Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Old Welsh Dresser

In a small house all the rooms serve many functions, and that is certainly true of my dining room at the center of our home.  We have a teeny kitchen, so this room also serves as an extension for kitchen storage. And that is exactly the original purpose of a Welsh dresser!

These cupboards and shelves hold an unbelievable amount of stuff. And no matter how full the dresser gets I always find room for more! It all got a nice dusting and shifting around for the holiday.

I have referred to this piece of furniture before as an English cupboard or sideboard. Same difference. But this time I am displaying "A Child's Christmas in Wales" to make it official. Lots of cards and odds and ends will also get tucked in here as the weeks go by.

I have added a few fresh greens and just a touch of red. Nothing could feel more festive!

You might as well come on in for a good look! I don't think you would see more of the details if you were here to visit in person! It feels like I left no stone unturned. The chippy metal lockers have turned out to be a great storage item there on the right. Tons of things tucked away including all my dried hydrangeas. (Decorators have lots of special storage needs.) And all my wrapping stuff is piled on top. 

We just brought in a small green tree that smells so fresh! When it is done it will slide right out the door behind it. Needles are just part of the wonderful mess. And you wouldn't believe how crowded with people this room gets!


A few laces here and there.

I just love the softened look of a few added greens. Doesn't take much.

I have chosen an understated bird theme amongst the greens, with a few nests, eggs, and bird motifs.

I saved the Pottery Barn wrapping paper that I scored last season that I love so much. I put a few scraps into small inexpensive vintage photo frames to enjoy it close up again.

A few vintage ornaments perk things up.

And a pile of lovely old woven towels.

So glad you stopped by for a visit!

"Love and Joy come to you. . ."

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!



  1. Your room is looking just beautiful. Merry Christmas.

  2. Hi J,
    This is so lush and full of merriment!! An amazing setting!! Love the birdie theme and the sweet little nest.

  3. the cabinet is wonderful, the vignettes are perfect and the linens are perfect.

  4. Piękne zdjęcia, wspaniałe aranżacje - porcelana bardzo dostojnie prezentuje się w starej szafie - koronki,wazy dzbanki, pięknie nakryty stół, wprowadza nas w cudowny romantyczny świat - pozdrawiam serdecznie

  5. A Joyeux Noël over hère.
    Beautiful vignettes. Any the touches of red is just the right amount. I could stay hère all day.

    Lové your dinning ara layered with white, dark woods, lots of stoneware, and the greenery.

    Really is a holiday home to inspire.


  6. love the soft bits of red woven into the vintages whites, jacqueline:) beautiful christmas room!

  7. I crown you Queen of White Christmas. I just love how you decorate in white and I love love love the white crochet linens. Merry Christmas.

  8. Your home looks so lovely now with Christmas, Jacqueline. To much pictures to see. Love it!

    Merry Christmas for you, enjoy this wonderful time.

  9. Oh Jacqueline,
    Your Christmas decorating style is sooo lovely...absolute perfection!! I could sit in our dining room all day long gazing at your beautifully decorated Welsh cabinet. It's filled with so much goodness!
    A small room crowded with those we love speaks of love and joy and happiness to me.
    Have a blessed Christmas,
    Mary Alice

  10. Vintage white collections are perfect for Christmas. Lovely, lovely display.

  11. I love all the vintage white. The iron stone is lovely and so are your vintage linens.

  12. I'm visualizing all your pretty granddaughters in their Christmas dresses around that table -- it must warm your heart!!! Sally

  13. I've just returned home after three months with no computer (Yes, it can be done!)and was relishing diving into everyone's Christmas blogs only to find I was mostly disappointed, but yours did not let me down. Love, love, love what you've done. My kinda decor. Thanks for sharing!

  14. So much beautiful eye candy here! Your blog is such an inspiration. I love the idea of framing pretty wrapping paper.
    Have a lovely Christmas Jacqueline.

  15. Just stunning as always. I have advertising tranferwar in my kitchen for Christmas that I posted. I hope I can get a nice collection like you


  16. So very pretty - love the lace on the shelves, the marmalade jars and that sweet little holly doily! Of course, I love everything....a beautiful, cozy and enchanting room! Wishing you a lovely Christmas and many blessings for the New Year, Jacqueline! xo Karen

  17. Beautiful....Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  18. You have mixed the linens, pottery and festive touches to perfection~~~so inviting! Love your dijon jar and the pretty little holly doily its sitting on. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  19. Jacqueline, You have outdone yourself once more. How can it get any better? But it always does. What a soft and calming Christmas. I know I use those same words over and over when it comes to your decorating but it is always true. I wish you a very Merry Christmas..Judy

  20. Jacqueline,
    C'est magnifique!!!

  21. Oh, be still my heart Jacqueline! What a gorgeous job you did decorating that cupboard! I just love that thing any way you style it. You truly have my favorite style. It speaks to my heart. One of these days when the kids all get out of the nest I will decorate more. I have been battling with an 8 month old little nephew over the tree. He undecorates it and I have to redecorate it. We spend half of the morning doing that! LOl
    have a very Merry Christmas!

  22. Elegant, beautiful and despite the cool white, amazingly warm and oh, so inviting! I'm a tad envious that you are all ready! I'm still putting ornaments on the tree. The flu and a trip to Las Vegas (not particularly wanted but necessary) right after has thrown me into holiday crazies! This, too, will pass and one day my Christmas post will arrive! I don't think, though, it will be nearly so lovely as yours!

  23. I've savored every inch and detail. Love the lace edged runners on the shelves, and my very favorite...your bird paper in the frames. so sweet. Have a wonderful Christmas, J!

  24. Beautiful, Jacqueline!
    I always love your posts.... Love the welsh cupboard. I am of Welsh ancestry and I adore that cupboard!
    Have a lovely Christmas! Enjoy each day this week!

  25. Jacqueline,
    Visiting your beautiful home through the lens of your camera was a wonderful Christmas present to myself. I love the overall atmosphere and all the individual details that create small vignettes within the room. The framed birds and the opened children's Christmas book are such special touches that make your decor uniquely yours. White continues to call to me and your white with your mellowed wood pieces is beautiful.

    Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noël


  26. Jacqueline,
    Your dining room is enchanting; reminds me of those lovely, charming, nostalgic illustrations of the treasured Christmas books... Visiting here, I am always warmed with a delicate delight and a sentimental longing for past beauty! Thank you for your words on my blog; they are a gift to me. Merry Christmas!

  27. So pretty! I just love the white with touches of green and red. Perfect Christmas spirit!

  28. I will feature this tomorrow at Home Sweet Home! Happy New Year Jacqueline!

  29. I may be late reading a few of your amazing holiday posts but I tell ya, regardless I still would absolutely LOVE to touch and feel and hear the stories about all your precious pieces.

    J, I seriously covet every single thing- I love your blog, your pics, your writing style, your attitude - it has been a pleasure - and hopefully shall continue to be - a real joy to visit you and your world.

    Thanks so much for sharing so much beauty and amazing eye candy with us.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear lady and friend.
    Hugs. ♥

  30. Oh Jacqueline, this is so lovely. I'm late popping by but must say that this post is one of the most beautiful I have seen. I think you know by now how much I love your cupboard and would love to reach in and touch all this pretty china and pottery. The wee tea-cups with the feet are so adorable and I love the beautiful linens. It is all so delicate and charming. Love it. Deb

  31. This is one of the prettiest rooms I've ever seen. Your photography is simply stunning. What a delightful treat!


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