Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cozy At Christmas

Welcome to the Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour 

hosted by Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles.

Thanks for dropping by our little beach cottage.

It's a beautiful day in Southern California, the Dutch door is open so come on in.

Our cottage is small and our entry is the perfect spot to add a tree without feeling overwhelmed.

Of course, that tree needs to be tall & skinny so a pencil tree works best.

Weeds from the garden look festive adorned with berries and ribbon.

I'm using red all through the house this Christmas.

The clocks have been on the shelf in the dining room for months, but they look Christmasy with the simple addition of greenery and gingham.

One of the few purchases I made for Christmas decorating this year was the green metal basket on the table.

I spotted it in a favorite shop and knew it would be perfect for holding my glass ornaments.

I warned you that there would be a lot of red!

I went through my cupboards to find anything red & white

and discovered many long forgotten items.

White slipcovers make holiday decorating easy - I just swapped the white pillows on the sofa with red pillows that used to be on the dining room window seat.

Adding greenery and a few ornaments quickly gives an existing vignette holiday flair.

And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without my first Maileg pixie Olaf -he's the one who started my Maileg addiction.

As you can see,

my childish side comes out at Christmas

and fortunately Steve puts up with my silliness.

The mint green of my old pie safe is perfect for Christmas decor

and I had spent way too much time styling it with a spool of cloth ribbon I found the other day.

I replaced an aqua bench with a bright green one for Christmas in the guest room.

and added the polka dot quilt.

It's amazing the difference in the room just by changing the accents from aqua to red.

I have always used this metal Christmas tree outside, but this year it's in the guest room.

I had no idea where I was going with my decorations on the old door in the guest room, but I love how it turned out.

I had a lot fun and used my creativity in decorating the guest room.

  I printed sheet music from the internet and attached it to an old clipboard.

I found a roll of narrow butcher paper (left over from my mother in-law's art supplies) in the garage and used it to create a banner for an old wooden spool.

After painting a yellow metal pitcher white, I realized I was all out of greenery so I cut branches from a neighbor's tree that hangs over into our yard.

I got creative with our bedroom as well.

Last night I gathered together all the little bells I could find and watched a movie while I strung them to make a garland.

The boss has already spoken to me about how impractical it is to have the garland across the doors, but who needs to be practical!

When Steve made me the headboard a few months ago, my first thought was how fun it would be to decorate for Christmas.

 I wonder what his reaction would be if I hung the bells on the headboard.

Stars and hearts made last Christmas out of drop cloth are quiet and don't bother anyone sleeping.

You would think that after 12 days of decorating, I would be finished, but I still have to decorate the garden.

 I guess you'll have to come back next week when I am joining Jann of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for the Creating Christmas Link Party - start working on your post so you can join in.

But first, you need to visit the other homes on the tour.

Let's Add Sprinkles

Hyacinths for the Soul

Southern Daydreams

Brookhollow Lane

At Home With Jemma

My Heart Lives Here

The B Farm

Botanic Bleu

Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

Ashtree Cottage

Sweet Nothings

At Rivercrest Cottage

Opulent Cottage

Decor to Adore

The Dedicated House

Bluesky Kitchen

Fern Creek Cottage

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Color, Sparkle and a Bit of Whimsy

It took me 6 days to decorate the house for Christmas.

Much of today was spent taking photographs for the two Holiday Blog Tours am joining.

But, I don't want to share any of those photos until the parties

so I made a second tour of the house capturing portions of vignettes or rooms.

I noticed that I am drawn to sparkle and shine this year -

bright shiny ornaments

appear in at least one spot in every room.

I found a beautiful glass bulb and bead garland at a local shop that was a perfect gift for my sister

and I had to go back and buy one for myself.

In addition to sparkle,

you can see that red & white

are the dominant colors

 in the house right now.

This little display in the guest room

will easily segue into Valentines Day by simply swapping the Christmas postcard with a Valentine.

As I was shooting small details rather than the "big picture"

another thing I noticed

was the childlike nature

of Christmas at our house.

Color, sparkle and a bit of whimsy

definitely describe the decorations this year.

After a morning at the spa, Lulu thought she fit right in with the decorations.

She might even be mistaken for a stuffed bear.

Be sure to stop by next week for the Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour.

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