async='async' data-ad-client='ca-pub-1704385665578974' src=''/> 2020 - Welch House 1900

French Country Christmas in the Foyer


The foyer is decorated for Christmas.

This year I draped the bannisters with garlands of cedar and eucalyptus tied up with simple blush pink ribbons

I've had these lanterns for ages and decided to pull them down from the attic this Christmas season.

Simply tied bows and candlelight with suffice this year. The ornaments on the staircase will be moved, they are only for the photos.

I decided to turn my dress form into an angel this Christmas.

I've had the wings for several years and have never displayed them until now.

The soft fur cloak is vintage and was purchased at an estate sale over the summer.

Christmas decorations create a pretty atmosphere.

 Gold trumpets are also tucked in here and there throughout the bannister garland.

The small trumpets are vintage, but the large ones are new.

A eucalyptus garland dresses up my antique pier mirror. 

I had another pair of angel wings in storage so I decided to add them to the mirror for an unexpected whimsical vibe.

This sweet Santa was a thrifted find, just added a pink ribbon and he fits right in.

I am so thankful that we restored the upper banister earlier this year. I can finally decorate it for Christmas and actually share it with you!

Jeffery has been my little helper while I decorated. He's my sweetie.

I hope you enjoyed this tour! 


Simple Ballet Inspired Christmas


I've always loved an "old world" Christmas. 

The dining room here at Welch House is the perfect space to create that feeling.

A simply dressed Christmas tree with twinkling lights gives off that cozy Christmas glow.

This year I wanted to give a nod to the Nutcracker Ballet. I swapped out the mirror over the piano for this gorgeous Degas print of ballerinas.

The dining table is dressed with fresh greenery clippings gathered from the yard, and simple embellishments.

Three sweet vintage ballerina prints grace the mantel. They were a gift from my sister last year at Christmas. I absolutely love them.

A lighted garland dripping with pearls and ribbons is the perfect touch.

I love the soft, subtle elegance of the mantel decorations.

The dining room feels so magical and cozy.

The Christmas tree lends a very European feel.  I love way the branches lay with simply tied ribbons on their ends.

Soft vintage pink Christmas bulbs are my very favorites and were gifted to me by a wonderful IG friend.  They are so very special to me.

A new bust sits up top a bed of tulle and fresh greenery on the french buffet.

I gave her a sweet crown and crystal beads to dress her up for the holiday season.

Its a very simple look. 

I am on a budget more than ever this year, so I am only using what I already have.

Next year I would like to add to my "ballet" themed Christmas, but this is what I've got for this year, and I'm choosing to be grateful for it.

I hope you enjoyed my tour and thank you so much for visiting.


Marie Antoinette Halloween


Welcome to my Marie Antoinette Halloween! My library seemed like the perfect backdrop for my Marie Antoinette skeleton. I came up with this idea randomly when I came across an old Marie Antoinette wig from years past. I plopped it on my skeleton... and Ooh La La  you have a perfect french queen!

Now I know that Marie Antoinette loved her sweets, especially cake. I was super excited that I kept my faux wedding cake from last years Halloween, it would be perfect! I decide to top it with florals, ostrich feathers, and a porcelain venetian lady figurine.

    I also had a faux cupcake from last year, and this rat decided to take a bite.

The rats have totally taken over Marie's cake table.

I found this sweet antique doll over the summer. I decided to set her out because some may find her a bit spooky, although I don't.

She is missing her eyes, but it still think she's sweet.

Marie is busy relaxing in her golden throne chair.

She is enjoying a sip of tea.

I decided to create her a pair of shoes.

I spray painted them gold, and added lace trims and ribbons.

I think she approves.

Yep, she's smiling.

I think she's very comfortable in her French apartment.

A crow has decided to land on her  cobweb covered candelabra.

She's too busy to notice, because she has cake to eat.

Happy Halloween!

I will be back in the next few weeks with Christmas decor.


DIY Elegant Halloween Mirror


Today I want to share with you a creepy, but elegant Halloween DIY.  I like my Halloween decorations to be unique, spooky, but still have a touch of elegance. For several years now, I have been admiring Halloween mirrors on Pinterest, my favorites being the ones with protruding hands.

This Pinterest photo below was my inspiration. I knew I could recreate something similar with items already around my house. 

What you will need:

- Mirror

-Doll hands. Mine are from a barbie doll styling head. You can find these easily at thrift stores for cheap.

-Lace trims

-gray and black craft paint. I used the Apple Barrel brand from Walmart which was around 50 cents each.

-paint brush

-glue gun

I painted the hands a light gray, and I made sure to paint the nails black.

I have so many mirrors around my house. I chose two vintage mirrors that were thrifted years ago, which I hadn't found a use for yet. I also decided to lightly dry brush some black paint on the frame for an eerie feel.


Once the hands were dry, I found some delicate lace trim and hot glued it to the wrist of each hand.

The last step is to hot glue the hand to each mirror. For a firmer hold, I would suggest using E600 along with the hot glue.

To add more interest to your hands you could add a jewel to serve as a ring for one finger, or even have one of the hands holding a flowing white lace handkerchief as though it was getting ready to drop. You could even add a dainty spider to the handkerchief.

I decided to display my mirrors in the foyer. I added lots of black butterflies that I found on Amazon here.

I love this ethereal halloween look.

One butterfly even decided to land on one of the spooky hands...

I enjoyed creating this project! Maybe you have similar items already around your house to create a mirror of your own?

Thank you for stopping by!