That is Paula's charming cottage immortalized
on this very special hand painted Christmas ornament.
We had our annual, wonderful, whirlwind 2 day
Christmas shopping extravaganza!
We covered it all....from our favorite home decor boutiques, holiday open houses, antique shops, upscale specialty,
dress and jewelry shops...
...to junk shops and even Home Goods and TJ Maxx.
In between shopping and eating I managed to take
lots of photos of Paula's Christmas cottage.
This post is way too long... with 50 plus photos... so you may want to read this when everyone else is taking their post turkey nap!
...just so you know!
First, here is a peek at her little cottage kitchen decorated,
of course, with a small Christmas tree on the counter.
I counted over 17 decorated trees this year!
The charming kitchen is indeed tiny, but let me tell you,
I have enjoyed some pretty awesome meals coming out
of this wonderful space!
I didn't even count this sweet little tree...
...or this one!
Paula made a pair of angel wings, trimmed with lace
and old buttons, for this wire dress form.
And then she crowned a Christmas tree with it!
Where does she get these ideas from?
We were together antiquing when she found these bed springs...
...now turned into a table candelabra centerpiece.
Her silver table top tree filled with birds and nests
was set up in the corner of the dining room again.
Don't you love the colors in these bird plates
that she found in Pottery Barn?
The colors fit in perfectly with her palette
of creams, whites, green and brown.
And yes, that is one of Evi's hand made Santas.
Another of Evi's Santas...in an antique shoe.
A newly acquired, hand crafted curly wool sheep
stands beneath another tree.
Small vignettes fill each shelf of an old chimney cupboard.
Paula converted some old chair springs into her version
of a "dove cote".
There are those wonderful skates she bargained for
at Brimfield a few years back...
...and one of Evi's rabbits.
The bed in the downstairs bedroom has a new duvet cover
on sale at PB...
The pine cones and boughs are just perfect for a winter bed...
...and I was thinking ...it would be wonderful on one of the beds
at the lake house in the summer too!
There's the olive bucket I gave her for her birthday...finally!
I love these little Charlie Brown trees she finds.
Pillow by Michele at Taken For Granite!
I loved the way she decorated the mantel in this room
with the hairpin gate, clock faces and funky trees.
The Mama rabbit and little bunny are making their first appearance
this year as they are new to Paula's collection
of Evi's one of a kind creations.
Every single detail is important to Paula
which is what makes her Christmas cottage so special.
More to come!
We haven't been upstairs yet!
Sending best wishes for a healthy, safe and
to you and your families.