I have finally gotten around to decorating the foyer for Christmas!
I started decorating early this year, thinking I would get it all done, and then be able to sit back and enjoy the greenery and twinkling lights. But, you know what they say about “best laid plans…”.
After having carpal tunnel surgery a couple of weeks ago on my right hand, I’ve been going a bit slower than normal, so I’m just now getting the decorating finished.
Bringing some Christmas spirit into the foyer was pretty easy this year, simply by using fresh pine garland, white lights, and some vintage pieces that I’ve had for years.
I loosely draped the fresh pine garland on the stair railing and then tied on sparkly gold ribbon.I actually didn’t buy enough garland, so it doesn’t go all the way around the balcony.
I don’t think I realized how long the railing is!
I added a couple of of gold Christmas ornaments to the bottom of the stair railing for a little bit of glam at the beginning of the hand rail.
I’ve had this large antique angel that came out of a closed Catholic church in St. Louis for several years.
I actually found it at an auction in a very small rural community near where we live. It stuck out like a sore thumb among all the tools and primitives, and I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her.
Her wings were missing when we found her, but I was able to find some gilded metal wings, and with a little modification, they fit perfectly on her back now.
I stood her on an old salvaged plaster capital in order to elevate her to about six feet. She has a staff that holds a candle and I topped her with a gilded crown. She’s chippy, and a bit shabby, and I absolutely cherish her.
With the cement lamb at her feet, she’s the perfect guardian to herald in the special day.
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Many years ago, I found a nursery that sold grapevine trees, so I bought quite a few in different sizes.
I don’t see them sold in the stores anymore, but every year at Christmas, I pull them out of storage and wrap them in white lights. They make a quick and easy display.
The gold mirror has been draped in fresh garland and white lights are intertwined throughout.
An old stone birdbath that I have used all over the house with different displays, was ideal to elevate a special piece.
I filled the bowl with fresh greenery (check with your local home and garden center, they will give you the trimmings from the Christmas trees on their lot), and then nestled in the center a sweet antique Infant Jesus statue in a wooden manger.
Tucked in among the branches are some of my nativity sheep collection.
I was going to try and put a tree in the foyer, but decided that there really wasn’t enough room, so the little grapevine trees will have to do this year.
I know you’ve been waiting to see the littlest fur angel….Miss RubyLou is almost eight months old and she has brought such joy into our home. She’s pure energy, a love sponge, and very intelligent. We adore her and she is such a good girl!
Recently I found some little feathered angel wings and knew that they were perfect for our little fur angel.
She is so easy to work with and loves posing to have her picture taken.
She has stolen our hearts.
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