Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas Inside

I don’t do alot of Christmas decorating. I’ll be honest I’m just not a fan of decorating the inside of my house for Christmas, I mean its just alot of stuff to store for 11 months out of the year! I tend to keep things simple and to use things that have meaning or a story behind it.

The first Christmas tradition is that my daughter and I always buy a Christmas ornament for the tree each year. This year we actually got 4.

Sloan picked out this wooden bird from Silver in the City. A cool little shop on Mass Avenue near downtown Indy.

Go figure I picked out a handmade owl from Silver in the City. Cute eh!

Then the next 2 were my daughter’s idea, its an H and N for our baby girls we lost this summer, who are obviously still very much in our hearts.

Our tree is a collection of our yearly ornament tradition, handmade ornaments my daughter made at school and 11 ornaments with Sloan’s photo in it for each year to reflect her age! We always get a real tree every year even though each year I think we should buy an artificial one when Christmas is over but by then I’m done with Christmas!

The kitchen is pretty simple, I hang my Williams Sonoma red and green towels on the stove. Here’s a secret, I’ve been using WS towels when I was young and broke and the only thing I could afford in the store were the towels. I decorated the table with our Williams Sonoma hot chocolate mugs and I bring out my Granny Kaye’s salad bowl and fill it with my Christmas cookie cutters, then on the window I put pinecones in my pots and glued some berries on them.

In my dining room I put my Christmas dishes in the hutch and line the back of the hutch with some Christmas fabric, change out the chandelier candles to red and set the table with my dishes and some sparkly pinecones Sloan made for me more then 5 years ago.

The last room I did was the living room, of course that’s where the tree is but I also decorated the mantle with fresh evergreen and our stockings and some candles, a side table with our advent Calendar that is my daughter’s favorite part of Christmas and a snowman I painted last year at the local pottery place and a Santa key that my daughter thought Santa used in a previous house when we had no fireplace.

I really think its the personal stuff that makes the holidays mean something and the very reason I started this blog, its about making your house into a home!

Oh wait, I have to show off my husband’s handy work outside with his lights! Great job honey!!


Tuesday’s Inspiration

I love both of these photos today! I am a sucker for any and all things pretty and I’m one of those people who enjoys wrapping presents! Just ask my daughter, we spent almost an hour at the craft store picking out just the right paper for my gifts this year!

(photos Nice Package)

Which makes me wonder, do you spend time making your presents look pretty or do you think, why bother they are just going to rip it off and throw it away anyways???

Monday’s Inspiration

This weekend we finished up decorating the inside of the house and Drew put the lights up outside. I’m glad Drew got the lights up yesterday because we woke up to a blanket of snow this morning!

This table was done by Eddie Ross! I love him! He can set a table like no one’s business!

So let me ask you do you decorate your table for Christmas?

Outdoor Christmas Decorating

I finished my part of the Christmas decorating today, on Saturday Drew will put up our lights and we’ll be officially done. I’m also hoping the rest of inside of the house will be done too.

The first photo are 2 wreaths made of plain live wreaths, grapevine wreaths and then Christmas ornaments that I attached.

Then is a basket I put on my table on my side patio. I just used garland and I got out my handy glue gun and glued red ornaments and placed it in the basket.

This is the finished side patio.

At the front of the house besides the swag on the door I put together an urn and dressed up my favorite owl (a gift from my daughter and Drew).

A close up of the urn. It turned out to be a pain, it kept falling over so I had to re do it and place bricks inside of it so it will stay in place. There is just a mixture of Christmas greenery, pinecones, ornaments, twigs and berries in it.

The finished front door.

Bring on the lights!

Thursday’s Inspiration

I have been searching for a nativity scene for years and they are either too cheesy or too expensive. I finally find one and I love it but..

go figure it’s sold out! Isn’t it only December 3rd? Oh well hopefully next year Pottery Barn will have it again! Of course I probably should still go to Pottery Barn this weekend just to make sure!

Wednesday’s Inspiration

The meaning of a picture is worth a thousand words!

(Photo Southern Living)

How beautiful is this?

Tuesday’s Inspiration

I’m finishing up on the outside decorating today so my inspiration is all things outside that are sparkly and pretty. I’m also doing a project similar to the one in my inspiration photo today. (Ok not really but there is an urn involved.) I can only hope mine turns out half as good as Martha’s! (Ok, Martha’s assistants!)

(Photo by Martha Stewart)