Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Time at Our House and Garden

Just want to pop by quickly to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and share some pics from our house and garden on this wonderful day!

We didn't have a Christmas tree for many years, but this year I felt like having one again. I went with a white, gold, and silver theme and tadaaaa..., here is our tree in all its glory!

All our ornaments are glass and I really like the warmth and festiveness of the colors.

Highest temperatures today are forecasted to be 71 F/21 C and lowest 38F/3 C, so our evening will get pretty chilly for California circumstances. I am looking forward to liting the fire in the fireplace tonight and getting cozy with my husband on the sofa, which these days is covered with warming sheepskins,...

...and simply enjoying the twinkle lights of the Christmas tree and the warm glow of the ornaments.

This is the view out of the window of our dining room on a foggy cold morning. This is as close to a white Christmas as it gets here in Southern California.

Instead of a big bouquet, we are having just one single white rose to beautify our house, but this rose is so special and precious to me because it is from our own garden.

I loved adding just subtle touches of Christmas to certain areas of the house like these gilded pine cones on a vintage silver plated tray. Who needs more to feel festive?

 I love the "icy atmosphere" in this photo.

This three tired tray, that I found for free on the street in Santa Fee, New Mexico, a few years ago, holds some pitchers of my brown transferware collection and got dressed up for Christmas with a few more gilded pine cones and silver decorative birds.

Out in the garden, there are still a few roses blooming, like this soft apricot 'Chandos Beauty'.

I was never lucky with Paperwhites so far, but each year I plant a few bulbs in a different location hoping for the best.

Looks like I finally found a spot in the backyard that they like.

We had our first winter rain just a few days ago and the roses covered with raindrops always look so magical.

It always amazed me how strong the fragrance of the paperwhites is. Even in our low humidity it wafts and brings joy to the olfactory senses.

Now, does this rose not look like clad in jewels? This is 'Climbing Devoniensis', a Tea Rose, which is so dear to me.

I planted only six paperwhite bulbs, but they brought me so much joy this year already.

Love my roses, even as they fade away. To me, this photo captures the melancholy perfectly that goes along with the winter time. The pictured rose is 'Le Vesuve', another Tea Rose.

I hope, I could convey a little bit of the Christmas spirit in our house and garden during my favorite holiday of the year to you in this post and that you enjoyed it.

May you find some joy, peace, quiet, and happiness during the holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,


PS. If you want to see more photos from our house and garden please visit me on Instagram. Unfortunately, timewise I am not able to blog that often, but I am posting a photo almost daily there!


  1. Your tree and home decorations look lovely, Christina, as do your roses! 'Chandos Beauty' certainly lives up to its name. Is the area of the tree off limits to the dogs, or have they learned to behave themselves around it? I hope you're enjoying a happy Christmas day and that the new year brings all of us in California some real rain!

    1. Kris, thank you so much, I am glad that you like my Christmas decorations! Actually, the area where our Christmas tree stands is not off limits to our dogs, I know, I am taking my chances here, but so far so good. Maybe the dogs are in the Christmas spirit, too! :-)
      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day evening!

  2. So good to hear from you, I thought, maybe your house and garden got in flames. We saw the severe damage on television. But not in your region, your roses are alright and your Christmas tree...... beautiful! Merry Christmas Christina, groetjes Hetty

  3. Dear Christina,
    Merry Christmas! Your house looks great and the roses I of course love too! Here in Vienna it is still rather warm this year and some of my roses are still producing blooms, though not as many as yours. Happy holidays!

  4. Hi Christina,

    Merry Christmas! Your home looks so cozy and comforting all dressed up for the holidays. Your white narcissus are so exquisite and they reminded me that I must buy a bouquet on my next trip into town; I love their scent!

    Happy holidays and all the best for 2018!


  5. Your tree and decorations are beautiful. And of course the roses are spectacular!

  6. Lovely tree and decorations, though the roses are my favorite photos. Hope your holiday was beautiful.

    1. Hoover Boo, thanks! Yeah, the roses are still amazingly beautiful this December and I am happy that I was able to capture the wintry atmosphere in some of the images. And yes, we had a beautiful holiday, just a little sad that it is over already, but on the positive side the New Years celebrations are coming! :-)

  7. Liebe Christina,
    Wunderschön habt ihr es euch gemacht.
    Und deine Rosen sind so herrlich!
    Ich hoffe ihr hattet auch eine wunderschöne und
    gemütliche Weihnachtszeit :-)
    Alles Liebe und ganz liebe Grüße
    sendet dir die Urte

  8. Dearest Christina ~ Your tree is so lovely as are your other decorations for this Christmas season. My favorite photo of this post is your window scene with the candlesticks and the white rose. Just beautiful!!!!

    As always I enjoy seeing your roses. What great pics of your paperwhites also. I grew some here in my lowly cottage gardens years ago and the scent really was oh so wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your life. Have a wonderful 2018 ~ FlowerLady

    1. Lorraine, thank you for your kind words, about our Christmas tree and
      decorations. I am very happy that you like my photo with the candlesticks. It is actually one of my personal favorites. It is a little bit more of a restraint and subtle image, but I really like the atmosphere of it.
      Paperwhites are awesome bulbs, when they grow in a garden. Next year I will try to add some more.
      Wishing you a wonderful 2018 as well!

  9. The pictures of your roses and paperwhites are gorgeous! The tree is beautiful, as are the fireplace and mantel. My grandmother had an oval mirror above her fireplace too (she used to put Christmas lights around it), so your Christmas decorations remind me a little of hers.

  10. Oh, I love that all-white (and gold) Christmas tree and ornaments! Someday I'd like to try something like that. The outdoor blooms are gorgeous, too. I can smell the rose!

  11. Beautiful gold and white tree. The flowers in your garden make me long for Spring! Thanks for sharing on Share Your Style and have a very Happy New Year.

  12. oh your tree is so beautiful! Love the look of the frosted branches with the gold.

    1. A Rivercrest Cottage, thank you so much, I am glad you like it! I am quite in love with our tree myself this year, if I may say so. It will still be there to beautify our New Years celebrations, but it may loose its gold ornaments for that occasion to become more a winter wonderland tree by then, rather than a Christmas tree :-)!

  13. Have a Blessed and Beautiful Happy New Year 2018! Thank you for sharing your home today. HUGS

  14. Beautiful tree! I've never had a flocked tree. It makes a gorgeous statement. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year!

  15. Your tree is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Such an elegant and festive tree and mantle vignette! Full of the warmth and richness of the season's emotions.
    I adore your gilded pinecones ... they really are the perfect holiday touch and nothing else is needed to make it clear you're celebrating in the most simple and direct way. I just love it.
    Your white rose is gorgeous - but, oh, that peach-colored beauty - oh, my! How fortunate it seems to me to have such loveliness growing in your garden at this time of the year - especially as I look out the window at the snow swirling in the gusts of wind, reminding me that before I do anything I have to clear off the car. Thank goodness for high school boys who are willing to shovel pathways for twenty bucks. LOL.
    Thanks for sharing part of your holiday with us - happy Pink Saturday - and Happy New Year!

  17. The candles in the windowI really like, and the photos are wonderful

  18. Beautiful Christmas tree, lovely home and of course wonderful roses, even in this time of year.
    Best wishes for 2018 from Janneke

    1. Janneke, so nice to see you commenting here on my blog at the end of the year! Thanks for your kind words!

  19. Happy New Year, Christina! You decorated your interior with the same design style that makes your garden such a success. I love the silver, gold, and white color scheme. I can imagine there is snow right outside that frosty window. But, of course, instead of cold snow, you still have beautiful roses! Wishing you the very best in 2018! Deb

  20. Your new tree is gorgeous! And oh, to pick a rose from your garden for Christmas!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. What a lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things! Please do link up again this week!

    1. Amber, love your party! It is such a great opportunity to been seen by a greater audience!

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  23. Your Christmas tree is stunning!Merry Christmas,I miss your blog!

  24. Christmas is always a wonderful time. Love all the pictures of the ornaments and tree. That truly is a magical tree. It is also a wonderful time for the little ones. Best of all it does give me some down time from my busy tree company as business slows down.


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