Joy to the World

P1030790 Decorating the house for Christmas is week long process for me usually hitting high gear when we finally get the tree in the house. So this has been the week to drag the bins of decorations out of the attic and sort through the glitter and garland.

I wanted to keep it simple this year and not over decorate but still keep things fresh and festive.

So here is a peek into my home for the Christmas Season:






I think I will add some greenery to the mantel to finish it off.







That’s enough of a peek for now I hear a cup of hot chocolate calling me.

Happy Decorating !



Thanksgiving / Pre-Christmas Decor

With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas soon to follow I was ready to clear out Fall décor and start thinking about Christmas. Not quite ready to get a tree but wanting to start the Christmas cheer sooner than later. I love, love, love Christmas time and all my decorations and I only get to enjoy them for a month each year.
Here is my Thanksgiving/ Pre-Christmas mantel:




Made these little mason jar snow globes last year with some of my grandkiddos:



My bedroom retreat layered with quilts and pillows:




So that’s a sneak peek into my home at the moment. As the Thanksgiving turkey is being made into leftovers the real Christmas decorating will begin with JOY !

Come back again after Thanksgiving and see my home glitter with Christmas cheer !

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

DSC_0054Tis the season for Christmas my favorite time of year.

This year I have kept the decorating pretty neutral ,using a cream,silver,and green color scheme. Since we live in the Northwest greenery abounds and I have plenty of access to cedar, holly, boxwood , fir and pine on our property. I love the smell of the fresh cut greens and have them tucked in everywhere. I even added sprigs of rosemarry to the mix.

First of all I started decorating our mantel. It was inspired by the simple snow globes I made right after Thanksgiving with some of my grandkiddos. They are everywhere on Pinterest and inspired by Anthropologie’s version ($40). Ours only cost a fraction of that , as I had the mason jars and purchased bristle trees and snow at Michaels for 40% off. I think they were less than $ 2.00 each.


This is how they look on the mantel .


I must have changed the mantel arrangement at least 4 times until I was happy wirh it. Sometimes I think I can over decorate and it looks too busy and not restful and calming. So I take it all down and start over until it feels right to me. I was having a little trouble until I cut the greens and started filling in the spaces with the cedar and boxwood. Ahhhhh , much better!

When I added the greenery everywhere and it really warmed up all the decore.

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Nestled it between mercury glass trees and ornaments and it made all the difference.



So if you can get out and trim a little greenery native to where you live, do it ! It may be just the finishing touch your Christmas decorating needs.