We spend more time in the living room than the den because the fireplace is there.
I love to wrap in an old soft quilt with a good book and a dog or cat in front of the fire.
I do not like cold, damp, dark days.
Lucky for me, here in South Carolina we do have those unexpected days of warm sun and shorts in the winter.
A Southern snow is okay. Here today and gone tomorrow.
Let's start with what a wonderful Santa brought me - cherub heads!
They are gray and silver now. I may just distress them more.
I love the way they look in front of the stained glass window.
Regular readers know I am eclectic and eccentric in my decorating.
I follow no rules.
I choose to create vignettes from items well-loved.
The bucket arrangements from the last post were placed on either side of the fireplace.
Besides buckets, burlap, and boot stretchers, I added books and birds.
Oh, and silver bowls.
I wish I had a pair of horse prints or winter scenes to replace the usual florals.
I may have to make some.
If I get up off the sofa any time soon.
The lights provide interesting shadows on the shelves.
The cage cloche was another gift from Santa.
I chose a few red and blue books for spots of color among the grays, neutrals, and darks.
There are two sheep on the mantel - they stay there most of the year.
I just this moment had a thought of what could hang in the alcoves on either side of the fireplace instead of those florals.
I will let you know if it works out.
Back to the mantel wall.
Two sweet birds huddle on a stack of books.
Another bird peers at the titles.
These are book boxes - love them for storage!
I always think of this pair of birds as Donna and Chucks.
Me singing my heart out and Chucks squenching his eyes closed in horror at the sound!
Santa also brought me Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits so I have been wailing the blues around here.
No not officially on the mantel wall, but close enough.
I love this window and angel.
Okay, the tour is over.
Do I keep everything like this for two whole months?
Nah. I will add something or delete something along the way.
BUT it will be something interesting to look at while reading a good book with a dog or a cat in front of a fire wrapped in a soft old quilt.
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