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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Hydrangea Inspiration

hydrangea_macrophylla_-_hortensia_hydrangeaI am amazed by how the colors on this one hydrangea bush change from first blooms to last.  They start out pink, change to blue and by now they become a showcase for a plethora of wonderful hues.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was impossible to resist cutting some of the blooms and arranging them in square vases lined with hosta leaves.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey were perfect backdrops for a few of my cranberry bells and on the table they, of course, became inspiration for a tablescape.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt started with  lovely Johnson Brothers plates, but there was something that just wasn’t right which is a sure signal to look in cabinets for something else that will work.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese square cranberry plates provided the answer and fit perfectly in the middle of the patterned ones.  You just never know how different pieces become complements.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALaundered napkins from last week’s table were laying on the counter, and it hit me they had the same colors as the hydrangeas.    On the table they go!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo far this table defined itself in a nontraditional manner so it made sense that the flatware placement not follow rules either.  With the addition of cranberry side dishes and King’s Crown thumbprint glasses, a table setting was created, a very fun one for sure.  Then the question became will it be just the hubby and me who gather here or should I issue one of my last minute invites for someone to join us so that we all might enjoy what the hydrangeas inspired.  Guess the decision!

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Less Is More

There was a time when I had Christmas decorations all over the house, but these days the concept of less is more works for me.  Now I get out a few of my favorite things,  different each year and just enough to create the spirit of the holiday season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome on in to see some of this year’s selections and stay for a cup of coffee.

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I’m crazy about nativities and have quite a collection from simple

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to wonderful handmade creations.

This one is my absolute favorite.  Not only do I appreciate the woman in Nova Scotia who made it, I admire her color selection for each of the pieces.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristmas and bells just go together and I have lots from which to choose.  The cranberry ones are perfect for the season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASnow globes are another of the little things I collect.   Many of the Christmas ones play music, and when the daughter’s little boys are here, they think it’s great fun to have them all playing at one time.  Quite a symphony that is!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo Christmas decor would be complete without a Santa or two. This guy has been around for years, and I suspect his appeal has something to do with him being handmade.  Hmmm, is there a thread linking much of what I am drawn to?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Santa appears to be worn from getting ready to deliver goodies to all the boys and girls so he is taking time out to listen to angels sing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAExcept for a little one or two, Christmas trees are a thing of the past in our house.

IMG_5462Mentioning to my very good blog friend Shirley of Housepitality Designs  we would have no tree, she created this one in her media room and called it her Lulu tree.  I like knowing that across country there is a tree just for me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile decorations are limited in our house, the good news is that not so much has to be put away after Christmas.  There’s something to be said for that!

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Easy Does It

tablescapeIt’s easy to prepare a table when a beautiful woven silk runner and tulips left from Valentine’s are already there to inspire.

tablescapeLooking in the cupboard for dishes, the fake Fiesta ones offered the most possibility.

tablescapeThe lavender was an obvious choice, but looking again at the runner I saw hints of orange in the stripes where color had merged to create a new tint.

tablescapeThat made the coral plate an interesting addition.

napkinsMixing patterns and textures is something I enjoy, so the multicolored/patterned napkins from Anthropologie were an easy choice.  That store is such a great place to find fun accents and sometimes there’s even something special on the sale rack!

tablescapeI love using these textured pink glasses at every opportunity.  There’s no telling how old they are as they once belonged to my very good friend’s grandmother who would be well past 100.  Needless to say, they are very special treasures. 

bellsFinally, just for fun I added a little bell to each place.  I have such a collection , and I like finding ways to get them off display shelves. 

tablescapeSimple though it is, the table has what for me makes a happy table: color, texture, pattern, whimsy.  Now, if I can just decide what to fix for dinner all will be well!  Any ideas?

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