Some Christmas Pretty


Have you started your Christmas decorating?
I have always refused to start decorating or Christmas shopping until December arrived….just one of my thangs.  This year, we got started about mid-November on both – and I’m completely converted.  The Mister & I have both been so busy with work these last few weeks, and have done the decorating in little bits at a time – and except for the trees (coming this weekend!!), we are almost done.  I’m loving that the house feels all Christmas-y and festive and bright so early.

Here’s a few peeks at what we’ve been up to.  But first, go make one of these.


Well, not if you’re at work or something. Or if it’s like, 9am.  In that case, just pin it for later.

I was so happy with our Christmas decor last year  – but I always want to change it up a bit, make it fresh.  Oh, and I wanted Dollar Store additions only – (leaving more cash for gifts, that could be for me,  Ihopeyou’refollowingmylogic – that’s a really good tip right there).

I have Christmas decorating multiple personality disorder (or, CDMPD).  I love the fun of vintage-y brights,

& really unconventional combinations like coral and turquoise or teal & lime

– So pretty. 

Then there’s another side of me that loves the cozy warmth & simplicity of the more rustic

 Burlap mixed with lots of greenery, aged silver & red ribbon.

So instead of having to be all Sophie’s Choice during the festive season, I did it all.
Different vibes in each room.  Christmas Graceland.  Satisfied.

The living room and kitchen got the more rustic flava – we made this crate, aged it with paint & stain, super quick & simple.  Of course, Pinterest inspired.

Another little DIY crate in the kitchen, this one tabletop holding a line up of Mason Jars with floating candles.



I love the simplicity of this white pitcher and bowl filled with boughs and a few ornaments.
It sits on an antique hall tree in our foyer.

You may recall last year’s Roundup,  I really, really liked the idea of big hanging balls.
I think the phrase is very catchy, and knew it  (it?  they? not sure) would be perfect in our center hall.  One of the most exciting finds of the early November shopping was definitely these “oversized ornaments”.  So the hallway and stairway is totally WhoVille and awesome.
My Mom thinks it looks like Bloomingdales (though she’s never been there).
Bloomingdales or not, it’s sparkly and glittery and pretty.




Okay Rusty, now look up, look waaaay up – I just wanted you to see how we did it. Hung with ribbon, on tiny eye hooks in the ceiling at the edge of the skylight, and from the base of the spindles. (Of course we won’t be using the ceiling fan) 

The stockings hung on the banister are cream & silver – bits of shimmery silver tulle peeking out.


There’s just some of the Christmas-ing going on at our house, I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour.  There’s more to come!   

If you also suffer from CDMPD, here’s a great coping tool for you.   It could also be a lovely hostess gift.  Sure, that too.

Christmas Sangria
2 bottles Merlot
1 bottle ginger ale
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground clove
4 to 6 oranges or tangelos
6 to 10 cinnamon sticks
1/2 bag of cranberries

Just helping you have a Season of Merry & Bright.

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.



Link parties I participate in: The DIY Showoff Project Parade ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ TheDedicatedHouseHouse of Hepworths ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Stuff and Nonsense ~ Finding Fabulous ~ Youaretalkingtoomuch ~ Under the Table and Dreaming ~ BetweenNapsonthePorch ~SavvySouthernStyle ~ RestoreInteriors ~ HouseontheWay ~ ItsOverflowing ~ JenniferRizzo ~ BeneathMyHeart ~ SandandSisal

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.
Linking To: Between Naps on the Porch ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ JenniferRizzo ~ Dining Design + Diapers ~ Serenity Now~ Everyday Home~ NellieBellieBlissfully Ever AfterIt’s Overflowing ~ Remodelaholic ~ TheIdeaRoom

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  1. I love the different looks too! It is so hard to pick just one… I can’t do it, it seems unfair to all the other great ideas!
    Your staircase display is filled with holiday spirit… I am picturing some little hands just itching to turn on that ceiling fan to see what would happen!
    Have a great holiday season and thanks for sharing your home with us!

    • Hi Cynthia – thanks for visiting! No “little hands” to worry about with the ceiling fan, so the balls are safe. lol. xoT.

  2. I love those big balls too but don’t have any…yet! Your stairway is gorgeous! Stop by my blog, I did my whole tree with DT ornaments!

  3. Any blog that starts out with eggnog and vodka has to be worth scrolling through. You’ve done a marvelous job with the decorating. I can’t imagine getting all that done WITHOUT STARTING EARLY. I was especially taken with the hanging balls. I couldn’t manage a ladder at the edge of the stair railing myself, but the result is wonderful. Job well done!

  4. When you say a bottle of ginger ale for the sangria, do you mean a 1 liter bottle or 2 liter? Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Meghan! The ratio is just 2:1, wine to ginger ale, so whatever amount of wine you’re using, use half that of soda! Enjoy! xoT.

  5. How far in advance can this be mixed up?


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