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
and this one about our own holiday decor! A Country Chic Christmas
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
and Bing Crosby… As Bing Would Sing
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
or Judy Garland…
Thanks for strolling down memory lane with us. Enjoy!
It’s the Monday before Christmas – what mood are you in?
Bouyant… We’re cruising into Christmas and trying to stay “present”!
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 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 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
The result is enchanting and makes us believe in the magic of Christmas… Ho, ho, ho and happy Friday!
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
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.
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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It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
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.
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
Reindeer Wrapping Sheets
Nutcracker Gift Tags
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
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
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
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
Box of Awesomeness
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
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
A Book A Day
Willing to try out new ideas or experiences… An advent calendar in the form of books – now that’s a fresh twist!
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.
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
Silver Magnolia Garland
Wishing you a weekend full of sparkle and shine!
trees / candles / star / soap/ garland / wreath
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
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
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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