Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cloche Encounters & Family Room Tree

Christmas in our family room.
The sofa table
 Apothecary jars filled with ornaments and pinecones.
A Swedish carved red tree under the cloche.
The family room tree is filled with colorful ornaments collected over the years. Most are handmade or bought at craft fairs or vintage ones found in thrift shops.
 We seem to find a new spot for the tree every year.
 This time we wanted to find a place to show the train and village set.
 Vintage Christmas tablecloths are draped over the antique child's school desk. They belonged to Larry's mother. A colorful hand crocheted afghan was another thrift shop find.
 The white duck gets a Christmas bow.
I found the train set and homemade track in a thrift store in Gainesville FL. We made a stop on our drive home from North Carolina. Luckily we didn't have much further to drive because it took up so much room in our van. The train works  and looks so cute going around the track under the tree.
coffe table
Needed to change the centerpiece so that it wouldn't block the TV while reclining. 
I draped a Christmas quilt on the side of the antique pine armoire. Flipped Christmas liners out of the Longaberger baskets and added a wreath to the door
Then a friend gave me this little laundry line garland, so I added that.
 A stack of thrifty throws I've collected that have Christmas colors.
Another antique child's school desk gets the Santa collection.
This is the breakfast bar that separates the kitchen and family room.
The kitchen photos are in older posts.
There are still more rooms decorated for Christmas. See you soon.


  1. Very pretty, looks like you're ready for Christmas! Lovin' your green and white throw with the red roses:@)

  2. Looks so pretty! Every corner is decorated!!

  3. Oh my goodness. I love everything. You have done such a beautiful job of decorating for the season. Love that you even did the kitchen, it is gorgeous. Your apothecary jars are fabulous. It looks like a huge candy display with the balls and pinecones. So pretty. Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  4. Rita, your cloche with the red tree is gorgeous. The house is all decked out. The train is darling.

  5. What a fun and festive home you have. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

    Enjoy your evening,

  6. Your apothecary jars are so colorful! I really like the unique one that is encasing the red tree. Lovely.
    ~ Sue

  7. Your home is beautiful with all the Christmas decorating. I love the cloches in the family room and the colors you used, so cheery and bright. Love the trains, I have 3 sons who would love to have a train under the tree. What a great find for your home. Happy Holidays.

  8. CUTE! Lots of really pretty ideas. Thanks for sharing them!
    Merry Christmas!


  9. What a wonderful display of all your Christmas things. My favorite is the draped Christmas quilt. Very beautiful.

  10. Loved the cloches and I admire all your baskets too.

  11. What beauty you have created. Everything is so amazing. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

  12. Everything looks so fun and festive. I really like all your vintage things in traditional Christmas colors.

  13. Pretty treasures, indeed! I love your apothecary jar the most.

    I didn't fine such in Sweden. Hope it will come soon §;-)

    Happy party time...

  14. I like the train under the tree, my father used to have a train under his tree as a child. I'm trying to decide if (and if so, where) I'll put a train up this year.

  15. I love the trains!! Lots and lots of neat ideas you have displayed in your home!! Very pretty!

  16. Hi Rita...

    My friend, your home looks sooo pretty all dressed up for Christmas! I love your family room...and the display of cloches and apothecary jars is gorgeous! Love, love, LOVE that carved red Swedish Christmas unique! I also like the large apothecary jar filled with all the bright, vibrant colored ornaments...sooo pretty! Loved getting a peek at your pretty tree as the train set! We set our train set up around our tree once in honey has fun doing that! Hehe! Rita, you have a beautiful that pretty pine chest and your beautiful quilt and baskets! Everything looks sooo pretty...thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!

    Warmest Christmas wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  17. Love the apothecary jars....they're so versatile for every season! Your decorations look very welcoming. I love the idea of the train around the tree.