On the small red shelf in the log room is crystal, red, silver, brass and lace. The dreary rainy day outside makes it look even cozier. All of these items are flea market or thrift shop finds--even the shelf itself. The silver creamer and sugar I found this week, for less than $2.00. A little cleaning was all they needed. I'll add some greenery to them tomorrow.
A quiet corner by the couch. The hanging behind the couch has been there since we built this room 8 years ago. I love its soft red color. Someone put a lot of time into crocheting squares of red wool into this throw. The table by the couch is actually an old treadle sewing machine that used to work. I'd like to get move it and put something else in its place. I've had it for years, but maybe it's time to find it a new home. Behind the table is a screen that is old indeed. It is handpainted on canvas, probably from the late 1700's-early 1800's, and folds out into 3 panels. It has some bad places but it's just beautiful with its soft golds and reds. One day I'll need to look into restoring it. We use it to screen the doorway if we have visitors staying in the log room.
I've kept decorating simple this year; most of the things I usually put out were put back in their totes and not used. I'm not sure why, but I am happy with less this year. Next year, who knows? All of it might be out! One of the fun parts of decorating for this season is that each year it's a little different, and I don't know until I get started just what I'm going to do. I wonder if it's like that for everyone. Do you plan in advance what your decorating will be?
Time to get back to cleaning. A lot left to do and not much time to do it!