Thursday, December 6, 2012



If I will quiet down my spirit and allow myself a few moments to reflect upon the goodness of God's grace in my life, something wonderful happens to me during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Christmas comes.

Today while I worked in my studio on my 87th Christmas Stocking for the year (yeah...that's a lot of stockings!) I popped in my favorite Christmas CD and was amazed at how peaceful I felt.  The rhythm of my once familiar life is returning to normal and for the first time in months I feel myself giving into rest.  Not the physical kind of rest, really~  I like to be busy.  But emotional rest.  You know, the kind that comes when you know you are blessed and content with where you are in life.  Not that everything is perfect, mind you. It isn't.  But life is good and I'm happy.

It's been my goal to de-pink the downstairs space of my La Chaumière de Briarwood for over a year now and the change of color has brought with it a true sense of calm to our home.

We are still working on a few areas...still want to slip cover my beautiful black and soft white chairs and cover that amazing French Settee I found last summer...but that will come in time.

With the opening up of a main wall inside our home we really had to move things around!  It's been YEARS since our family's Christmas Tree has been in the front window and today I'm happy to tell you she's right back where she belongs!

This 100 year old net lace looks sooo beautiful!

Dainty little frames hold family photos and they are scattered all over our Tree...

Wedding picture 1955.

Hand fashioned ornaments with a French/Tattered look and feel.

I've owned these ornaments for over twenty years now.  Wish I could buy more.  They were purchased wholesale in 1991 and were once featured in the old Victoria Magazine.

My hubby finally got around to cutting out about ten Christmas Tree Baskets for me.  Shown is the smaller of the two.  If you want one email me...  Made from his original 1986 pattern I'm loving how they look, simple and white!

In a few days my home will be buzzing with family and friends.  After my Mr. AGPMan graduates on Saturday we are having a celebration party afterwards here at our home...  I almost decided to have it somewhere else because our kitchen is still under construction.  But...we wanted to have it at our favorite place...and that's HOME.

Promise to share more of our Christmas 2012 decorating soon!

Hope your day is lovely...

Love to you~   


Unknown said...

I love, love, love the lacey ornament! 2nd to last picture. So pretty! Your home looks so calming. I bet you are calm there. So peaceful and pretty. Congratuations again to your hubby and you. You two did it!!! I bet it will be a fun party. Your children must be so proud! Thank you for letting me into your life!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your tree looks amazing! I love the all white. I finished my tree last night--hope to get some pictures soon and post it. Your tree is covered--it must have taken hours to decorate that :) Very inspiring. Enjoy!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations Mr APGman well done. Your tree is stunning Rebecca. Love the framed photos. I do the same, but have only got pictures of my grandchildren on the tree.

Susan said...

Miss Rebecca your tree is lovely! You sound so content in your life. I truely feel the peace of God in each of you post!
Happy Holidays my friend.

Kim Gillian said...

Breathtaking photos! Have a great day!

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Rebecca, your tree looks so beautiful! I'm loving that gorgeous lace skirt! And a big Congratulations to your Husband!!

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

Hi Rececca, Your home is beautiful! I love that tree skirt... I was wondering what type of material your curtains are made out of. They are very pretty and I like the way they hang... I was wanting to know the weight of the fabric. That is why I ask.

Amy Jo

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just beautiful, Rebecca! The white has such a calm and restful feeling to it. Something I'm sure your hubby appreciates now that he doesn't have to stress about school anymore.

Julie Marie said...

So exquisitely beautiful Rebecca... I especially love your picture frames with your loved ones in them... those little wooden tree boxes are adorable!... I always love seeing your soothing and calming home... just like a beautiful fairytale and you are the Princess who lives there ... xoxo Julie Marie

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A winter wonderland right inside your home - looks dreamy Rebecca.
I like the old photos on the tree and the little tree basket your DH made.
I may not be commenting much lately, but I'm here checking out your posts. :-)

Mari said...

Hi my friend, it all looks beautiful like an enchanting winter wonderland ;)
It's great to hear your doing well sweetie....


NanaDiana said...

It is all looking just beautiful, Rebecca. You have done a wonderful job of creating a soft, serene place-of-the-heart. I am so happy that you are finding your sense of quiet and peace at home again- xo Diana

Anne said...

Rebecca your tree is gorgeous and your dining room is too! LOVE how serene your home looks!That is allot of stockings you sure are busy!

Michele said...

Hi Rebecca ~~~ Your Christmas Spirit shows so beautifully ~ I am happy to hear all is well for your family and may God Bless You even more.

Pearl 13.1

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is so beautiful, Becky! It is just gorgeous and peaceful and holy... Jesus would be right at home here because He IS right at home here.



Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Sounds great the way you feel. Looking back you have accomplished a lot. And one day, just with patience, the remodeling will be all done. Enjoy this Christmas season in-between and before that, your husband's graduation.
Hugs to you,

Unknown said...

Dear Rebecca:
So much going on over there!!! Congrats to Mr. AGP and your family! Enjoy your party! Can't wait to see the pics! Your tree and ornies are beautiful. LOVE the vintage tree skirt! I've been a tad MIA in blog land and am just catching up with my online friends. Good luck with your surgery and may all good things come your way. Enjoy the peace in your home and your heart.

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