No holiday decorations allowed!
These were the exact words of our stager as we began the process of de-cluttering our house to put on the market.
So while Thanksgiving banners waved gaily on our street, our house had nary a wreath upon her door. And when neighboring halls began their be-decking, our house stood naked of outward adornment. Naked yes, but confident in her own Southern charm to bring a quick sale.
Was she right? Ahhh, that will be a post for another day, because today is all about Christmas.
When you move from one house to another it can take awhile to settle into your new home’s style, especially when moving from a casual Pacific Northwest lake house to a grand Southern Colonial. Last year I found my home’s sweet spot and came to realize that this home, she was MADE for festive!
Little did I know, as my joyous heart took in each glittering detail, that I’d never again decorate this Southern beauty for Christmas – you can read the reason for that HERE – so good thing for me that I took a lot of photos to remember her by. These are pictures I’ve never shared here on the blog before. They are the more formal areas of my home, the entry hall, dining, and living rooms, all decked out in their Christmas finery.
The 2016 Pottery Barn catalog was my inspiration for creating a vignette of wintry trees.
I use preserved boxwood wreaths throughout my home at Christmas. Would you believe I’ve had these for five years and they still look like new? You can check them out HERE: Preserved Boxwood Round Wreath – 6 inch (Set of 6)
Fresh greens are distributed wherever I can find an empty space to place them. We aren’t minimalist for Christmas and, in fact, greens placed in strategic places can keep you from having to dust during the holidays!
This is my glittery nutcracker collection. The two on the right were purchased. The one on the left received a Thrift Store Makeover – complete tutorial HERE.
I adore the Magnolia trees in the South. This Magnolia swag was embellished with greens and feathers. Best Price: Hobby Lobby.
This is a clock I purchased this past year and she is on sale for a great price right HERE: Creative Co-Op Wall Clock with Distressed Wood Finish, 52-Inch
Does anyone else buy Christmas gifts for themselves? 😉
Our tree is a collection of ornaments we’ve collected over many years, many of them handmade. Last year I added these turquoise blue mercury glass ornaments. My home? She told me they were the perfect addition.
You can find them HERE: Turquoise Blue, (Set of 6) – Vintage-Style Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments
This blue velvet Santa was a gift from my sweet sister last year 🙂
Finally, the last Christmas decoration placed, the piece de resistance, our new pearly, glittery star tree topper. I searched high and low for the perfect star, so when I finally found this one I was thrilled!
You can find one like it (ON SALE) right HERE: Kurt Adler 13.5-inch Star Treetop with Ivory Pearls and Platinum Glass Glitter
SIGH . . . Looking back on these pictures I can almost feel myself right there, amidst the glitter and shine, and it makes me feel incredibly happy and thankful for the time we’ve had in this, our grand Southern Colonial home. It has been a wonderful place in which to celebrate Christmas.
Next year I’ll be a house whisperer, trying to figure out how to decorate a whole new house, and hoping she’ll speak and share her secrets with me.
I know I haven’t been writing much but I have a few more Christmas posts up my sleeve so be on the lookout. In the meantime, wherever you find yourself this Christmas season, I wish you great JOY.
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