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!