Thursday, December 15, 2011


Hallways and entrances are, after all, the first space guests see when they come into our homes. So we make them as welcoming as possible within the confines of the space available. At Christmastime especially, with all the guests and visitors entering my home, these spaces get  special attention.

I am blessed with a large front hall and a nice wide back hallway and corridor. 

In my front entrance way sits the desk I recently updated with paint. 
You can see that post here. Above it I hung a picture that had belonged to my parents in law. I painted and aged the frame.
 There is a little brass plaque on the frame.
Placing my old nativity here seemed like a natural choice
This "creche" was part of my childhood including the little angel ornament hanging from the little roof to the left on the picture below
Immediately beyond the entrance way is the large stairwell and hallways leading to the other areas of the house. 
In the nook of the stairwell sits a darling little cherry desk I picked up in an antique shop in England years ago. It is the perfect size for the space. 
For Christmas, I placed one of my favorite father Christmas's my Russian Father Christmas   on it. 
Next to him sits a lovely little lidded pot I picked up at GW. 
On the book lamp I placed a little Christmas book open to a Christmas tree page. 
On the wall above the desk are hung my three open frames. I replaced the family pics with bisque shell angels and an old transfer ware plate.
Down the end of the hallway, heading to the back door, there is a recessed archway where I have a wrought iron mirror hanging and where  a small hall tree bench sits below it. Here, I hung a simple branch of greenery with a burlap bow and some simple but pretty cream glass ornaments
Finally, on the little old hall tree by the back door I hung a favorite Peace Sign wreath adorned with a simple wooden dove and burlap bow. 
Thanks for stopping by, and please come visit tomorrow to see the dining room and living room !

Hugs for now,

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  1. Your decor is lovely! I'm your newest fan! Please stop by if you get a chance! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

  2. Stunning! Your hallway is beautifully decked out for Christmas. Following you. Diane

  3. Hi, Mandy! So pretty! That desk in your entry is great! Merry Christmas!

  4. It looks festive and wonderful! that painting is gorgeous~I love the colours.

    Tassles Twigs and Tastebuds

  5. How special to have your childhood nativity and the painting from your parents. I love how it all looks together.