Sunday, December 4, 2011

~ Winter Magic ~

Lets take a stroll together through Summer Rose as the winter finds her.... and I've also finished some Christmas decorating at my real cottage too.... I cannot wait for snow, it's such a magical time of year!
Summer Rose was always imagined by me as a year round New England cottage, close to the water, but also privileged to become that shabby chic Chalet getaway for skiing, ice skating and enjoying all the wonders of winter too. The main element I longed to give her was a cozy , relaxing, vintage style. In the winter, it becomes the perfect place for all that winter desires of us....

As you walk up, you can smell the fireplace burning and you can casually leave the days activities on the porch...
Then grab a cup of hot cocoa and sit out to watch the beautiful wild life walk before you..

Then you can come in and be warmed and welcomed by the delicious scents of homemade stews sauteing, warm bread and cookies baking all at once...


Have a little seat by the window and watch the snow fall outside while enjoying a fresh baked chocolate sugar cookie in your cozy kitchen...


Fresh greenery and fruit act as the perfect decoration to make this cottage ready for the Holidays!


I think someone left the kitchen door open to go get more :)

The perfect place for cookie baking after a long day of winter activities...


The dining room is always casual and with a pretty Christmas tree and a big bay window over looking the hill, it is the favorite place to be and entertain...



Simple, vintage and country styled decorating are always a part of Summer Rose, even during the holidays. The tree this year is strung with white lights, simple red balls and crystal garland.

The view outside is so pretty! But it's nice to know we're warm and cozy inside too :)

Pretty little Christmas tree china from A Lavender Dilly is the perfect addition to the table..

The sun is setting on a long day..

And the moonlight and candle light will replace all the sun that drenched her rooms before..
I hope you loved walking around and coming in for a visit , you are welcome anytime friends...

I am always baking up some delicious "warm your heart , melt in your mouth" meal or dessert, so I'm always ready for company!
Thank you so much and please come again :)

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Now it's off to see my "Real" Cottage, I'm not completely finished yet, but as soon as I get back from the farm stands with fresh fruit tomorrow and give the Evergreen out back another hair cut , I will be... :)



The ornaments are always a mix of ones my children have made, ones that I have collected, and some that were gifts.
I have a fairly large Santa collection ,but my Skiing Santa is my favorite. He has bits of cashmere with spun wool for a coat and gorgeous wool boots, I love the vintage skis too!

I have collected ornaments for so many years, but it's the ones from the 1930 and 40's that my Mother has given me that I treasure the most..

A sneak peek at my kitchen too ...

Shabby little country birdhouses sit on the floor , which I just added some fresh greenery to.

Then with handfuls of arborvitae, fresh berries and scissors still in hand, {and a cold nose from being outside lol} I went around stuffing the shelves and hutches with more freshness...


It was simple and easy and I love the smell and look of real greenery in the kitchen..

So I'm finished for today :)

It's time for some hot cocoa! I had helping hands today so I made Melanie and I a cup of well deserved sweetness...

I hope you all enjoy a lot of sweetness for yourself this Christmas/ Holiday season!

Lucy and I thank you for coming on the little tour with us, we can't wait to see your winter magic too! Btw, Lucy is the vintage plastic reindeer below , she is a gift from my Mom and she's my Fav :)

Health and love this season to you all!

Hugs, Cynthia

24 comments:

D said...

Hi, Cyndie,
Thanks for the wonderful post.
I always enjoy them. Your little house is so cute. I love the way you decorated it for Christmas.Thanks for the tour!
D

malu2 said...

Magnífico tu chalet mini!!! pero tu casa real es preciosa, muy bien deorada para la Navidad.
Feliz Navidad desde España!!!!
Besos de las Malu´s.

The Old Maid said...

Love both of them!Great work everywhere!:)

Star said...

I love your little house and the big one too! It all looks so cosy and welcoming. Can I come for Christmas?

PAKY said...

I love your Christmas decoration, of your dollhouse and of your home too!! Are really cute! Hugs

Maria Ireland said...

I love both of your houses. Real and dolls :). Both are so welcoming and cosy. Seasons Greetings.
Hugs Maria

Sandra from Sydney said...

Beautiful homes - real and miniature. You have decorated them with exquisite taste as well. Thank you for the tour, I loved it.
Sandie

Little Rabbit Miniatures said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful....

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Cynthia,

Your holiday dollhouse is just exquisite! I just love how you backdropped the snow scenes with the outside of the dollhouse! Your attention to detail is the best! Your own personal cottage looks very pretty too! I am still working on the inside of my dollhouse...the outside is done but the inside is going to be my winter project after the holidays. Please stop by my blog and see it when you get a chance! ~Hugs, Patti

Christine said...

Just stunning! Both mini and real, although it is hard to pick the difference!

Ana said...

Preciosas decoraciones las de las dos casas!! te deseo que pases unas felices navidades!!.Ana

PILAR6373 said...

Me encanta tu decoración navideña,es de cuento!!!
Feliz Navidad!!!!!
Besos.

miniacollection said...

Your little cottage is so beautiful in winter. It's like a dream. Your Christmas decorations and tree in your house are beautiful.
Geneviève

Eliana said...

A wonderful and inspiring post! Congratulations.
Hugs

Chrissey said...

What a lovely trip trough your cottages i just took, thankyou, all looks wonderful xx

Fabiola said...

I like your Christmas decorations.
Bye Faby

minimizar said...

Tu casa y tu casita son las dos iguales de bonitas.CArmen gomez

About Bobbi C. said...

Cynthia, I am so enjoying your blog. All your little miniatures make my heart swoon. And that little cottage...oh my! Of course your "big" cottage is sweet, too. I'm remodeling a 1930 home now, and would love to find some old ornaments used during that time period. I do have some from the 50's that I cherish.

Happy holidays from Texas!

bobbi c.
Two Sisters 1930 Cottage

Lataina said...

Gorgeous!!! Both the mini and real life homes. =)

ShellbyFay said...

You are so talented, your eye for design and colour is amazing and the effects you can create on a person's mood through photos of your work is outstanding. I woke up this morning feeling rushed, now I feel relaxed and would love a hot chocolate and a cookie!! :D

Meapuntoatodo said...

Admiro de todo corazon tan delicado, precioso y elegante trabajo. Congratulations !!! Tu casa maxi preciosa. Mariajo

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I would love a REAL Summer Rose cottage! Cynthia, your mini home is spectacular - as is your BIG home. LOVE seeing all of the adorable touches!!

Merry Christmas dear friend!

xxo
Becky

Thinking of you this season as always.

Lilacsmell said...

I couldn't find any word to describe to tell my admiration!

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