Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas in Cozy Connecticut


I slept in the Princess room...snug and cozy with tiny mice
 and Midnight, Paula's cat!
:)





The lights on the Christmas tree in this cozy bedroom
 twinkled all night!


Paula made a delicious chicken chili and corn bread for dinner...



















I gave this wonderful wire piece that I found at Anthro
 a few years ago...to Paula as a gift.
I still love it 
...and am glad that I bought one for myself at the same time!
Do you ever do that?
"One as a gift for a dear friend...
...and one for me!!!"







...Evi's creation.
We missed having her with us this time!





another of Evi's wonderful dolls...





I think that this Santa was created by our friend Ginny.


Bear by Lori Ann Corelis



 There's lots more to show you at Paula's home...
...but tomorrow we will take a break and 
I will show you some pics from our visit to 
Carole's Christmas shop at Maynard Greenhouse.

Are you beginning to catch the Christmas spirit?
:)

44 comments:

Tardevil said...

I don't know who Paula is, and her house is nothing like mine (traditional), but I want to go there! She should make it a bed and breakfast! ;o) Looks so cozy and reminds me of my grandfather's house. Especially the little white tree with silver (bells?).

The Cranky Queen said...

I am amazed at Paula's home! It is so comfortably magnificent! I am in love...Thanx so much for sharing. Just bookmarked as a fav~ Tiffany

Barbara Jean said...

I just love this whole, creamy white, chippy post!! Now I'm going to go look at it again.
thanks

blessings
barbara jean

Carol said...

Beautiful, tranquil and whimsical all in one place. I'm certain you must have had
Sugarplums dancing in your head all through the night in that charming bedroom.
I can't wait to see more

Smiles,

Carol

Barbara Jean said...

Laura,
I enjoyed these posts so much I'm sending my friends over.
Hope you do not mind.

blessings
barbara jean

Carole said...

no matter how many times I see Paula's it's just as exciting as the first time.

gosh me tomorrow....yicks! haha

x
carole

Crimson Heart Studios said...

Wow, What a wonderful place. Is it always Christmas there? I just posted a vintage garland tutorial and giveaway on my blog. From the looks of your visit to Paula's, it's right up your alley. Stop by and say hi. thanks, Cindy

Buttercup said...

What a lovely house. I could settle in there happily! I, too, buy one to keep and one to give.

Rose Petal Hollow said...

What a beautiful home. It look amazing in photos, I can only imagine how it is for real. Thanks for sharing.
MaryAnn

Terry said...

There is more coolness and interest here that I can spent tons of time just looking at it all. Love it. Merry Christmas

erin said...

oh laura!!!i am sooo happy to have glimpses into Paula's magical home once again this year (i have your post from last years tour in my faves! or was it the year before? and i remember the socks on the legs of the coffee table) i just love everything about her style and especially the fact that she is a collector of one of a kind and hand made treasures! and all the lucious wire pieces give her rooms such an airy feel....and her attention to detail is incredible! why, oh why doesn't she have a blog so we can see more and get to "know" her better?? just when i thought i was done with my own decorating, i now am inspired to do more! thanks for sharing this adorable home with us and i can not wait to see Caroles next!
erin
xxoo

Al said...

Beautiful images! The white hutch is my favorite, with all of the wonderful goodies tucked into it. Quite a marvelous collection in this winter wonderland. Thanks for this great post.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

My house looks like bare bones after viewing all the treasures tucked into her charming home! I love the soft shades of white she combined together.

*Seelenstübchen* said...

Your blog is wonderful, I love your pictures
Doris

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I feel speechless looking at Paula's collections. Everything is so beautiful, and so well placed. It feels like a fantasyland. How delightful to sleep there.

Anonymous said...

To me it looks like you been to the Winter Wonderland Laura!!! Like you!! so nice pics and athomospere!!! Ciao W. the Antiques Lovers

Boxwood Cottage said...

Since yesterday my over excited comments somehow didn't go through I'm trying it again today. Dear Laura thank you ever so much for sharing all these over inspirng pictures of your talented friend Paula's home with us. She has one of these rare homes I would move in right away! I think I had to pin almost every photo on my White Vintage Christmas inspiration board on Pinterest.
Love, love love it all and Evi's enchanting dolls are topping it all off! What a pity that she had to miss this wonderful trip again! Hope she's well!
Sending you warm wishes from rainy and stormy Germany for a cosy Christmas season!
Carola xoxo~

Candylei said...

Oh la la! How did you go to sleep at night? I wouldn't be able to close my eyes as I would want to keep looking and looking. Thank you for taking us along!!

It's me said...

What a wonderful post.....i see great things everywhere ....love from me...xxx..

Dorthe said...

Oh this is a magic home- I could stay here all day, looking and soaking all this beautiful athsmophere ,to me , dreaming ,to live like that, with all the fantastic art pieces from Evi and others. Paula have a wonderful gift of decorating to make all feel cosy and welcome, I can tell.
Thankyou again so much dear for taking us along to this wonderland.
Hugs,Dorthe

Andi's English Attic said...

I am in awe. What a beautiful, beautiful house. I think this post has inspired me more than any other for Christmas. Makes me want to start all over again with my own house (but I wont. That's not what we're about these days, is it? :) ) xx

Vintage Gal said...

After seeing this beautiful home and the festive decorations, I am definitely in the spirit ;-)

rememberwhenfarm said...

OMG!!!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Paula's home. Her ideas are amazing, love all the birds, and the Evi's dolls...just LOVE IT ALL !!! Can not wait to see more!!!! But, just a quick note about Paula's. A long, long time ago, Paula's home was in Country Living magazine. But, I didn't know it was Paula....the days before blogs etc....anyway, I saved that issue, along with many others, because I loved her home and style. And when I found your blog, saved that too because I LOVE it....and....low and behold the lady with the wonderful house from Country Living is your friend!!!! And she gets better and better!!! So glad I found you and her!!! Whew!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!! Linda Evans

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

What a treat! I'd been anxiously awaiting to see Paula's wonderful home! Beautiful pictures, Laura...I just love it all.

Oh what fun, and I am looking forward to continuing on the journey with your visit to Carole.

Happy Wednesday,
Hugs,
Susie

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Laura,
Paula has created a awe-inspiring cozy home. How lucky you are to visit and be surrounded by beautiful people and beautiful things that make you smile. Thanks for sharing.
Smiles, Paula

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Laura your photos have captured the talents of both Paula, in her decorating and Evi in her creating.Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I look forward to seeing Carole's shop!!!!!!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

joetterer said...

WOW, love the glitter "nest" on the mirrow with the paper flower! So much inpiration!

www.minnesotajunker.blogspot.com

ariadne said...

What a fantastic Christmas home! I wonder how long it takes Paula to decorate all that! It is like living in a museum house or something! Lovely! Are visitors accepted? I have a friend in Connecticut. She said she knows Carole's shop it is very near her home. AriadnefromGreece!

Curtains In My Tree said...

I wanted to tell you again you are one of my favorite blogs I have always loved coming over here for beautiful pictures posted , like your little red baby shoes

that baby shoe with the little mouse in it is adorable

Cindy said...

Oh My! What a wonderfully decorated home! I had to look at the pictures several times...

Ange said...

Hello dearest Laura,
I see you are still surrounded by beautiful things as usual. I'd love to come and spend Christmas with such a beautiful theme around me. And yes - I often make or buy the same gift for myself as I give to a girlfriend. More often than not - I make it for myself then give it away. I never regret it though :) xxx

janice15 said...

So very beautiful, all of it...I love strolling through it left me feeling warm and cozy...thank you for the lovely photos....hugs Janice

Sussi / Sussinghurst said...

Amazing!!!!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your gorgeous photographs. But, today's post of your friend Paula's beautiful Connecticut home has left me breathless. I lived in a 1740 gambrel colonial in CT for over 30 years before I retired and relocated to Maryland. Although I am enjoying decorating my new home in a coastal style, my first love will always be New England Primitives. This surely made me homesick! Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful thoughts and pictures with us here in blog-land.

Candace Bishop

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

I don't know who Paula is, but I love her home! So warm,cozy, and inviting! The doors, and the floors, and, and .............

Debbie

Egretta Wells blog said...

Every nook and cranny is just delightful! I had to go back three times and look at this beautiful home! Thanks for sharing it.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

it's always one for you and one for me.. i'm hopeless at christmas..

love the little wire thingy.. i'm much into wire and metal at present.. and LOVE Paula's home.. always love to see your's and Carole's post of Paula's delightful home..

ciao ciao xxx Julie

karen said...

Oh how I love Paula's house. i am going to be looking at these pix for a long time for inspiration. My husband and I were lucky enough to meet her at her tag sale on her birthday this summer. Wished her a Happy as you requested! Her home evokes her lovely spirit, it was a special day for us. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pictures, thanks for sharing all the beauty! Karen from CT

vikki said...

Your site is breathtaking. I am now your newest follower.

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

Charming & delightful!! The little mouse in the shoe has got to be my favorite :O)

Gray Branches said...

Definitely getting the Christmas spirit now! How cozy & inspiring at the same time.. Thanks for bringing us along into your friends' lovely home.

Debbie

Lancashire rose said...

A Christmas feast for the eyes and more. WLucky girl to stay in such a home at Christmas time. I love the expression on the mouse's face, He is content too.

Paula's older sister Carol said...

Laura, Paula says I should not be a stalker and leave a comment. OK I am Paula's older sister, Carol. I work nights at Albany Medical center and have used your blog as entertainment while at work. Thanks! I also love to create and decorate with old things, but they turn out to be very different from my dear sister's.

Lucy Auburn said...

Yours has got to be my favourite Christmas home tours that I have yet to see online. SO many beautiful touches and vignettes. Simply magnifique!