Blue & White Christmas Enchantment

I am a longtime admirer of shop owner and blogger, Tina, of The Enchanted Home, a beautiful blog and shop where classic, traditional, and timeless design are celebrated along with her signature blue and white porcelain.

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

While Tina’s enchanted home alone will take your breath away, I have always been a fan of how this creative dynamo shares her secrets for entertaining, cooking, and decking the halls.

That Front Door!

Elegant front door of French chateau. The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Elegant Christmas wreath. The Enchanted Home.

It’s one thing to sell all the pretty things and chinoiserie  that make your heart beat faster, but it’s quite another to show customers how home decor items and holiday decorations can work beautifully in a REAL traditional environment.

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

Just look at the adorable giftwrap Tina personally designed and offers at The Enchanted Home Shop!

Blue and White Giftwrap

Staffordshire dog ornament and blue and white giftwrap. The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

French Country Kitchen Inspiration

I cannot think ‘Enchanted Home’ without remembering the timeless French inspired details in Tina’s magnificent French country kitchen!

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign

It is truly a work of art and a celebration of all she holds dear.

French country kitchen. The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign

I’ll never tire of seeing it on her instagram and blog!!!

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

If a blue Christmas is calling your name, The Enchanted Home is THE source for all you need!

Blue Christmas Decor Splendor

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Blue and white Christmas stockings. The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Elegant blue and white Christmas decor. The Enchanted Home.

Elegant Holiday Tablescapes

And because Tina is the hostess wiht the mostess, we are often treated to dreamy glimpses of her tablescapes which incorporate her wares, floral arrangements, and special touches that make guests feel extra special.

Elegant tablescape by The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Elegant tablescape - The Enchanted Home.
Elegant placesetting - The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

Staffordshire Dog Ornaments!

If you are a lover of blue and Staffordshire dogs…ooh lala! I love how she embellishes beautifully wrapped gifts with these wonderful ornaments!

Staffordshire dog giftwrap - The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign

The blue and white ginger jar, dog, and pagoda ornaments look so incredible massed on her tree.

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Blue and white Christmas tree decorations - The Enchanted Home.
Blue and white Christmas ornaments - The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

And here is another mantelscape (is mantelscape even a word!?!) with navy and white stockings.

Blue and white stockings - The Enchanted Home.

Classic Blue and White

The colors in The Enchanted Home palette have such fresh appeal for the holidays with their sophisticated tones.

Gift wrap by The Enchanted Home.
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

Oooh, I think this combo may be my favorite!

Gift wrap with Staffordshire dogs - The Enchanted Home.

A Magical French Chateau

Tina calls this grand, enchanting French chateau home, and it was her journey creating it that captured my imagination years ago and kept me following her charming blog.)

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Marble entry in enchanted home blogger Tina's home
Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

Tina has created a gorgeous home for her loved ones, and she kindly extends the enchantment to her readers.

Enchanted Home front gate

While we may not have the pleasure of visiting her enchanting abode in person, she essentially invites us to enter the gates and dine at a splendid table.

Iron gates at entrance of Enchanted Home blogger Tina's French chateau

And isn’t it a treat to gather at a thoughtfully decorated table?

Inside of Enchanted Home blogger Tina's home

Tina was kind enough to share 6 Tips for Holiday Decor & Hosting with us!

 6 Tips for Holiday Decor & Hosting

Hello Lovely: What is your approach to decorating for the holidays..one fell swoop or gradually?

Mini stages works great for me too, but I was a little slow on my start.

My planning falls into the category of several
“mini stages.” I wish I could say I had a master plan
like some and did it all in one day with a formal list
of “to do’s” and military-like precision, but my nature
is much more free spirited and pretty spontaneous
with changes often happening at a moments notice.

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

Somehow, it all comes together.
I normally start after Thanksgiving (in recent years)
and tweak until right before Christmas!

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign

Hello Lovely: Does your holiday decor evolve from year to year?

My approach to decorating changes a bit year to year.
This year it’s all about mostly blue and white,
white holiday flowers (amaryllis and paperwhites),
and touches of gold.

French stone fireplace in The Enchanted Home blogger Tina's home
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.
Marble flooring in hallway of The Enchanted Home

Hello Lovely: Walk me through an ideal evening of holiday entertaining…what is engaging my senses?

Oh boy, well we do hold an annual Christmas party
for our families so that’s always a fun and festive night.
It starts with my waking up early and prepping
all throughout the day…with food, dishes,
flowers, and gifts ever present.

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign
Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

I take what I serve seriously, and my kitchen
island will be full of all kinds of things from
baked goods to cheeses, fruit and specialty items
from a local Italian specialty shop
so I can make one of my big antipasta platters
everyone looks forward to.

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There will be dough for cookie baking
and plenty of ingredients for whatever I plan
to be making that night.

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You will smell a baked brie in the oven along with specialty holiday cookies that I make every year.

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Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

There will be lots of other good things happening, a plethora of yummy sights and scents. And in my kitchen, it’s unlimited “taste testing!”

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I will be sure to have Christmas music playing and a beautifully scented candle burning to add to the holiday magic.

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Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

I always set a time “to be done by” and allow myself an hour or so of total rest, normally that means a bubble bath around 3 pm and a chance to rest my feet.

Blue and white decor in an elegant French chateau. The Enchanted Home. Classic, traditional, and European inspired lovely interior design! #enchantedhome #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #traditional #interiordesign

By 5 p.m., the lights come on, the music gets turned up, and the kitchen becomes holiday party central…there is a fun buzz in the air, and it’s a sure sign the holidays have arrived!

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Photo & Design: The Enchanted Home. Shop for blue and white lovely home decor RIGHT HERE. Blue and White Christmas Decor Enchantment.

Hello Lovely: We usually have one or two trees, but my sister will sometimes have nine. How about you?

I normally only have one tree. I used to put a tree in my son’s room (per his request) since he loved colored lights and I only wanted white…
this way he got his wish!

I think one day when I have grand kids, I will put up a second tree and allow them to decorate it to their hearts’ content.

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I think it will be a fun tradition so with every year they can add on ornaments of their choosing. But for now it’s one big one right in my foyer.

Hello Lovely: In terms of a special holiday meal, can you describe your dream menu?

Call me sentimental, a creature of habit, or plain lazy but, I do love the traditional turkey dinner we always have on Christmas day.

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It’s been that way for so long it would feel sacrilegious to have anything else. However if I wanted to change it up and as long as I am dreaming….

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It would have to start with a champagne toast! Then we would move onto a caviar crostini (yum) followed by a cold crabmeat cocktail.

For dinner I am thinking something really decadent like a rich seafood casserole, a petite filet mignon with a side of grilled asparagus.

For dessert a delicious moist fudgy chocolate torte cake with cream fraiche and berries would do just fine with a well prepared cappuccino (sounds like stretchy pants would be a prerequisite to indulging in this decadent meal).

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Sounds good to me, especially if there are leftovers for the next day!

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The last tip is actually a little holiday treat I dreamed up for my friend Tinabecause she is such a treasure.

I re-visited one of holiday posts and noted she had crafted a brilliant holiday checklist.

I organized that brainstormed list into a simple graphic to share with everyone who hopes to “be a little more organized next year.”

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Oh that I could adhere to this list! Maybe I’d feel more like this:

Thanks so much for the Enchanting Holiday Tips, Tina!

If you don’t already follow Tina’s blog – do visit her HERE and be sure to discover her amazing Instagram FEED and delightful SHOP!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. December 18, 2018 / 8:05 am

    What a fabulous post today Michele! A traditional Christmas at its finest. That blue and white dining room is spectacular, as is the huge kitchen. Your friend is one organized hostess!!! She starts planning in the summer and I’m sure the end result is amazing!!

    • michele
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 8:44 am

      Even though so many of the gestures are grand and fantasy like, Tina has so much warmth and graciousness as a hostess, that her recipes and entertaining ideas become very accessible and attainable. While I may not have a loggia, I can borrow ideas for color schemes and mantel decor from following her lead. I also love how she doesn’t try to hide the fact that she’s busy and overstretched at times – while it can appear effortless, there are a million details!

  2. Connie
    December 18, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Ah what beautiful rooms! What great ideas! What lovely of lovelies!

    Yes to being an early bird! We actually start our Christmas planning for the next year and set the date, right after our current annual holiday party which is held mid-December. (We just held it on the 14th this year.) My hubby and I have what the military calls an “AAR” (After Action Review). We talk about what worked at the party, what didn’t, do we need more seating, too much food/too little food, etc. There is no rush to our season that way. 🙂

    Also as to gifts for family, we start “keeping our eyes open” for gifts about June or July. You’d be amazed at what you’ll think of and find in summertime. 😉 And because all our gifts need to be shipped to family (some overseas), we make sure all are ready to go about the first week in December.

    Christmas decorating actually starts after Thanksgiving but I choose my color plan & theme much earlier. Nothing is set in concrete as to what will go where, but the general idea gets its start right after the current Christmas, thanks to seeing beautiful & inspirational blog posts from this year. 🙂

    There is much planning ahead and yet we still allow a lot of time for changes along the way because you just never know what programs, parties, concerts, etc. might be coming up to enjoy each year. 🙂

    • michele
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Love the suggestion to get that general theme from this year’s holiday and build on it through the year. I am thinking rosy raspberry sherbet and pistachio tones for next year after seeing a spread in Martha Stewart Living from 2017. 🙂

      • Connie
        December 19, 2018 / 10:21 am

        Ooooh that would be a lovely color combination. Will be looking forward to seeing that in your Christmas 2019 🙂

  3. December 18, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Perfectly delightful to review all these scenes in blue and white porcelain! I’ve followed Tina’s The Enchanted Home for several years, now, and have collected a number of her porcelain pieces for my house. (Always loved blue & white décor! Even dinner dishes.) Last year I ordered some rolls of her Christmas wrapping paper, too, and enjoy wrapping our gifts with this theme. Thanks for sharing!

    • michele
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Don’t you love her wrap!?! Such classic, timeless motifs! 🙂

  4. December 18, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    I have been following Tina’s blog for quite some time and she has impeccable taste. Every detail in her home is perfection!
    Recently, I launched a blog and, although my style is very different, I always take inspiration from Enchanted Home.
    Thanks for sharing this feature. It was fantastic!
    Merry Christmas!
    Best, Kim

    • michele
      Author
      December 19, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Hi Kim. It’s wonderful to have you here, and I will visit your blog – how wonderful that you are blogging! xox

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