Please come in and make yourself at home!
I'd love to know your thoughts on these giant vintage gas station numbers (our address) I picked up a few years ago at The Alameda Point.
I finally convinced my husband to hang them in our walkway/entry. He's not too sure about them, what do you think?
(We used to have a star jasmine growing up the wall hence the missing shutter which I need to replace!)
Remember the greyhounds?
Well, my Mom was right. I think they look great flanking the front door.
It only took me a year to figure out I needed to raise the boxwood balls with a few bricks to get them to look right in the planters?! Much better now!
I caught tartan fever this year from reading the blog, Tartanscot. I scored these cute plaid topsiders (an early Christmas present) at Ross a few weeks ago for $9.99!
We placed our tree in the Living Room just beyond the entry so you can actually see the white lights from the street. It's the next best thing to being in a big picture window which we don't have.
We haven't had a real tree in years. I stuff ours with pinecones which gives it the look of the real thing. My sister in law and I gathered tons of them one year in Tahoe and I haven't missed a real tree since!
A peek under the tree!
I love these delicate vintage glittered white birds that are made to sit atop the Christmas lights. As you can see, they have an amazing glow
My Mom gave my 3 brothers and I these framed photos of Christmas past. My youngest brother wasn't born yet! I'm still traumatized by the way she cut my bangs. Were any of you subjected to the same humiliation?
This special ornament commemorates the year my son became an altar boy.
OK, here's the scoop on the family photo ornaments... several years ago we were in the Exposures catalog and were given a gift certificate in return. I used it to make 4 of these ornaments which I truly treasure.
I usually fill this concrete urn with gold shells I found at Z gallerie, but this year I left them natural.
I actually didn't go all out this year with my decorating. I think all the inspiration I've seen in blogland has been much more edited which I embraced... believe it or not!
I embellished my angel with a crown and a vintage necklace.
Some of you may have noticed that I changed up the vignette under the huge glittered wreath that my aunt made many years ago.
The beautiful instrument is actually an antique music box that still works!
I found this vintage statue of Jesus just this past week at one of my favorite consignment stores. My Mom said I needed a creche with the baby Jesus and I replied, but Mom, it's the Birthday Boy!
More "winter shells" in my Dining Room.
A few vintage shiny bright ornaments I've been collecting on my treasure hunts.
We have a white Christmas tree in a corner of our Family Room near the kitchen that glows next to the burlap covered walls.
It's so beautiful on it's own that we don't adorn it with anything.
I've kept this room very simple this year.
I bought this pair of vintage bamboo ski poles last year at The Alameda Point.
A pair of canvas covered books, small vintage pierced compote with silvered walnuts and a lantern with a frosty bark candle from Pottery Barn.
Some "winter shells" in a pair of vintage black glass urns decorate the kitchen sink.
And guess who's coming home today?
I can hardly wait!
I can hardly wait!