Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays

I want to take the opportunity to wish my followers a joyous holiday.  Relax and take in the festive atmosphere for soon you will be packing away all those ornaments, garlands, and decorative holiday finery.  And so, from my house to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Just for the record, this is what my house looks like for Christmas 2011.

I switched out the shades on the chandelier from burnt orange to silver.  I had some in black so I sprayed them silver for the season.

The paper around the candle holder was faded so I rewrapped them in silver and turquoise from a wallpaper book I had on hand.

 I just realized my pictures are a little on the dark side so I started searching for better ones.  I'll insert one here.

I added a few ornaments and called it complete.

White candles and glass holders was all the fire box needed.

I kept the mantel really simple with three white pillar candles and a little silver sparkle at the bases.

Symmetry defined the buffet with silver bells, and matching sprays of white twigs and turquoise sprigs.

The mercury glass containers have been used over and over again throughout this year.  The reindeer ornament was from an after Christmas sale a couple years ago.

The table itself was decided by things I already had.  Dishes in teal and winter white, silver chargers, matching napkins and some glittery napkin rings all complemented the silver and turquoise decorations.

Glittery Christmas trees from last year were held standing by a white votive light.  The silver ball at the top of the stem on the goblets picked up reflective sparkle as well.

Nothing elaborate on the center of the table allows for eye contact and lively conversation.  I don't always follow that rule but I did this time.

I wish I had a really good picture of my tree but it's hard to capture it's true sparkle.  I have wanted a silver tree for some time so when I saw this one at a nursery I snatched it up.  It was the last day of a "going out of business/retiring sale" and I bought it for $25.  It was originally marked $349.  

Several of the light strands were not working so I removed all the lights.  (not an easy feat but I won't go into the time and misery involved.  I'm putting that behind me.)

I liked it in turquoise and silver with a few crystal dangling ornaments but...

I put it up before Thanksgiving so by the time December came, I was ready for another color.

So I inserted a little lime green here and there.

Sticking with those colors, I added just a bit of decoration to the living room.

This candleir over the coffee table begs to be dolled up and it is an easy way to change the room for the season.

This seemed to be just enough for this room.

A window vignette in white...

was a nod to Christmas for this corner of the kitchen.

And just a little addition to the year round display.

And that is it for 2011.  May all your desires manifest in 2012.


  1. Gorgeous photos and displays.
    Happy Holidays to you.

  2. Lovely arrangements for Christmas. I like the simple look; your rooms are dignified and gorgeous.