Sunday, December 14, 2014

Church Street Christmas

There is no question of a white Christmas this year as December has already delivered quite a bit of snow to Vermont. It is a beautiful start to winter and we are looking forward to celebrating at home.




In keeping with my general aesthetic, holiday decorating at Church Street leans toward the minimalist but this year I wanted to make a change from the traditional color scheme. The blue was inspired by some Swedish Dala horses I found online. Our travels through Northern Europe last summer only intensified my interest in Scandinavian culture.






I love to set a beautiful table though never want it to feel too formal. This mix of our wedding silver with pottery handmade in Vermont and linens from Ballard Designs sums up my personal style in a nutshell.






I'm not one for New Year's resolutions; I tend to act when the idea strikes. In November I met a photographer who inspired me to give up my 26-year coffee addiction - impressive because of a previous failed attempt in 2011 that I long referred to as the worst four days of my life. I am now going on week five so here's to perseverance.


A departure from the usual Christmas crackers, this year I will be offering these 'fortunes' found at Anthropologie with dessert - something fun to ponder as we consider what lies ahead.


To all my readers, many thanks for your visits to Henhurst and all best wishes for the new year!

28 comments:

  1. Very beautiful! I love the minimalistic approach, and it's so delicate yet inviting. I'll be decorating our home today, so thank you for the inspiration! xo

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  2. So elegant and beautiful! Have a wonderful holiday and best wishes for the near year!
    Cheers! - Shelley

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  3. Dear Phyllis,
    Your blue and white is beautifully elegant. I love the Scandinavian designs you found on your travels!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo
    Karena
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  4. Que bonito post ha estado un regalo visitar tu bloc.
    Te animo a echar un vistazo a mi post verás algunas ideas realmente interesantes, que creo te pueden inspirar y harás un paseo por los mercados de Navidad de Barelona. Deseo que pases un buen rato y espero que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme. Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  5. Just lovely, each and every image! And congratulations on the coffee resolution. I gave it up almost thirty years ago…and I have to tell you, it took about five years for the craving to go away. No, the headaches etc. disappeared very quickly, but that longing for a cup in the morning is what remained. But for health reasons I simply could not have it. Now, after so many years, I have absolutely no interest in coffee…not even when we go to Europe! Tea is my drink of choice: I mail order all my loose tea (Assam) from Simpson & Vail in Connecticut and manage to go through almost a pound a month. Sounds like a lot! but it has none of the side effects for me that coffee does. Anyway, good luck Phyllis and Merry Christmas, Libby

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  6. Just beautiful!! Can I borrow the Dala horses next Christmas? :) I'm so grateful for our friendship, Phyllis. Thank YOU!! Warm greetings to you, Mr. H and the girls. xo, Loi

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  7. so lovely phyllis, classic, relaxed and sophisticated all at once. love your combination of cutlery, dishes and linens, perfection!
    wishing for snow here in chicago
    my best
    debra

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  8. I love you new blog look, it's gorgeous and very sophisticated!
    Really a great post, Phyllis

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  9. So so beautiful Phyllis!!! You are such a talented stylist, this post should be in a magazine. Love the blue and every well thought out vignette. Favorites are the cocktail napkin, the juniper ice cooler and the muffin on the pretty plate. Congratulations on your coffee habit. There are lots of delicious teas out there to explore. My stomach has never been able to handle coffee. Tea not a problem, thank goodness. Merry Christmas to you and your family, enjoy your beautiful home!

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  10. These photos really are stunning, Phyllis. Your whole look exudes “peaceful”. Perfect for what this season is supposed to be about.

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  11. I just love that juniper berry ice cooler. It seems when you take holiday decor down a few notches, what remains is somehow that much more meaningful. Your look is one of such understated confidence and elegance. Kudos.

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  12. Phyllis,
    I love the subtle look you've achieved with the blue accents. I think blue represents the season perfectly...maybe it was the influence of the blue theme in Frozen! :-) The table looks beautiful and I love the idea of reading the little fortunes from Anthro.
    Best of the season to you and your family, I'm so happy to know you.
    xo,
    Karen

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  13. I love how you froze the the holder for your bottle so beautiful with fresh cuttings. The front door wreath is picture perfect too. Have a beautiful Christmas and New Year.

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  14. Oh this table had an almost Wintery Swedish feel to it I love it! The bottle is fab!! xo K

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  15. Phyllis, Your home is just gorgeous and I adore the soft greys and minimalist, pared down approach to holiday décor. Your table is beautiful and the touch of green is perfect. Very pretty and a wonderful post to start my day!! xxL

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  16. Absolutely stunning, Phyllis. I love how manage to balance elegance with simplicity to perfection. Blue is a favorite year round, but especially this time of year. Thanks so much for all the gorgeous inspiration and I hope your season continues to be beautiful! XO

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  17. This is so beautiful Phyllis. Festive and elegant.
    Happy Holidays!

    xo

    Brooke

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  18. Very pretty....I love the soft blue you added...

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  19. I love the juniper berry water bottle. I think I am going to pin that one just lovely!!!

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  20. I love every single detail Phyllis! Of course you know I'm already smitten with that shade of blue. Beautiful wares and i love your tapered candles. A very Merry Christmas to you and the fam too! xx

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  21. Love your table arrangement. I too love to set a pretty table and yours is very beautiful in its simplicity - I would expect nothing less from you.

    Have a lovely holiday season,
    b

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  22. So much beauty!! And we love snow!! :) I wish you a very mery christmas, and all good for the new year!
    Hugs from Gry :)

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  23. How lovely Phyllis, all of your Christmas decor is elegant, understated and beautiful! Wishing you continued success with your coffee-less lifestyle! ;)

    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

    xo Kat

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  24. So lovely Phyllis, I feel calmer just for having stopped by. I was at my MIL's home yesterday and she had a collection of her Dala horses displayed on her bedroom dresser from when she was a child. They are a Scandinavian red color. I have never seen the blue, but I will show her and ask if she has seen them.

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  25. I love the atmosphere you've created with the blue. So peaceful and pretty. Merry Christmas!!! Here's to a prosperous and healthy New Year !!!
    xo
    becki

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  26. Amazing pictures! So serene and elegant Phyllis. Not sure why this never updated on my blogroll. Hope all is well and wishing you the very best in 2015!

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