Monday, December 13, 2010

Noel a la Maison LeJeune ~ Chapter Three

"Come" they told me

pa rum pum pum pum

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A new born King to see

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Our finest gifts we bring

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To lay before the King

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rum pum pum pum...rum pum pum pum

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So, to honor Him

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When we come.

In all of my 40 years, I've never owned a Nativity scene of my own...until now.

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When I was out shopping for a birthday gift the other day, I entered a local hometown store and my heart just dropped when I saw this beautiful painted tin metal Nativity scene.

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It was the perfect colors for my dining room and I just knew it had to come home with me.

I had the perfect place to put it...

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I arranged the pieces atop of my dining room table.

I started out with a gold crushed velvet throw. Then I added some plastic containers (various sizes) underneath the velvet throw to give some of the pieces different heights.

Once I situated the Nativity scene just how I liked it, I added some floral Spanish moss on top of the velvet throw.

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Then I tucked in several small battery powered flickering tea lights beneath the Spanish moss. They give a glorious glow in the evening. I keep them on 24/7, they've been burning for about two weeks now!

Then I set two place settings, one at each end of the table.

One for me and one for The Man.

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Instead of using my fine china (because "we" don't eat off of fine china), I used my everyday dishes and dressed them up a bit with gold utensils and chargers. 

I had a little fun with the drinking glasses below.

I added some bronze plastic "ice" to the wine glass...

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And I added some clear plastic "ice" to the water glass...

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This "ice" can be found at Hobby Lobby in the bridal department. They come in many colors and are fabulous to use for parties too. You can sprinkle them anywhere for a little sparkle and reuse them over and over!

Instead of using a cloth napkin, I rolled a vintage crochet doily and placed it in the napkin ring.

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As for the dishes...I kept it simple.

To add interest, I added a simple handmade coffee filter rose (from Julia), a tassel and a bronze glittered snowflake in the bowl.

A glittered sprig of gold on the side balanced the setting.

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To carry the gold, bronze and green theme throughout the dining room, I decorated a small tree and placed it in the corner.

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To add the height I needed in the corner of the room, I placed the tree on a small round table and topped the tree off with feathers.

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The tree is decorated in our "normal" dining room colors...

green ribbons and balls, bronze balls and snowflakes and gold glittered grape picks.

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At the base of the little table, I placed a tin basket full of pinecones that I picked and spray painted.

I set an old Santa atop of a book on the floor to hide the tree wires ;)

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On the opposite wall, the china hutch is decorated with the same colors.

I added a gold angel (she's a tree topper) in the center, looking down on the Nativity set...

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She gives such devotion to our dear Baby Jesus :)))

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I also added a festive detail to each of the eight chairs at the dining table.

It's something I love to do for each occasion we have.

It's so easy and makes a huge impact...

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With some Christmas ribbon, I just tied a simple knot and let the "tails" hang. I inserted a "pick" of gold glittery grapes in the center of the knot. 

I kept the buffet area simple as I wanted to leave my dining room table as the focal point of the room...


I didn't add much to my "everyday" decor except the lighted garland full of picks, a little golden angel and a Santa book...

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The whole room just came together perfectly...

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Just as I imagined it would when I walked in the store that day and saw the beautiful Nativity set for the first time...I love it and I'm sooooo happy!

My new Nativity scene is Merry Christmas to me! from me! ;)

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This just may be my favorite "Christmas" room of the house...especially in the morning light :)

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Let me not forget to mention the beautiful ribbon tassel that Chantal made me for my birthday. It's hanging in the middle of the curtains. It's so perfect there :)

Chapter Four is coming up next...

Please stay tuned for a little Black & Gold Christmas coming up soon!!! It's Saintsational!!!!



A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, dear Jodie! Your home is so warm & wonderful--just a perfect place to be for the holidays! I've enjoyed reading through your last few posts (I'm catching up!)

Your Nativity set is gorgeous--one of my favorite things to collect. Love your beautiful table setting!

Wish I could have strolled through your beautiful home to see it all in person (LOVE your red bathroom! Looks like the same shade as my dining room!)

Hope you're having a lovely day, my friend...


Kris said...

Thank you for the tour. Your home is beautiful. That nativity is gorgeous.

Linda M. said...

Jodie, YOur dining room is fantastic. I love your nativity the last photos show how big it really is, quite tall. Tin, it doesn't look like tin, so pretty. You just happened to have a gold velvet cloth laying around. lol...The tree topped with feathers so pretty. Love all the colors and festive trim on the chairs. Oh, and that coffee filter rose is great. Lovely. Looking forward to more.

Anonymous said...

hey tootsie...i'm lovin this more every day :)

Vicki said...

I love the dining room. It came out great with your new nativity as the centerpiece. The tree is really pretty too with the feather toppers. Just gorgeous! Enjoying the house tour!


Jodie, your Nativity is beautiful and truly reflects the warmth of the Season! Gorgeous room! ~ Angela

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your dining room is very elegant and your decoration is just perfect, Jodie! I especially love your beautiful tree! The color mix is wonderful and you found lots of fantastic ornaments and embellishments!
You had so many great ideas to add eye-catchers like that decorated ribbon on the back of the chairs.
Have a lovely day, my sweet friend!

Karen said...

Hmmmm . . . must be just my computer or my Blogger cause everyone else can see your photos and I only see about 5. Everything else has a blue question mark in it's place.
But am loving what I see. You've never really shared photos of your home before and I was glad to see a few!
Better go see if it's me or you . . .
HUGS! Karen

Our Back Porch said...

Simply gorgeous, Jodie! Your nativity is beautiful!!!

Pam @ Frippery said...

Really beautiful Jodie. Can I come over for dinner? (Or do I have to stay in the recliner with my salad) Hee hee. Just kidding. The nativity is fantastic! Great find and just your style.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

oh, my! I am totally enchanted with this room! You have turned it into one of the most tasteful and elegant holiday rooms I've seen this year! Your family will love gathering in that special space.

Love your new nativity. I also have a metal display - but it's only the three wisemen - your complete set is stunning!

Can I come for a glass of egg nog?!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

What a marvelous Nativity set. I was bug eyed after the first picture. You did a wonderful job on your decorating. I haven't started yet. Well I have one poinsettia in one of my new homemade baskets. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Tawnya said...

I could stay and look at this room for is me! I love every single thing about it! The Nativity Scene is gorgeous! How blessed you are to have found it. You "style" is wonderful and I enjoy your home. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Honey at 2805 said...

J'dore your fabulous nativity set and the dining room is elegant and beautiful! Everything you do is so lovely and creative. Do wish I could have been there for the entire tour!

Rose Brier Studio said...

Your DR is wonderful. Would you come over and decorate my house? I have all the pretties, just no impulsion to do it! For now I'll just have to be content to look at your festive house!

Debby said...

STUNNING!!!! I adore your beautiful dining room. Your nativity scene is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Warm and beautiful, Jodie!
Your home is truly marvelous to behold. :-)


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

That is a gorgeous Nativity! Very room is lovely! I still wish I could have taken the "real" tour!!

Patti said...

Everything is so beautiful !! You really know how to decorate my dear!

Jane said...

If you're not a professional decorator then you should be! Your house is gorgeous. Love that little tree with the feathers!!

Heather said...

Your home looks stunning; you have a beautiful decorating sense. Hope you have a nice evening! Heather

A Cottage Muse said...

Jodie I would just love to tell you to pretty up two more settings for me and my honey...I would bring the bubbly! Then I could sit, relax and take all that beauty in!!


Jan said...

Beautiful nativity and Christmas decor!

victorian parlor II said...


Each chapter gets better and better! I love your new nativity-it's really beautiful!!! I can't wait to see more!



Charlene said...

The Nativity Set is AMAZING! And looks great on your table. Sooooooooo pretty! HUGS!

Miss Sandy said...


You know I have been living vicariously though you and your holiday decor. I have been sick and very little decorating has gone on here, so, thank you for sharing yours with me.

I ADORE your new Nativity! I have never seen one like it. I love how you made such a statement with it by using your dining table to feature it. Brilliant!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your home, gorgeous!

Have a great week and keep that decor commin'! said...


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Everthing looks that tree in the urn. I’m having a Christmas Open House on the 16th…you love to have you join in!


Kathy said...

This is stunning!! Wow. It seriously took my breath away.

Merry Christmas!

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Just beautiful! Merry Christmas! I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Wishing you happiness, Katherine
P.S. I'm having a giveaway please stop by and enter :-)

Theresa said...

I am having trouble picking a favorite:) Each one is beautiful and different! HUGS and thanks for sharing your lovely home with me! HUGS!

Heidi said...

Hi, I came across your blog through someone else's and I absolutely love it. Your pics are gorgeous!...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you...Heidi