November 30, 2009

Holiday Home Tour ... Welcome to The Gypsy Brocante Home

I'm very excited to be participating in Jen's house party today!
Thank you for hosting Jen and THANK YOU for sharing amazing homes with us last week ... loads of holiday cheer and inspiration!

So much inspiration, I'm not done decorating yet!
So, I thought I would do a kind of before and after this week ...
today I'm sharing a "before" ... this was my home a few years back.

If you want, you can come back later and see what I've done this year.
I'll be posting through out the week.

Enjoy your tour ; )

Welcome to our home ... I've begun the process of decorating for the season and thought you may want to take a peek inside ... I LOVE looking at all the decorations this time of year and home tours are high on my to-do list ... I'll be sharing those 'real' tours with you soon as well ... but for today, dust off the snow, grab a cup of coffee, and come visit with me for awhile ...

This year's inspiration ... burlap upholstery webbing .... used for garland ... just the right color, texture, and most of all indestructible! The burlap is even easier than ribbon to work with, it naturally wanted to twist and fold gracefully ... it is also a cinch to gather together with the wired greens in order to secure it ... I highly recommend trying this out, very simple!

Note added ... Saturday December 5th .... I've had a few inquiries about finding the burlap webbing ... I bought mine at Joanne's Fabric, I bought the whole roll that contained 36 yards at .78 cents a yard = $28.08 ... plus I had my 40% of coupon {LOVE that coupon!} which brought my cost down to a whopping $16.88 {plus tax} ... the one roll covered my 9' tree, 6' fireplace mantel, and 12' entertainment center, with plenty of room for 'swagging' and 'draping' .... EXTREMELY budget friendly

A small gathering of some more supplies ... I chose only the 'unbreakable' decorations this year, wood, fabric, feathers,glitter,pine cones ... I have a large collection of hand blown glass ornaments, mercury glass, and vintage Christmas balls that I usually decorate the living room tree with ... that was a mistake last year, I can't tell you how many I loss to the little Gypsy Prince's curious fingers ... too many ... that's the reason for the 'sturdier' style of decor this year.

As you can see, the colors of the living room ... reds, greens, creams, and browns ... makes traditional holiday decorating pretty much a snap .... my base is already there ... I add a layer of real and artificial greens ... some white twinkle lights ... a nutcracker collection ... and it's almost finished ... all we need now are some presents under the tree!

A tarnished silver trophy vase filled with dried hydrangeas from the garden this year ... spruced up with some fresh cut greens from the yard ... I later added a stack of poetry books in deep green to this vignette, guess that happened after picture taking.

Don't let the innocence in the photo below fool you ... that little hand is about ready to reach out and snatch an ornament off the closest branch!

Here's the second reason for the indestructible decor, I can't put all the blame on the Prince ... that's "Mac" one of our dogs ... who, as soon as I turned my back plucked one of those feathered birds right off the tree! He has a thing for holiday themed chew toys ; )

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my living room ... I wanted to share much, much more of the house with you ... but time got the better of me and this is all I was able to accomplish this weekend ... I did take some before shots of the space that I will use at a later time to show you the actually transformation ... If you would like to see more, stop back soon ... I'll be posting about the dining room, foyer and staircase, powder room, butler's pantry, a few bedrooms and maybe even the kitchen if time allows ...
see part two here


  1. What a beautiful home you have, Jill! Your decorations are gorgeous! I'll be back to see the rest of the house!


  2. so sparkly and lovely...makes me want to raid my decoration box right now! well done it looks lovely xxx

  3. Hi Jill,
    Your home and Christmas decor is just stunning! I am so loving all the beautiful pics, especially the top ones of your house with the snow! Gorgeous, and the burlap idea is really a good one! Cindy

  4. Hi Jill - love the photos of your beautiful home. the burlap is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing even more photos.


  5. Hello Jill... your home is gorgeous! As much as I love all of the pinks and pastels and whites in blogland, I still adore the traditional reds and greens of Christmas too... I also love the little touches of Nature you have here and there... looks like Mac does too! Bisous... Julie Marie

  6. Oh Jill...
    Thank you for the beautiful tour this morning. I had such a glorious time. I love your natural take on everything. I have tried to capture the same in my living room. (Yet to be posted, as I am still working on the tree).

    I was looking at your stockings on the tree, and you said that you thought they needed something. Seeing as how you are going with the natural theme, how about a large beautiful poinsettia sticking out of each one (they have so many colors today, even a strand of bells would be pretty. I just love it though it is beautiful.

    Your mantel is just gorgeous with the little bird house and all. I so love it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. I love this large living room that you have. So beautiful.

    Have a great day sweetie. I hope you will continue your tour as you decorate.

    Country hugs...Sherry

  7. Jill there's some gorgeous decorating going on at your house! I loved the tour of your beautiful livingroom. The photo of the Prince near the tree brings back so many memories of the constant undecorating that went on in my own house a few years ago.
    I cannot wait to see more.

  8. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful home you have, Jill! Everything is so elegant! Burlap upholstery webbing is genius! It's such a natural look, too! Your last two photos are so precious! It looks like everyone is enjoying the wonder of Christmas at your house! Mac is hilarious - definitely interested in something on that tree for sure!!! Have a wonderful holiday season! I'll stop back to see more in future posts!... Donna

  9. What a fun tour! I agree! WE NEED PRESENTS!
    Sounds like you have the same dog problem I do. I have yet to sew back on all the buttons my little female ate off the tree skirt LAST year. . . I guess I should get that done. Tree is already up - just waiting for the skirt.
    Beautiful shots. Loved this!
    HAGD! Karen

  10. lovely!! Your inspiration is great!

    Smiles~ Michelle

  11. I hope to have a house as gorgeous as yours someday. Happy Holidays!

  12. Jill are you sure your house is in NJ and not Chadds Ford PA? Your tree is gorgeous....very Brandywine River Museum....I love the natural look and feel of the burlap...hey, where's my present I don't see it under the tree...ok, who stole it Mac or Gypsy Prince...tee hee!
    {{gypsy hugs}}

  13. I'm coming over to your place! It all looks so wonderful!

  14. Your home looks so beautiful. I really love everything and the the decorations on top of the cabinet look so lovely.
    Thank you for the tour!

  15. What a lovely home -- thanks for sharing it with us!

  16. I'm so glad you stopped by and I got to "meet" you! Your mantel and tree are just gorgeous! Love that cherub lamp too. Thanks for participating in Deck the Halls!

  17. Jill it's beautiful, just beautiful!!!

    I lost a few of my vintage ornaments already this year to some slippery little're smart to play it safe!

    :) t

  18. So beautiful, what a gorgeous home you have!
    Feathers and dogs son;t mix..the dog will win out every time!! LOL
    I love your mantle...can't wait until next week!!

  19. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us.

  20. Jill,

    I love the idea of the upholstery webbing - just the right amount of rustic and refined. Your home is lovely.

  21. Thank you for sharing your home with us!!!
    All you need now are the presents :)

  22. Hi Jill. First of all, I am so stealing the idea of upholstery webbing as garland for my American Tree. Everything on that tree is home made, no store bought ornaments. It will be perfect. Also thanks for visiting my post and sharing your story. Building new memories, no matter how painful it was to loose the old......that is what life is all about. Have a good day.

  23. Oh how looks festive and lovely...and no one would guess it's indestructable. :-) .....oh to have little ones's simply the BEST time.

    Warm blessings,

  24. Your post is definately getting me in the Holiday Spirit! So pretty.

  25. Thanks for sharing pics of your lovely home. Christmas is definitely happening at your home. My home is also very warm homes and I too love decorating for Christmas. Please stop by if you have a chance.



  26. Hi Jill,
    I can completely identify with your little one and his interest in the tree ornaments. I can't turn around for even a second before my 19 month old dashes around the tree and snatch's 2 or 3 ornaments at a time and then he just looks at me with a big mischievous grin on his face. It's hard to be upset, they are so cute at this time of year.
    You have a beautiful home!
    Alabaster Rose Designs

  27. What a clever usage of the burlap chair webbing. I enjoyed seeing your gorgeous Christmas decorations in your living room.
    Thanks for sharing. My decorating begins this coming weekend. I can't wait.

  28. Jill, all your Christmas decor is just gorgeous. Love your idea of the burlap webbing for the tree. But I'm totally knocked out by your wallpaper! It's amazingly beautiful!!! Can't wait to see the rest of your home.

  29. Hi Jill, your home looks just beautiful. You have really been at it. And thanks again for the really great VBF and my win!!..julie

  30. Hi Jill,
    Are you serious? Are you really decorating the whole house for Christmas? You have a lovely tree. My younger children dropped 7 ornaments last time. Let's try again next Saturday!

  31. I LOVE it!! Where did you find your ribbon? I have been on the lookout! Thanks so much.

  32. Very pretty! Your livingroom looks charming. The burlap webbing is a great idea and looks fabulous. I used burlap ribbon and it had a very strong oily smell, I'll have to check out the webbing.

  33. Truely beautful! Love that window seat feature, and then there's that to die for white dresser... oh! and I want the red chairs too.

    Lovely home! Thanks for linking up!

    FJ Donna

  34. I love everything that you did! The burlap garland is beautiful. You are right! I know my Christmas tour is going to continue. There's just no way I could get it all in one post. Besides, what's the fun in that! The anticipation is half the fun!

  35. Very clever and unique. I love the way it looks.

  36. Everything looks so pretty and festive. I love the burlap upholstery webbing, I have about 10 yards in my craft room right now waiting for a project. I am going for a more "natural" look to my holiday decorating this year so I may be "stealing" your idea for my tree. Once Christmas is over I can still use for my project!!
    Have a great weekend.

  37. Everything looks beautiful. I think you may have started something with the burlap strapping (I have some in my sewing room!)

  38. Beautiful home. Wish mine looked that good. Oh well....know a good house-keeper?

    I saw the old cabinet card pictures you have for sale on one of your Etsy shops. I LOVE those old photos and have a ton I need to organize.


  39. Everything looks wonderful. Don't you just love that webbing? I use it to hang my Christmas wreaths outside on my windows, and as ribbon. It looks great and is so inexpensive.

  40. Jill,
    everything is just perfect... I am ready for the holiday's with your decorations but your music is Divine. I love it all. Gotta have the family pets involved too. I love your blog.
    Gotta get this music for mine. I am not flowing in Christmas like you but... I am trying to follow the French philosophy keeping it simple...come check me out.

  41. one word - COZY!

    It all looks so fantastic and beautiful. Great job.

  42. Your home is just beautiful! May many wonderful Christmas memories be made within its walls.

    Our home is having an old fashioned handmade Christmas this year. I hope you will stop by.

  43. Love, love the burlap! Such a great idea. The fireplace is so dreamy I'd sit there all day!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  44. Your mantel is BEAUTIFUL! Well Done!

  45. I love me some jute webbing! I used it in my Christmas decor's earthy, but festive and oh so fun to play with :)

    Love all your touches...understated, comfy, with just the right amount of elegance!

  46. Hi Jill, I am Jill from Indiana. Found your blog through the Nester. Your house looks just beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  47. ♥ your decorations! Your home looks fabulous, very festive!
    May you be blessed beyond measure this Holiday Season!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings~ Trisha

  48. Love the burlap idea! It looks great and you did a fantastic job with your home!

  49. what a deal on the burlap ribbon, amazing! and wow, your home is so festive and gorgeous, perfect displays and garlands everywhere

  50. Wow...everything looks SO beautiful! I love those Joann's coupons too! Love the burlap! Merry Christmas!

  51. What a beautiful home you have..I especially love the last photo of the dog..Too cute..
    Merry Christmas..

  52. Your Christmas home is so beautiful! I see you have a little one perched in the right spot to see Santie and his reindeer as they land!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  53. Jill it's gorgeous! I am so glad you could share your home! Thanks for joining in on the holiday tour!


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