Decking The Halls in The Potting Shed


I’m Decking the Halls

in my Potting Shed. . .


Instead of Boughs of Holly,

I’m hanging holly adorned

vintage postcards. . .


And Ball jars, pine cones

and sprigs of cedar.


My Hatherley Lattistep

is standing in as a tree . . .


Decked with a garland of pine,

 Leyland Cypress & dried hydrangea.


And ornaments are hanging

from a vintage rake. . .



Chickadees and Nuthatches are standing in

for French Hens and Turtle Doves. . .


And a burlap bird, perched on a trowel,

is playing the part of a partridge

 on my ladder/pear tree.




My Ferry’s Seeds Box is

 filled with a poinsettia, ivy,

 mini evergreens and bird’s nest. . .



And offering Christmas Greetings

and wishes from vintage post cards.




Boughs of Leyland Cypress have replaced

the oak leaves on the window dressing. . .



And ornaments and a

snow-filled terrarium

add a little vintage sparkle.











I’m joining an amazing group of

bloggers to Deck the Halls. . .

Deck The Halls

I hope you’ll stop by for endless inspiration!

December 5th:

Adventures in DecoratingCreative Cain CabinSavvy Southern Style,

Sophia’sTop This Top That

December 6th:

The Beautiful Home, Eclectically VintageFrench Country Cottage,

Housepitality DesignsOn Sutton PlaceStoneGable

Wishing you a

Joyful Christmas Season!


Thank you for your visit, also joining:

Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us Wednesdays

 Open House ThursdaysHome Sweet Home,

Be Inspired FridayFeathered Nest Friday,

 Seasonal Sundays

12 Days of Christmas 

  71 comments for “Decking The Halls in The Potting Shed

  1. December 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I’m McLovin’ the vintageness of it all….the postcards, the Shiny Brite ornaments, and the snowy vignettes are adorable! Your little potting shed makes me smile every time you feature it, Mary!!! It’s so festive and *cute*

  2. Jan
    December 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Awesome job!

  3. Kim
    December 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Mary, I always can’t wait to see your shed all decked out. Just gorgeous as always.

  4. Ruth bernhard
    December 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Beautiful , love the decor ideas and esp like the recipes after you tweak them! Could you tell me where you purchased the large acorn ornaments?

  5. December 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

    You’ve decked my favorite potting shed in such boughs of holly style this year, Mary! The ladder stands in perfectly for a tree and I love your sweet, little birds in place of partridges. The Leland cypress over your burlap valance looks so wintry and must smell so wonderful when you walk through the door. What a treat for the senses! xo

  6. December 5, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Oh my goodness, Mary…I literally gasped as each photo opened up!! So cleverly arranged & beautifully presented. I have some turq. antique Mason jars, I have some vintage glass knobs, I have twine, I have rakes but never in a million years could I have gathered them all together so beautifully. *sigh* I continue to learn & absorb from you with each visit.

  7. December 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

    OMG Mary, you sure go all out. I can’t believe what a wonderful job you did in the potting shed. Beautiful girl, it should be in a magazine.

  8. December 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Mary- I wanted to ask you if I can come live in your potting shed? What a fabulous festive space. Happy Holidays!

  9. December 5, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Your “work” continues to astonish me…every single time. Your sense of color, your stying talent, your photography…W_O_W_S me. I LOVE your work (or is it play?) Thank you so much for sharing!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations

  10. Nancy
    December 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Mary, what a beautiful job on the shed. I love, love the Mason jars. What a good idea. Love your blog.

  11. Robyn
    December 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Mary, your potting shed is just absolutely beautiful! I love the way you attend to every little detail! It just put me in the Christmas spirit!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. December 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

    NOONE does vignettes like you! I am never disappointed with a post. How do you do it all? Please tell me you have help or am I just a total loser? LOL

  13. December 5, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I’m speechless. I love everything about your holiday potting shed! It looks like a winter wonderland to me and I could get lost for hours in here looking at every detail.

  14. December 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

    You’ve done an incredible job adding Christmas to your potting shed! I love that the garland draped down your ladder makes it look like a tree … and, I love the door! You must never want to leave that space! Happy Holidays!

  15. franki
    December 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Shhhhh….I sneaking off to Mary’s potting shed!! franki

  16. Sandi Allen
    December 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Love, Love, Love this! Your potting shed looks amazing as always!

  17. December 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I adore your potting shed! You have turned it into a Christmas wonderland! I love the idea of draping the garland on the ladder and around the window! Your vintage ornaments and Ball Mason jars are a wonderful addition to your decor! Thank you for sharing your potting shed with us!

  18. December 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Gorgeous “decking”, Mary! I love it all! I am determined to do a Christmas chalkboard! I love yours. I have one in a frame, I am going to practice on.:-)
    Merry Christmas!

  19. December 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

    thank you so much for putting this smile on my face, have been having a rough time and you truly lifted my spirits… nothing i enjoy more then the garden all gussied up pretty style through your lens and hands. i have an aging greenhouse that needs a makeover after something crashed the roof last week, you have me very tempted to change it from a real greenhouse into a garden playroom… the only problem is its about 110 degrees in there and i doubt i would find much comfort and joy, but i know i would adore a spot to play my heart away in the garden way. adore ALL your touches, of course i snatched a bounty of pics to enjoy again and again. so tempted to send you a birdie advent, it would thrive in this little house ;-)

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  21. December 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Is there a word to describe over the top gorgeous?…I am always in awe of your garden shed decor Mary….you amaze me every time .. when I think it just can’t get any better, it does!…No detail is left undone…beautiful, beautiful, beautiful….All I want for Christmas is a garden shed like yours!!!

  22. JP
    December 5, 2013 at 10:18 am

    How much fun was that to do? Everything is beautiful and I love your terrarium. It is perfectly wintery for the season!

  23. December 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    That door ROCKS! You have a beautifully decorated house. :)

  24. December 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I could spend Christmas in your shed! =) I feel like I just went through one of my favorite decorating books. Every space is untouched and perfectly accented with your beautiful Christmas touches. Thanks for sharing!

  25. December 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I always say “One can’t have too much fun.” What a delight to tag along with your merry making! The shots of the stepladder are exquisite, right down to the open book holding the vintage garden tool. You are a master with design.
    Cold here today with freezing rain expected tomorrow. I’m in over my head with things to do in the house and garden. Hope to get to play with some Christmas decorations this weekend.
    Thanks for the ever generous bounty of inspiration, my friend. ~ Sarah

  26. December 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Mary, I read this post twice and keep seeing more. I love your fresh greenery and the precious vintage cards. Vintage ornaments are my love language. Your bird ornaments are very pretty. I meant to ask in one of your recent posts where you found your glass bird ornaments. I have a few and I think mine are Old World ornaments. Need to check. Nancy hit the nail on the head in the comment above about feeling as if we just read our favorite decorating book.

  27. December 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I am in complete awe of your vintage card and ornament collection. I am no longer amazed (yeah, I am…) at how you can come up with different decorating ideas for your playhouse (ooops…potting shed), the porch and the banks of the lake…You are one of the most, (if not the most!), creative blogger I follow.

    Mary, you inspire so many people…me included! I would need a warehouse if I tried to buy everything I like or love seeing in your posts!

  28. December 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    This is a little piece of heaven. I just want to move in for all the Christmas beauty. Love everything, what you did with this project left me speechless and if you new me, I am never speechless!!


  29. December 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Mary, I knew I was in for a big treat… and I was right! I adore your potting shed/cottage and even more so with all the vintage Christmas beauty you filled it with! JUST PERFECTION

  30. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    December 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Your potting shed is so much fun Mary! It looks great, love the beautiful Christmas touches! Big smiles seeing one cute little bird in particular:@)

  31. December 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Stunning – I want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and wait for Santa!

  32. December 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Your potting shed is absolutely amazing. I bet you will will hear from a magazine or two :) Thanks for all the Christmas eye-candy. What a lovely gift you are given us.

  33. December 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Your potting shed is absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  34. December 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    This is my favorite Christmas decorations presentation of all time. Your shed is adorable and your talent amazing. Thank you for sharing this amazibg space. Merry Christmas, Peggy

  35. December 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Finally getting to see this, was out al day decorating my friends house! I can only IMAGINE how wonderful your shed must smell with al the cyprus. I wish I had a source for some. Your pottng shed is always a favorite and decorated for Christmas is delightful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. p
    December 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    What a great way to enjoy your potting shed at this time of year. I will be taking some ideas away with me – love the rake with the decorations!

  37. Marie in AZ
    December 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Oh by gosh by golly! I had so much fun visiting your potting shed! It’s just beautiful, and so original to boot. Love it!

  38. December 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Completely in love with that potting shed of yours- and at Christmas- even more!! Adore it! Great to be partying with you!!

  39. December 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    This is seriously one of the most inspiring posts I’ve ever read…it is just amazing! My favorite things are the chalkboard and the ball jar snow globes. You clearly have a gift for putting everything in just the right place. Beautiful Mary!

  40. December 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Mary, You have the prettiest potting shed and this time of year it is even more beautiful! Thank you for sharing your Christmas decorating at the Open House party.

  41. December 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Mary, I just love love love all of it. Those postcards are so delightful. I would enjoy finding one in my mailbox! Each photo has so many things to drool over. Your ladder is wonderful and so are all those vintage ornaments! And suddenly I need a chalkboard. Linda

  42. December 7, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Your vignettes are always so full of unexpected and delightful surprises, Mary! What a magical Christmas woodland you have created in your little potting shed! I always love how you weave your china pieces into your decor and the bird ornaments are adorable! The things you come up with for rakes and everyday garden tools are so much fun, and the bottle brush trees and ball jars are so sweet. I feel like I’ve been to fantasy land! I’m off to visit the other blogs to see how they have decked their halls!

  43. December 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Ditto to what everyone else has said, Mary! You are an inspiration to me!

  44. December 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    As expected, this is amazing! I love every detail of your potting shed! I could seriously live in there :) So glad to have been part of the Deck the Halls Tour with you!

  45. December 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Wow, wow, wow! Your potting shed is amazing. I would love to spend a day just sitting in there taking in each and every detail. Your styling is breathtaking.

  46. December 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Made this vintage-loving gardener’s hear feel all cozy inside…L-O-ve it!!

  47. December 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    So pretty! I wouldn’t want to leave and could spend so much time just looking at all the vintage loveliness. Thanks for sharing.

  48. December 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Your home is truly a vintage Christmas in the best way possible. It’s absolutely stunning. :)

  49. December 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I love your decorated door. All your Christmas decor is beautiful.

  50. December 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    It’s all so so gorgeous!!! I love everything! so very pretty and I see lots of treasures out there!! :) Merry Christmas xo Holly

  51. December 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Pretty alternative tree–I like that you’ve used Christmas cards in your decorating–nice!

  52. December 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

    This is so beautiful. I love how rustic it is. I’d love for you to link it up to the Christmas link party I’m co hosting.

  53. December 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    You have done a wonderful job in your shed…I love all of it!


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