Friday, January 1, 2016

Christmas 2015

Now that the holiday season is winding down, I have a little time to work on a few posts.  I love decorating for Christmas, and this year I had a deadline.  We were going out of town for a few days on December 1st and I wanted all the decor to be up and ready to go by the time I got back.  Here's a peak into the front rooms of the house.  In my next post, I will put up the pictures of the back rooms, which include the kitchen and family room.  Hope you enjoy!

Upon entering the front door, the first decorated tree stands in a fishbowl nestled in a corner by the stairs. The white ornaments were made by my mother, and this year I added different sized snowflakes and a white topper.  White mini lights were added to the banister, and I had them on a chaser setting, which made the room feel magical.
Santa and two white glittery reindeer sit under the tree.
My silver neo-classical vase holds a new silver and white Christmas arrangement.  The silver and gold deer are also new additions to this table vignette.
The stairs are always fun to decorate, and new white, wispy pine garland was added this year.
I added a swag over the inside front door.
Now on to the living room, which we refer to as the paaarlor, darling!
I found this great nativity which I placed on the console with my white angels and some greenery.
Here's a close-up...
On the bombay chest, I used my sleigh decorated with white ornaments, crystal grapes, and greenery.
It was fun decorating the dining room this year.  I used mostly silver, with a hint of red under the white tablecloth.  I again used my deer from Tuesday morning, my candelabras with silver glitzy candles, and various decor on the table.
I also put a full-sized tree in the corner.  I have been using a smaller tree, but decided to use this one.  It had a more formal look, with some burgundy-colored balls added in with the silver and crystal.
Our Christmas Eve dinner table was set for nine, but one cancelled, so I removed one place setting.  Before dinner, I removed the deer and the candelabras, as they were blocking our view, and I added a fresh arrangement using mostly greenery and berries from my yard with white carnations.
The fresh arrangement sat on my new tea cart before dinner.
I used white napkins trimmed in silver with a shimmery napkin ring, my Lunt sterling, and mirrored chargers. I used Opal Innocence china.
Wine glasses used were Navarre, and iced beverage glasses were crystal with a silver rim, not sure what they are.
A different angle...
And just a few items placed here and there.  Although it's hard to see, I added those mini lights around the decanters, which looked pretty reflecting in the silver tray at night.  When I purchase these, I now look for ones with timers, that will come on at the same time every evening and cut off after 4 or 6 hours.
I also used a vintage-style light around the base of my reindeer.  I used battery-operated votives this year on his antlers, because the dripping wax is not fun to clean.  You can purchase votives now that have timers as well.  Yay!!

I think that's enough for now!  Please come back and take a look at the kitchen and dining room decor. Have a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!!


  1. Ooh everything was gorgeous! Love your entryway area with the tree. That wall treatment is beautiful and really makes an impact. The dining table is stunning! Can't wait to see more!
    Happy New Year Betsy!

  2. You have an absolutely beautiful home and your decorations are stunning. Love your table, especially your silver-bordered napkins and napkin rings. Thank you for sharing such a lovely space. Bravo! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch