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December 8, 2014

In the Forest With Santa

I had the theme of a Department Store Window in mind. 

 As a child I loved seeing the storefront windows during the holidays and was lucky enough to have been taken to the city to see some at the large department store displays like the one below.  
 While I was creating my vignette I had those kinds of memories in mind.

  The idea got started when I found this cute red slatted park bench and that was the candy cane that stirred the pot!  I already had the sitting santa and I was tickled that the bench was the right size for him.

 Speaking of a pot...I found the mercury glass cachepot at the Pottery Barn outlet...love that place!  I was looking for sometihng to set the Christmas tree in and this worked out perfect!

The red and white ribbon with bells was a new find at T.J. Maxx this year.

 The sitting Santa has been with me for a good while, in fact he came from Bombay before they closed their U.S. stores which I think was 2006?

Last year my daughter gifted me with this Pottery Barn reindeer tree topper.  He's really heavy so I decided to remove the piece that mounts it onto the tree and change him into a statue instead. 

 The little gold lanterns were from Pier 1 last year

I added in bottle brush trees, pine cones and old fashioned light bulbs

 A gift from hubby last year.  
I pinned it to my candle instead of putting it on a tree.

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  1. Oh, Liz! I just love this! What a cute idea. I too remember the packed full windows of the stores in the little downtown where I grew up. I love everything you've put here. I've never seen rainbow like trees like yours. The Santa is so cute and that was a good idea to detreetop the reindeer! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. So adorable, Liz! If this doesn't bring back wonderful memories! I grew up in Washington, DC and as a child we would get dressed up in our holiday attire to go downtown and see the Christmas animated windows of Woodward & Lothrop department store. I was truly mesmerized!

  3. What fun! I remember those store front window as a child! Blessings to your day!

  4. A beautifully styled snowy scene, with an endearing Santa and a most prettily trimmed tree!

    Happy Monday, Liz!


  5. Hi Liz, everything is gorgeous. I always enjoy seeing your foyer table for the season.
    Love the display you created from memories of the store front windows. I remember these as a kid and how wonderful the magic was. A dept. store in Dearborn called Muirheads had the best displays and also a snow tunnel sleigh ride to see Santa. It was so much fun!!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful vignette!

  6. Liz,
    Such a savvy and joyful sentimental way to decorate your foyer table so beautifully for Christmas. I really enjoyed reading about how your memories inspired this vignette and brought you so much joy then and now. My snowman collection always takes me back to the excitement of making snowmen in the frosty cold Winter snow and the anticipation I felt during the whole month of December waiting for Santa Claus!
    Warm Holiday Hugs,

  7. My comment disappeared! Love this santa vignette with his side kick. The tree and all of your decor items fit right in. Nice, cozy and so woodsy.

  8. NAILED it!!!! Before I even read what you said about wanting it to look like a department store display, that's what I thought!!! Oh, Liz...that brings back such wonderful memories! You really got it down to a tee! I'm really impressed with the care you took to get it into that nostalgic mode! Now I'm going to have to watch "Miracle on 34th Street"!!! :-)


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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