Two Story Cottage

2015 Christmas Tour

Dear Friends,

The Christmas boxes are stacked in the garage and the house is finished.  I chose to step away and call it done despite more ideas, the desire to further tweak, and plenty of imperfection.  I’m thoroughly enjoying a festive house and I know the rest of the family is.  I love how warm and cozy things feel this time of year.

front_door

My camera battery was DOA this morning so I did my best with my ancient point and shoot. The clarity is lacking but I’m actually kind of glad it happened because I know I’m going into Christmas with a fully charged, ready to go camera.

It is only our second Christmas in this home so I was still in the mode of figuring out placement; however, I’m feeling much more settled this year.  Our tree is in the dining room and I don’t mind at all.  We can see it from outside which is nice and I’m not worrying about the kids crashing into it.

tree_dining_room

The family room is full of color and plenty of green.  Each year I get one new thing and this year it was the JOY letters from Ballard Designs.  As soon as I saw they were a Bring Home Ballard item, my decision was made.

family_room_christmas

joy

Lacey and I had fun making the ornament garland on the mantel.   We put the ornaments on a string one by one and the garland was complete.  You can twist and turn them a bit but it is no different than stringing popcorn or beads.  I had a big 100+ box of ornaments that I bought last year at Target that gave us just enough.  I supplemented it with magnolia leaves, pinecones, and a couple of birds.

ball_ornament_garland colorful_garland ornament_garland

Our neighborhood common space is full of magnolias, so this year I used a lot of cuttings for our garlands and greenery.  Picture me sneaking around at night with my scissors and flashlight and you get the idea.

 dining_table_christmas  pine_magnolia_table

artichokes_xmas

stair_garland

I decorated the kitchen a little more than usual.  Still no new backsplash, but check out my latest way to cover the fruit centerpiece.  Don’t you love that art piece by Salted Words?  It has really helped to change the overall feel.

kitchen_christmas

cotton_christmas

Our advent trees are an important tradition.  The kids are at an age where they LOVE all of the daily Christmas things that we do.  Finding Ernie the Elf is at the top of the list of course.

advent_trees

This year I tried to hit most tabletops and vignette spots without it being too much.  I stuck to mostly bigger things and grouped as best as I could.  It is so easy to have so many little things and I am bothered by a lot of clutter.

birds_glass christmas_vignette foyer_christmas ornaments_brown

Not pictured -we broke tradition this year and bought a fake tree for the corner upstairs.  We will continue with our fresh tree downstairs but now the kids have a spot that is just for them.  They loaded up the tree with ornaments and it was nice to have less on our main tree. I let them have free reign with little expectation, but I find I’m enjoying it a lot more than I imagined.  The twinkling lights help so much on the dark mornings.

I’m gearing up for the next week of chaos.  We have a zillion things on the schedule with school, work, and parties before school gets out.  So far,  we haven’t been crazed but the last week before break always brings serious intensity.   After next week, we have almost a week until Christmas so it will be nice to recover a bit and enjoy the time leading up to the big day.

Are you finished decorating?  Or calling it done like I am?

-Erin

Comments

  1. [url=http://www.newkakaku.net/guz1.htm]最近、ティソ訪ねたジュネーヴの時計世界は、私たちと共有専門を女性の設計の新品。ティソほとんど定価1000ドル以下、五六桁の価格-製品価格から150ドルから、ちょうど適オフィスレディの気持ち、彼女たちに付き添って過ごす歳月に代えることができる自分が学生の旧表し、異なる場合デザインのものを購入する。[/url]

  2. [url=http://www.gowatchs.com/brand-213.html]有効な対応を今回の世界的な金融と経済危機、スイス各界の去年は行動して。政府は前後して2度経済振興計画を発表し、税収の手段を通じて呼びかけと励まし社会の各分野の減少リストラ;経済界を積極的に対応し、勤務時間短くコスト削減の方式で、努力して就業市場の安定を維持する。昨年12月、スイス300社以上の企業のスタッフの労働時間短縮、今年1月にこのような企業が増えた1200家。スーパーコピーバッグ労働時間の短縮と同時に、大多数の企業が従業員を育成して、未来への就職市場は不測の風雲。最近の一項の経済調査によると、これまでの半分以上の従業員を保留スイスたい仕事で減少の給与、しかもしっかり職場の変化の準備。[/url]

  3. [url=http://www.eevance.com/News/d9caa6e02c990b0a.html]これは2010年に自身への機械的なセイコースポーツ腕時計です。純粋に機械的な春のドライブに対する米国に拠点を置くアナンタ腕時計運動を代表して、この2010年の自動巻きクロノグラフ参照srq009チタンに対する新しい。私が最初にこれを見たとき、私はそれを見て、限定版になるということをかなり確信しました、しかし、それはそうチタンアナンタ自動セイコーのハイエンドの世界市場の自動の非常にスポーティなバージョンを提供している普通のコレクションの一部です。スーパーコピー時計ブランド私はそれに私の手を得て、それをチェックすることができました、そこで、それはかなりセクシーな探してそれの画像をここで見ることができます。私が言うことができることはかなり素晴らしいですが、炭素繊維ダイヤル腕時計は、私が好きである![/url]

  4. [url=http://www.brandiwc.com/brand-super-3-copy-0.html]隣に立っているが、最も確かでない影のウブロウブロ1、2はその前作より大きく、おそらくもっと野心的です。 ミュウミュウバッグスーパーコピー それはあまりにもきれいなカットを提案するウブロ2」の優れた「ウブロ1に対して、むしろこの新しい造りサイト展開をウブロ彼らが適当と考えて、彼らの建物の責任を分割するのを可能にします。[/url]

  5. [url=http://www.gowatchs.com/brand-167.html]これは北京の札を2008オリンピック記念で創作の1項のエナメル陀のはずみ車の腕時計、限定30匹。パネライ時計コピーエナメル文字板の上半分は直径0 . 04ミリ黄金素子制のオリンピックスタジアム――鳥の巢、鳥の巢の上に2匹のリュウキュウツバメを振るうように立て、ささやく、鳥の巢の下部の両側の各何枝芽が初の春柳の風に揺れて。柳に陀はずみ車の中華霊燕羽ばたく、腕時計を添えた多くの情趣。全体の時計はデザインの調和、生き生きして、エナメル文字盤のような一枚の水おしろいスケッチを含んで、鳥の巢の春暁のロマンチックな感情。[/url]

  6. Ar1&;#82e7nt these great?! I am guilty of them all! Who could have ever imagined this 20 years ago? I loved that they make you laugh as you read them!

  7. Hello admin i see you don’t earn on your blog.
    You can earn additional money easily, search on youtube for:
    how to earn selling articles

  8. O que se passa , sua bom n. sobre mídia impressa, todos nós sabe media é um enorme fonte de informações .

Speak Your Mind

*

Designed by Chena Designs Development and Hosting by Evenpar Solutions