Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas at our house 2013

Hello! I am feeling better and I'm ready for the festivities to begin.  Today we are making lasagna for our annual Christmas eve party.  And tomorrow we will stay home in our jammies and play all day, I can't wait!

During a snow storm a couple weeks ago I ran out and took a few pictures.   

To see our exterior remodel click here.
We were hoping the snow would stick around until Christmas but it didn't. 

I bought a couple five dollar wreaths from Home Depot and used one here on the front door.  I pulled off the wrinkled red bow that it came with,  hot glued some pinecones and added our glittered H.

I think it's a blogger prerequisite to use black and white ribbon this year.  I really love how versatile and sophisticated it is.

The playhouse window boxes are filled with evergreens and icicle ornaments.  The little boxwood wreath was leftover from last year so I popped it on the door. 

Is all this snow making you chilly?  The high is supposed to be 16 degrees here in Chicago, Brrr.

Here on the kitchen chalkboard wall I hung another one of those five dollar wreaths and glued on a few more pinecones....

The buffet in the kitchen got some fresh greens and paper whites. 


Our tradition is to cut a fresh tree the day after Thanksgiving.

Pretty tree, just a very crooked trunk.  When looking straight on you can't tell but from the side it looks like it's falling over.

Mr. 65th strung about 2500 lights this year. 

I thought I was late to plant my paper white bulbs but they bloomed just in time. 

More fresh greens on the dining room table and on the mantle....

Everything smells so good!
The little one didn't have her room clean in time to share her tree with you.  Maybe next year;)

From our home to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Mantel

One week until Christmas and I am sick.  So instead of doing a Christmas house tour today I thought I would pop in and share our dining room mantel. 

This year inspiration came from a branch I found in the backyard.  I carried it around the house wondering where I could use it until I laid it on the mantel.  It stayed so nicely without having to secure it I decided to hang ornaments from it.  

The fresh greens make the dining room smell so good, it puts me in a festive mood every time I walk by.

The pinecone and acorn ornaments are some of my favorites. 
I used them on our table top tree last year.
Well, I'm off to bed.  Tomorrow I am going to finish up our Christmas shopping and wrap presents.  How about you?  Are you ready for the holidays?