Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Peek At The Enchanted Winter Nest 2012

So many of you have asked about my dear friend
 Paula's Enchanted Winter Nest... did she decorate her charming farmhouse in Connecticut 
for Christmas this year?

You all know that I visited Paula and we made our rounds...
you've seen Carole's Christmas shop at Maynard Greenhouse...
Michele's shop...Taken For Granite...Deanna's shop...Gather 
and even, new to me this year...Robin's shop...BonVivant.

 But what about Paula's enchanting magical cottage this year? 

( doll by our friend Evi of Evi's Country Snippets)

I have hesitated to do this post as I am not the only one
 who has photographed her amazing home this season.
And some day...
you just might see those professional photos in a magazine.

But...after chatting with Paula...
and in order not to disappoint you all...
we decided to share some photos focusing on the magical details that are the signature of Paula's styling.

While treasure hunting at Brimfield in September,
 Paula spied these very special antique skates.

The price was well beyond her budget but after some impressive
 and very creative haggling she was able to get the dealer to agree
 to accept a more reasonable figure and a cheeseburger!

 She was delighted to be able to bring them home with her
 and this is why it's so fun when we shop together!

Here, Paula has posed another of Evi's snow girls
 as part of a vignette on a large old basket in front of the window.

As the beautiful Christmas tree in her back room
 soars toward the ceiling...
...and a fantastic French bird cage from Deanna's shop Gather
dangles from the rafters...
...a lovely glittered paper bird flies between the two...

Please enjoy a peek and some close ups of the special details
 in Paula's Christmas displays...

Another wonderful snow girl
 created by our favorite doll maker Evi is perched
 on an old metal skirt hoop.

From an English bathhouse... in Paula's downstairs bathroom.

One of Evi's wonderful Santas from past years.

The springs from an old seat hold a candle
 and a Christmas tree decorated with burlap birds.

The wire dress form on the wall
 was another discovery from Gather.
Paula worked her magic and now it holds bits of lace, Christmas
 stockings, vintage family photos and a tiny pair of mittens.

Every nook and cranny holds something to delight the eye.

Even her tiny upstairs bathroom holds a sweet Christmas tree.

An upstairs guest bedroom is decorated with more handmade dolls,
 whimsical touches, vintage ornaments and fresh greens. 

These shutters which once graced the outside of the house...
now act as a backdrop for this wonderful Christmas scene
 while providing a place for storage under the eaves.

I know we have shown you this wonderful angel
 created by Cathy Pendleton in the past.
She is truly special and worth a second look for sure!

In the dining room Paula's brown transferware
 is enhanced with a button star this season.

One of Evi's winter rabbits stands amid a string of jingle bells
 on the old white bench in the living room.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into Paula's wonderful world.
To see full shots of the rooms in this enchanting nest....
...patience is a virtue!

I will be worth the wait!
Hope that you are enjoying a meaningful and peaceful
 Christmas season.


Junkchiccottage said...

I cannot get enough of Paula's decor. Love this post. She has some of the best and pretty decor. Love it all. She is so magazine worthy.
Everything is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I fell in LOVE with Paula's home some time back when Carole first shared some pics. Thank you for sharing more of her beautiful home and Christmas decor with all of us, Laura. Paula must be an absolute joy to know!
~ Zuzu

mary pernula said...

Thanks Laura for sharing Paula's house again, I am going to get one of Evi's dolls next year, Merry Christmas Hugs Mary

Kristie said...

Paula's decor is absolutely stunning! I could spend some serious time looking at each photo to see all the wonderful treasures she has collected over the years. She has quite an eye for creating beautiful vignettes! :)

Andy's Attic said...

She really has made her home a wonderland. It is magazine worthy and I look forward to seeing the publication. She has the touch!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Oh Laura.,.,.,,thanks for the pics and peaks, and the 'possibility' of more to come! Can't wait!

Merry Christmas and many, many blessings.

Katia Ollivier said...

C'est plus que magnifique !! c'est magique !
Ces belles poupées, ces oiseaux... tout est charme et naturel... j'aime beaucoup !
Merci pour ce partage..
A bientôt

Lee said...

This post should be the next Country Living Mag Christmas article. Wow! Lovely.

June said...

Pure magic! Every single detail and every beautiful antique and vintage treasure makes Paula's decor so inspiring and charming. I can never see too many photos of her house.
Hmmm... I can't wait to see her home in print : )
Sending hugs from here...

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

It is hard to imagine so much perfect loveliness in one place! Thanks so much for sharing this!! :)

ThiftedBliss said...

Thanks for all the beautiful pictures of Paula's nest. Thanks to you, my husband and I met her at her tag sale in summer of 2011 and saw her handiwork in person. Evi's creations are so spectacular and add to all the wonder. I will visit this page again and again! Merry Christmas- Karen from CT

erin's art and gardens said...

yippie know i love paulas home!! thanks for the "fix"!! love it all.

Vintage Gal said...

Laura ~ thank you so much for sharing all of this beauty and inspiration ~ sigh ~

Unknown said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Paula's home...LOVE it !!!!! Can't wait to see more!!!!!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

SO much beauty here, Laura...thank you for sharing it with us!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Her home is a magical winter wonderland. :@

Thanks so much for sharing, Laura!

Woodside Park said...

Hi, Laura - Happy Holidays! Such beautiful and thoughtful decorations. I love their vintage and homespun qualities. Those burlap birds are adorable. You have very talented friends. Thank you all for sharing everything with us.
Warm greetings,

Ivy and Elephants said...

I am swooning over all the gorgeous photos. That's for sharing your friends with us, you all have such creativity and amazing style. I love it!
Hugs and happy holidays,

Dorthe said...

Dear Laura,-
Here I could dwell for hours,- your fantastic photoes from Paulas magical home, are making me dream and wish and be inspired.
Everything are just beautiful, and filled with the charm of dayes gone by, of country style in its finest compared with a little shabby and the love for gorgeous handwork, from dear Evi and other wonderful artists- herself incluted.
I have already fallen in love with every corner in this beautiful home, all the funny and wonderful use of old funny pieces ,like the springs---but apart from Evi`s adorable dolls, I will only mention here,- that, I have lost my heart ,to the silvered tree, with all the dear birds,and nests, - that is such a special and magical tree-I love it!
Thankyou for your gorgeous photoes,- I know from Evi ,that there will be more magic to see published, next year ,and can`t wait to see it.
I wish you, a happy christmas with your family.

Susy said...

Such wonderful pictures of those incredible treasures. What a grand celebration of creativity her home is.

I always think of how lovingly and patiently you photograph with is in mind wherever you you. It's so appreciated. Christmas blessings.

Anonymous said...

Oh Laura,
Her home is simply magical!!! I love every detail about it, the rustic-ness, the touches of nature, it's all so beautiful!!
Now, I would love to see more of your fabulous home!! :)
Hope you have a lovely night.

LaPouyette said...

Simply wonderful! Creative, artistic, inspiring......enjoyable!
A visit to a really true Christmas wonderland! Love all!

Best wishes for a none-hectic pre-Christmas week and warmest greetings from the Périgord, karin

Tutti Chic said...

so so beautiful! what a treat to be able to peek at her beautiful decor! xo chris p.s. I do feel better today!

LizlovesVintage said...

This post is beautiful! Oh, how I wish to see this in person! So much eye candy and tastefully done. Thanks for sharing!
xxx Liz

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Thank you for this beautiful gift of glimpses into Paula's home again, she has a magical touch!

marie said...

What an amazing home! From the sweet shoes and stockings in the first photo, to the silvery ball in the last. It's all so lovely!
Thanks for sharing this wonderfulphotos of Paula's home!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Loved the visit, just magical!!!

erin's art and gardens said...

just returning for another "fix"....i feel better now....

Vicki Boster said...

OMGosh---- these pictures are so beautiful!!! I'd love to spend an afternoon in this beautiful place!


Anonymous said...

Great decorating. I love the sweet little toys and dolls and details. Where can I find Evi's dolls? They are beautiful.