Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Merry Little Tablescape

I'm delighted to launch Christmas festivities with 20-plus bloggers for a holiday tablescape blog hop, organized by the darling, talented Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate 


This Tuesday, won't you join me for a pre-Christmas dinner? We're on the porch this afternoon, and it's that magical time before the Blue Hour. The table is set, dressed in cheerful reds. Hearts are light and troubles are far away. From an old-timey radio, Bing Crosby is singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

It's the Yule-tide season, time to address Christmas cards, whip up eggnog, and string lights on the tree. Here on the porch, the air is fragrant, smelling of pine and eucalyptus. 

Holiday entertaining gives me an excuse to bring out items that are dear to my heart, pairing the old with the new. On cheery, red-and-white striped placemats, I've set out the surviving Fostoria goblets, relics from the early 70s. Beloved Portmeirion salad plates tell the Christmas Story. 




Roses and greenery were placed into clear glass bottles, and the bottles were set into a long wooden box.

If you get chilly, wrap up in a tartan blanket. And a cup of hot chocolate is on the way.


  
More than any time of year, Christmas is a time for the house to sparkle. To celebrate our first year on this hilltop, I put a little tree on the porch.


 

Here's wishing you a merry little Christmas--and a merry time on the Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop! 
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40 comments:

  1. Very festive Michael! I love your pinecone napkin rings a pretty red glasses! Oh, and all that great natural light for pics too-enjoy:@)

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  2. Michael Lee, your home sparkles so festively! Merry Christmas to you and your family as you celebrate your first year on the hilltop. Love the little tree on the porch.

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  3. Oh this is so beautiful. I love the tablesetting and your room is stunning too.

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  4. Michael Lee, I would be happy to pull up a chair and join you at your merry table! I love your Portmeirion Christmas Story plates paired with your Fostoria goblets. Your porch is so festive and cozy with your wreath-topped sled, twinkling Christmas tree lights, tartan blankets and cheery red in your placemats and rose bottle centerpiece. I had to do a double take and scroll back up thinking I saw snow in your background of one your photos! Have I told you that I have light fixture envy? I love your addition of the eucalyptus and hanging of the greens on your light fixture. Thanks for the merry start to my morning, I'm ready to tackle my boxes of Christmas ornaments now and I'm humming "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". ♥

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  5. I'm smelling your eucalyptus and having a magical time visiting your porch set for a pre-Christmas dinner this morning. Your bokeh effects are lovely.
    Love your mix of patterns. Great placemats, layered napkins, dish stack and your darling pinecones napkin rings are fabulous. It is fun to mix the old with the new and you have done it well.
    This is a fun bloghop!

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  6. It's always a treat to visit your home and style, Michael Lee. The fact that you cherish the old things and still pull them out each year makes me smile with a happy feeling. There's nothing better to evoke memories than unwrapping the past. Your table, porch are all that. Happy holidays.

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  7. Everything is so beautiful Micheal Lee! I sadly admit, red is not one of the colors I have acquired yet for my holiday decor, but after seeing all the gorgeou red? I am changing my mind, definitely! From the flowers to the tree everything is just drawing me in to sit and enjoy a nice long meal and chit chat. Congratulations on your first Holiday on the hilltop. I envy this time for you. I hope it's filled with touching memories, peace love and joy. Really honored to be paired with you during this holiday blog hop!

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  8. The second I opened your post I felt a smile come to my face Michael Lee, this is so MERRY! So welcoming and happy! LOVE the red and white with pops of black and green. It's magic! You will indeed have a merry little Christmas in your new hilltop home
    Jenna

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  9. Such a glorious tribute to the Christmas season in your home on the hilltop. You have created such a warm and inviting space.
    Eucalyptus is one of my favorite natural elements to add-in fact a little story here.
    My middle daughter lives in Northern California and while she was on a walk with her young children she spied a Eucalyptus Tree!
    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas season.
    Jemma

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  10. Michael Lee, what a cherry and merry Christmas table you have designed. It's so bright and sunny. I love the tartan blanket on the bench and the Christmas plates are precious. Happy that you shared on the Tablescape Blog Hop.

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  11. Michael Lee, I have been admiring your porch for months and I am thrilled to see your beautiful tablescape in this festive and cozy setting. The centerpiece of roses is stunning...and to have a mug of hot chocolate with a tartan throw for warmth sounds very inviting. I love the Christmas story on the Portmeirion plates and the greenery dressing your light. Perfect!

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  12. Michael Lee, I was so happy to find out that you are on the Holiday Blog Hops. I love your style. What a cheerful, warm, and inviting table! I adore red and love how you have used it in your beautiful tablescape. The red Fostoria goblets are so pretty paired with your Christmas plates and lovely table linens. Your centerpiece with the red roses and greenery add the perfect finishing touch! Thanks so much for brightening my morning with this beautiful holiday tablescape!

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  13. This table is just beautiful and I love how inviting it is! All of that gorgeous greenery really adds the perfect touch! This room is beautiful too!

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  14. Absolutely beautiful. I love the red flowers in the bottles. So happy.

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  15. Beautiful post and gorgeous table. You have captured so many of the things that really mean Christmas to me, remembering traditions, using special items and telling their tale, welcoming friends, it is indeed such a special time of year.

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  16. It's so cheery! Wish I could "sit a spell" and chit-chat because that's what the season should be about; spending time with our family and friends and not all this copious gift-giving!

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  17. Michael Lee, your porch is so pretty. You have decked it with so much merry. Love the plaid and the red. It is so full of life and joy. Such a happy space to help celebrate the holidays. Thank you for sharing your Merry Little Tablescape.

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  18. What a cute and cheerful table. Love all the red accents and the great dishes!

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  19. Michael, I was just thinking about you today and wondering how you would be decorating for Christmas. I knew you would blow it out of the park! Stunning! Love it all, your photos are beautiful!

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  20. Michael, I love your table! The blanket on the bench was the first thing that caught my eye, then those bottles in the holder with all of the red blooms, perfect! Thank you so much for being a part of the Holiday Tablescape Blog Hop!

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  21. Your table and porch are both so merry! And your narrative makes it even more perfect to set the scene for our little Christmas joys and rituals. Merry! Merry! Sheila

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  22. This sure is a VERY merry table and makes me smile. Wish I could join you on the porch! I love all the red and your salad plates are fabulous. Love the tree, sled, just everything is perfect!!!

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  23. You've definitely set the scene and I can hear Bing singing in the background and see the blue hour approaching as I sit down to dine. Your tablescape is so pretty and inviting. I love the colour scheme and all the dishware/accessories you've combined. My fave is the stemware - fabulous! The floral centerpiece is lovely as well. Hope you "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Michael Lee!

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  24. Oh what a lovely table - everything is so special. Bing singing and the Blue Hours approaching as your having dinner. Everything is so festive and I am sure the dinner was very special.

    Have a great week.

    Mary

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  25. Talk about a fresh take on a Christmas table! I love the suspended greenery mixed with tall red carnations. I love the pinecone napkin ring holders too. Those christmas pillows are so lovely too!

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  26. Michael Lee, I'm so happy that I opened this post in the wee early hours of this morning because now I am humming that favorite Christmas tune and I am so happy! Your colors are so vibrant and cheerful, and the plates are interesting...I would LOVE to be at this table surrounded by your gorgeous new home. Your first Christmas will be so special. I can't wait to see more decor details, but for now I am truly enjoying this bit of inspiration with the red which I love for Christmas, the sparkle and the warm rustic elements so perfectly combined. Linda

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  27. I'd love to spend time with you on your porch, Michael Lee, while listening to Bing Crosby crooning in the background. Your table is a holiday wonder and so cozy with the blankets you've provided for warmth. I must say that I love your black and white checked, tufted chair pads. Thanks for the lovely inspiration.

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  28. Oh, I just realized how excited I am reading and viewing these amazing photos, yes, this has so much inspiration, an I'm encouraged to get the "Christmas decor party" started!!

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  29. Gorgeous!! Where did you get the napkins with the wording?? Napkin envy!

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    1. Either Pier 1 or HomeGoods. I bought them a while ago and cannot remember! LOL

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  30. You always make the most beautiful tablescapes! Love all the red with the black and white checked chair pads. I have red Fostaria glasses, too - ones similar to yours (goblets) and the others, tall drinking glasses.

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  31. Oh my, Michael Lee... that hanging light is fabulous! And the greenery dresses it just right for the festive table setting! Love the red Fostoria glasses and pretty red roses centerpiece! I didn't know Fostoria produced red glass. Hope you enjoy your first Christmas on the Hill! :) ~Rhonda

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  32. Merry and bright indeed!You have inspired me to bring out my red decor and my husband will be thrilled. This table feels good and inviting and I would love to linger here. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  33. This tablescape is so fun and festive. I would love to walk into a dinner party with a table setting like this. Wonderful!

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  34. You have a keen eye for detail, Michael Lee, and that's what separates your table from so many I've seen. The mix of the cushions/blankets on your benches and the unique greenery and centerpiece of little bud vases in the rustic crate.

    My mother had a good collection of Fostoria pieces...I remember them so vividly from my childhood holidays. So...your table conjures up a ton of memories. Thank you!!

    Enjoy your holiday on the hilltop! :)

    Jane x

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  35. I always have a smile on my face as soon as your banner comes up, and I can't wait to read your posts. I love the way you really went for the red and let your Christmas flag fly! I'd love to join you, if you please!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  36. This tablescape is seriously amazing. I love the colors and the textures~ so beautiful!

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