Christmas at Our House | Photo Tour
This may be the longest post in the history of my blog. There are many, many photos. I hope you don't mind too much : )
Most of our decorating is finished, but I'm sure I'll continue to add more touches here and there over the next couple of weeks. We are hosting a couple of get togethers this week and next, so I'm sure I'll add some fresh florals and homemade goodies, too.
On our tour, you'll find fresh greens, a fraser fir tree and garland, a juniper wreath in our dining room (my newest favorite), magnolia leaves and incense cedar sprigs, along with soft pops of red in pillows, winter berries, linens and ribbons.
I have truly enjoyed decking our house with holiday cheer. I made an attempt not to exhaust myself of it - but there is no getting around it. Though I'm loving sitting at my computer right now basking in the glow of twinkling lights, enjoying the woodland scent of our fresh greens, and cushioned by many cozy holiday pillows, I will admit - it did wear me out a bit. I'm sure half of you are exhausted from decorating every mantle and bannister in sight, and you can't help but wonder, is it worth it? Why do we go to so much trouble?
All of you who are also sitting amongst your twinkling lights already know the answer - yes. There is something magical we create when we transform our house. It makes those moments you spend at home even more special this time of year. When our homes are brimming with Christmas cheer, we find ourselves relaxing on the sofa that no one sits on to admire the tree at night, or spending an evening in front of the fire with our feet up, or coming downstairs early in the morning before anyone else gets up just to enjoy the stillness of a quiet morning and sparkle of the lights as the sun comes up.
I hope you all take the time to sit back and enjoy the splendor of what you've created in your homes, and take in the faces of your family and friends as they experience it with joy. It is most definitely worth it.
We got these bells last year in Woodstock, Vermont on our trip there in November. They were hanging on our bedroom door while we were staying at Mike's parents' house during our renovation : )
This is my newest big find - a runner for the kitchen. (I probably talked about it in our Thanksgiving photos, but I can't remember... Christmas decorating brain!) I really love how it warms up the entire room and is so soft underfoot.
Gingerbread House Cookie Cutters will be restocked again on Friday - after a very exciting announcement!
The view back into the living room.
I have an orange peppermint dish soap recipe I'll share soon!
Winterberry & Rosemary
Emma said, Mom the orange bloomed into the red for Christmas!
Paperwhites in different stages. The ones planted in the blue and white container were in a not so sunny spot, so I've moved them here.
Can you spot our elf on the shelf?!
We are hosing a dinner party tomorrow, so I'll be sharing our table setting later this week. This is the start of it.
Linens & Tablecloths are now on sale 30% off today through Friday. Shop all Table Linens, here >
Winterberry on the brass chandelier.
Our warm and cozy spot... with lots of plaid : )
And a new Tiger pillow.
Santa & Emma 2015
I got up early this morning and decided to take photos of the house lit up in the dark, too - because that is when the magic really happens.
Isn't this magical?
And this ; )
Peace & Joy,