It’s getting closer to Christmas!

I know we all love this time of year, despite the hustle and bustle of getting things done.

 

Each year I vow to keep my decorations to a minimum, and most years I actually manage that.

But…well, the spell Christmas casts is undeniable, no?

 

 

Welcome on this beautiful Monday Morning Blooms!

Come right in!

 

I’m excited you are here, and I hope you will love joining us – and stay a while.

 

 

My friends and I are creating a holiday “Winter White” Arrangement, in an all white container for your pleasure today.

I’ll link to their posts at the bottom, be sure to click to visit them!

 

 

AND…Don’t forget to enter to win $100.00 to FrenchGardenHouse at the bottom of this post, too! It’s the last day.

 

 

So back to the decorating, I’m almost done.

 

Actually, I was almost done two weeks ago. There are only the “fresh” flowers and greens decorative touches to add.

{ you can take my Holiday Living Room Tour HERE > }

 

 

Today I’m giving you a peek into our family room side of the house.

 

It’s where a lot happens, cooking eating, entertaining!

Is it like this at your house?

 

No matter where I start out with guests – they all end up crowding in the family room/kitchen.

 

It’s not a very big area, just enough room for a couch, two chairs, and our French armoire.

 

 

 

I recently bought this French Country bench at an antique show to replace the ottoman that came with the couch.

I love everything about it. It has gorgeous legs!

 

That it already came upholstered with this beautiful red fabric was a huge bonus.

Because, while I favor neutrals in the living room of our FrenchGardenHouse,

this family room kitchen area is more about my “other side” –

the side that adores red.

 

 

On a side note, I wanted to tell you about that beautiful lighted wreath on the wall.

 

It’s the Kennedy Fir Wreath from TreeClassics. I hung it inside, because I love how it looks all lit up at night in this room.

But it is perfectly wonderful for outdoors, it’s made for that!

 

BEST PART: it has a battery pack so no ugly wires show. Win!

I added a few small red berries so it would “match” our little tree.

 

 

So now let’s talk about the flowers. I know you are waiting for that!

 

 

For this holiday arrangement, I used floral clear tape to create a grid on a French Ironstone Soup Tureen.

Using a tape grid helps the flowers from flopping over to the sides.

 

 

 

The “ingredients” for this arrangement are fairly easy to find at any florist,

the market, or wherever you buy your flowers.

 

 

If you can’t find the two types of greens I used, just substitute something else!

 

Clip something from your garden, or ask neighbors if you can clip a few things from their garden.

 

 

I placed my tureen on two antique ironstone platters.

 

A few small gold ornaments add a little sparkle and shine.

And a clipping of fresh evergreen and a tiny pinecone add a natural touch.

 

 

 

This arrangement is exactly what I have here during the holidays.

 

Since there is already plenty of decor going on, the simple flowers,

usually all white, are what my home looks best with.

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed this Monday Morning Blooms!

 

Be sure to visit my friends, by clicking on their links.

 

 

But first, please enter to win my December Reader Appreciation GIVE AWAY.

Just follow the directions.

1.Go to Tree Classics and choose what you love best on their site.

2.Tell me what product that is in the comments below.

3.You are entered! How easy was that?!

 

 

Visit my friends Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

 

 

and Shirley at Housepitality Designs

 

 

and FrenchGardenHouse {moi}

{Our friend Pam will be back next time!}

 

 

I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous week before Christmas!!!