Christmas things of beauty...

posted on: Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Hello! Soon to be Christmas Eve; I must admit I am not quite ready! Despite weeks of time to prepare, the big event starts tomorrow with a final shop for food and then a walk on the beach to clear out the cobwebs. The house smells of pine and lavender as I had a last-minute domestic goddess moment and made home made laundry powder (after being inspired by this). Anything that creates a production line of homeliness is good with me.

There is one crucial element missing and that is my husband who has been away since Monday. I think he's had about the toughest week so far in his career so I am looking forward to welcoming him home for Christmas. Without him, it all doesn't quite start...

So now the fire is lit, we are watching 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' after seeing the stage show yesterday. It's dark, wet and windy outside so time to hunker down! Enjoy...

...I am loving this red dress...

via one of my all time favourites, starring the world's most loved canine: backwards in high heels

Danish house at Christmas, complete with a tree in the centre of the room via from the right bank

via keep me happy

Oh Olivia P...

...hard to resist, brown paper...

...wool and lace...anthropologie december catalogue 2011

via country living

...gentlemen, if in doubt, go tiffanys...

via simple thoughts

...excitement growing... home made laundry creations!!

via keep me happy

Have a restful and joyful Christmas...


  1. Lovely festive images. I hope you have a really special Christmas xxx

  2. Dearest Lou - what a glorious collection of pictures. Also love the touching idea that Christmas cannot start without The Husband. And thank you for putting up the picture of the avenue; I can't tell you what a thrill it gives me to see my pictures on your lovely blog. Happy, happy Christmas. :)

  3. Beautiful images Christmassy and so glamorous :)

    Those colourful baubles of Paige's have been my favourites this year....and the Pigeon, the most beautiful dog indeed, I totally agree. Tania's photos are an absolute treat on even the most challenging of days, her views are stunning.

    I wish you a wonderful Christmas, full of love and family and I know that's what you will have.

    Shut out those thoughts and ponderings about 2012 for now....just for a few days.

    Much love to you special girl XXXX

  4. Gorgeous! Have a happy Christmas!

  5. Beautiful as ever - Merry Christmas to you and the boos!

  6. So beautiful, love the red dress and your homemade laundry power is gorgeous!

    Enjoy all those special moments with your family, it all sounds so wonderful. Live in the moment ...

    I've so enjoyed your company this year .. sending wishes for a really Happy Christmas.
    love Deej

  7. Happy Christmas Lou,thank you for your wonderful posts throughout the year. It is always a pleasure to read your intellegent, inspirational blog.

    Have a wonderful country Christmas with your family.

  8. Love the red dress and the Danish house:-) Have a very merry Christmas with your loved ones!

    God jul.

  9. Darling,

    Thank you for some truly wonderful posts during course of this year. You write music for my soul Lou! x

    I know that feeling of Christmas not quite starting without the whole family.. As you know my husband can't come to Sweden until Spring. We'll be fine up here as we'll be surrounded by family. It is worse for Marshall, but he has booked a trip to New Zealand and I know he will have a grand time too (whilst pretending it's not Christmas..).

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

    Big hugs from Sweden

    xx Charlotta

  10. Lovely Little always! I was thinking of you today as I stood before
    shelves and shelves of beautiful Mulberry bags. I remembered you getting one from your wonderful husband as a gift..I will forever hold that thought whenever I see Mulberry bags..I am still thinking that I must have one..if only for that. So romantic!!

    Wishing you and your family a Wonderful, Wonderful Holiday Lou...

    Jeanne xx are right, Love Actually...always delivers. :)

  11. Hi Lou, I'm so impressed with your domestic goddess moment - it sounds homely and cosy and a brilliant start to the festive season. Have a lovely lovely Christmas, and I look forward to catching up with all your goings on in the new year! Amanda xx

  12. Beautiful images as ever. Have a Wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Much love,

  13. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!

  14. Dear Lou

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you from Denmark. Warm hugs, Manuela

  15. Dear Lou

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you from Denmark. Warm hugs, Manuela

  16. Merry Christmas! I hope you've been enjoying wonderful and peaceful holidays so far ;-)

  17. Happy Holidays my lovely friend! A beautiful post and wonderful images as always and am glad that by now your husband will be home and you'll be enjoying the warmth of a family Christmas. Thank you so much for all your kind words and support this year - it really means a lot coming from someone as lovely as you. Here's to meeting up again in 2012! xxxx

  18. Gorgeous pictures as always... Hope you had a lovely holiday. We certainly did!

  19. I hope you and your hubby celebrated the merriest Christmas and have been enjoying a wonderful holiday! See you in 2012 xx

  20. I am very much enjoying reading your blog, which I have just stumbled upon. As your new follower I am very much looking forward to future blogs. I shall look forward to your return visit

    Helen Tilston

  21. Great choice of stylish pictures wishing you and your family a happy Christmas from Ireland