Thursday, December 29, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Hello, friends!

I have been terrible about posting lately, obviously (thanks, grad school), but wanted to stop in to share some of my favorite parts of our Christmas.

Before I do, though, I should clarify that we've only been Christmas-ready here since the beginning of the month.  You know I love decorating for Christmas, but I just can't bring myself to do it before December.  We host Thanksgiving here, and I really believe in letting that holiday breathe on its own.  I love leaving out our fall decor for that day, so we did just that:

So, now, I'm currently sitting by the fire, on the couch, in pjs, snuggled up with a sleeping pup.  Welcome to that weird time between Christmas and New Year's Eve, right?  Gosh, I love these days.

As you might have seen me mention on Instagram, we took a quick trip to Freeport a couple of weeks ago.  I really loved everything that LLBean had done to decorate for the holidays.  It was really so beautiful there!

There was even a Northern Lights dome to check out. So cool!

Yes, this was complete with REINDEER.  I was smitten.  Just look at them!

Here at home, the tree is glowing (Yes, still.  I'm in love).

So is my little ceramic village.  This year,  I added a couple of houses to the neighborhood, and really like the combination of some white with the copper.

The dining room is all decked out, too! I am so happy with how this turned out. The taller tree used to be my grampa's, and the lighted ceramic tree used to be my mom's.

And, a little chalkboard update...

Of course the dining room table decor is corralled in a copper tray. What else would I use? Also, I might be late to this party, but just in case it's helpful to some of you, epsom salt makes the best fake snow!

I really liked these snowflakes in the windows last year, so I hung them back up.  They are such pretty, natural-colored winter decor, and I love that! 

Lastly, a little living room action: 

In other news, we had a really wonderful Christmas.  It's a day I look forward to, seeing both of our families and spending the day catching up, enjoying time together, and without much agenda.

I am totally in love with my bear leggings, so of course we (well, the girls) had to all wear them on Christmas morning!

A white Christmas is always so beautiful, so I really wanted to snap a few quick photos outside, too.

Also, one friend asked if I had DIYed any of our Christmas gifts again this year, and I realized I hadn't shared anything yet!  We did buy some balsam fir potpourri at the Freeport LLBean during the summer, and I took advantage of some spare time during Thanksgiving break to sew up these sachet sets.  Let me tell you, they smell totally amazing!  This blog has some great instructions if you'd like to make some, too! 

I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday, too! We're snowed in as I type, slated to get more than a foot of snow.  I'm pretty okay with that, to be honest!  What are all of you up to this week?


  1. Wow, your d├ęcor is amazing! The photos could be part of a home decorating magazine. Glad to hear that you are enjoying some much needed time off!

    1. Lori, you are too sweet! I love decorating for Christmas. I always think it's the prettiest decor of the year. I hope you are enjoying your well-deserved break!

  2. It's great to see a post from you, girly! You always have the best decor pieces and seasonal decorations and your Christmas ones are perfect!

    Your little village is especially cute!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! I really, really love decorating for Christmas. Also, I really like that little village, too! It's my favorite!

  3. Your home and decor are lovely... not sure where you find the time!? I agree that waiting till December to decorate for Christmas makes it much more special and dear. Our tree will come down on New Year's ( Though my family tradition is Jan 6 Epiphany.. but I have time before now before back to work on Tues!) The Santas are put away and out come the snow-people! Happy New Year to you,Liz !

    1. Gosh, Patrice, what a sweet comment! Thank you so much! Our tree is still up, but everything else is wintery. I really love decorating, and finding new ways to arrange things I already own! :)


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