Home For the Holidays
What a magical time of the year….
a time for creating lasting memories…
enjoying the peaceful beauty that surrounds us.
Trees are the cornerstone of many holiday settings
and gifts from the heart are most cherished.
Perhaps more than anything else
food plays a central role in many holiday gatherings
and baking cookies conjures up wonderful memories
for my family.
We’ve tried the whole gingerbread house “thing”
and my children, Francesca and Montana, and myself,
have come to the realization
that it’s best left for the pastry chefs!
Decorating our home
for the holidays
is one of my favorite traditions…
I begin by finding the perfect spot for my “Byers Carolers”
handed down to me by my mother
who had quite a lovely collection over the years…
is decorated with an eclectic array of beautiful ornaments
but my favorites will always be
those made by my children.
I like using some of my own designs for decorating…
One of my holiday kissing balls
hangs perfectly on my living room shutter…
My vintage button tree
proudly sits on the old Victrola in my dining room
an anniversary present
given to my grandparents in 1942.
I have a collection of vintage cigar boxes
and antique Tobacco cans
once belonging to my great grandfather.
They add a wonderful, vintage feel
to my fireplace mantle
as they sit amongst the rose trees I designed this year.
I adore vintage boxes and tins…
in all shapes and sizes
and I’ve carried this theme
throughout the dining room
and all through my home…
My dining room has a beautiful, built in china cabinet
home to my china, cut glass, and assorted antique dolls.
The dining room is one of my favorite rooms
(water bottle on the table and all… )
…and is where the “queen” of the house resides
spending most of her time lounging from chair to chair.
She is my spoiled “angel”.
The kitchen displays my love of creamy whites and my signature red
along with many of my favorite “treasures”.
The downstairs bathroom
was once a wash room and a “coop”
(as my grandparents use to call it)
It once housed grandma’s potatoes, apples from the many apple trees
on the property, etc…
in the back portion of the room
which is now the laundry area
In the front room of the bathroom
stood the big, cast iron double sink many years ago…
(its now a lawn ornament and home to some beautiful Spring flowers)
Oddly, the bathroom is also where the backside of the dining room
china cabinet is
which I’ve turned into a chalkboard
carefully leaving the wood “as is” from many, many years ago.
The beautiful, hand painted shelf
was made by my wonderful, 88 year old Aunt Grace
when she was a young girl…
and is one of my most prized possessions.
She is the reason my family is living in this house today.
Aunt Grace bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful Ava Gardner
and is the most amazing person I have ever known.
One day I will dedicate a post just for her…
Notice the “curtains” in the bathroom~
I purchased these towels from Andrea
and made them into curtains.
I LOVE them and use them for everything!
Andrea is the sweetest person
and these towels are just one of many favorite items I’ve purchased
from her ETSY shop.
Andrea’s shop is constantly changing its inventory
with the most wonderful treasures…
…but what I love most about her is the way she packages her orders…
She makes everyone feel so special by always including something
Wait until you open up your order~you’ll see what I mean!
Please visit Andrea at Faded Plains
to see her beautiful home and creative ideas.
And while I’m talking about wonderful shops and blogs…
Please check out my wonderful friend, Anita
from “Castles Crowns and Cottages”, new ETSY shop!
Anita is an amazing artist (among other talents)
who produces the most incredible designs!
Her gift tags, cards, handmade books, theaters…
are absolutely MAGICAL…
Soon she will be adding more delightful designs to her shop.
Please visit her amazing blog at:
You will instantly be transported to another time and place with her
beautiful, poetic, literary talent.
If you like handmade soaps (who doesn’t??)
please visit my friend Robyn at
Robyn creates the most beautiful and whimsical soaps I’ve ever seen…
with a wide assortment of heavenly scents and designs
Robyn can create a soap in every shape imaginable!
Her attention to detail is incredible…as is her packaging…
Her soaps make the perfect gifts (especially for wedding favors!!)…
and she’s even created a soap for Bilancia Designs in the shape of a
This is one of the things I adore about Robyn~~
beside the fact that she’s a joy to work with AND she gets your order out
as quickly as possible…
you can ask her for a specialty soap and she can do just about anything!
Please visit her ETSY shop for great holiday gifts.
And last, but certainly not least…
please visit Deb Ivy at
Deb has a gorgeous collection of fabric gift bags
in all shapes and sizes…perfect for any sized gift.
What an ingenious idea! No more wrapping, taping, scissors…
Tiny Olive has a wonderful, traditional holiday story behind it.
Deb is such a wonderful person a real pleasure to work with…
creating the perfect order for you this holiday season AND any time.
The fabrics are beautiful, the bags are lovely…
and what a treat for the recipient of that special gift in a Tiny Olive bag!
I am obsessed with Deb’s bags…and now my friends actually ask me if
their gifts will be in a Tiny Olive bag! :)
I think she started something!
Please visit Deb’s beautiful website and start your own holiday
….Please visit Bilancia Designs
with new designs arriving weekly…
Thank you to all the wonderful people who have shopped
at Bilancia Designs!
Wishing you and yours a magical holiday season!
Photos courtesy of:
Castles Crowns and Cottages