen @ Elderberry Street

June said...

Well Laura, I'm a little ADD when it comes to decorating. I use everything and every color. I much prefer silvers and reds, but I do it all.
I love the beautiful transferware and the simple twig to embellish. Oh boy is that Santa ever lovely!!!
Hugs~

Linda said...

Love the blues, so calming. Great dishes!

Jane said...

I think the blues are pretty but I'm still going to have to go with the reds and greens for Christmas! I've got to blame my stress on something :-)
Jane

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Peaceful and pretty!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

miniacollection said...

What a beautiful Santa !
Geneviève

Tattered Goods said...

I love the Santa and I say bah humbug to what they say about red... I love red at Christmas, it is Beuatiful :)

Sheila

les fifoles said...

I feel.. appreciative when I'm looking at your beautiful picture with the green plates. I love it!

A bientôt. Anne

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura!
The toile stockings are wonderful, and the antique postcards depict such caml scenes. We could all use a little of that this time of year!

pysseltanten said...

Lovely pictures...=))
Hugs Git

Jacqueline said...

You have so many beautiful things, Laura. I think that, whatever I asked you to find, you would be able to put your hands on it !! I love your Father Christmas and the little treasures that he is holding. I always have different colours for Christmas. This year, I think that silver will be prominent with a few other muted colours thrown in....although, in a few days, I could have changed my mind !! XXXX

Theresa said...

Sweet Santa! I love all of the detail that Evi added. I love gold sparkly things, lots of silver and some burgandy! Those are my favorite Christmas decoration colors. Love the vintage stockings and your dishes are too pretty! Have a blessed day!

Les Cotrions said...

Hi Laura! Felling calmer is just what I need! I'm always so stressed!!! I love the Xmas stockings...nice toile fabrics and the plates are gorgeous! We have a wonderful sunny day today...unfortunately I've to work but I like to see the sun through the windows!
Enjoy a nice day!
Big hugs
Vale

Annemary said...

de bien jolies choses chez toi j'AIIIIIIIme ton blog et je viens souvens en visite ça me fais bien du plaisir ! continue à m'enchanter MERCI big hug and big kiss Happy christmas lovely Laura

Jackie said...

I love the pop of red at Christmas. I think it a substitute for sunlight during winter...

FILIGREE MOON said...

As I read your post I'd have to say the combination of the red berries on the green and white plates is most appealing! Santa is so pretty, as are the blue collection and birdy!~ Angela

trash talk said...

Love the blues. I have a secret addiction to that shade even tho' I don't have it in my home. I just keep a little stash of vintage Christmas that I bring out for the holidays. One of these days, I may just have to pay homage to Tiffany blue in one room.
Debbie
P.S. Your Santa is fabulous!!!

Sea Witch said...

I want each and every item you have shared with us. You have such a flare for decorating, a wonderful gift you possess. Blessings to you this holiday seaons. Sea Witch

Jenns Three Graces said...

I'm not a red, yellow or orange person, although I love to wear red, love red tulips and yellow daffodils. I've decorated for about 3 years now with blues, silvers and greens for the holidays and it does indeed give me an UP and yet peaceful feeling - it also is easier to keep through the winter - your ideas are lovely....thank you - Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura!
Love all your colors! (especially the red, though)
Love your Santa!
LOVE Your doll!
LOVE YOU!
Fifi

Anonymous said...

Miss Laura .... you are definitely on to something, using the blues and greens
couple of years ago, I put up a tree using sea glass and pearls, and it was such a calming beauty!
dear friend brought me a life-size baby Jesus, with eyelashes! from
Monteray Mexico - last year or two He is my only holiday decoration, and I change from an antique bread bowl to a basket to an antique doll bed for His manger - very freeing, very significant - more
so than doo-dads and tinsel! still love the decorating, tho'.....
trivia note: my fav bro was born 12/31/52, so everytime I check out your blog, it brings him to mind
all best during the holidays, and into the new year!
joodie, in San Antonio
gjazaks@earthlink.net

Rosemary said...

Amazing and beautiful!!
Rosemary

My Grama's Soul said...

As usual - you pics are the best. I love it that you have used calm colors in this post. It helps this time of year.

Blessings to you,

Jo

Greet said...

Dear Laura,
I so love the Santa that Evi made for you! Maybe you have discovered on my blogpost that I just adore Santas!
Laura, thank you so much for your comment on my post of Belgian Castles!
xx
Greet

LemonyRenee' said...

Hey, I have that blue vintage snowman and his pink girlfriend, too! Thanks for reminding me . . . for some reason, I haven't come across them yet this year.

Ange said...

Hi Laura, I'm curious, what is transferware? It's beautiful, but I'm not familiar with the term. The downside to living in France for 15 years is I only know French technical terms for many things (even for rock climbing and seeing decorating didn't interest me in my early 20s...)

In response to your colour question : I've done up the entrance in whites and pastel Lectoure Blue, then I spring the red festivity on you in the lounge and dining area... Red's a great colour for stimulating the appetite (not a favourite colour for my 'shrinking' jeans then ;-) and it's perfect, as you said, for chasing away the winter drearies!

I think your house must be the most beautiful and welcoming home for miles!
Ange xx

erin said...

love the blues! especially the toille stockings and blue glass beads! and the green transferware !! i always love coming to your blog for vintage inspiration!!
happy holidays!
erin

The Lone Dollier said...

I love the blue stocking! So calming, so nice an blue (love blue).

Smiles~
Marilyn

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Decorating for Christmas is an individual's expression of the things they love and hold dear.
Theme trees are nice but every year there is a different theme...
I love the vintage pieces from childhood but suspend them from the mantle and arches as I have two mischievous cats.
And you're off to Cathy's open house this weekend... you are so lucky she is one of my favourite artists.
Have fun and enjoy.
Susan

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Can't wait to see you tommorrow. I recognise a few things from some of the last few posts I've missed.
I decided last week that I was going to add turquoise to the mix. Can't wait to get decorating at home this year!
xoxo,
Carole

sissie said...

I think your Santa is precious.
As far as color for Christmas decorating, I am not much into blue. I like looking at it in other people's decor, but I'm more at ease with whites, silvers and creams. Last year I tried pinks and apple greens and this year it's all about the whites and silvers. Wonder what next year will bring?

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi, I popped over here where somewhere...can't remember now but I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog. I really like the blue beads and the old mica bird. Come for a visit sometime and happy holidays.

Anonymous said...

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