Hello and welcome everyone to my Tidings Holiday Housewalk! I’m touched that you stopped by to see the Charmer in all her Christmas spirit. The Charmer is a Sears home that was built in 1929. The model is a Mitchell, and is 1128 sq. ft.. She’s small in statue but tall in cottage charm. The name of our home town was Black Oaks which I continue to use.
“The house was neat and cosy again. The tea-kettle hummed, the fire shone brightly from the draughts above the stove hearth. Snow swished against the windows.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Charmer doesn’t have a family room so the large rectangular (17 x 31) living area serves many purposes for us. Our main seating area, family room, dinning room and entertaining room. The area is the work horse of our home. With the light shinning through you almost can’t see the curtains hanging in the windows.
Our Charmer is decorated using thrift store and flea market treasures. Everything in our living area is a thrift store find except the love seat and rug! Being a girl who loves to sew the Christmas pillows are homemade. The greens ones were made the other day using an old tablecloth.
During winter the love seat is angled to view the fire while gathering the heat from the fireplace. I spend many nights passing away the time while knitting or reading.
A vintage window serves as our fireplace screen and my favorite garden bench rests in front. With all rain we’ve been having lately my rain boots are left out for quick use.
A village was created….
Using our Nativity set, our reason for the season, is nestled on our mantel in a cloche village type setting.
Its fun creating Christmas vignettes especially when the vintage red transferware, Santa Mugs and deer antler snuggled inside a thrift store picnic basket on our 1930’s sideboard is used.
Our Christmas theme this year is traditional intermixed with woodland.
A wicker fishing tackle basket is a great place to house napkins with a rustic Christmas tree tucked in side.
Our three smaller Christmas trees this year are Cyprus trees. A Cyprus, in our garden, needed to be cut down and in keeping of honoring her she was used for our trees and clippings for vignettes and wreaths inside and out.
The largest Cyprus Christmas tree rests on a vintage red step stool with an enamel pot as the stand. The lower branches keep it upright. On the floor are picnic baskets helping to keep the Charmer with needed storage space.
Recently, after looking for years, our forever china hutch found at a upscale thrift store in time for Christmas vignettes. She’s the perfect cottage style and size for our cozy cottage home.
Its the perfect place to showcase some more of my red transferware plates and platter. An easy, yet elegant holiday tree was made using vintage books, staggered and two choir children rests as ornaments.
The cute pink vintage looking reindeer’s are from Target.
A rooster is perfect in any vignette..
Leaving our main living are we enter the kitchen…
Our cottage kitchen Christmas decorating emerged with hanging vintage Christmas tablecloths as curtains adding a foundation of color and background. On the ledge above the window are white ironstone and cyprus tree clippings.
Just above the ironstone is a Woodland Deer head made for less than $8 and under 30 minutes.
A vintage milking stool ($7 steal) holds a soup tureen and white ironstone pitcher underneath in front of a vintage Christmas tablecloth curtain.
On the other side is a French bottle rack holding Christmas enamel and china cups.
A three tired shelve holds some more of my treasured red transferware.
To me a holiday housewalk wouldn’t be complete without food! As a retired Personal Chef, cooking is as much about the holiday as anything can be!
Stepping outside the kitchen door is our porch where we plan on having Christmas dinner if it stays as warm as it has been. It was a really windy day yesterday when I took the photos and I just couldn’t keep the candles straight or items from blowing over!
Our Christmas table foundation is vintage tablecloth. Just love all the great color on it.
Whenever I’m out thrifting I always check out the glassware department where the vintage wine glasses, cloches and candlesticks were found. The tablescape theme was based again on the nativity, the birth of Jesus.
Each place setting has a nativity figurine underneath a cloche. My heart melts whenever I gaze upon the lambs face.
My fingers are crossed, hoping, we’ll be able to enjoy an outdoor Christmas tablescape dinner this year…
I hope you enjoyed rambling around my 1929 Charmer Cottage home dressed up for Christmas.
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