Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas time is here...

Last weekend we loaded up in the car and went to a local nursery to get our Christmas tree. In the past, we've had an artificial tree because it's just easier. It's perfectly and evenly lit, it doesn't make a mess, it doesn't die, and you can put it up at early as you want. But, it's not a real tree. It doesn't smell good, it's a cheap tree from Wal-Mart so it doesn't look real. I was ready for a real tree.

Well, it smelled great the first day we had it but 9 days later, the needles are falling off. Fingers crossed that no one brushes up against it for the next 18 days. Last year we had two trees- a formal one in the living room with neutral ornaments and then our "family tree" in the kitchen with all of "our" ornaments on it.  We get a Christmas ornament from places we travel and just special things to us- it's a great way to remember all of the fun things we've done together. This year, we put them all on one tree and I have to say, I really love it. It turned out very cozy, I think.

I really like natural Christmas decorations.  This is probably my favorite mantle that I've done.  I just used some clippings from the nursery, added in some leftover seeded eucalyptus from Thanksgiving and some cotton garland.  I really love it.

The dining room got rosemary trees wrapped in burlap and I moved my boxwood wreaths in there as well.  Todd's bar cart got a poinsettia.

I read all of these blogs with amazing Christmas decor.  I mean every room is decorated.  I decorate the living room, dining room, the kitchen might get a wreath and that's pretty much it.  The downstairs in my house is really just three rooms that are all very close together (my house is tall but skinny) so I think a few decorations go a long way.

Anthropologie has some of the best flower pots.  I love this gold one.

Here is a little sneak peek of the table Todd made me (they made the chairs as well!).  The room isn't done yet.  I still want to switch the hideous light figure, add some weights to the drapes, and I need a rug. I've purchased two rugs and returned both of them.  But hey- my paperwhites are blooming!

As I was taking the picture of the breakfast room, Louise jumped up on the railing to stare in at me.  She just turned one!

And then Truvy! That silly one is always getting into something.

A boxwood, pine, and fir mix wreath on the front door with a bow and bell from last year.

I put this little tree up in my office.  I think I'm going to make this a tradition (maybe 2014 will be the year I actually get my office in decent shape).  All of these ornaments were collected or made by my mom when I was little.  She bought or made us an ornament every year and put the year on the back of them.  They are pretty special to me. 

And what's an 80 degree Christmas without your ferns looking better than ever.  Figures!


  1. Oh my, what gorgeous decorations

  2. Your Christmas decorations are gorgeous! And your pictures look like they belong in a magazine! Simply beautiful!

  3. Absolutely stunning. I'd sure love to come to a holiday party hosted in your home!

  4. We get Christmas ornaments from the places we travel as well. They are such fun keepsakes that aren't "dust collectors". :) Love your Christmas decor.

  5. Your tree is beautiful as are the rest of your decorating! I love the mantel! And I am jealous at the wrapped gifts under the tree... I am still finishing up shopping!

  6. Everything is so pretty! Over the years (especially the last two) I've really toned down and tailored my decorations and done a lot more fresh wreaths and natural things and I like it so much more. Could I make a request for a post on what's on the bar cart? I'm going to set up a bar in the armoire in my keeping room and would love to see suggestions about what to stock.

  7. I love how you stick to your style in everything you do. I can never stick to the same style and admire that you know exactly what you want and you go for it - in every type of decor you do. And it's beautiful and classy. Well done.

    1. I'm so glad you said that. I like what I like so I tend to stick to the same colors and decor even for holidays but then I wonder if it becomes redundant and not 'special" enough for holidays.

  8. It looks great! We have special ornaments that we put on our tree, too. My mom used to buy me one every year starting when I was a little girl. I have carried this tradition with my children as well. It's good to see the chickens!! I have missed their posts. Hope you have a blessed holiday!

  9. I LOVE your style. It's so beautiful!!

  10. I love all of your decorations. I have a tip for you for real trees for in the future: when you get home, hose it down before you decorate it. It gives the tree a little hydration "boost"- we learned that at the tree farm where we got ours! It works! We also water ours every night before we turn the lights on because I'm paranoid. I've never had a fake tree.. I LOVE real ones. :)

    Also, I love the cotton boll garland! Where did you find that?

  11. Gorgeous! Looks like you are ready for Christmas!

  12. Everything looks beautiful!!love all the greenery ~so elegant. And can I say you are such a trooper for going with a fresh tree!! :)



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