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?
your photo name


Debi WeeFaerie said...

It looks beautiful! I love that statue!!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

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

farmhouse-story said...

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

Ron said...

Beautiful mantle, Diana. Love the candle sticks. xo

DearHelenHartman said...

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

Something Nice and Pretty said...

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!

andrea@townandprairie said...

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!!

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Susie said...

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

Jen Kershner said...

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

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

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

Maria Elena said...

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

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

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.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Anne said...

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

Donna said...

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!!!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

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

Ruth Kelly said...

Such a beautiful painting and I love those candelabras!

Jettie said...

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.

Little Miss Maggie said...

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

Cranberry Morning said...

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

Debby said...

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

Debbie said...

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

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Really lovely mantle!!!


I sure do like everything! The frame is gorgeous.

Lucille said...

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.

Tete said...

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.

tlcukjourney said...

Your photos and your decorating is stunning!

Beth said...

It is all very beautiful!

Julie Marie said...

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

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Your decorations are so elegant and lovely.

Red Rose Alley said...

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

Nellie said...

Absolutely beautiful, Diana!

xo Nellie

Pam Kessler said...

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.

Susan said...

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.

NanaNor's said...

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.

Heaven's Walk said...

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

xoxo laurie

Anonymous said...

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

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

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

Leslie said...

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.


An Oasis in the Desert said...

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

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

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

Flora Doora

Savannah Granny said...

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

The Polka Dot Closet said...

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


Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

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

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

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

The enchanted home said...

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

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

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!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

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

Miss Kitty said...

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.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

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


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