My Home For The Holidays

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. It would be THE favorite sans the snow and ice and freezing temperatures, but thats not going to happen unless I move.
Also. I wish Christmas would last a little bit longer.
Around my house, we don't put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving unless the hubs is feeling extra generous that year. This year, we waited until Thanksgiving evening - which I think is becoming a tradition -one of the few in our family -so, I'll take it.
But with so much effort going into decorating - more than any season or holiday throughout the year- its too bad it only last for a month or so.
Its the small touches that make the biggest difference.

This year I tried to add a little whimsy. I used mostly browns and burnt oranges, but I had to throw in a little traditional white and red.
Here's our living room. I heart this space now. Its so cozy and magical.

Our beautiful entryway! I strung garland and then hid some wreaths between them.
This look is to die for at night when the garland is all lit up.
Our mantel.
I added in some natural and vintage touches a little more than normal this year.

The vases on the mantle are made out of cedar planks.
The frame was found at an estate sale years ago.
I didn't have to paint it at all. It went perfectly with everything just the way it was! 
And of course, nothing makes my house a home during the holidays more than what I see laying here every night:

and yes...he gets waaaaay to close for comfort.
The other day his head was laying up against the glass and he didn't care.
I think its the boiling frog syndrome.
Don't worry.....I turn it off when it gets out of control :)

Be sure to visit:
Hooked on Houses for a holiday house tour party!


  1. I love your house! It's so warm and welcoming! And your dog is adorable in front of the fire!

  2. That looks great - elegant but still cozy and inviting. And I love the dog lounging in front of the fire - what a cutie!


happy DIYing! Alicia