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Client Spotlight: Jonathan Charles Santos Tables Klismos Chairs

I loved seeing these photos of the new Jonathan Charles Santos tables and Klismos chairs in our customers’ home. I especially love seeing the living room all beautifully decorated for Christmas! Our clients Dawson and Randy in West Granby, CT, bought the chairs and side tables in two separate purchases more than a year apart, but the pieces blend together perfectly, as does everything else in their living room. This couple has a great sense of style!
Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture in Client home

Let’s start with the chairs in the front of the photo, loyally guarded by Mr. Waggles the dog! The new Jonathan Charles Santos chairs are based on Art Deco styling from the 1920s and the Klismos chair design boasts the curved splayed legs that were a feature of the Klismos chairs first created by the ancient Greeks. Splendid satin rosewood veneer complements the black leather upholstery and ebonized arms and legs add the finishing touch to these chairs.

Jonathan Chalres Santos Ebonized Rosewood tableOn either side of the sofa you can see the new Jonathan Charles Santos Collection side tables. The curved ebonized legs and gorgeous rosewood table top make a great match for the chairs.

The overall effect of these exquisitely crafted pieces is timelessly elegant and serenely sleek.

They are ideal for Dawson and Randy’s living room, which is so nicely tailored with an emphasis on the crisp tones of black, white, and red.  The Christmas tree makes the space look very festive!

 

Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture in living room

Here’s a view from another angle. Mr. Waggles hasn’t moved an inch! He looks very comfortable surrounded by this chic room design, which also offers a warm welcome thanks to the red tones and the softening effect of the blinds alongside the clean lines of the furniture.

Jonathan Chalres Santos chairs

This final view shows the marvelous height of the space. I enjoy the wall art and the panel, and the way the checkerboard tile floor that we can glimpse in the hallway adds to the classic Art Deco feel of this room. I imagine that Randy and Dawson will enjoy some very merry holiday celebrations in this space! And I also love that they included Mr. Waggles and Beanie the kitty in the photos. If you can’t see Beanie, look by the right leg of the console table in the hallway…. Beanie is black and white and well-camouflaged!

Thanks to Randy and Dawson for sharing your photos and getting us all in the holiday spirit, as well as giving us all lots of great home decor ideas with your supremely elegant home.

Browse other items in the Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture collection at this link.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

A Traditional English Christmas

Downton Abbey fans will already know that the popular English TV show is back for its sixth and final season soon, starting on January 3, 2016 on MASTERPIECE on PBS. The very last show in the series will be a Christmas special! But if you want your Downton Abbey Christmas fix now, I’ve also heard that PBS is re-airing the Christmas special finale from Season 5 on December 27, 2015. Downton Abbey Christmas

There’s something nostalgic about an old-time English Christmas. I guess it must be all those Masterpiece Theatre shows as well as holiday stories like A Christmas Carol. Here are some of the English Christmas traditions that stand out to me.

Christmas crackers children

An English Christmas dinner table is always set with Christmas crackers – NOT a food but the novelties that pull apart with a bang. They’re ‘cracked’ before Christmas dinner and the person who “wins” by keeping hold of the longest piece gets the prizes inside. They put on the paper crown and tell the (usually terrible) joke. Once everybody has a paper crown, the feast can commence! This illustration of two children tugging on a cracker dates back to 1878.

Yorkshire PuddingThe English Christmas meal is very similar to our own, except redcurrant jelly might replace cranberry sauce and roast parsnips are traditional too. Turkey is a favorite although in medieval England a roast peacock or wild boar might have been on the menu! King Henry VIII was the first English King to tuck into turkey for Christmas. Many families add a Yorkshire Pudding to the meal. This is not a dessert but a savory dish between an American biscuit and a savory pancake. If you want to try this tasty treat, here’s a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding.

Christmas puddingAfter the meal comes the ‘real’ pudding: Christmas pudding or plum pudding. Except that it’s not a pudding in the way we understand a pudding either! Instead of being a custardy dish, it’s more like a dense steamed cake, full of dried raisins, cherries and other dried fruit and nuts. It’s traditional to hide a silver coin (in the old days it was a silver sixpence) inside the pudding. It’s good luck for whoever finds it in their bowl. Sometimes the pudding is doused in brandy or rum and then set alight as it is carried to the table. It is served with custard, rum butter, clotted cream, or a brandy sauce of thick cream with a few spoons of brandy stirred in.

Osborne House Festive Guided ToursFor snacks between meals or to accompany a pot of tea, everyone loves mince pies! Even if you don’t have servants to bring you mince pies on a silver tray, they are easy to make if you find a jar of the mincemeat in your local grocery store. Despite the name, there is no meat involved, although when the delicacy first appeared in the 13th century it was indeed real meat, seasoned with dried fruits and spices including cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Now the meat has gone and just the sweet stuff remains, although suet is a part of the mix. If you don’t eat meat, look for products with vegetable suet rather than lard suet.

Christmas-decorations-Finally, the English take Boxing Day, December 26, as a national holiday as well as Christmas Day itself. It has nothing to do with the sport of boxing, although there are lots of sporting events on Boxing Day including horse racing. It is actually the day that people traditionally gave gifts (or boxes) to their servants and tradesmen. Nowadays most people don’t have servants but they still celebrate the day as a chance to visit friends or extended family and exchange gifts, or just relax and eat more mince pies!

This looks like a very grand and festive place to entertain visiting friends. It’s a picture of the Christmas tree at Holker Hall in Cumbria, England, the ancestral home of Lord Cavendish. Even the bust of the Greek poet Homer on the mantelpiece over the fireplace is decorated with a mistletoe wreath!

If you’ve enjoyed reading this, you might also like my post on Old World Christmas Traditions in France and Italy, or the one about Downton Abbey Kitchen Style.

Merry Christmas!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Easy Decor Details for your Traditional Thanksgiving Table

Any one of these easy decor ideas will add the perfect finishing touch to your traditional Thanksgiving table. “Easy” is the key word… we’re all far too busy in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving feast to weave our own raffia cornucopia! But just the right handmade detail can create the perfect mood for the day.  Here are some easy ways to impress without stress!

An old thrift store platter becomes a charming chalkboard for your personal Thanksgiving message. Just cover a metal tray or platter with chalkboard spray paint… but don’t serve food directly on the tray!

Handmade thanksgiving table decor

There is something about handwritten decor that is just so special for a holiday gathering. It is personal and welcoming with a heart-warming nostalgia that takes us back to simpler times.

These humble brown paper and string handwritten tags created by Becky at the ThisIsHappiness blog are terrific examples. Used to tie napkins and tied to a sprig of leaves as a place card, the tags would be quick to make and you could put different words of gratitude on each napkin holder.

Pumpkin vases

Everyone will feel the harvest happiness when they see these pumpkin and squash vases. Squashes come in so many colors you can take your pick for a lively ‘traditional with a twist” display on your Thanksgiving table. Choose a hefty squash like a Hubbard to hold large stems or mini pumpkins for small posies.

To hold the flowers and some water, just carve out enough space in the squash to nestle a glass jar — or a votive holder for tiny squash. You might need to trim the bottom of the squash to make it stand upright. If so, rest the cut surface on a tray or runner so the juices don’t stain your table! Martha Stewart gives more how-to-make-it instructions if you need them – she created this lovely display.

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For a more glamorous look, gold-sprayed dried miniature Indian corn cobs make dazzling place cards, with each name written in gold pen on the husk. The easy DIY project is sure to be a talking point at your Thanksgiving table. The design is a perfect match for an opulent Rococo or Louis XIV style room, and it would also fit nicely with Hollywood Regency style.

If you make this cookie turkey as a centerpiece it is sure to charm everyone, although all bets are off as to whether anyone will want to dismantle it to eat all the cookies after dinner!  The cookie turkey should be simple enough to make just by copying the picture although you’ll need a steady hand to do the decorative glazing. No cocktails till you’ve finished!

Thanksiving harvest basket

If you’ve run out of time to do even the easy ideas above, you can never go wrong with a lovely basket filled with harvest foliage, fruits and vegetables.  (This one is arranged by Yvonne on her Stone Gable blog.)  The basket captures the spirit of the season and it looks wonderful on all traditional Thanksgiving tables. It’s the perfect match for your antique  French Country furniture or for Tuscan or Farmhouse style decor.

Happy Thanksgiving, however you decorate your table!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Easter Table Decor

Hand-painted easter eggsWith Easter approaching I’ve been looking for some Easter table decor inspiration. After the long hard winter that many people have endured this year, it’s so uplifting to see traditional Easter table settings with all their color and pretty floral arrangements and even chicks and bunnies.

The design on these sweet hand-painted Easter eggs would be easy for anyone with an artistic eye to copy! They are larger wooden eggs, the ostrich size, and they are perfect to scatter across a tea table not just at Easter but for a wedding or mother’s day too.

Victorian Easter Table Decor

This Easter table setting looks very Victorian style to me. A tall glass vase (this is a hurricane vase) is filled with decorative faux eggs and then placed inside a vintage birdcage.  More eggs and chocolate bunnies are sprinkled around the table. The green table cloth and plates, as well as the large palm plant in the back, add to the ‘natural’ backdrop.

Easter flower glasses

This is another simple and fresh Easter table setting that reminds us that spring is here! This look could also work well on a bathroom shelf or window sill or on a console table in a French Country bedroom. The glass tumblers are filled with pebble-sized fake eggs and the center glass has a candle too. Four sprigs of flowers are tied to each glass with a white ribbon, and each glass is placed on a colorful saucer or glass coaster. How easy is that?

At the other extreme, here’s a lavish Easter table setting with every bell and whistle imaginable! We’ve got bunnies and eggs and butterflies and birds in nests and fancy cut crystal and decorative plates and placemats and ornate candelabra and twisting candles and big pink flowers and colored glasses and… It’s one of those brilliant designs that works because it is so over the top. If the designer had held back on a few things it could risk looking merely cluttered and fussy. But they went ALL OUT with springtime exuberance, so the table looks whimsical and feminine and fun.

Along the same lines, this glamorous Easter table in Los Angeles celebrates with bright color and bold pattern. Who can go wrong with a riot of flowers? The table setting avoids looking too messy because each bouquet is a single color, taming the wildness with a tailored look.

If you prefer a softer look, this Easter table also relies on flowers to create a charming springtime mood but everything else is kept very stripped down. A pure white table and bistro chairs are teamed with white linen napkins and humble Mason jars to create a dreamy-clean canvas so the daffodils and lilacs can star! Wispy chandeliers add to the delicate mood.

If you will have your Easter brunch or dinner outdoors, candy-colored Chinese lanterns keep the Easter feeling. They look a little like Easter eggs floating in the air and the pretty paper lanterns are usually easy to find in the Chinatown area of your town or online.

I hope that these Easter table decorations have give you some ideas! And if you are looking for an Easter gift for yourself or a loved one, check out our vintage and antique religious treasures, from holy water fonts and Madonnas to crucifixes and standing crosses.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Traditional Christmas Decor Tour Part 2

In my last blog post, I started my tour of Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room. We made our way from the front door through the foyer and peeked into several inspiring living rooms.  Now we’ll take the second part of our traditional Christmas decor tour.

First, let’s head into the kitchen to prepare the Christmas feast! This traditional kitchen invites everyone to gather round for egg nog while the figgy pudding is cooking. (However you are meant to cook figgy pudding…)

Nobody wants a cluttered kitchen, so the decorations here are cleverly kept to the kitchen island, with another display over the cabinet on the left. A Chef Santa, mini Christmas tree, and red candles in the center of the kitchen island still leave plenty of space for people to gather round for drinks and snacks. The mistletoe berries and silver festooned on the lamps create most of the merry mood – and those decorations don’t take up precious counter space at all.

Into the dining room we go to serve the turkey! Again the chandeliers are decorated with ribbons and bows to create a terrific focal point. The decorations feature an Old Gold color again, like the staircase in my previous holiday decor post. That shade seems to work beautifully with any room color scheme – almost like a rich neutral.

On the other hand, the gentle whites and deep evergreens at this holiday table look traditionally wintery but refreshingly serene. The slight Nordic style is enhanced by the reindeer decorations. The pretty birds on the plates also look festively chirpy! Soft white linens on the natural wood are set off by a trail of ivy down the center of the table, while white church pillar candles, surrounded by twinkling night lights in little holders, evoke the spiritual sense of Christmas.

Don’t forget the bedroom! Kids have their Christmas stockings but adults deserve some holiday spirit in the bedroom too. This bedroom has a few accessories added to bring in seasonal cheer: the two wreaths on the doors, the two bowls of white poinsettias in the en suite bathroom, and the two snowflake Christmas pillows on the bed. The symmetry of the pairs makes the environment feel pleasingly balanced and tranquil. If you are looking for pretty bedroom accessories, we have hand-woven traditional Christmas pillows and stockings in our online gallery.

Even the bathroom deserves a touch of festivity! The traditional Christmas decor in this classic bathroom includes mistletoe and greenery over the mirror. Red flowers and a red towel also add the ho-ho-holiday spirit. Decorative tricks like the fir cones tied with red ribbon from the wall sconces and a glass jar filled with red and silver Christmas ball ornaments are simple to do, but they pack a visual punch!

If you are looking for more Christmas decor ideas, check out my post on Christmas Table Decorations.

We’d love to hear your own traditional Christmas decor ideas and tips… tell us here or on our Facebook page.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room

Don’t just deck the halls with boughs of holly… add the Christmas touch to every room!
I hope that my mini tour of different homes with their holiday decor will provide you with inspiration for traditional Christmas decor in every room.

Let’s start our tour with the front door. This handsome front door in Atlanta, GA, is decorated with traditional greenery and red ribbons. But the black and white check ribbon adds a crisp touch and makes a great accent for the black door. It all looks charmingly vintage.

Moving into the foyer, the Christmas decorations on this splendid staircase in a home in Houston, TX, could be overwhelming as the scene is so ornate. But the single color tone – a lovely Old Gold – unifies the design and makes it look rich and harmonious rather than fussy.

If you don’t have such a huge and sweeping staircase in your foyer, then you can still make a small section of the stairway look wonderful. The key here is: Don’t hold back on the swags and flourishes! And speaking of don’t hold back…

The flamboyant “more is more” approach of this Grand Colonial style living room is so festive that it is like a Christmas movie. Where are the carol singers and the trays of hot buttered rum? How could any child (or adult) fail to feel the joy of the season if they spent one minute  in this celebratory living room? The decorations framing the armoire are amazing. Of course, we love the antique armoires in our gallery so we are biased.

Do you prefer living room decorations that are a little simpler, while still keeping a sense of tradition? Perhaps this fireplace in Seattle, WA, will inspire you. The fireplace is decorated with traditional elements, for sure. You have the red and green holiday colors, plus Christmas ornaments, logs and a wreath, and old-fashioned lamps with candles. But the styling is streamlined, which creates an updated and sleek mood. The symmetry of the design adds to the feel too.

Or you can take a completely different approach and stick with traditional design elements – the bauble-lavished tree, the garland draped across the fireplace – but give it a fresh twist with non-traditional colors. The ultra-feminine pink and turquoise color palette in this living room creates a fantasy land mood. White deer statues add more magic to the fantasy.

In Part 2 of our Traditional Christmas Decor Tour we look at the kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and bathroom, all decorated with festive spirit!

These photos are from Houzz. You can find EuroLux Home on Houzz.com too.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Elegant Halloween Decor: Black and White Thrills

As I said last year in my Vintage Halloween post, Greg and I don’t make a big celebration of Halloween, although we usually watch a creepy movie. But even those of us who don’t want to festoon our homes with plastic spiders can still get ‘into the spirit’ of Halloween with these elegant Halloween decor ideas.

An easy way to create grown-up and elegant Halloween decor is to strip out the orange plastic, the red blood, and the green Zombie brain slime! Go for monochrome with black, white, or black and white.

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Black is Gothic, white is eerie and ethereal, and the two together always look stunning, providing a dash of vintage glamour. The table on the right is very simple, with just empty bottles for candlesticks. To create the look, use as many bottles as you can find of different heights.

Eclectic Living Room by St. John’s Interior Designers & Decorators Seaside Interiors
Here’s another example of how a simple black and white arrangement keeps all the Halloween elements (spider, pumpkin, bat, and boo!) but still looks chic. You probably already have some black and white decor items around the home… just pull them all together in one display.

Elegant halloween batmobileHow about this for a different type of bat-mobile? It’s very easy to make with a branch and card, using the bat templates and instructions by clever Martha Stewart. Hanging in a window, it adds a traditional but still elegant Halloween touch to your home.

I love the nostalgic vintage appeal of this spooky wreath! Make it with some twisted vines draped with white net fabric and old-fashioned Halloween ornaments and sepia photographs. Paint Boo! onto a piece of scrap wood for the finishing touch.

You can even add black and white to the traditional orange pumpkin to make it a bit different. Paint a pumpkin with a circle of chalkboard paint and then let your inner Picasso out! For a Halloween party, it would be fun to have the pumpkins painted with the black, and then give your guests a piece of chalk to create their own fantasy face.

blackberry-mr-hyde-cocktail-elegant-halloweenFor an elegant Halloween cocktail, this blackberry infused Mr. Hyde Potion is perfect for dark and mysterious strangers. It’s not exactly black and white, but it’s near enough. The Mr. Hyde Potion cocktail mixes vodka with parfait amour liqueur, blackberry liqueur, and tarragon and lavender syrups. Wow. You can get the recipe from HGTV. Serve the cocktail (or any cocktail) in an apothecary style jar to add to the Halloween atmosphere.

Or, for a bit more color, you could play Dracula and mix up a Bloody Mary to sink your fangs into. My Uncle Dick’s Bloody Mary recipe is always a monster hit!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these elegant black and white Halloween decor ideas I scared up for you! If you have any more to share, let us know. You can post your photos on our Facebook page too.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Romantic Napkin Folding Ideas

I’ve been sleuthing out some romantic napkin folding ideas just in time for Valentine’s Day. A napkin folded into a pretty shape is such a lovely idea for your intimate Valentine’s dinner for two. Not only does it add a romantic touch to the table, but the love and thought you put into wrangling I mean crafting the napkin is a surprise gift for your sweetheart. In fact, these napkin folding designs would be charming on any romantic occasion – a special date, a bridal shower, a wedding, or a wedding anniversary.

Rose Napkin FoldingThis sweet rose folded napkin is made even prettier with a blossom decorating the center. The napkin folding idea is from Bumblebee Linens which sells cotton and linen napkins and some delightful vintage style aprons and handkerchiefs too. You can see the full instructions for the rose napkin on their website. They say the fancy design is easier to do than it looks!

 

This gorgeous heart fold is by Luigi Spotorno, the author of the book Luigi’s Language of Napkin Folding.  I guess we can all see the message in this heart-shaped napkin and he shows you how to do the heart fold in the video. If you’d rather, Luigi also has a diagram of how to do the heart fold on his website.

The intricate water lily or lotus napkin fold will really impress your darling. It would also make a great centerpiece for the table any time you are entertaining. The video instructions on how to do it are by Luigi Spotorno again, who describes himself a Maestro of the art of napkin folding. In the video, he gives several variations of flowers you can make on your way to building his final lotus napkin. He makes it look so easy too!

Swan napkin foldingSwans mate for life and it’s hard to find a more beautiful bird to symbolize pure romance. This pair of swans is actually folded from paper napkins as you can see from the Origamisan swan napkin folding instructions.  It might be tricky to do with bulkier linen napkins, but using paper napkins means that you can keep the swans after the romantic meal! (Just have another napkin ready to roll out when dinner is served.)

I haven’t tried any of the napkin folding ideas yet. I hope I’m not all thumbs. In case any of my napkins flop and look more like rabbits than swans, I want to remind my husband Greg to remember what I said earlier about the love and thought put into it. 🙂

And to show us just what is possible with napkin folding, this amazing Renaissance-style sculpture was completely crafted in linen napkins by virtuoso folder Joan Sallas.

Linen Folding ExhibitionThe Spanish napkin-folding genius showed the 5-foot-high display of a fountain with a lion and griffin at his exhibition in Vienna. Wow. Make a gesture like that for your Valentine’s Day dinner and your sweetheart truly will swoon!

If you enjoyed reading this, you might also get some inspiration from my post on romantic bedroom decor!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Homemade Christmas Fragrance

We’ve already shared some of our favorite recipes for Christmas cookies. Now we’ll make the house smell delicious with our homemade Christmas fragrance!

SnowmanGreg’s mom Kathy loves having all of the family come home for Christmas. Greg’s sister, Laura, and her family moved to Ohio several years ago, so it is great to have everyone back in South Carolina for the week surrounding Christmas. They enjoy coming south to get out of the snow! This is my brother-in-law, Mike, and my nephew, Matthew, with the snowman they made last week. We all love Kathy’s baking and she loves to bake – so it works out great!

Christmas Haystacks CookiesIn addition to Kathy’s recipes for Christmas cookies that I blogged about before, Kathy also makes Haystacks with chow mein noodles and peanuts in melted butterscotch bits. They look so festive on her lovely platter.

I readily admit – I am not much of a baker. I once made a “No Bake Strawberry Pie” for Greg. He took one bite and chokingly asked, “You didn’t bake the crust?” Nowhere in the stupid recipe did it say to bake the pie crust and the name of the recipe is “No Bake Strawberry Pie” – I rest my case! I haven’t attempted baking since.

As there isn’t much chance of any cookies baking at my house, I do like to add our special homemade Christmas fragrance at this time of the year. I learned this treat from Kathy – it is a wonderful way to make the house smell Christmas-y.

Talbot’s Homemade Christmas Fragrance

1 box whole cloves
1 box cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
Rind of 1 lemon – sliced
Rind of 1 orange – sliced

Throw all the ingredients in a small pot and cover them with water. Simmer the blend gently on a back burner during the holidays to make the house smell good. Top up the water as needed!

The homemade Christmas fragrance creates a festive holiday mood very quickly. The scent takes me back to some fond memories of Christmas past!

Kitten ChristmasHere’s a photo of me with Ozzie, affectionately known as Mr. Kittles, when he was a baby kitten a few years ago. We’re in front of the Christmas tree at Kathy’s house and I do love the way Kathy displays her red and green candles in vintage candlestick holders on the mantle.

Aimee First Christmas and Dad Going even further back to when I was a baby, here I am with my dad on my very first Christmas in 1971. Yep, I really wanted to get my hands on that stacking rings toy. But I’ll smile nicely at the camera if it means I can get to the goodies quicker!

Greg at ChristmasHere’s Greg at about 16 months old, opening presents in the middle of Christmas chaos. Any boy with a puppy, a ball, and a cowboy outfit has to be in seventh heaven, right?

If you try our family’s homemade Christmas fragrance, I’d love to hear if you enjoy it! Tell us in the comments box below, or share your own favorite holiday scents.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Christmas Table Decorations

I always love making the house festive for the holidays. Dreaming up new ideas for our Christmas table decorations is especially fun, and a great way to get into the holiday mood. I enjoyed browsing these creative Christmas table decorations, and I hope they will inspire your ho-ho-ho-holiday spirit too!

Red and White Christmas table decorationsThe rich burst of red is a seasonal tradition, but this Christmas table decoration design also packs an updated and elegant punch. The purity of red and white is made even more stunning with no other color to dilute its impact. But the stars hanging from the ceiling really make this arrangement stand out from the crowd. The stars are such a simple detail and easy to do, but they create a powerful impression and evoke images of the Nativity.

 This chic dining table setting has a hint of French flair about it! The silver, white, and navy color combination rings the changes from the more usual Christmas scheme of red and green. And the love birds theme is very sweet!

In a similar vein, this white and silver Christmas table decoration looks pristine and pretty. The setting stands out so elegantly because it is placed on a black or very dark brown table. This makes the white table runner, flatware, candles, and napkins really pop! The setting itself is actually quite simple, but the silver-sprayed pine cones and tall white buds pull the whole look together. The flowers’ green stems add a lively note and prevent the table looking too stark.

Many small and thoughtful details add up to this rather eclectic holiday table by Edmonton Interior Designers & Decorators. The red ribbon tied around the “gift-wrapped” chairs creates a festive atmosphere. (If you like the look of these chairs, we have some similar sets of linen-covered chairs in the gallery – minus the ribbon! – and more on the way. Email me and I’ll send you links.) The table is strewn with strings of red beads and flowers hang from the chandelier. If you look closely, you’ll see that the framed letters on the mantle spell out “Merry Christmas.”

Mason Jar Christmas Table DecorationFinally, the homely mason jar is cleverly made into an attractive Christmas table decoration by the addition of some winter greenery layered with cranberries. The jar is filled with water and a floating tea light. It would make a striking centerpiece, and look great on a mantle too. Or place a row down the middle of your holiday table and your decor job is complete!

Also check out my previous post on how to fold a napkin into an orchid fold, which would look especially lovely on a Victorian Christmas table.

If you have a favorite trick to make your holiday table sparkle, or any links to photos of Christmas table decorations that you love, tell us in the comment box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.