Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas In The Sitting Room Part One

As most of you know,
we completely remodeled this house
when we moved in.
The sitting room now
used to be the dinette.
One of these days I really
must do a post on the 
makeovers we did here.
I put a sculpted stone fireplace
in here-
It is open on both sides,
the other side being the 
dining room.
Above the mantle is a picture
the kids gifted me with
about 15 years ago.
I love the image but not the
brassy finish on the frame.
Annie Sloan Antique White
dry brushed gives it a whole
new look and tones it down.
This sits in the center of the
mantle in the sitting room.
I picked up the colors in the painting
in the faux hydrangeas and candles.
The crystal candelabra came from
Gramma Hazel.  They were part of
her wedding gifts.
I was honored to receive them
when she passed away.
They keep company with two
angel babies that flank the
It makes me smile to sit in this
room surrounded by things I love.
These are Martha Stewart
stockings that I got on closeout
about 6 or 7 years ago.
I wish they had more of them.
This is the room with the little
white TV that I painted.
You can read about that here.

This statue is one I love.
It weighs about 30+ pounds
and is beautifully finished.
It is grey and kind of hard to
Another glance before you go.
The pictures were taken after dark
so I know they are a bit fuzzy.
Tomorrow- Lord willing and
the creek don't rise,
I will show you the bay window
in here with the antique
feather tree that belonged
to Grandmother Clara.
Now....where did I put the
charger for my camera?


  1. It looks beautiful! I love that statue!!!

  2. Such a gorgeous mantle. Love the crystal candelabras. What a special treasure from your grandmother.

  3. your mantle is just beautiful, diana! love the whitewashed frame, too:) stay dry!

  4. Beautiful mantle, Diana. Love the candle sticks. xo

  5. So pretty, it looks so elegant and warm and Christmassy! Looking forward to seeing the feather tree.

  6. Those crystal candleholders are beautiful! Now I can't wait to see the feather tree...loved to finally see some of your home. I hope sweetcheeks and Big Boy E are feeling a lot better!

  7. I absolutely love the crystal candlesticks! Wow, those are gorgeous! Your mantle is full of appropriate Nana~Diana! I love feather trees, am anxious to see yours! I do not have one. Decorating for Christmas always puts me in the mood to repaint my home interior. (It's not like I don't do that all the time anyway, but it always gets me to looking at the room sin different ways again). Have a great weekend! Happy Friday!!

  8. It looks beautiful. How lucky you are having your Grandmother's candelabra.

  9. Everything is beautiful and how nice to have some treasured heirlooms.

  10. Diana, great job on that frame. I love the way you have decorated the mantle. xoxo,Susie

  11. Oh to have a double sided fireplace! Your mantle is gorgeous and festive!

  12. Fun seeing your home and picture heavy? I don't think so. You must thing mine are pic overload!

  13. Diana, your home looks just gorgeous!!! Love, love the mantle!!!

  14. Gorgeous! I love the softness of it. Currently out looking for alittle inspiration......i know im always late, LOL... But i love what uve done here.

  15. Gorgeous! Love your mantel and I always enjoy seeing lots of photos.

  16. Gorgeous! It makes everything more special with it being gifted to you doesn't it? Love the sculpture bestester of all:)

  17. Wow gorgeous Diana!Love it all the lights and that crystal candlestick adds a bit of sparkle too!

  18. What a gorgeous room, Diana! The painting is so beautiful, and you are right, the white paint really tones down that gold frame. Love it! And The crystal candle holders are such a wonderful family heirloom. I also really love your angels. What a peaceful room, I would spend alot of time in there! And a white painted tv? Now that is something even I never thought of!!!

  19. I was so excited to see a post showing your beautiful home! Your mantle is just gorgeous! And the candelabra.....what a treasure! Have a great week end...hugs, Penny

  20. Such a beautiful painting and I love those candelabras!

  21. I have got to learn to do some crafting....well, maybe I can just send it to you, and let you work on the finishes for me...Yeah, that's what I'll do, be looking for a huge truck to drive into your driveway, and start unloading things.

  22. What a pretty setting for the holidays and for any time for that matter. Love your statues and that beautiful art work.

  23. That is so, so beautiful! Should inspire anyone who looks at it. ♥

  24. Very pretty. I like the frame better with the white.
    Hope that the babies are feeling better.

  25. Oh Diana! Your mantle is gorgeous!!!
    I like the frame done with white.
    It all looks so elegant.
    Love it dahling!!!

  26. I sure do like everything! The frame is gorgeous.

  27. I love how you have put everything together, Diana! Obviously, a lot of love went into it. Those crystal candelabra are a precious treasure. Now, I'm looking forward to seeing the the feather tree. Hope you and the children are feeling better.

  28. Pretty, like it all but love those candle sticks. Glad I don't have to clean or store them- would make me a nervous wreck.
    SO find that charger and get moving.

  29. Your photos and your decorating is stunning!

  30. Everything is so beautiful Diana!... and how precious many are family heirlooms... you know how sentimental I get over those kinds of things... love seeing your home!... xoxo Julie Marie

  31. Your decorations are so elegant and lovely.

  32. Oh Diana, I love your mantel. For some reason, I have a thing for mantels and front porches. The picture the kids gave you is so pretty, and the statue I love. It must be so cozy just sitting in your room thinking of all of your loved ones, AND taking a break from it all hehe. Thank for showing us bits of your home. You have alot of great ideas.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  33. Absolutely beautiful, Diana!

    xo Nellie

  34. The candelabras are gorgeous. Your whole mantel is gorgeous though. It looks very festive for the season without puking Christmas red and green all over the place.

  35. Diane, I absolutely love the picture your children gifted you. The crystal candelabra is so pretty! Isn't it wonderful to have a memory of your grandmother.
    Your mantle is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job Christmasing up your beautiful home.

  36. Hi Diana, Lovely decorations; I have a picture that is similar to yours-but two little girls having tea. The frame is a big gold one that doesn't really fit in with our decor now, so it sits down in the basement. Love all your touches.

  37. Beautifully done, Diana! It's so lush and elegant! :)

    xoxo laurie

  38. Diana, this is gorgeous! The crystal candelabras are stunning! The painting is also lovely! Amazing!

  39. Great job on the frame Diana, your mantel looks gorgeous!!

  40. Everything is lovely Diana. Your Martha Stewart stockings are so pretty and it's nice to have the memorable pieces that you've received over the years :)

    The Anne S. paint is amazing isn't it? I've used graphite to paint some frames and they turned out perfectly.

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the seasonal activities with your family.


  41. Your mantel is just beautiful, and that statue is stunning.

  42. The last picture just took my breath all came together so perfectly! I love everything! Such a beautiful style!

    Flora Doora

  43. Oh Diana, That painting is so beautiful and the statue is so fitting with the painting. The lovely sconces certainly add to the show stopping look in your sitting room. Thank you for sharing, Love to all, Ginger

  44. I love your mantle! I think the little brush of AS white paint was perfect for the frame!


  45. Oh, it looks stunning! You did a beautiful job!!!

  46. Your mantel is so pretty! I love the picture above it and the statue reminds me of children frolicking th rough a field of wild flowers! So sweet! Can't wait to see more! Hugs, Leena

  47. Christmas is indeed in the air! LOVE your mantle.....stunning!

  48. Very pretty! The frame looks good. I love the Victorian feel of your home! I want to see pictures of the can be after the holidays but you must post them! You and Hero worked very hard on all your houses so I want to see them even if you just email them to me!! lol

    Have a great weekend!

  49. The candlesticks are incredible and I love the little holly decoration on the stockings!

  50. Gosh! Your mantle is just beautiful, Diana! Everything is lovely but I think the stautue of the children is my very favorite thing. Thanks for sharing your pretty photos with us.

  51. Just beautiful! I wish i had room for a fireplace downstairs somewhere... anywhere....


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