The fullness of the holidays brings lots of decorations beginning with Autumn pumpkins running through Christmas. Pumpkins and pine cones scattered around, and ceramic turkeys get added to for Thanksgiving, then up goes a tree with red and green everywhere. January brings a desire for cleaner lines and less clutter. For years I have done all white in January, reducing the items on display and opting for a more pristine look, kind of like cleansing the palate with lemon sorbet at a gourmet meal. It is a perfect day to stay inside and piddle with this fog and rain. Taking pictures with my new camera, you can really see the the layers of mountain in front of the valley, and beyond to the next high ridge with the fog between.
After a month of white, I’ll be ready for more color, but for now this is perfect. I put white candles in my depression glass candlesticks, and brought out my milk glass candy dish and Fenton vase. Some white faux tulips look good here.
I put the White on White Table Stand Quilt on the stand, and set it with two candlesticks of different vintage. That little pine cone is a white wax candle with a glittery look, but I love it and will never burn it. Click on the link to get the construction and tutorial for the crazy quilted and heavily embellished little quilt.
I liked the gold apples in my white reindeer from last year, so I did that again but this time put him on the bookshelf. A Bon Appetit cookbook with a simple theme is the right choice for the stand. More white candles in that holder too.
On the coffee table, a couple of white lace doilies, anchoring a Fenton candy dish, and a Depression Glass potpourri holder in the pattern American. I leave it empty this month, preferring to enjoy the play of light in the clear glass. Two books with white covers are placed in the middle, one I have read and the other is waiting.
Over in the library / dining room, my grandmother’s lace table cloth graces the table, with Battenburg placemats and my white china. I may have my friend and her mother over for dinner again, so I have to be ready. I looked for a little plant with white flowers to put in the Fostoria depression glass bowl, but so far no luck. White candles are here too.
Between the library chairs, the table has a Sukodu Quilt in sewing fabrics with an ecru sashing, and a favorite book from Victoria Magazine called At Home With White – all about decorating with white. The pic is a little dark because there is no sunshine with all the fog.
I had three candles given to me as gifts, two this year. The scents went together well – vanilla on the lower right, cupcake on the left, and butter cookie in the tall glass. They aren’t all white, but are neutral enough to burn them now. The scents are wonderful! They are sitting together on the kitchen counter, but not on a quilted candle mat.
Neat and simple. Now I realize I need a white quilted item for the counter top. So, that will be the next project! I already have a snowflake idea, off to the scrap pile again!
Do you decorate for winter?
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