Christmas at A Joyful Cottage

 Hello Cottage Friends,

Are you finding time to relax and enjoy this beautiful season? I hope you are. Although I've been working a lot of overtime, I do find time to curl up with a cup of tea and listen to Christmas music, or watch a favorite Christmas movie. This week I watched The Nativity Story. Such a beautiful depiction of Jesus' birth.

I've also enjoyed some gnome crafting, because every cottage needs at least one gnome. This gnome found his way to my son and daughter-in-law's home.

And this gnome has found a home on my kitchen windowsill.

The green glass and bunny tin are thrift store finds.

Bunnies are a bit of a theme this Christmas.

A real bunny, who looks a lot like the one on the plate, visits quite often. Here he (or she) is outside my next door neighbor's home.

The winter scene is an original that I found at Goodwill for $5. The decoy, dressed up with a festive bow, was purchased at an antique store years ago.

I've recently developed an interest in thrift store silver trays like the one in this photo. I think it looks so pretty paired with the bottle brush tree, and the mercury glass votive holders, also thrift store finds.

I found this Merry Christmas wall hanging at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. I like how it repeats the buffalo plaid table runner.

I added a little Christmas charm to the cabinet over my range.

This photo gives a closer look at the beadboard wallpaper I added to the interior.

A few simple pieces in the living room complete my indoor Christmas decorations. 

Lastly, the wreath on my front door started as a plain thrift store wreath that I upcycled with simple clip-on floral ornaments and a buffalo plaid bow. 

This is the Christmas atmosphere at A Joyful Cottage this year. Simple, understated, relaxed.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on His shoulders.
And He will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  
             --Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!


  1. Oh Nancy that little bunny does look like the one on your plate. Super cute. I love your gnomes you crafted. So cute too. Have a wonderful week as we slide on down to Christmas. Hope you are doing well. xoxo Kris

  2. Lovely. I enjoy your use of thrift store items. You might check if you have a local 'Buy Nothing' group. These are usually specific to your town. People amaze me what they are giving away. I've used it to give away several items and have gotten some good things too. Mery Christmas to you. Oh, cute gnomes too!

  3. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing such lovely photos of your Christmas joy! Your thrift store treasures certainly did find a wonderful home in which to live!

    May you and yours have a joyful Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring with it much peace and good health!

  4. Merry Christmas Nancy. So lovely to see your newly decorated home for the holidays.
    Everything you have chosen is simple and peaceful. That is the atmosphere we need
    in our lives, peace. Thank you for sharing. The wallpaper looked so 3D that it is hard
    to believe it is paper. Lynn

  5. Your home is beautiful and full of seasonal cheer! I like to collect silverplate from thrift stores, too! I love the way they look year round!

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  7. Now that's OUR kind of Christmas! In the background I have a station of "instrumental Christmas" πŸŽΆπŸŽ„πŸŽΆ, thanks to Alexa. Merry Christmas, Nancy!

  8. Looking so Christmassy and lovely there Nancy - I love all your pretty things.
    Cute bunny - so you have snow, I'm envious. We have rain and more rain coming
    on Christmas Eve.
    Enjoy the season dear - you have made another lovely home I can see - stay well.

  9. Everything looks so pretty and the gnomes are adorable. Merry Christmas and sincere best wishes for the New Year.

  10. Nancy, everything looks perfect and so festive. You have so many wonderful accents and a real bunny to boot! How did you ever arrange that? I love the wreath you have on the front door, a perfect DIY, and I spied that bottle brush tree right away. Might it be from Pier 1? I purchased several last year and they have become my favorites. Merry Christmas my friend!! Hugs!

  11. Oh Nancy, I adore your gnomes. Your home is looking warm, welcoming and beautifully festive x

  12. I can understand why you have a table runner, your table top is so beautiful.
    Buffalo plaid this year and a quick change snd you have a different look!
    Simple but elegant. Well done!

  13. You are so creative! Love the gnomes!
    Merry Merry Christmas to you and the bunny!

  14. Merry Christmas to you Nancy! Love your sweet little joyful cottage.. all your own and done up just how you like it! Such cute bunnies.. I hope the outdoor bunny has a warm place to nestle down.. do I see snow on the ground?? I think so! I love that beadboard wallpaper! It looks so real. I could use some of that in a few places in my house, where we planned to put real beadboard and never have. I hope you have some time off from your job to relax and enjoy the holiday... take care... xoxo Marilyn

  15. Love the minimalist look that you are achieving! The grinch visited me so I am skipping the holiday this year and feel free about it. I wish you much happiness going forward and thanks for sharing your life. Be safe and healthy in the New Year.

    1. Thanks, Susan. Enjoy your freedom :) and Happy New Year!

  16. I love seeing your home and the 'peeks' into your Christmas decor are great! The gnomes are so cute - they make me smile.


  17. Cute holiday decor that creates a smile. I bet you are loving your new cozy space. Looking forward to Jan 6th for our wonderful President Trump to be sworn in yet again. Blessings.

  18. I love your gnomes, dear Nancy, and the bunnies and all your other decorations. You have a gift for making a house feel like home. I hope you had a lovely and happy Christmas, you deserve it, my friend.

  19. I love the rabbit theme. You decorations are festive and cozy for a Christmas celebration.

  20. It's the sweet and simple touches that mean so much. I love each one of your little happy things sprinkled throughout your home that speak of Christmas, and the beautiful birth of our Lord that we celebrate this season. I pray you had a blessed and very special Christmas, and some extra time for yourself! Take care of yourself dear friend, much love always! So thankful always to visit your blog, and be encouraged and inspired :)


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