Getting It On

I stubbornly wait until early December to begin decorating for the holidays.

ChandeliersNow I don’t have a chandelier to embellish

Christmas decoror a mantle to drape with greenery

IMG_1457or a bannister to festoon.

So, what is a girl to do?  First, I go to the closet and pull out the wreaths that I use year after year.  They suit the house, and as long as they hang together I see no reason to change them.   Looking at them, can you guess that the traditional reds and greens are not what you’ll find inside?  No, here the palette is slightly off but still reflective of the season.

Next is my favorite thing: creating a centerpiece for the dining room table.  I should tell you that these days I don’t buy much new but use favorite familiar pieces in different ways.  These metal holly leafed trees are a good place to start, and the cranberry table runner is a perfect background.  

What makes the runner special are the details at the ends.  I’m a sucker for tucks.

I was delighted to find the same color candles at Michael’s when I went there to pick up some gift boxes.  They are in brass candlesticks that were given us as a wedding present so many years ago. It took a little Brasso to get them gleaming again.  The ribbons were an afterthought, and not being able to decide which to use, I used them both.  How’s that for not being able to make up your mind?

I look for any opportunity to use bells from my extensive collection.  Most are clear glass and crystal with a few colored ones thrown in.  While the ones here are not the same color, they are close enough and I like their differing textures.

IMG_0081Well, this is the beginning.  Next I will choose a few more favorite things to sprinkle through the house.  I like the picking and choosing which makes everything seem new again.

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19 thoughts on “Getting It On

  1. Oh, Linda – it’s simply magical! I love the table runner with RED all over the place. Your stairway must have taken forever to decorate filled with holiday love and celebratory design. It’s all one beautiful job, my friend.

    1. The first 3 photos are were taken at other folks houses. My decor is much simpler.

  2. Oh I am a fan of tucks too…love them on clothes and linens…and whoa..what elaborate chandy and mantel decor! And, just love your beautiful bell collection!!!

  3. I don’t get started until December either Linda, and this year especially I felt like I was so far behind! I like to go slow, and like you said, pick and choose… the bells are beautiful, what a unique and special collection!

  4. Your skills for festive ornamentation truly amaze me! The extent of my decorations include a single metallic tree in the corner. You put my place to shame!

  5. Teresa S. Fowler December 5, 2017 — 3:25 pm

    Love the tablescape, especially the holly trees. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  6. entertainingwomen December 5, 2017 — 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness. You just made me realize that I totally forgot about my cranberry bell collection! Now if I can remember where I stored them! The search begins. CherryKay

    1. Find them and then find a place to leave them out. Beauty should not be wasted!

    2. Thanks and the same to you. Have you had anything done to knee?

  7. Heck, yes, use both ribbons!!! That’s slick!!! I love the look of 2 different ribbons used in decorating. It has a fresh look. And I agree that if something is working for you, why change it? Your entry door wreaths are gorgeous and welcoming. I can’t imagine going out and buying all new stuff every year! I buy a few little things that catch my eye, but the staples remain the same but used in different areas or different ways. Have fun with your decorating, and enjoy the season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    1. I have enjoyed paring down and keeping only those things that have some meaning for me. These days I find I’m getting more and more into simple.

  8. I like the picking and choosing what to use! Your style fits me, I no longer buy like I used to…too much to store! Your wreaths still look new and I love your dining room table centerpiece!

    1. What is important to me these days is having only those things that have some meaning to me. I had a garage sale last weekend and got rid of even more unnecessary stuff and I’m working real hard not to replace any of it!

  9. Hi Linda, I didn’t know that you have a bell collection! I see all glass ones here and would love to know more about how you came to collect them and what the others are like! I use a burgundy red in my house rather than the traditional red because it works better with my decor, but I’m always happy to see the bright reds and greens in this festive season. Are you still here up North or have you flown New England for the warmer climes already? Snow is predicted for later this week and I’m wishing I was in warmer lands too. Linda

    1. I started collecting bells 40 years ago and I love each one. I’ve stayed with glass and crystal, no metal or painted ones except for one or two given to me. I’m hoping someone in my family will find them to be treasures worth keeping. I’m in and out of Houston until late May. We are going to Maine over the holidays and hoping for snow. BTW, it’s great to hear from you.

  10. Innovative, Creative, and Frugal!

    1. Thanks. These days less is more for me.

      1. I fully understand! Each year we do less! And of course, the hearth, and winding staircase are also missing! 🙂

  11. Lovely…..and inviting….so many details to browse through…..

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