Inspirations

The Posts of Christmas Past

Diane Decorates for The New York Times

Diane Decorates for The New York Times

In the spirit of Charles Dickens (and to give us time to wrap our gifts!), we thought we might revisit some of our favorite holiday posts starting with this one about Christmas trees… Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

Door Decor

Door Decor

and this one about our own holiday decor!  A Country Chic Christmas

Silver-white Winters That Melt Into Spring

Silver-white Winters That Melt Into Spring

In other posts, we sang along with The Sound of Music…  As Maria Would Sing

May Your Days Be Bright

May Your Days Be Bright

and Bing Crosby…  As Bing Would Sing

Print by Sarah Lugg

What If Christmas Doesn’t Come From a Store?

And we always find the perfect quote to wish you all a Merry Christmas, whether if be from Dr. Seuss

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

or Judy Garland

Thanks for strolling down memory lane with us.  Enjoy!

 

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

Ahoy!

Ahoy!

It’s the Monday before Christmas – what mood are you in?

Afloat

Bouyant…  We’re cruising into Christmas and trying to stay “present”!

boat 

Inspirations

Santa Baby

Santa's on Display

Santa’s on Display

His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

Santa's by the Door

Santa’s by the Door

Santa's in the Dining Room

Santa’s in the Dining Room

Who doesn’t love jolly St. Nick?  We can’t resist a great Santa and neither can our friend, Stacy – she’s been collecting them for over 20 years.  Her 1940’s colonial is decked out for the holidays and all of her Santa’s are on display.  Stacy has 35 of them so they can be found everywhere!

Santa's on the Shelf

Santa’s on the Shelf

Santa by the Fire

Santa by the Fire

On shelves in the living room, study and kitchen, in the front hall, by the fireplace, on benches and windowsills…  and even on the plates in her dining room.  Besides Santa’s, Stacy also collects mercury glass which lends a certain sparkle to her holiday decor.

Merry Mercury Glass

Merry Mercury Glass

The result is enchanting and makes us believe in the magic of Christmas…  Ho, ho, ho and happy Friday!

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Christmas in Connecticut

Tying One On

Tying One On

Darien designer Beth duPont knows a thing or two about collecting and what better time to display boxes of vintage garlands, ornaments and even brush trees than the holidays.  Starting with the biggest tree she can fit in her Victorian home, Beth decorates every room from wall to wall and from ceiling to floor.  Even her mirrors, art and statues get a festive touch!

Pop of Purple

Pop of Purple

Kitchen Kringle

Kitchen Kringle

Beth’s passion for the holidays was passed down to her by her mother who, as a visual merchandiser for department stores, “could make chocolates on a porcelain plate look beautiful.”  Our mother also has the Christmas decorating gene but sadly she didn’t pass it on to us…   Needless to say, we have a hard enough time tying a ribbon on a wreath or topping a tree with a star.

Bedtime Bliss

Bedtime Bliss

Magnolia Garlands

Magnolia Garlands

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate festive decking of the halls when we see it and Beth’s home does not disappoint.  Doesn’t this make you want to sing falalalala?

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Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Festive Fireplace

Festive Fireplace

Warm

Pronunciation: /wôrm/

Cozy and snug…  While we love us a good fire on a chilly night, we can’t say we’re not happy about the warmer December we’ve been having!  Sending you all warm thoughts today.

fireplace

Fabulous Finds

It’s a Wrap!

Happy Holidays by Rifle Paper

Happy Holidays by Rifle Paper

Last but not least on our lengthy “to do” list this week is to wrap the presents, even those fun finds we bought for the stockings.  We’re big fans of Rifle Paper Co. and are excited to see that one of our favorite “blog-tailer” (a blog with an online store), Waiting on Martha, has a great selection of their cards, gift tags and wrapping paper.  Rifle’s whimsical winter scenes are just the thing to make your gift special – add a pretty bow and voilà!

Garland Gift Tag

Garland Gift Tag

Reindeer Wrapping Sheets

Reindeer Wrapping Sheets

Nutcracker Gift Tags

Nutcracker Gift Tags

Mistletoe Wrapping Sheets

Mistletoe Wrapping Sheets

When it comes to creative cards, Rifle’s got them, too…  How about an ornament card?  Read the message, then hang it on the tree.  So cute.

Berry Peace Ornament Card

Berry Peace Ornament Card

The countdown begins and Christmas is two weeks away.  Wishing you a weekend of merry, merry!

holiday paper / garland tag / reindeer paper / nutcracker tag / mistletoe paper / ornament card

Fabulous Finds

Stuff Those Stockings

Dalida Clutch

Dalida Clutch

Now that we’ve decked the doors and added some sparkle to the house, it’s time to shop for those fun gifts that make a stocking worth stuffing.  Great things do come in small packages and we have some goodies on our list we hope Santa will consider (hint,hint!)

Boho Tassel Bag Charm

Boho Tassel Bag Charm

Statement Earrings

Statement Earrings

Did you know that hanging stockings at Christmas has been a tradition for centuries?  Legend has it that once a upon a time there was a poor widower with three beautiful daughters who worried that his impoverished state would no allow his girls to marry.  One Christmas, St. Nick heard about the family and wanted to help so he slid down the chimney and filled the girls freshly laundered stockings (which were hanging to dry by the fire) with gold coins.

12 Days Appetizer Plates

12 Days Appetizer Plates

Box of Awesomeness

Box of Awesomeness

Hand Cream Sampler

Hand Cream Sampler

These days, stockings come in all shapes and sizes – ours are needlepoint with monograms and quite large!  Are you making your list and checking it twice?

clutch / charm / earrings / plates / makeup / hand cream

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

A Book A Day

A Book A Day

“Advent”urous

Pronunciation: /adˈven(t)SHərəs/

Willing to try out new ideas or experiences…  An advent calendar in the form of books – now that’s a fresh twist!

books

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When in Doubt… Add Sparkle!

Jeweled Trees

Jeweled Trees

Where did this week go?  As much as we’d love to stop time, we know it marches on and Christmas is really only three weeks away.  Three weeks to decorate the house, shop for presents, wrap those presents and plan a family get together…  not to mention that both our sons are high school seniors and college applications are due by December 31st!  The odds that those essays will eventually get written are pretty high but we’re a bit concerned about the holiday decorating.

Tree Candles

Tree Candles

Star Ornament

Star Ornament

So this weekend, in addition to a trip to Michaels where we’ll exercise some DYI muscle, we’ll attempt to add a little sparkle to our homes.  Perhaps, when all is said in done, we’ll even pour a little sparkle into a champagne flute.

Leaf Soap and Dish Set

Leaf Soap and Dish Set

Silver Magnolia Garland

Silver Magnolia Garland

Tinsel Wreath

Tinsel Wreath

Wishing you a weekend full of sparkle and shine!

trees / candles / star / soap/ garland / wreath

 

DYI

PUT A RING ON IT!

Deck the Halls!

Deck the Halls!

One of the best parts about going away for Thanksgiving is not having to do loads of laundry over the weekend and spending that time reading magazines – which is exactly what we did on Friday morning.  The weather was surprisingly warm and sunny so we brought our coffee out to the porch and indulged in back issues of House Beautiful, Traditional Home and the like.

Birch and Bird Wreath

Birch and Bird Wreath

Chandelier Wreath

Chandelier Wreath

Moss Wreath

Moss Wreath

Needless to say, we took our time leafing through the pages and were thoroughly inspired by all the holiday decor.  So much so that we’re tackling a DYI project this year which will have us visiting a Michaels store soon to invest in some reindeer moss and glue.  Given that we’re not all that crafty, we may or may not share the results… (wink, wink!)

Pine and Branch Wreath

Pine and Branch Wreath

Present Wreath

Present Wreath

In the meantime, every home needs a wreath (and every finger needs a ring!) so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite DYI projects straight from the pages of House & Home!  Let us know if you decide to tackle one of these – we’d love to see what you do.

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