Monday, December 14, 2015

Our Home at Christmas, part one


As usual, my blogging is lagging far behind and there is always so much I want to capture this time of year both in writing and photos.  So, even though I didn't intend to do multiple Christmas decorating posts, that's the way it's going to be.  I managed to snap a few pics last week, and will hopefully get the rest this week.  I have some cute packaging ideas for treats (at my rate, you'll likely be able to use them for next year...) but nonetheless, I promise to share!

December, while flying by, has been filled with some of my favorite things already.  I tagged along with Jimmy on a business trip to Boston a couple weeks ago.  I spent my days strolling through the city and Beacon Hill (picture perfect in December) and we spent our evenings dining at cozy, romantic little restaurants followed by long walks through our favorite city all lit up with twinkling lights.  Our first evening we walked arm in arm for several miles back to the hotel, down foggy cobblestone streets, past old cemeteries and quaint storefronts, while church bells chimed the time and it was all really quite magical.  I kept saying, how pretty is this?  Our new favorite spot for dinner was Aquitaine in the south end (still mourning the closing of Hamersley's).  When we came home it was luminaria (see here and here for old recaps of our village tradition the first Saturday of every December).  Then, last week we got to enjoy both Charlie's Christmas performance and Andrew's band concert at school - they were such wonderful nights!  Our tree is up!  Our home is decorated!  And even amidst all this Christmasy goodness, it doesn't quite feel like Christmas yet.  It could be the odd, warmer days we've been having (ahem, 62 degrees this past weekend!)  or maybe that my children are getting older and this time of year just feels different.  It's lower key, less fuss, maybe a little less anticipation too, even though Charlie still very much believes in Santa!  I can't quite put my finger on it, it's still my favorite time of year just a little more relaxed than it used to be.

  ^^ Just inside the front door, I hung two little preserved boxwood wreaths over our old English hunting prints.  I picked up 4 wreaths while in Boston and added gold satin ribbon. 
Ribbon tying tutorial in the works - you all asked, I listened. :) ^^

^^Outside everything is fresh (or at least was - warmer weather is making it a lot less likely that I'll leave the greenery up till the end of January like I usually do) ^^


^^ the temple bells ended up on the banister this year ^^

^^ a trio of small bells hang on the wreath over the mirror.  faux garland embellished with pinecones we've collected on walks^^


  

^^ fresh greens have been put in water inside little pewter pitchers ^^


^^ a small grocery store table top tree placed in my big blue and white bowl (from Wisteria) and decorated with gold pinecone ornaments I also picked up while in Boston.  A nice little keepsake to remember my Christmas visit there.  We did remove the nail connecting this tree to the plastic stand because it was not drinking water.  We made a fresh cut and then placed it back into the stand (anchored in oasis). ^^


^^ my mantle somewhat looks the same every year. ha. This year I kept all the greenery faux though making me much more likely to light the fire.  I'm so much happier without having to fish out and replace the dried out greenery. ^^


^^ I still love the basket, but it's been leaking this year.  I placed plastic under the little rug that it sits on so our floor will be protected.  I have plastic bags lining the inside of the basket too, so I'm not sure what is going on, it's not a perfect system.  


That's all for now..  Going off to run errands because our pantry is empty and hello... Christmas is in 11 days!!!!  




21 comments :

  1. Your home looks lovely, so serene and cozy and Christmasy! Would you mind sharing where you found the faux greenery around your mantle picture? I wouldn't have even known it wasn't real if you hadn't said. Everything I see in stores is so plastic and fake. I love the look of real, but, like you, I don't want dried up evergreens around my fire! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  2. thanks, jill! bontanica in mason has very realistic fake greenery - that's where our banister garland (which is 15 years old!!) came from. the ones on the mantel are a combination of hobby lobby and michaels - I took one garland strand and then added long branches to make it fuller and lots and lots of pinecones! :) merry christmas!

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  3. It all looks wonderful! I love that your home feels collected and cozy, but not cluttered. Working on finding that balance, especially with two little ones :)

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  4. Look as cozy as ever! Your home always inspires me : ) Finally feeling cold enough here for some foley house hot chocolate after school... but, we will probably just stop at starbucks!

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  5. Picture perfect and so many cute ideas!

    Jane x

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  6. Your Christmas home is one of my favorites!

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  7. I always feel like sipping a cup of hot chocolate when I tour your house at Christmas! So cozy, warm and elegant! I love the basket you have for your tree. Too bad it's leaking because it is so pretty. Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us and have a Merry Christmas!
    Shelley

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  8. Classic. Elegant. Simple. Love your style and am always inspired. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Absolutely stunning! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Absolutely stunning! Merry Christmas!

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  11. Absolutely stunning! Merry Christmas!

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  12. Lovely! Simple and elegant! I love your style!

    Any idea where I could get glass hurricanes similar to the ones you show here on your mantle?

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  13. Absolutely beautiful one of my favorites this year!!!

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  14. It is so beautiful, I love it all. i have a question about your technique. How do you hang the garland over the frame and how do you hang the wreath over the framed picture ? are you using a compact hook, wire, nail ? Also, how do you attach the pinecones to the garland ? these are basic questions but i have no clue.

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  15. Tessa, it is all so pretty. Questions about your technique. How do you hang the garland and the wreath from your framed art ? and how do you add the pinecones to the garland ?

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    1. Thanks Price! Wreath attached with suction cup wreath hook, pinecones wired in and some just tucked in.

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    2. Garland just draped over art. Mini boxwood wreaths are attached with wire to wire on back of art.

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  16. I hopped on your website this morning to get the gingerbread recipe and found a little home tour. Love it all! Hope you have a wonderful week.I will keep you posted on the cookies.

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  17. Everything is beautiful, Tessa. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I'm looking forward to your ribbon-tying tutorial. I need help in that area. The silk bows on those little wreaths in your entry are perfect!
    Claudia

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  18. Good morning! I am new to your blog. Your home is just lovely. May I please ask where your stockings are from? Thank you.

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  19. Thanks! Stockings are from Holiday and Crew.

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