Sunday, November 29, 2009

White Flower Farmhouse Christmas Decor



We hadn't planned on doing much decorating this Christmas because we'll be gone for a large portion of the month. We're leaving this week to head to Virginia Beach, and then we're looking forward to spending a few days in North Carolina with our nephew, Gavin, on the way back home. But thanks to a gift box full of goodies from Lori and Megan of White Flower Farmhouse, and a few other items we had packed away in our attic, we got to decorate our mantle just in the (saint) nick of time! :-)



Warning: The White Flower Farmhouse items in the images you are about to see will make your heart skip several beats and are guaranteed to thrill you to the edge of your seat. Hang on!



If you haven't visited WhiteFlowerFarmhouse.com, I'm about to turn you on to one of the most amazing stores on the planet. I'm not even slightly kidding. From the minute I stumbled upon their website last year, I was hooked. Sometimes, I foolishly attempt to visit their site simply for inspiration, but that proves to be completely impossible every time. They've always listed something new (which is usually actually very, very old) that I just have to have.

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The day we found their package sitting on our front porch we couldn't get it into the house fast enough!
Megan and Lori's attention to detail is incredible. Each item they sent us was individually wrapped in brown kraft paper, secured by soft, basil green-colored ribbons. Here is the first bunch of items we excitedly discovered...



Of course I couldn't resist taking lots of pretty photos of all this great stuff within minutes of unwrapping them...

8 oz candle: $16
2 oz candle: $4


German bird candy container: $5


Large French wire bell: $15
Small French wire bell: $12


Apothecary jar: $15
Glitter: $4




Christmas picks: $3 each


The contents of the next few packages we unwrapped resulted in excessive cheering and a two minute happy dance around our coffee table. Max was terrified by our sudden burst of excitement, and immediately escaped underneath a blanket bundled up on the couch. :-)

The packages contained three of the most beautiful stockings we had ever seen.
I love how the little brass touches and bark-colored rope pair perfectly with the vintage Army fabric on Kevin's stocking...



Brass letter stockings: $35 each


The nubby texture of the wool stocking seems like the perfect choice for our cat, "Bean". And the way the shiny silver bells contrast with the old brass letters on the stockings on either side of it makes me giddy! :-)



Wool stocking with bells: $20


The bottom part of my stocking is made of a heavy-weight, cream-colored fabric, and the cuff is a very light, soft pistachio-green color. The tiny pearl-esque Christmas ornament is the perfect finishing touch.





We got Max's stocking from Pottery Barn last year for $4.99. I was ecstatic to discover that its green ticking stripes, and coordinating velvet, blended perfectly with the stockings Megan and Lori sent us...



Behind the stockings, we draped a single strand of apple green, bead garland that was also enclosed in our package from White Flower Farmhouse...

Bead garland: $8


Each "bead" is actually hollow, and they are very delicate (like teeny-tiny ornaments) so we simply hung it up using clear shipping tape because it's so light-weight.



And speaking of tiny ornaments, we were also delighted to find a small box of vintage, German Christmas ornaments nestled inside the box they sent as well. I piled them up in a bowl on top of our mantle...

German glitter ornaments: $6


The bowl was left to us by The Nest crew when they came to shoot our house. It's from Anthropolgie in case you're as in love with it as I am! :-) I used some leftover reindeer moss I had from another project inside the bowl, to act as a soft and fresh backdrop to the crunchy surface of the antique brass-colored, glitter-covered ornaments.

The giant pinecones, and the urns they sit in, were the perfect "endcaps" to our extra-wide mantle...

Pair of urns: $36
Jumbo pine cones: $5 each


I topped them off with a couple of sparkly, gold, mini tree toppers I got at Hobby Lobby.

I have more photos to post, but that's all I have time to blog about today- so this post will have to be continued tomorrow.
:-)

'Til then, happy decorating!

Layla

31 comments:

The Old Painted Cottage said...

I'm loving all the textures and sparkle. Hey wait a minute..why am I sitting here commenting when I really need to go jump on WFF's site and so some shopping!

oxox
Jennifer

Aaron@CheapThrillsDecorating said...

such cute stuff! i love the blogs from white flower farmhouse.

Pat said...

Beautiful...as usual. Your decorating skills are superb. Could you please drop by my house while you're traveling? :-) I know that I will now have another addiction ~ WFF.

Paige said...

Wow! That looks amazing. I am going to visit the White Flower Farmhouse right now and check them out!

Wishing you safe travels this month!

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

This is really really pretty! I think I've said that already!!!

Hopeful Housewife said...

What great treasures! Headed over to check them out now!

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

What a beauty! I love how simple and elegant the color scheme is. The attention to detail on the stockings is amazing. Nice post!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Layla - I should have known....I was over at WFF this morning looking to see what new items they had and was drooling over the vintage bell ornaments only to realize they were SOLD! You are quick, girl :) Love all of your pretties..especially the bell ornaments :)
Hugs,
Toni

Chad and Kristen @ The Tomato Vine said...

Beautiful! The little gold star on top of the pine cones is my favorite - what neat little idea :)

fairfieldhouse said...

I really like the urns, stockings and green bead garland. Your mantel is stunning. Does Bean insist on jumping up there and knocking the smaller items to the floor like my two cats do?

geri said...

Hi Layla.
How fun getting a goodie delivered to your door..unexpected, very appreciated, and so thoughtful.
I'd say "Santa" came early this year.
Love the very delicate green beads and
Love all the ways you used everything with your existing goodies.
I spent the last 2 days playing with the outside and inside of my home. I LOVE doodling all day with my house and doing something different each year..also on a "creative budget". hehe
Have a wonderful week and keep the pics coming.
I always get great ideas from you and Kevin.
geri.

Remodelahlic said...

Merry Christmas, it looks like Santa came early!

I am so impressed with how well it all looks! Props to you for putting it up. You have a good eye for that! (obviously but still)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Merry indeed! Love the sweet little touches on the stockings....so perfect~

Linden Townhouse said...

Lovely! I'm crazy about the White Flower Farmhouse too. I can't seem to get enough of those two talented ladies! How lucky you are to receive so many pretties, but it takes a great eye to pull it all together as you have done, Layla. Love it!

Karena said...

I am going over right now to take a look, cute and unique gifts!

Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary said...

so perfect! I'm gonna check out the wff site right now - I'm so excited that i'll be in the states in a few weeks to pick up whatever treasures I may find!! looks like I'll be picking out my own christmas gift this year - YAY!!! :)

Jessica said...

I love your mantel!! I love everything you do though. Did you get the pinecones from WFF too? I checked their site but didn't see them.

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Wow! Beautiful! I just picked up a TON of those very large pine cones. I had been told they sell them places but these were in a friends yard. 5 bucks a piece maybe I should go gather more!

foggogs said...

wow it is like winning the decorating lotto! they are all gorgeous and you did a great job incorporating them into your christmas decor!

Kim Porter said...

I nearly jumped out of my seat when I read that you are coming to Virginia Beach. I am a makeup artist and have done work for the teleport station at Regent Universtiy,which is run by CBN. How cool would it be if they called me in to do makeup?!?! Anyway, let us know how you like it here :)
Kim Porter (www.makeupbykimporter.com)

Sandy said...

Great goodies. I love the stockings. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Amanda said...

I will indeed be adding those stockings (one of each for our family of three)to my "if Santa doesn't have them in mind for me, I'll buy them myself" list!

Lauren1964 said...

Wow! I have a couple of those wire bells too. Do you know about how old they are?

Lauren

BD said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I love the glitter balls in the bowl and the glitter bird candy dispenser. Too cute! I need to head to the craft store.

Dana

Katy said...

full of perfect beauty!

Robyn said...

WOW, that's so totally wonderful goodness you have going on there! I'm PEA GREEN with envy for sure! THANKS for sharing the prices and everything. Those lades ast WFFH know how to rock the Christmas decorating!

Adam and Natalie said...

Beautiful! I love their galvanized metal placecards too.

Amber said...

Love the mantle and the understated elegance. I also love all of the one of a kind stockings. It's the perfect holiday look for your home!

Ellen said...

Layla - your mantel is wonderful - so fresh and natural but Christmasy all at the same time. I love it - can't wait to see more pics! And hey - I sent you an email the other day about an order I had placed at Letter Cottage Home - would love to hear back from you when you get a minute. Thanks so much!
Ellen

Get Your Martha On said...

I love White Flower Farmhouse, too. I wish their website had the standard shopping cart/pay for item online option, though. I'm more likely to buy something that way than mess around with emailing and calling a place.

FILIGREE MOON said...

Beautiful decorating! Thanks for the tip on where to find your lovely decorations! Best wishes ~ Angela