So many of you have asked about my dear friend
Paula's Enchanted Winter Nest...
...how 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...
But what about Paula's enchanting magical cottage this year?
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...
...now 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 promise...it will be worth the wait!
Hope that you are enjoying a meaningful and peaceful