My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

Chapter One of The Holiday Season

Hello everyone!

What do you think of our snowball chandies?
I love them!
I really think they need to come home with me!

It has been a long  weekend
But wonderful !
I am sorry that I am just now getting around to doing a post on this past Saturday's Christmas Open House.
I was a tad bit tired and well...kind of took Sunday off.
Rebecca left right around noon and I crawled under a throw and watched Pride and Prejudice in between nod offs!

This is Rebecca's Fabulous little spot

I didn't get any pictures of Rebecca...But I know Tracey did!
As did Theresa!
She suprised me with a visit from Kentucky!
and she and her sweet hubby are just precious!
She was rockin her Magnolia pearl!
I borrowed this pic from Rebecca who borrowed it from Theresa!
Hee, hee!
I also finally got to meet Jennifer Rizzo and she is just a doll!
Here she is with Tracey!
Who is also a doll!

It is so much fun getting to meet friends from blogland in person!

I made up a few quick collages so that you can get a feel of how things looked in each area and I will let you see some more pictures in a few days...

This area is called "Where Angels feet have tread"

And this is "Peppermints and snowboots"

Our take on the more traditional Christmas was "For the Birds"
I really love this birch paper ribbon!
The texture of it makes it interesting to work with!

And then the main story this year was "Step into Christmas"
Based on fun ephemera and shoes!

Old time worn and patina finshes on all of the kind of funky and fun!

Our Main entry has an antique sleigh as the focal point .
We used vintage picnic plaids to complete to look.

The potting bench was made from reclaimed lumber and an old window!
It is another one of my favorite pieces.

And Who is at Horton's?
Well...We are hoping it's you!
I have many other photos to share but I will save them for later!
And don't forget to check Rebecca, Theresa, Jen and Tracey blogs for more pictures of
 Saturday's Open House!
Until next time!


  1. Wow I get to be the first one to comment. I don't even know where to start. It's beyond incredible. I can see now the shoe theme throughtout the store.
    You put me to shame girl!
    Now put your feet up!!!you deserve it.

  2. Everything is so beautiful and festive! I can't even articulate how lovely it is.

    So much work here, it's no wonder you took Sunday off.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. It was wonderful and I am so honored that I was able to be there! I love my new cup holder!!!

  4. Just amazing, Donna. You all have really outdone yourselves!! More photos please!

  5. What a beautiful store, I live too close not to get to your next show.

  6. Girl...I think you deserve a whole month of Sundays off after that much work. It's gorgeous! Christmas is the only time when less is more doesn't apply! I say bring on the more and speaking of more...more photos please!

  7. Hey there Girlie
    What large pictures you have!!! The better to see you with :) How did you do that?
    Everything looks wonderful even the whimsy...
    I had so much fun and you and Mr Bill are such gracious friends. You always make me feel so welcome, bless your little pea pick'in hearts!
    I love you sister!
    Blessings today

  8. Oh Donna, the pleasre was all mine! Saturday was one of the best day's I've had in a long time! I enjoyed all the wonderful displays and the chance to get to meet fellow bloggers is always a treat! You are a very talented woman and I look forward to coming back real soon! Thanks for everything!

  9. Donna, this is INCREDIBLE! The displays are definitely eye candy and to think this is a "hardware store". I can hardly wait to see more. I can appreciate the volume of time that went into these beautiful displays. Certainly makes me wish I lived close to visit in person.

  10. Gorgeous!!! Of course....the bird story is my favorite!!! Love it all!

  11. Hey tired is all too beautiful for words. You are such a hard worker and it shows in every single area of the store!!! I have been going over the mosaics to see all the goods. Oh do I wish I was there!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have to go back over the pics again, so talk to you soon.
    hugs to you

  12. Photo's are beautiful Donna!
    Please more of your beauty, we can't get enough :)

    I am so inspired by your holiday cheer!!

  13. Wow, you have been a busy girl! The store looked amazing! Glad you had fun and got to meet up with the girls! xo

  14. here...and I want you to know that you have had the last hour and a half this morning! I love your blog. I don't think I have been here before, but I have already added you to my blogroll. Have a wonderful week!

  15. Donna! I don't even know where to start...everything is GORGEOUS! You have such a gift! I sooo wish I could fly you down here and have you work your Christmas magic at my store! I hope my store looks even half as good as are AMAZING!


  16. Every single detail is just beautiful, Donna. I love your idea of themed (and adorably named) sections. I had never heard of birch paper ribbon but I agree, it is lovely. OF COURSE, I love those snowball chandies!

  17. wow I love this post!
    my name's martina and I come from Italy...I would like visit my blog and if you like it...follow me!I wait you and your suggestions! kiss kiss ^^

  18. CREATIVE GENIUS!!!!!!!!!! I want to MOVE INTO your White Room there... seriously, these vignettes are some of the most beautiful, creative and interesting that I've seen. I only wish I could visit them in person.... soaking in the inspiration and putting some of the fav pieces I'm drooling over on my List for Santa! *wink* NOTE: It would be a very LONG list! *LOL*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  19. Absolutely magical ~ it is all so beautiful! Hugs

  20. Simply beautiful...makes me wish I could have been there!


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