the lead up to christmas … around my table

by Sharon Santoni

[white]  How I love the house decorated for the holidays.   This year seems to be super busy, and it was hard to find the time to buy the tree and get the boxes of decorations from the barn, but once it is done I am so glad.

This has to be the best time of year to fill the home with family and friends.  Roaring fires, twinkling candles, the soft perfume of the tree, and extra greenery at windows and on mantels.

Today we had our first big pre-Christmas lunch, with friends who’ll be travelling south for the holidays.  A special moment of sharing and enjoyment.  Laughing at silly jokes,  discussing the best way to bake a turkey or make a favourite dessert … normal French chat.

The tree is up in the sitting room, and yes I did go with touches of pink for the first time this year.  I like it, sort of gentle and minimalist.  It feels restful and calm.


In the dining room I hung glass and baubles from the candle chandelier over the table, and used simple red roses in white jugs. [white]A fairly clean and crisp look for the table, with some red and green.  With bright winter sunshine streaming through the window, it felt just right.[white]


Hope you are enjoying the lead up to the holidays, and making the most of family and friends.


Cheri Hansen December 15, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Sharon, It is lovely Sharon. Definately the spirit of Christmas. May your holiday be filled with joy and love. My best, Cheri Hansen

Linda Quast December 15, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Hi Sharon,

I am thrilled to see photos of your home and table with Christmas decor. I love these photos – the tree is so pretty and the table looks lovely. Those friends invited to join you at your table are fortunate, indeed. I am interested to know where you found those “crackers” and the numbered tags for the little votive candles. Most “crackers” we have found are so “busy” in their decorations, and I love the simplicity of the snowflakes on yours. I am not thrilled with a chocolate Advent calendar and the votives with numbers on them are the perfect solution.

Thanks, Sharon, for the inspiration.

Have a lovely week ahead,


Colleen Taylor December 15, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Beautiful Sharon! Love the hues of pinks & rubies. I hope you are able to find some time to enjoy the beauty you create. XO

florence December 15, 2013 - 8:09 pm

The most exciting and beautyfull time…. just before Xmas !!!

Esther Obregon December 15, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Love it Sharon!
Wishing you and your family a holiday filled with cheer
and many warm wishes!

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon December 15, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Very pretty Sharon. I am glad you went with the pink. It is so soft. I always say I am not a red person, but I do love the red ornaments over your table so I guess I should be careful when I make a statement. Lovely.

Lynnette Punjak-Williams December 15, 2013 - 9:10 pm

How beautiful your home looks for the festive season. Lots of really pretty things to look at. And I do love the pink.

Leslie in Oregon December 15, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Absolutely lovely, Sharon. To “gentle and minimalist, restful and calm,” I would add “awe inspiring.” You definitely are someone who should be living in the beauty (and appreciation of beauty) of France! Joyeux Noël to you and your loved ones, Leslie

Pamela December 16, 2013 - 12:02 am

It also looks so pretty. Love the painting above the fireplace. Were they members of your/husband’s family? Or one of your finds? Best wishes, Pamela

stacey snacks December 16, 2013 - 1:05 am

Back from vacation, changed the link on my site, as instructed.

Love the ladies over your fireplace, but you know I do!
Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! xo

ann hodgkins December 16, 2013 - 1:26 am

Lovely to look at. Understated allows each item to be enjoyed for itself.
Joyeux Noel to you and your family.

vicki archer December 16, 2013 - 7:16 am

The table looks beautiful Sharon… every detail is so lovely… I am going to go pale this year … I hope my tree works out as well as yours!
Enjoy the lead up to Christmas… xv

Esther George December 16, 2013 - 7:35 am

Hi Sharon it all looks and sounds so lovely. Ah.. to find pink for the tree I found chandelier crystal droplets (Laura Ashley) on Ebay, do I sound desperate or what? honest I looked everywhere and this is the best I could do, if it helps they do look pretty. Enjoy the lead up to Christmas. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS I do have English Holly in my garden it’s shiny green but the berries don’t turn red until our winter…Hah

Amanda Rush December 16, 2013 - 8:56 am

Great photos Sharon, what fun you will have with family and friends in such beautiful surroundings! best wishes, Amanda

Ana December 16, 2013 - 11:50 am

Oh Sharon,

all is so terribly beautiful. I love your living room… exactly the way I believe living rooms are supposed to be!

Love from Portugal


Jeanne McKay Hartmann December 16, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Beautiful, Sharon. I love how festive, warm and cozy your home looks. And I think the pink ornaments are quite pretty. Thanks for inviting us in for the holidays! XO

Sarah@ european farmhouse charm December 16, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Your decorations are lovely. All the best to you and your family.
Happy holidays!
XO Sarah

Martine Alison December 16, 2013 - 3:23 pm


C’est une très belle ambiance de noël … J’aime l’ensemble de vos photos.

Gros bisous

Peggy Braswell December 16, 2013 - 4:39 pm

it looks beautiful + isn’t Christmas fun!

Chichi Furniture December 17, 2013 - 9:52 am

A really beautiful room, pure understated chic. Love the French style chair which adds such charm. The tree is lovely, not overloaded – just perfect. The red additions against the cream is stunning. Merry Christmas :O)

Karen (Back Road Journal) December 17, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Love how everything came together, I know your friends must have enjoyed their luncheon with you before heading to the south of France.


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