December 19, 2014

Nordic French Noel

Burlap Luxe Adorned

Beautiful winter in the spirit of the season.
Stickly bare tree with a quirky French ornament tag. Little Afghan pine trees fill our
rural rustic home suited perfectly.

These sweet peaceful trees give off a wintery glow to a Norwegian cottage but,
inspired here by all its French designs.

Nothing adorns the tree but, a single torn French book page as an
ornament tag reminding us of a simple winters solstice; rooted deep
in the gentleness of the reason.


I like the feeling of a simple celebration of "Goodwill" in the peaceful heart
of our home.


A vintage Noel adorns a French garden antique planter box with
pine trees under a lighted window. It adds a cozy feeling to the kitchen by adding
something rustic, and beautiful.

A Merry weathered holiday in all its rustic charm.
Tis the time of
GOODWILL
and red boots.

55 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Doré, you captured the sense I wanted to create in my home, but I do lack the rustic element. However, this weekend, we are going to start the paint job on the dark wooden beams. They are gorgeous, but I so want this white look and my husband agree to it!

I LOVE YOUR TREE. This year as well, I wanted to have a very sparse and simple, unadorned tree. We found a sweet Fraser Fur tree and I love it, but next year, I hope to find an even sparser tree and put it in a zinc can.

Everything here is just perfect for that Nordic/French look. You inspire me always chère amie. MUCH LOVE and thank you for the magic this year, and always. Anita

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dore, I love your pure and simple look. The sweet unadorned trees in buckets are just right, and the single tag just perfect. It reminds me of my Christmases as a little girl growing up in the country. We always had a pine tree for Christmas, that heavenly fresh scent holds so many beautiful memories for me.
Thank you for stirring that this morning and all your wonderful and inspiring posts. Such a pleasure to get to know you. May your holidays be blessed.
Big hugs,
Patti

Rhonda said...

I adore your simple tree and wish you the best a Christmas season can bring. Much love, Rhonda

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I just knew you would do something very special for the season, Dore.

It's lovely in it's simplicity.

Sending big hugs and wishing you and yours a very beautiful Christmas.
Love,
Lin

chateau chic said...

You have the best inspiration, Dore, because of the stunning beauty you create in pure simplicity. Those little trees look so elegant in your fabulous French garden container.
Thank you for inviting us into your lovely home...it's always a special treat!!
Mary Alice

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

I'm catching up here, Dore, and there's so much to see! Your little trees are the perfect touch for Christmas and I love the pop of red from your boots! Your New Orleans mice theatre is creative genius - I just adore it! You have the most amazing talent. :)
And BIG congratulations on the release of Fifi's book with your art inside. I can't wait to get the book!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Doré,
Unadorned and soulfully expressing the beauty you share in your blog, your writing, your home and your art. You inspire one to see things in a different light, to embrace the beauty in a simplistic state of rustic sparseness.

I appreciate your friendship more than I can ever express.You inspire me to go beyond what I ever thought I would share on my blog. That Doré was a special gift you graced me with.

You already know I have many small unadorned trees throughout our home this Christmas. All left unadorned, no lights, just the sparse beauty of the meaning of what unadorned now means to me. After our anniversary dinner last night we stopped and purchased a graceful, sparse in form 4 foot pretty tree. Doré only you will understand this, as I came downstairs I saw a bright star dance and dash through the branches... Yes for this year we are embracing a peaceful Christmas. I believe this tree was meant for me.

There is an energy, a wonderment approaching the New Year. New adventures, new self discovery meant to share in self expression ... 2015 will shine.
Sending Holiday greetings and sending my love to you and Hannah.
xoxo,
Vera

Junkchiccottage said...

Dore,
I am swooning. Taking it all in so so beautiful. I just sink into your post. Simply beautiful. Merry Christmas sweet friend.
Kris

justys said...

Hello!
Simple green nature Amazing i love it!
Xmas greets Justys

DD's Cottage said...

I love the simple elegance and beauty of the green tress. You defiantly have a way of creating a cozy and simple style that feels good. I am a cowboy boot kind of girl (grew up on a horse ranch) so I LOVE the red boots. I have a pair too!

Rié Moratto said...

Charming, simple, pure. The little Afghan pine trees add just enough to your lovely home. Inspirational. I will end by saying, I love red boots and have been looking for a pair for years! The perfect touch of Christmas red to your home. All the best, Rié | Portobello Design Blog

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So beautiful, Doré. It is so serene, peaceful, yet quietly festive. I love how it looks like a nest under the first Afghan pine. Thank you for sharing your talent all year with us. Merry Christmas to your and your family. xoox Su

Anna Lantligt på Svanängen said...

Beautiful! God Jul och Gott Nytt År! Kram Anna

Jasper's Cottage said...

It's all just so beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family. And red boots to all!
jonni

Victoria said...

I love your red boots!!! The little tree is lovely and so very you! I love your floors...I can't quite make out what they're made of but they're gorgeous.

I'm going to work on getting another Christmas post up some time today before it all gets taken down and put away for another year:)

Happy Holidays!!!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh My Friend it looks so inviting as always.
I am so loving the Red Boots Oh Yeah !!!
Happy Holidays Sweet Friend. Many Blessings your way as always. Hugs xoxo

Karena Albert said...

Dore your home and holiday decor does indeed inspire a peaceful and joyous atmosphere filled with warmth and love!
All the best to you and yours!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

It's me said...

Owww doré ...love your red boots...!!!....love your little trees....all is so beautiful again...love from je...happy weekend....x!

angie said...

their decoration is beautiful !!!!!! I wish them nice and relaxing holidays, all love of angie from Germany

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

A beautiful tree to complement its surroundings. Our Christmas decorations are simple and there is only one adornment on our white, wooden Christmas tree - a red heart. Amicalement xxx

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Simply beautiful, Dore. I love those little trees. Wishing you a peaceful, and, blessed Christmas.

Méa Strauß said...

Doré, we do not have any christmastree - not even a little one. We have a Treekiller here - our little cat. But anyway, I do not like those big trees. Your little ones, they look so gentle, as if they had green fur. So beautiful and unique - as everything you do.
So have a gentle hug from me, I just stood up this morning and read your post. Your friend Méa :))

Lisa Abdo said...

Dore, I love the simple little trees you have and wish I could do something like that in my home but I can't pull it off like you. They are perfect in your home and go so well with your style. I did go with a much simpler look with my Christmas décor this year and you were my inspiration for that! Maybe next year even more so! I plan to go with a more simple look in my home décor this year so that will be the plan! Loving the red boots! Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear friend, it is Saturday, and today I finally start my two week vacation! My husband and I are going to try to paint our beams today! Just wanted to let you know. I hope to take photos. Will share. BISOUS! Anita

HWIT BLOGG said...

Oh I just love this post...this is so beautiful, so simple and lovely!
Have a happy weekend, take care.
Warmly,
Titti

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

The simplicity of your Christmas decor suits the season well.
And those red boots well they'd even be the envy of the fellow in the big red suit.
Have a lovely Winter solstice...
Susan

La Petite Gallery said...

This looks like a beautiful Maine Pine tree. Just so simple and you have the scent all through the house.
Then you can plant it.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Heaven's Walk said...

I don't think there is anything more Christmasy and more natural than bringing in a live fir tree for Christmastime, Dore. I adore your sweet Nordic ones all lined up like little toy soldiers. :)

I also wanted to thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas card. You are a sweet and treasured friend!

Praying for you a rich and joyful Christmas, Dore! ♥

xoxo laurie

michele said...

such elegant glimpses of the everyday here, dore. i love the soulfulness with which you approach your decor and daily life. it is what i strive to do as well. timeworn and not precious are so very welcome here as well, and your styling elevates these qualities, bringing them into an ethereal realm. i am beat! a full day and a half of cooking (souffle, swedish pancakes, steak-mushroom salad, cheesy potato bacon soup...), sewing, crafting with girlfriends and entertaining has drained me of everything. tomorrow will involve gentle re-entry into calm and an intentional focus to PREPARE HIM ROOM in my heart. this is what christmas is to me. not trappings. not bustle. it is Christ with us. peace to you and may wonder continue to find you and move you.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love how you've added the colors of the season through nature and whimsy! Happy Sunday Dore!

Tanja Obergföll said...

I love your blog, and all the beauty. You inspire me♥
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Greetings from Germany
Tanja

Bente said...

Dear Dore. Your sweet little tree is just perfect. Love your decoration. It looks calm and beautiful.

Hugs from here

Botanic Bleu said...

I love the white French double planter and the single French ornament on the sparse tree!

Joyeux Noël!

Judith

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Dore,
I love the little pines, I can imagine their evergreen scent when you enter the room!
I hope your Christmas will be magical and you will be surround by those you hold dear.
Thank you for vising me this year on my blog, it's been lovely!
xo,
Gail

Putri Valentina said...

What a great interior dear :D

http://putrivalentinalim.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-is-doing-little-something.html

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

So simple yet poetic! Your holiday accents are beautiful, Dore! Warm greetings to you and yours for a festive and fabulous Christmas.
Cheers~

must love junk said...

Dore, everything is just beautiful! The red boots are so fun! :)
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Susan

Heart Vintage Design said...

Love your Nordic style… xoxo

By Meisje said...

Oh Dore, thank you for your beautiful blog and thank you so, so much for visiting in my little world ... it make me so happy!!!
I wish you and your familie a merry little chrsitmas! With many lots of love, Meisje

La Contessa said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Love the RED BOOTS!
XO

Pura Vida said...

so beautiful Dore..the perfect little tree and those boots? well...they are the perfect accent to wear and see!

helen tilston said...

Dear Dore
The fragility of the tree ties the entire decor together.
You have such a knack in decorating.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas
Helen xx

Vicky said...

I love your home and holiday decor, I wish you a merry Christmas and much happiness with your loved ones!
Hugs

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Merry Christmas, dear Doré!!!
xo,
Lin

Victoria Kirton said...

Gorgeous. gorgeous. This is what my dream Christmas looks. I hope you and Hannah had a great Christmas, Dore. The girls and I spent Christmas eve at friends's house and off they went to their Dad's on Xmas day. I spent the day with my best friend eating the best Chinese food and spending the day in a comfy robe and read two books. I don't remember the last time I did that. Wishing you the happiest of New Year, my dear Dore.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Popping in to wish you a (belated) Merry Christmas, and the happiest of New Years, Dore! Thank you for sharing these lovely photos, and your sassy red boots :)

Jeanette

Di said...

Merry Christmas, love those red boots! I just found a sweet pair of pink little girls boots! Di@Cottage-Wishes

Julia said...


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Cindy said...

Ahhhh... your little tree is just precious! It couldn't be any more perfect for your home with the sweet little torn page ornament. As always everything is so beautiful, and spirit filled.

Cindy

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

What a beautiful Nordic Christmas! Love the tree in your beautiful planter box, it's perfect!

Cindy Hattersley said...

After so much Over decoration,my home included,I love this post!

La Petite Gallery said...

Happy New Year, now it's time to pack up Christmas. Blessings to you and loved ones. yvonne

June said...

Love, love, love the boots my dear Dore!!! The greens you have added to your beautiful home are so lovely my dear. It definitely looks festive at your house!

I am so sorry to hear you have been so sick Dore. Please take it easy and rest yourself to get completely well my dear.
I hope you have a wonderful 2015-full of blessings.
sending hugs...

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello Dore'
Wishing you many golden moments in 2015!

Thank you for all the beauty you share.
You are a delight,
a gift,

a generous touch of grace.

~ Violet

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Dore,

I am trying to catch up.. I missed this post. The week of Christmas I was hit with walking pneumonia.. It really put a damper on the holiday.. I am fully recovered, and feeling so much better.. I hear you were down with the flu? Oh lord, I hope you are on the mend.

Here is where beauty lives... From you soul. Such a peaceful post for such a special day.
love and blessings,
Penny