ROCKIN’ THE HOUSE WITH A RASPBERRY XMAS!

 

Most of you out there have probably at least started your decorating with the second December weekend fast approaching.  But, if you’re in the midst of trying to come up with a new “look” for the holidays think about ringing in the holidays with a raspberry Christmas.

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Yep, raspberry….

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Paired with this lime green its refreshing and fun….

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And, if you bring white into the mix it brightens it up with a crisp clean look, too.

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It’s just kind of creates a “happy vibe”…

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Don’t you think?

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Just a little twist on the traditional red and green to create a bit of a younger, hipper, more happening ambiance.

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And, why not throw in a colorful upside down raspberry Elf while you’re at it? Smile

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So if you’re looking for a splash of fun this holiday season consider rockin’ it out with raspberry!

Happy Decorating!

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

 

As in all design if you want to “bang up” your house at Christmastime it comes down to the details.  A little touch here and a little touch there.  (And, well, okay……for some of us anal ones….a lot of touches everywhere.) 

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But, you don’t necessarily have to do A LOT……just choose the important, more visual spaces and put the detail there.  Like the entry way.

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If you have stairs….take the time to “do up” the railing.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money (or time for that matter)  I have simple garland, a couple of types of ribbon – one large and one small, some Dollar Tree bells, large ornaments and some gold picks.  The ribbon alone adds so much pizzazz you don’t need a ton more if you don’t want to mess with it.

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This looks like lots of stuff on the railing, but really it’s mostly fun ribbon that I’ve twisted and tucked throughout the greenery.

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With just a few inexpensive giant ornaments tucked in here and there. 

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I like to add these gold gifts filled with ornaments and cream colored poinsettias to the landing.  I do it every year.

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Under the entry tree I like to decorate with “pretend gifts”, some more large ornaments and these gold birdcages.

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I tuck in this sleigh filled with greenery, pine cones and ribbon to match the stairs and gifts under the tree.

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Okay, so I admit I DO like to cram a ton of stuff on my tree.

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And, of course, I have my life size Santa to greet guests when they enter the house.

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It’s fun to dress up a doorway with a festive touch, too.  (This leads into my “girlie” room.) 

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And, I like to plop different size Christmas trees all over the house.

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On the dining room table I weave greenery in and out of my existing candlesticks and add my ribbon and reindeer.

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Remember…a little touch here….

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And, a little touch there…

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I know…you can’t even see the fireplace anymore with all the stockings for my growing family.  (I need to figure out some other way to display them!)

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I use plain pre-lit garland for the mantel and wire on my own fruit and Christmas stems.

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I like to add greenery and ribbon to my chandeliers….

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And tuck in Christmas touches to my existing kitchen tablescape.

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A fun, easy, festive touch is to wrap wide ribbon around your chairs and tuck in a Christmas pick or two. 

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Remember this container?  I used it for a temporary Thanksgiving arrangement, too.  Easy, breezy to switch out the Thanksgiving picks with Christmas greenery and large ornaments.

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See what I mean about the trees?

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A little sneak peak from my kitchen to the family room.

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I just added tiny ornaments to my soap dish in the powder room….

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And, you may remember I had Thanksgiving vine on this iron piece in my powder room last week which was easy to switch out to Christmas vine this week.

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I went with a sort of fun, zany look on the screened in porch….

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I call it my Dr. Seuss tree.

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And, in my den I played up animal print since that’s my look in there….

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And, well, animals, too…

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Notice the animal print butterflies?

I did four trees in my house this year (the most I’ve had at one time is seven – I know….ugh!), but I’ve found most people just don’t seem to have it in them to go with the “more is more” Christmas if they have to do it all themselves, because it’s a lot of work. (Which is understandably why myself and so many of my designer friends get hired to do it for people.Smile ) 

But, whether you’re a “less is better” or a “more is more” girl (or guy) concentrate on what areas you are willing to do and try to incorporate the Christmas décor into your existing décor so you don’t have to move too much stuff around and find a place to store it.  The three cheapest, most versatile items to purchase are Christmas ribbon, inexpensive ornaments and Christmas picks.   With these items you can not only do a beautiful tree, but you have all you need to sprinkle the holiday theme all over your house.  So no matter how much or how little you want to do remember the fun and the design is in the details. 

So put on the music, build yourself a fire, make yourself a hot chocolate or pour a glass of wine and bring on that Christmas spirit!

Merry Christmas and Happy Decorating!!

My Little Cozy Christmas

 

After dealing with the flood in my house and having to move out for a month and then back in again right before Thanksgiving I was so exhausted and sick of boxes and unpacking, etc…..I didn’t think I’d have it in me to do any Christmas decorating at all.  And with the passing of my beloved father – there’s definitely a lacking in the air this year.

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But, when it came right down to it I just couldn’t not decorate.  We didn’t do it the weekend after Thanksgiving like we normally do – we gave ourselves a break.  But the next weekend we hauled more boxes out of the attic and began unpacking and decorating……starting with the front porch.

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I always love a cozy entrance and to me garland and a wreath always does the trick.

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I put artificial poinsettias in my pots and embellished them with these metal Christmas picks my friend, Barbie, gave me last year for Christmas.  (Thanks, Barbie!)

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I added my age old sleigh…..

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and filled my basket with Christmas greenery and berries.

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In the entry good old Santa and a Christmas tree greets guests as they walk in the door.

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And, of course, I embellished the stairway with greenery and gold.

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Just inside the front door I added two more trees where I normally have my ferns and embellished the candleholders with Christmas greenery and a bow.

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The landing – with my antique stroller than stays there year round – is the perfect place to use these cream poinsettias and Christmas birdcages. 

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Here’s a view of the entry from upstairs.

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Normally I have two trees in the dining room, one in each corner, but this year I just didn’t have it in me to add those.  So I put extra detail into the table and other places in the dining room…..

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And it still looked Christmas-y and festive even without the trees. 

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In the den we always have a tree in the corner of the room along with my Christmas Teddy…..

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And extra Christmas touches here and there….

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Of course, we had to have a tree in the family room, too — it’s our main hang-out area after all.  (I should have turned off the TV in the background for this picture….oops!)

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This year I opted for a slim line tree instead of my bigger, fatter one that I’ve used for years.  We had to do a little rearranging with the tree this year and the new spot wouldn’t warrant a larger tree.

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I was worried about it being too wimpy to be our main tree, but I actually like it…it’s much less cluttery.

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Gotta have the stockings and greenery on the mantel.

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I love this Santa book box I got in New Braunfels.  Adds a nice cozy Christmas touch.

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On the breakfast nook table I added all different sized Christmas trees like last year.  Kind of looks like a little Christmas tree forest.  (The only reason this is feasible is because we hardly ever eat there!)

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Greenery and pine cones on the chandelier for fun…..

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And greenery and berries on the pot rack.

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Just adding a small touch of Christmas décor to your existing decor is easy and cost effective and it sure adds that festive vibe.

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And that festive vibe is a good thing.  It’s been a challenging six months, but I still have so much to be grateful for….. especially the reason for this wonderful season.   Decorating the house just brought the spirit of Christmas to our home and it’s just what we need right now.

I want to always count my blessings in the midst of life’s challenges….what better time than Christmastime.

Happy Decorating!!!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

 

There are many great advantages to living with a designer.  We can whip together a space fairly quickly with a certain amount of finesse – and many times on a bargain.   We continually see lots of new and great ideas and have access to a great many resources that allow us to have tons of fun designing our own homes.

And, there are some disadvantages to living with a designer.  We are always wanting to whip together a new look for a different space, and we always see lots of new and great ideas and, well, we always have access to a great many resources that allow us to have tons of fun designing our own homes.  (So it generally never ends with us!) It’s the classic case of the good with the bad.

Kind of like most people’s personalities I guess you could say…….our strengths are also our weaknesses!

And, Christmastime for many of us, like me, is no exception.  I love my house all decorated up for Christmas!  And, I love changing or adding some little something every year.

My husband, like many of your husbands, tends to dread the weekend after Thanksgiving when I have him drag all my Christmas stuff down out of the attic for me to play with.  He’s always happy with everything when the job is done…..just dreads doing it. Ring a bell with anyone?

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The next time your husband complains you might have him hang a gander at these pictures.  He might forever after count his lucky stars.  Because I don’t have just a little bit of  “stuff”…..I have a lot of “stuff”.  And, it’s all up that fun little ladder in the attic. (Someday I’ll have a walk in attic!)

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This isn’t all of it either.  It’s just where I stopped to take a picture.  See his little legs on the ladder?  Well, he’s making yet another trip up the ladder and through that dark little hole for more of my "stuff”.  And, there were quite a few more trips after that.  Thanks, hubby…..you’re the best!  Really……you are!

My Front Porch:

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Before he’s even finished dragging it all down I start “my thing”. 

The first thing I want guests to see is a cozy, inviting entrance that say’s Christmas Is Here!  Lots of greenery, pine cones, and red.

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A welcoming basket.

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Candy canes, poinsettia’s and a sleigh.

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I tucked poinsettia leaves in my lanterns this year.

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Of course, once inside it continues. 

My Entry Way:

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(It’s not that I want it to look like Santa threw up in my house or anything…….it’s just that, well, I like Christmastime!  That’s all.)

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My fall pumpkins and mums gave way to cream poinsettias and gold gift baskets. 

IMG_0681Of course, garland, ribbon and Christmas decor adorn the stair railing. 

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My fall arrangement on my entry table was replaced by a Christmas tree. 

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The corn husks I tucked here for Thanksgiving are now a Country Christmas platter and my Victorian Christmas caroler.

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He was my new addition a couple of years ago!  Love him!

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My Piano Room (aka “Girlie Sitting Room”):

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I like to add greenery to my chandeliers for a cozy touch.

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And, I like to tuck little Christmas trees all over the house.  (An inexpensive way to add a touch of Christmas here and there.)

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This was one of my new additions last year.  He’s my little Christmas monkey!  What’s a Christmas monkey you might ask?  I have no idea…..that’s just what he’s called.  I like him so much I keep him here year round now!

Well, this is the start of my “Christmas home tour”.  I’ll have to show you more of my house on another post.   Too much “stuff” for one post. 

I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have decorating your own home for Christmas!  I know it can be a lot of work, but after the coziness of fall decorations there’s nothing like the feeling of Christmas, is there?!   So festive and fun.  And, like I said on a previous post…..there is just something about Christmas decorations that makes everyone feel so warm and snuggly.   I know I do!

Happy Decorating!

 

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