Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Around the House

I'm posting a few pics of our Christmas decorations this year, as a reminder for future years. I've enjoyed being able to look back and see what worked -- and what did not! The baker's rack in the breakfast area is always fun to decorate.  I usually like a whimsical theme for this area, and this one includes polka dots and candy -- sure to be the favorite of my grandchildren when they arrive. 

This year I copied an idea seen on Pinterest for using small  houses, figures, and trees to create a mini Christmas village in my covered trifle bowl.
Here's a closer look:
This counted cross-stitch piece is old, but I still embrace the sentiment.  We are blessed to have both our children and their families with us this Christmas, as well as my 91 year old father-in-law!
Moving on to the living room, I used my late mother-in-law's Father Christmas collection on the bookshelves.  Last year, my sister found the little plates featuring Father Christmas at Kroger and sent them to me, and I think they are the perfect complement to all the figurines.
The mantel I kept simple, adding candy-striped candles and berry candle rings and tying ribbon around the topiaries.  Since taking this photo, my husband surprised me with a large lighted faux boxwood wreath, so we replaced the bluebonnet painting with the wreath.
I set up another mini Christmas village on a side table, using the tray from my silver service as a base.  This was a fun way to "play" without setting up a whole village.

The photo below appeared in my previous post, but I'm including it here, too.  I've had the horn candlesticks for eons, and I made the peppermint topiary several years ago.  The Norfolk Island pine spends most of the year outdoors, but it's inside for the winter, so is decorated with a few red bows.
Thank you for stopping by!  I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas with friends and family!


  1. Tricia, it looks festive at your home. Love the cross stitch you did, and all you Santa figures look so cute among your books on the shelves. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas. ~ Sarah

  2. Tricia, You home is so lovely! The Father Christmas collection is especially beautiful and the plates are a perfect accompaniment. You are truly blessed to have the entire family home for Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas, xoxoGinger

  3. How lovely that you could have the family around for Christmas. Your decorations are a delight, festive, warm and welcoming.

  4. I have been so absent in blog land that I am just getting around to visit a lot of blogs. I don't know if you'll see this, but I loved your baker's rack and pinned it for next year! I have one in my kitchen that I like to make whimsical too, and I am in need of new inspiration.

    I also loved that red and white Christmas table in a previous post, and my favorite thing of all is the way you took the beautiful vintage dishes and gave them that modern twist with the purple linens. I just LOVE that.