Entries in Christmas decorations (5)


a little christmas cheer in lydia's room

We are in full-on Christmas mode over here, baking cookies, listening to holiday tunes, burning our Christmas lights 24/7 and counting the days until Santa's arrival!  The most wonderful time of the year is even more magical when you're experiencing it through the eyes of your almost three year old and I'm loving every single minute as much as she is! We've had the house decorated since, literally, five minutes after Thanksgiving dinner, and this year we added some Christmas cheer to Lydia's room, as well.   Last week, she asked me for a Christmas tree for her room and, after gallivanting all over town and coming up empty-handed, I stuck some fresh cut branches in a glass vase and wrapped some twinkle lights around them.  Improvisation at its best!  I added some more twinkle lights to her gallery wall, and a stack of our favorite Christmas books and a miniature nutcracker to her chest.  My aunt sent her a sweet surprise over the weekend - a porcelain Christmas tree with the most beautiful lights and it's our new favorite heirloom as she won't go to sleep without it! Her room is so cozy to begin with but now even I have a hard time turning the lights out after reading our books at bedtime!  Since the weather's been too crappy to take pics of the Christmas decorations throughout the rest of the house (and to be honest, it's not much different from last year), I snapped a few shots of her room this morning:

Hope you're all enjoying these last few magical days before Santa comes!


snippets of christmas around here

Simple has been my motto for Christmas decorations the last few years.  Last year, I was 50% effaced and 2 cm dilated two and a half weeks before Christmas and, because I worked right up until then, I had to punch it into high gear to get the house decorated in case she arrived early.  I wanted a festive homecoming for baby girl, who ended up making her debut two days after Christmas, so I went all out with fresh greens, simple garlands, bowls of clementines, strings of white lights, berry sprigs and all my favorite ornaments.  Simple, yet perfectly cozy and lovely.  This year, with a mobile little one with a penchant for all things glittery and shiny (just like her momma!), I focused on the tree and mantle, keeping treasured pieces waist high or above to avoid temptation! Before my greens completely dry up, here are a few snippets of what Christmas looks like around my house this year:

And I can't forget a shot of this little one, who loves the Christmas lights as much as her momma:

What are your favorite ways to decorate for the holidays?


holiday decorations you can keep up all winter long!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As much as I love the holiday, I was thrilled to have packed up all my fall decor and brought out the Christmas decorations! If I had my way, this year I'd have pulled everything out the day after Halloween.  It's a whole new ballgame now that we have a little one and I'm more than ready to share the excitement of the Christmas season with her, even if she is too young to remember it.  The hubby, on the other hand, is of the not-until-after-Thanksgiving school of thought (the only good thing about him being deployed during Thanksgiving and Christmas two years ago was that I bought my freshly cut tree the first week in November!). 

The Christmas season is so short that it seems kind of silly to spend hoards of cash on decorations and even more, it's always super depressing when you take it all down once the holiday is over.  So, I have been slowly but surely buying items over the years that I can use for the Christmas season and then keep up throughout the rest of the winter that don't exactly scream the holidays. You can never go wrong with a mix of silver, gold, fresh greens, some texture and fur throws.  I think the more, the merrier! Here are a few picks I'm loving lately that would look amazing up through the spring:

Myrtle wreath / Nordic log basket / Rens sheepskin throw / Plated glass votives

Hide pillow cover / Dauville bowl / Preserved myrtle box / Gold stripe taper candles

Gold paisley napkins / Preserved myrtle box / Snow leopard throw


a fabulous reader's christmas

Yesterday, I stopped over at my good friend and client, Krista's, house and thought her Christmas decorations were too lovely not to share!  Especially after an email I received last week from a reader asking if I ever came across homes that were decorated with children in mind...Krista's got two little ones of her own and her Christmas decorations are all about them.  I worked with Krista earlier this year from start to finish on the construction of her new home-you might remember her home from here, here and here.  An extremely talented professional photographer (check out her work here), Krista snapped some shots of her adorable Christmas decor:

I love the picture on the mantle of her little ones in Christmas pj's:

A post card sent from Grandma and Grandpa in Bahrain rests next to the camel in the nativity scene at six year old Dalton's request:

Christmas cards hang from burlap ribbon on an armoir:

Her three year old daughter's got her own pink Christmas tree:

A homemade moss wreath greets guests: well as a lifesized Santa by the front door:

Only four days left 'til Christmas!


our house at christmas

Christmas seemed to creep up on me this year before I knew it!  We usually get our tree right after Thanksgiving, but I've been so busy with work that we didn't start decorating until almost two weeks later.  I didn't go all out like I usually do, but I'm happy with how the house looks (and smells!)  Come on in!

My mom's childhood ice skates and sled sit with lanterns, spray-painted branches and an antique milk can by the front door:

White pointsettias, mercury glass and a white pine garland greet guests in the entry:

My paperwhites are getting there, slowly but surely:


An 8 foot by 8 foot piece of burlap from the local feed store serves as our Christmas tree skirt:

My favorite part of the tree are my porcelain milk bone ornaments:

A little bling on the built-ins:

Fresh greens are everywhere-they make the house smell amazing:

 Clementines add a pop  of color to my kitchen:

Christmas cards hang from black and white striped ribbon:

I'm off to finish decorating a friend's front porch.  Happy Monday!