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Monday, December 24, 2012

A Peek Around our House the Night (okay, two nights...) Before Christmas

Here is a peek around our house just before Christmas!  Last night Santa (a.k.a. Mike's parents!) made a stop at our house and left this antique sleigh complete with red and robins egg blue paint - isn't it perfect?

I filled our urns with sprigs of cedar and piles of ornaments (non glass, but glass-looking).  The glittered ones look so great and sparkly at night.

Our tree, a Frasier Fir, is decked with upholstery strapping and ornaments, as always.

All of the gifts (but one from Mike to Emma) are wrapped in brown paper and satin ribbon.  I know brown kraft paper is really popular right now, but I've loved it for as long as I can remember.  For the last 30 years my Aunt Lisa has wrapped gifts in her signature craft paper and plaid ribbon.  At some point, maybe 15 years ago, I adopted her wrapping style.

Emma loves to unstack and re-stack the presents.   She particularly loves the packages with the red satin ribbons, which happen to be hers... smart girl!  Maybe she can read her name written on the packages in gold sharpie.

I love this pillow featuring a vintage woody wagon that I picked up at Pottery Barn.

The mantle has fake (gasp!) white pine sprigs with real magnolia leaves inserted in it.

I love the combo of the two AND the real magnolia leaves seem to make the fake pine look real.  Bonus.

A bay leaf wreath in the kitchen.

Potted paperwhites in the kitchen.

Packaged snowflake cookies ready for delivery.

A Bay Leaf Wreath in the dinning room.

A tree in our bedroom dormer.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!


  1. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Beautiful! Where did you get the urns? You always seem to find the best deals, etc... . We are in CA and this type of thing is incredibly pricey out here. Thank you! Merry Christmas, too. Always enjoy your posts.

  2. Merry Christmas! Your house looks so festive! Love the Pottery barn cushion by the way!!

  3. Merry Christmas! Very nice decor! :)

  4. The pottery Barn cushion ... was it bought this year. I don't see it now ? Love the sleigh

  5. Merry Christmas Jenny from Australia

    Your home is beautiful.

    Can I ask where did you get your ribbons from that you have put on your gifts? I have checked paper-source colors online I can see are persimmon and chartreuse or moss confused :-)

    Thanks so much for your lovely blog and sharing your beautiful family with us.

    Wishing you all a Happy New Year
    Michelle ( xox

    1. Anonymous4:07 PM

      The red is from paper-source, but the green is a mossy color that I bought 7 years ago from No idea if they still have it. I bought 100 yards and am just now running out!


  6. Anonymous12:11 AM

    It's just so lovely. Is your bedroom gray or green? What is the color name? Is it from the Home Depot? I think it is so pretty. I would love to paint our bathroom the same color...if you are okay with sharing the color, that is.

    1. Anonymous4:09 PM

      The color is barn owl from lowes! It is a really nice soft creamy grey.


  7. i think it would be fun if you did a post-holiday gift wrap tutorial for us...your presents look so beautifully wrapped! hope you and your family had an excellent christmas!

  8. Your home looks lovely! I think I will also adopt your way of wrapping with the craft paper and pretty ribbon, it's so pretty.

  9. Anonymous8:25 PM

    Hi, don't approve this comment, it's just an FYI. Your blog is so beautiful that the homophone issue is just killing me. It's peek, not peak. :)Homophones get the best of all of us sometimes.

    1. Oh geez - I am the worst at this sort of thing sometimes.... thanks for the pointing it out! Now, of course, it is so obvious to me!!!


  10. Cool pics!!! just amazed to see all of them and your baby is really lovely and also the peacon cinnamon rolls are too amazing!!!!!

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