Are you stuffed full of stuffing? I ate waaaaay too much! We celebrated Thanksgiving not once, but twice this past week – Thursday with my husband’s family (and about 60 other relatives!) at his parents’ home and Sunday with a dozen members of my family at my parents’ house. So now it is time to work off some of those calories and officially begin decorating for Christmas. But first, I want to look back at last year’s decorating for a minute.
You may remember we had a little photoshoot with Better Homes and Gardens back in January. (You can read about it here.) There were a lot of rooms that made it into the magazine and the online video tours, but there were also a number of spaces that didn’t. So we are going to take a quick tour through those before jumping into this year’s Christmas decorating. Let’s start in the foyer.
The crew rearranged some of the accessories on the foyer buffet and included a shot of a few of the rearranged items in the article, but I wanted you to see the sleigh full of holly that they didn’t include.
No photos were taken of the family room so here is how it looked last winter. (The video guys did like the tree though, and it made it into one of the video tour films 🙂 )
The poor mantel and all its peppermint goodness was neglected by everyone. 🙁
I’m afraid I cannot take you into the kitchen, dining room, or the back porch because those rooms were included in the magazine, but we can wander through some of the bedrooms. Here are a few vignettes from the boys’ bedroom that weren’t included in the room photography.
It was fun using the toy vans for Christmas decor – both on the desk…
and in their bookshelves. 🙂
Our daughter’s bedroom is featured in the magazine, so we will have to pass it by. Next stop – the children’s bathroom with its hints of green. (Yes, I said green…a room with no red. Are you fainting??)
Don’t worry. There’s red in the master bath. 🙂
In the beadboard of the cabinet…
and in the gift box full of holly.
(It had a cut off milk carton holding water inside.)
Our master bedroom is featured on two pages in the magazine and on a couple of the video tours, but there were two vignettes that didn’t make it into either. First, the desk area beside the bed had a small vignette for Christmas.
And secondly, the dresser had a tray of tea (but they did not use it in any of their shots.)
The final bit of decorating I want to share with you was right outside the side door on the porch bench.
Hot cocoa for Santa and carrots for his reindeer. 🙂
And that is all from the Ghost of Christmas Past, so now let’s catch up on some giveaways. First, the nice folks at Minted emailed me to let me know that they have already contacted the winners of their giveaway. Congratulations to Dawn, Christy, and Terri! I hope all of you enjoy spending your $100 at Minted.
If you didn’t win, I have another giveaway for one of you wonderful readers here at Talk of the House. (This one is just a Christmas gift from me.) I thought you might enjoy a little Christmas inspiration as we move into the month of December. With that in mind, I am giving away a $50 gift card to use at Target and a copy of each of the magazines that currently feature our home. The BHG issue is the one from the January photoshoot, and the Southern Cottage issue is a reprint of an article from 4 years ago in Cottages and Bungalows, but they have included a number of additional photos this year that were not in the original feature. I hope this will help to get you in the mood for some Christmas decorating. 🙂
To enter, simply leave a comment on the blog (not a reply to an email delivered one) on any post that publishes between 11/30/15 and 12:00 a.m. EST 12/6/15. You may enter on more than one post, but please leave only one comment per post. I will do a random drawing after the close of the giveaway and announce the winner in the next post that publishes after the end of the entry period. To get you started with your comment today, I am leaving you with a question:
What is the first space you decorate when you begin your holiday decorating?
(We started with the outside this year, but I normally begin with our master bedroom.)
Can’t wait to hear your answers!