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Just a little inspiration to get one going!

I was really having second thoughts about decorating for the holidays because of all the moving from my old house into a little cottage rental this past month! Just because it was so overwhelming.

Thank goodness for Carol from Red Painted Cottage who asked me a few months ago to be in a Christmas Home Tour and I said yes. Once I say yes I am committed.

At the time my house was not sold, so I never thought it sell so fast, so here I am in my little Christmas Cottage. I probably would have decorated even if I was not on a home tour, my kids would have called me Scrooge. 🙂


In the midst of all the chaotic moving and organizing. I decided to decorate in a vintage vibe, much different from my last home which was mostly contemporary look. Lots of my vintage pieces were in storage so this was a perfect time revive them.

I calmly went to my storage unit and pulled each of the pieces I thought would work.


This old pie cabinet  which was painted black a few years ago. I Filled it with white books and a beachy Christmas items such as my Star Fish Tree I created last year. Tutorial here!


In the living room, I placed an oriental screen from the 1920s.  Its stunning screen which I never really found a place for it until now.

I am thinking of using it as a headboard in my future home.


See that red cabinet, it says Christmas all over it! I got that idea a few years ago and painted it red, it is probably the best paint job of any of my projects.

It’s all hand painted and took me weeks. Never again by hand now that there are paint sprayers out there.



In this cottage the living room is the where all the activity for the holidays will take place. Unpacking of gifts and entertaining will take place there. It bright and airy with a touch of warmth.

We will be cramp for a few hours but nothing is better than being close with family you love.


Merry Christmas

I would like to thank all the lovely ladies for making this happen and if it was not for you guys I probably not be very motivated to decorate. Please stop by and visit these lovely home tours.


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  1. Maria, your little cottage has such an enchanting quality about it. I love the way you’ve decorated the space. Your furniture is gorgeous.

    1. Stacey, thats a nice thing to say about this little old place. I tried to make it homey for the next 10 months. Moving to Beaufort South Carolina, which is about 30 minutes from here.

  2. Maria, I love your cottage and congratulations on surviving the move. And decorating for Christmas, too. I love all your painted pieces and the individual items that add a sweet holiday look. Happy to be on the blog hop with you this week. Missed seeing you at Haven.

    1. Carol, Its a pleasure being in this home tour with you! I miss you too, I will be going to the next Haven in Charleston, its only 1 hour away from me.

  3. Your Christmas tour looks so pretty, and what an adorable little cottage you are renting! Moving around the holidays can be difficult. I moved into a home once on Christmas Eve! I hope you enjoy the holidays! Thanks for joining us for the Christmas Tour Of Homes!

    1. Nicki
      Thanks for stopping by my home tour! You did such a great job in helping to organize it.

  4. Visiting you from Poofing the Pillows. What a charming cottage! I love your Christmas decorations. I just moved into a new home 6 weeks ago, so I know what you are going through!

  5. Your Christmas cottage makes my heart skip at beat! I am in love with your sweet tree in that awesome vintage crate! Gorgeous home with all the right details! Happiest of holidays, my friend!

  6. I love your cottage! Beautifully decorated for the season 🙂 I know all about surviving a move right now! lol. Have a wonderful holiday!

  7. You have a lovely home! Such beautiful pieces of furniture that you have painted. The screen as a headboard is a great idea. I just love the red, you really did a great job! All of the Christmas touches are so pretty!

    1. What a wonderful comment! you all are so nice and love being around people like you.

  8. I love the light and airy feeling in your cottage this Christmas. It is so pretty. I love all of your painted furniture.


  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage all decked out for the holidays. So glad you joined our blog hop!!!

  10. Maria, your cottage is purely charming! While it may be small, it will be cozy with all your loved ones. And I ABSOLUTELY love that red chest…was an exquisite color.

    Thanks so much for joining us on our home tour…it is all the more wonderful with you in it.

    Merry Christmas my friend.

    Hugs, Lynn

    1. Lynn
      Thanks for such a uplifting message! I am truly happy knowing you and everyone in this home tour! this journey has only been a good one.
      Happy Holidays to you and all your family.

  11. Your Christmas Cottage is just adorable.

  12. What a beautiful home you have! I love the screen from the ’20’s and all the sweet touches of Christmas throughout. So happy you were a part of the blog hop!

    1. Joy
      Glad you enjoyed my home tour! it was fabulous getting to meet you and all the nice ladies.

  13. Maria, Thank you for the mention! I’m sorry for not stopping by earlier, but until now I’ve felt like a chicken running around with it’s head cut off…lol. I really love how you’ve decorated your temporary cottage. Your black pine hutch is gorgeous, as well as the red cabinet. I even noticed and really love the big red star on top of your tree. Everything gives your cottage a cozy look. Merry Christmas, friend!

    1. Carol
      Thanks for everything! Loved this Home Tour so much it was the best one I have done!

  14. Maria I think Vintage suits you. I love that red dresser. And the black cupboard is gorgeous too. You have turned your cottage into a warm and inviting home. I hope you get settled in in 2018 once your new home has been built.

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