Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas At Our Home!

 Sending out some Christmas cheer, European Farmhouse Style!  I hope you enjoy our holiday decor!

  Our courtyard maintains it's natural elements with just a pop of red.

One of my favorite natural elements is driftwood.  Since we are walking distance to the beach we have plenty of it available. I use it year round.  These muscle baskets hold driftwood all year long, but at Christmas, I add a tiny tree with a few lights.

My wisteria vines have only a few leaves left so we wrap the arbor with some fresh green garland.

 Come on in.....our use of natural elements is carried through the inside of our home as well

 I chose the Silver Tip tree for it's airy look and it's muted "silvery" green tones. It was perfect in this old olive bucket.

I used natural wood elements, clear bulbs and chandelier droplets as ornaments. I went shopping for some vintage toys this year and could not resist the Tonka fire truck and teddy bear. They will make a great gift
for a special little one.

 I LOVE the little Scandinavian ornaments from Splendid Willow Avenue.  They add just the right amount of red to my natural decor! 

I also added a tiny counter top tree in the kitchen

and found some cool vintage ornaments for decoration.  The deer are actually made of paper mache and wax. I found them at a local antique mall. 

I hung a few small wreaths on the old iron windows, and added lots of greenery

pine cones

and more driftwood!!  It"s so beautiful with the green garland

Even the doors get a few sprays of green

The table centerpiece also gets a bit of lavender-my personal favorite!

I added some greenery to my hutch this year. It looks so pretty against the silver and china.

A view from the kitchen.....

My little shadow...Macy. She thinks it's time for dinner :)!


I incorporate natural and garden elements into my decor all year round for a calm and comfortable feel.

 Thank you for reading and our sincerest wishes to all for a happy holiday season!

We always appreciate your comments too!


  1. Dear Sarah and Tom,
    Happy Holidays! Your house looks even more beautiful with all the natural holiday touches. I love your silver tip tree! That's exactly the kind of airy tree I was looking for!! Unfortunately we do not have the selection of trees you have on the Pacific coast. At least now I know the name of the tree....will search for it next year. Panda and Mocha send hugs to Macy :)
    Thanks for sharing your home with us.
    Warm wishes ~

  2. Hi Sarah and Tom, thanks for your warm wishes. We are wishing you both and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Love all the green holiday accents and the kind of tree you have, will also look for next year a tree like yours. Yes I saw several items you got from us, glad they are useful.
    See you in the Spring,
    Johan & Trinidad

  3. Sarah,

    Everything looks wonderful! Very understated European elegant - how can I not love this! (:

    Did I ever tell you that we have a vacation condo in Santa Cruz (on West Cliff)? The building is being reconstructed right now and we will visit frequently coming Spring. A trip to your lovely town should be on the agenda. Coffee or lunch? Would be so much fun!

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    oxox, Mon

  4. Hello Sarah & Tom, Hope you had a great Christmas! I love your little trees and especially your hutch- it is just beautiful. Wishing you both a wonderful New Year... hope we can get together! Jen & RIck

  5. Happy to have found your blog... I will follow and visit often... Your decor and home are gorgeous... Happy New Year...

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