Home For The Holidays

Home for the Holidays - Life With Lorelai

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Home for the Holidays!

A little over a week ago, I showed you some of the decorations in my house as we are Getting Ready For Christmas. You can see them here. Today, I thought I would share more of the decorations in our home. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Our entry, full of fresh Christmas greens, offers a Christmasy aroma as you step through the door. Pine cones, garlands, jingle bells and snowflakes provide a warm and welcoming entry. The pot belly stove is there year round, but the addition of the old fashioned street lamp adds a beautiful glow.

Of course, what would Christmas be without Mistletoe?!? *Mwah!*

We love our little snow covered village. All the lights twinkling through the windows, and all the people milling about brings lots of wondering about their small town lives to mind.

And what do you think of our wonderful Mistletoe Stick? It hangs above the little town on a Snowflake hook so we can take it off and have great fun! I also have a couple of my snowflakes (like the ones hanging from my recessed lighting and other places around the house) hanging from the branch. I love the shadows the Mistletoe Stick creates.

This lovely Silver Filigree and Crystal Angel sits atop the crystal hutch in my living room. It is surrounded by garland and pearl lights. The lights are the same ones I used to decorate the little 4-foot tree in my mother’s room for her last Christmas. The poinsettia ribbon matches the bow work on my throw pillows.

My Great Grandmother’s wash basin and pitcher bedazzle with poinsettia and lighted garland. It sits above my mother’s hutch (probably my most favorite piece of furniture of hers) that is also festooned with the snowflakes.

Here is our beautiful fireplace, the focal point in our den. It’s a cozy place to sit and relax and listen to the firewood crackling as it warms the room and hearts.

Santa Claus, oil lamps, music boxes, and a large bowl with candle, Christmas greens and cranberries accompany the poinsettia garland running across the mantle. On the far right sits the snowman mug and plate just waiting for Christmas Eve to be filled with milk and cookies for Santa.

A basket filled with firewood (our version) and Christmas greens is tied with a gorgeous huge bow. These Christmas greens make the room smell wonderful.

You may have noticed that we have no stockings hung by the fireplace with care…

That’s because the stockings hang in the staircase in the middle of our home. They can be seen by visitors when they first arrive, and we can look at and wished upon the stockings all season long. My mother made needlepoint stockings for all of her grandchildren, they are amazing. The stockings get hung by the fireplace on Christmas Eve that way we can enjoy the fireplace without fear of destroying the stockings.

My kitchen is filled with childhood memories. Many of the Christmas arts and crafts my children created over the years hang happily in the heart of the home.

My formal dining room doesn’t usually get used for a large fancy holiday dinner. Our tradition is to have German lunch meats for our big celebration on Christmas Eve. The table is dressed with my mother’s hand cross-stitched tablecloth, and set for Christmastime with a special centerpiece crafted piece by piece. The red dishes used are Rory’s that she inherited this past year from her paternal grandmother.

Here’s a closer view of the centerpiece…

Pine candle holders surround a round sparkly gold box and have poinsettias, glittered baby’s breath,  lightly glittered pine cones, acrylic Christmas trees (salt and pepper shakers), and iridescent glass balls tucked around and about. On the gold box is placed my gold riser that is carved all the way around with angels playing musical instruments. At the top of the centerpiece my acrylic angel sounds the horn of glad tidings. I love the way all of the different pieces sparkle and shine in the candlelight.

I hope you have enjoyed your tour of our Home for the Holidays. We wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

Do you have any special things that have been passed down through the generations for Christmas decorating?

What are some of your family decorating traditions?

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Getting Ready For Christmas

Are You Getting Ready?

It has been a crazy couple of weeks on our stretch of the beach, but we’ll get into that a little later. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are getting ready for a wonderful holiday season.

Last month I made Autumn Pillow Covers for the throw pillows in my living room. At that time, I told you my plan was to use the covers for Christmas as well, with just a change of decorations.

So here it is… the Autumn Pillow Covers – Christmas Style!

My Christmas Pillow Covers!

Again, I removed the wire from the ribbon (I don’t want anybody to get poked). I used this ribbon to decorate other things around my house too. Don’t forget to check out the step-by-step tutorial, DIY – Pillow Covers!

It’s Christmastime!

I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas. I turn on the Christmas music and sing and dance around while I prepare my home the glorious festivities.

Here are a few of our decorations…

This display is on my stair landing and features a tree that Rory made in preschool.

I decided my new recessed lighting in the living room needed to be decorated for Christmas. It looks like a winter wonderland! I bought these adorable snowflakes as a six-pack at the 99-cents Only Store. Add a little elastic and some transparent thread and you have a simple and fun decoration.

I continued the snowflake theme in several other areas of our home…
including the guest bathroom.

This is one of my favorite displays. Father Christmas sitting in a sled with elves and sleigh bells. Fresh Christmas greens always add beauty and a wonderful scent all around your home; I love to use them.

If you want to see more Christmas decorating ideas, check out the first annual Christmas Home Tour series at The Road to Domestication. You will love it!

Are you a frugal decorator?

What are some of your favorite decorating tips?

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Sugar Plum’s For Halloween

It’s That Time Of Year Again!

Rory and I have been going out to the fair grounds for the annual Sugar Plum Boutique for years. In fact, Rory has picked-up a boyfriend over the years. He’s a bit bony, but she doesn’t mind.

We always have the best time walking around Sugar Plum and seeing all of the fun and creative things the vendors have to offer. So cute! I thought I would share some pictures as a sampling, and let you experience just a tiny part of this awesome boutique.

 

All kinds of Halloween fun!

 

 

They have the most amazing Haunted House display including a running Train!

Autumn Decorations and Jewelry

 

You can find things for other occasions too!

 

Rory’s Paris Dreams

 

Here’s something that I LOVED!

Sugar Plum also has a bunch of vendors that sell food and beverage items, but unfortunately for you, we were too busy sampling to take pictures!

We didn’t actually get to purchase anything this year, but it was a great mother/daughter outing. We always enjoy this event and have so much fun dreaming and planning our holiday decorations together. Thanks for joining in our fun.

Do you have any great boutiques where you live?

What traditions do you have?

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