Merry 1st Day after Christmas!!

Okay, okay so lofty goals!!!!!………..I did not keep up with my 12 Days of Christmas concept. I was caught up in the prep and festivities as I hope most of you have been. We had a wonderful Christmas filled with laughter, good food and love.

I have a few more things to share and since I don’t typically take the Christmas decorations down until after the new year. I still have some time right?

Here is our dining room all decked for Christmas.

I’m not sure if it’s the traditional furniture, the china or what but this rooms tends to lean a little more glitter and sparkle than rustic.



For the table settings I left the buffalo checked “runners” on the table. It is actually just folded fabric. Next I layered the center of the table with a length of sparkly garland, a few wrapped packages, ornaments and of course candles.

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IMG_1050For the place settings I started with red chargers and layered on a gold branch before placing my ribbon patterned red, green and gold china dinner plates.


I purchased the salad plates from AtHome stores and then topped each with a gold tipped pinecone.


Each of the salad plates had a different pattern and just a hint of red.




I styled the buffet one way.


I’ve had the little topiaries for years. Just gave the bases a quick coat of white spray paint and then a light coating to the greenery to give it a “snowy” effect. I really like to use what I have and paint is usually my go to.

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Then I received a sign I’d won in an IG contest from @homespunsigns and of course had to restyle.


I think it is just what the dining room was missing. The candlesticks were a goodwill find in a none too attractive finish. I gave them a coat of soft grey chalk paint with a white wash and love the way they turned out.


The bar cart was not neglected.


Kept it simple by propping a wreath, wiring a garland to the frame and adding some glass ornaments and artificial pears.


I hope you all had a most blessed Christmas. I’ll be sorry to put away the sparkle. It adds so much whimsy and magic to our homes.



All the best,


More of my Christmas Home Tour-days 5 and 6

Are you feeling a little crunched for time like me? Today was pretty productive. But I’m still behind. I haven’t baked a single cookie. Not one. I do have a few Christmas presents wrapped. I hope you’re all doing better than me.

I did add a few Christmas touches to the master bedroom. I kept it pretty simple by changing out some of the pillows and adding some colorful throws.



I threw a bit of garland over the mirror that is above the bed. Simple.


And then of course, I like to restyle the little sitting area to one side of the room.


I wrapped a scarf around the tree base. No ornaments on the tree. Just lights and some pretty plaid ribbon.



If you look at this room in my post from the fall tour, you can see how just a few subtle changes really can change the look and feel of a room.




Next up is the mantle in the family room. I love decorating the mantle. So many options and so much fun during the holidays.


I wanted to keep the mantle uncluttered. So I just added some fresh cedar and kept a few of the candles, then added the garland. I wanted to do something different with the stockings so I gave this stick a little white wash to resemble birch and hung it from twine.



IMG_0996Some birch wood logs flank one side of the fireplace.


A candle and a couple of wrapped boxes (not real presents 🙂 placed on the other side.


The stockings were a gift to each of my children soon after their births. My mother cross stitched a different one for each of them.

Soon it will be Christmas Day!!

Take care,