Saturday, November 19, 2011

Charles Dickens Christmas Decor

Christmas is my favorite holiday and Dickens is my favorite author, so I figured why not combine the two for a picture perfect Yuletide?   Welcome to my Christmas Carol home!  While I would have loved to put a Jacob Marley face in my Christmas wreath to greet guests, I decided to save that stunt for Halloween.  I settled for a Victorian Santa Claus and a Christmas Carol greeting instead.

I trimmed our living room Christmas tree with the most Dickensian things I could imagine: silhouettes of my children (thank you to Miriam and her Photoshop wit), flickering candles (electric), and cloved oranges and lemons.

 The red, orange, and gold of the tree set the tone for the rest of the details, including the mantel . . .

and the banisters in the foyer.
And a Dickens Christmas simply wouldn't be a Dickens Christmas without carolers.  I decided to put mine in the kitchen to greet family and friends.
And for those who need to spend a cozy Christmas evening at our home, I decided to deck the halls of the guest room, too.  With a few stockings, some boughs of greenery, and a Victorian Christmas book paired with a cup of cocoa, this room suddenly feels like a holiday haven to me.  I hope our guests feel the same way.

And my favorite touch of all . . . wall quotes from the Christmas Carol.  I have a quote about Mrs. Cratchit's pudding in the kitchen, a line from Tiny Tim in the playroom, and this quintessential Christmas declaration in the foyer:  "I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year."

May all your Christmastide's be book-inspired!  And may "God bless us, everyone!"

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  1. Julie and I absolutely love the decor! But if that's the guest room, do we have to sleep in separate beds?

  2. How sad that this is the first time I'm seeing your house....but these pictures did not disappoint! Wow! I'm just impressed you do this with toddlers still in the house. It looks beautiful!

  3. Oh, everything is just gorgeous! :) Love all of the beautiful decorations!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. I love the Dickens look! Your home is gorgeous, love the guest room too, amazing!

  5. What a beautiful home with such fabulous splashes of Christmas! I love your Dickens characters ... your guest room is incredible ... are you accepting reservations ?! Thanks for sharing. *Becca* (now following along by way of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia)

  6. You have a beautiful home and your decorations arr just gorgeous!

  7. I just found your your decor, especially the Dickens carolers and the quote on the wall!

  8. I'm glad I found you through the link party and I'm your newest member. Who doesn't love Dickens? ~ Maureen

  9. You are all so wonderful, thanks for the comments! I guess we need to get one of those fancy widgets that will let us respond to each of you individually, but until then: thank you, thank you , thank you so much!

  10. Your Dickens Christmas decor is gorgeous. I love A Christmas Carol and watch it every year.The mantel and banister railings are so lush and pretty.
    Wishing a Merry Christmas and I'm a new follower.

  11. Dickens, indeed!! Your decor is just beautiful!! Everything is so lush and festive!! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  12. So wonderfully festive, you did a marvelous job. I so enjoyed looking at everything. I just became a follower.

  13. It is not quite Christmas without a little Dickens! Everything looks spectacular! Love it.

  14. Your home looks so warm and inviting for Christmas! Love all the beautiful traditional and french country feel every room has, and the Christmas decor is fabulous! I would feel sooo right at home spending time there!!!

    Have a happy Holiday, and I would love for you to stop by for a visit! I'm also a new follower!

  15. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your home!! looks Beautiful with all the Dickens Everything is so Christmas. You have a eye for Beauty in your warm and so inviting home just Gorgeous sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane
    I do follow you now.

  16. I am so impressed! This was beautiful and inspiring. "A Christmas Carol" has been a part of my Christmas for longer than I want to admit to.

    Happy Christmas ~

  17. Your home is gorgeous and oh so festive.Enjoy the decor~

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  18. I keep moving forward and back again to see it all. It is without a doubt a gorgeous home. I "pinned" your mantle on my mantle ideas post. Love it!
    Merry Christmas, Helen...your new follower


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