Merry Christmas dear friends! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season to its fullest. Like many of you, I absolutely LOVE Christmas, even if it does make my brain race with to-do list items from the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning to the moment my head hits the pillow late at night.
And if you are like me, you tell yourself, “Next year, I am starting early (or doing less) so that there is some downtime in this crazy busy time of year.” Right?
We were in Vermont last week staying in our favorite inn in Stowe. In each room there was a single vase with a small evergreen branch. That was all the Christmas decorating. Period. Nothing more. I loved it…the beautiful simplicity of it. And I remarked to my husband, “That’s how I am going to decorate next year.” He shook his head, looked at me like I had lost my mind and said, “Sure you are.”
It would be very hard to restrain myself to just that.
You know as well as my husband does that I kind of…um… go overboard during the Christmas season…just a little bit. 🙂 But I can’t help myself! This house just seems to be made for Christmas. All the cozy wood…the shiny brass…all the red. During December those of us that adore red find a way to put red ribbon on everything that doesn’t move! (Even the light fixtures. 🙂 )
And if there is space for a tree in a room, well you know I am going to find a way to put one there. I started out with an artificial one in the master bedroom, but it just didn’t look right to me. So I un-decorated it, moved it upstairs to my husband’s office, and bought a freshly cut live one to put in the bedroom…and then decorated it with red ribbon and bows. 🙂
And it’s not just the inside of this house that calls out for Christmas. We have pine and cedar trees all through the woods and 8 gigantic hollies in our yard that are covered with red berries, (and a bunch of other holly varieties too) so how can I possibly resist using all that fresh greenery in our Christmas decorating??
And when I go shopping, there are sooooo many beautiful holiday items in the stores. There doesn’t seem to be much red at other times of the year, but good grief you can find it in December!
My mother’s biggest shopping weakness is dishes, but pillows seem to be mine. I found that new lumbar one with the embroidered holly leaves and pinecones at TJMaxx. It had red patches that said Fa La La La La on it, but I snipped them off to simplify the design. (I thought the bed already had enough red on it. 🙂 )
With the shorter days, candles seem to make the rooms around here more cozy and add to the festive feel. 🙂
I tried out a little red rug in the bedroom just to see how a striped rug might look in there. I am thinking of buying a large one possibly in a black stripe soon. What do you think? Too much?
Here is the space again without it so you can compare.
Each year, I usually begin my Christmas decorating in the master bedroom, and that is where I started this year. When it was finished it was time to move on to…
the master bathroom with its red paneled antique cupboard.
And I just had to put some greenery on the cabinet by the bathtub.
in yet another red pot of course!
When the bathroom was finished, I moved on to the hall (that was at the top of the post.) After that it was on to the other bedrooms, and that is what will be in the next post for you to see. Gabbie and I will be waiting right here to see you then. 🙂 (This photo makes her look huge! She is heavy, but not that heavy.)
Until next time…