Sunday, December 2, 2012

Joyeux Noël Anyone? It’s a French Country Christmas at LBE

Knowing how I love all things French, it’s not surprising that my theme for the holidays is Joyeux Noël.   I thought I’d share some of my vignettes from Christmas’s past and present for your inspiration.

Sprigs of fresh greenery, shiny baubles, and a miniature Eiffel tower in a vintage glass box.

Ahhh…dreaming of Paris…


Can’t get enough of leather-bound books.


French confits are perfect for bunches of cypress and balsam pine.






The fragrance of clove-studded oranges fill the air on a French ironstone platter.  One can never have too many vintage glass jam jars and enameled numbers.




Crisp white towels tied up with burlap ribbon and mercury glass ornaments.







Hand-stamped clay tags, raffia, silver compotes, and fresh cranberries say “Christmas is almost here”.



A special tin basin and mini live evergreens bring holiday joy.  Even Murphy appreciates natural décor.



Beaded fruit pilled high in a vintage handmade French basket.



Handmade fabric ornaments embroidered with French sentiments.



Tie up your paperwhites with messages of the season.







This gingerbread boy is happy surrounded by vintage French zinc numbers.




Make place settings special for every guest.  Godiva chocolate ballotins are hidden in the gift bags




French tart tins with votives nestled atop cranberries in a Provincal pottery dish make a great base for roses in a pewter vase.




A tall zinc pitcher….the possibilities are endless.


A hand-stamped burlap banner adorns the front door wreath.  (I got this idea from At The Picket Fence last year)


Even a turn of the last century French terra cotta garden statue gets dressed-up with a boxwood wreath at Christmas.


I don’t know why, but sheep are so Country French to me.  I found this ornament at Anthropologie.


Of course a glass glittered Eiffel for the tree topper!!!






Hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of vignettes and that you come away inspired to add a little bit of French Country to your Christmas décor.

Joyeux Noël,


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Janette - The2Seasons said...


Your French-inspired decorations are tres chic. I especially like the hand-stamped ribbon on the front door wreath. I might copy that idea chez moi.


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, your French Country decor is just beautiful! All of your accents are gorgeous! I bet the clove-studded oranges smell wonderful, too! Well done!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love all your beautiful vignettes. My mom always did the cloves stuck in oranges. They smell so good. Now I need to go buy some oranges.

Susan said...

Kim all your vignettes are so pretty. How festive you have made your home. I love the little boxwood wreath on the cherub statue. So cute.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Gorgeous - love your pomanders (I made some this year too) and of course those fabulous enamel numbers!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

So pretty and so frenchy, Kim! You know I love it!...hugs...Debbie

Debbiedoo's said...

I have been wanting to do the cloves and oranges forever. You have inspired me. Your French decor is divine! Looks so pretty. Glad you shared it at the party this week.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I love every single thing in this post. The oranges, the grain sacks, the boxwood wreaths, the mercury's all just wonderful! Oh and the tags too. :o)

Deserae said...

Everything is soooooo beautiful! I have to go back and have a second look :o) Just gorgeous!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my Kim...I just love gazing at your gorgeous "all things French" have adorned all of your treasures so beautifully...I heart that zinc pitcher...and everything for that matter...the Eiffel Tower is fantatic as the topper!!!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow, I LOVE IT ALL! I have so many of the same things, you've given me some great ideas!

thistlewoodfarm said...


*sigh* You are so amazing! I love all the attention to detail and the french country.

Thank you so much for inspiring me today!


French Girl in Seattle said...

Excellent travail, Kim! Love les vignettes françaises. You have inspired me to take out my Eiffel Towers (I have received a few as gifts over the years.) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Rita said...

So glad to have found your beautiful blog. Your french inspired Christmas decorations are all so lovely. you have such an eye for beauty!

Shannon Chastaine said...

I love your French style--all your vignettes are so pretty. I was nodding and loving the enameled numbers, the mercury glass, etc., and then I saw Murphy! I have a ruby Cavalier too--Scotch! :)

chateau chic said...

So many beautiful Christmas vignettes with all your lovely French items! Love the little tart tins, your zinc pitcher, and of course, all your wonderful number tags.
Mary Alice

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