Dec 3, 2011

~ holidecor

As I've mentioned before, I'm not into tons of Christmas decorations. I have a few things I pull out, less and less really, each year. I do love a beautiful Christmas tree - real - with beautiful ornaments. 
Upon returning from Mexico, I took advantage of the nice weather and got my lights up outside, added a few bows, reworked my wreath, and just in time... the temperatures around these parts are dropping drastically and rumors of snow are swirling...
Last year, I found this charming holiday ribbon on clearance for practically nothing... I was glad to have it this year! 
At the end of last year, the lights had burnt completely out on my ten year old wreath... They were so entwined with the artificial greenery, I had to cut them out! I added new lights, made a new bow with the clearance ribbon, and added some red berries at the top... good enough for me!

Added lights and a bow to the topiary in front...

and on the back patio...



I used stored sticks and berries and eucalyptus from past arrangements and created a slightly weird but completely free of charge red ensemble... good enough for me! 

From inside...


I actually detest poinsettias... I just think they are so ugly! However, while at Mulhall's, I noticed different varieties of poinsettias set up on different tables. These were a "burnt orange" variety, and although they look red as red can be here, they are a bit more orange in person and the prettiest I've ever seen - especially in my house... (Regular red is not great in my house.)


Oh, and my favorite thing I did was add moss and broken berries to the tiered tole piece I never know what to do with...
I found those berries in the bottom of a bag that housed the berries for my outside pots... they had fallen off! Good enough for me!


I've had these three nutcrackers for years and think they are so charming!

Another nutcracker...

I love my Mackenzie-Childs tree... I actually left it out all year- I couldn't put it away! I got it for Christmas from my parents last year... a special gift after I helped them move.

I just love these reindeer! They're like Chia pets with ivy! I added the bows - that ribbon came in handy!

Stockings...


I picked up these tiny little wooden angels at the antique mall in St. Louis with my sister-in-law Nina a few months ago... 


And good ol' wobbly Santa... The kids have been spinning this guy around for years at the kitchen counter...

 On to the Christmas tree...


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8 comments:

Kathysue said...

Thank you for the tour of your Christmas house. I just wrote a post for tomorrow on outside decorating.I am starting my outside tomorrow!! Can't wait. I fell in love with your tiered tole painted pots and the Mckenzie Childs piece. Great inspiration. Merry Christmas,
Kathysue

The enchanted home said...

Jan...less is less? I love ALL you have done..it is spectacular. I laughed at a few because I could have sworn they were from MY house! (the wreath and topiaries outside exactly what I do! Anyway...its all very beautifully and tastefully done, love your "chia reindeer" and what you did with the tole piece...looks fabulous.
I am loving the way Christmas is done over at The French Tangerine!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Loving all your Christmas decor. I know what you mean about doing less and less. The older we get I think we just don't put out as much. Cute tree your parent's gave you.

Acquired Objects said...

Your holiday decor is beautiful and looks like you have a better handle on your decorating then I do, time for me to put some thought into it. You've done a wonderful job and it looks like your puppy agrees!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful Christmas touches and beautiful home!! Just became your newest follower:) Would love if you stopped by some time. Martina

Pamela said...

Everything is looking just beautiful! Please come by and share your Christmas matel at my mantel party kicking off at 8 pm tomorrow evening! It will be a blast!

cindy said...

So pretty Jan, all your lovely things adorned for Christmas.

We had the exact same little angels in our house growing up as part of one of those tabletop European wood carousel things that move with the air created by small burning candles.

I am also a collector of all the pieces of broken and taken apart arrangements from over the years, makes it easy to freshen things each year.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

All of your Christmas decor is lovely! Actually, your home is gorgeous. I am in love with the confit pots.
xo,
Sherry