Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas, Christmas time is here

Can somebody tell me how it got to be only a week until Christmas?  Oy yoy yoy.  It's officially time to switch from music about latkes to music about lists.

As many of you know, i like to keep it religiously neutral in our household except for the tree and the menorah--so i'm real big on snow and wintry themes.  This also allows things to be very low key and very lazy.  Just dangle some snowflakes here and there, and bam, you're good to go all season.

Sparkly snowflakes from the dollar store, big sparkly snowflake from Country Junction General Store, pinecone Smith and Hawken ornament from Target clearance last year, and you've got yourself a snowtastic vignette.

True, let's not forget to sprinkle a little dreidel pizzaz.  The Jonathon Adler bird's gotta hold something.

Finally figured out a way to display the holiday cards with this duo from Wuslu/Decor Steals that was part of a gift code win.  Stuffed underneath the table, it reminds me of a real mantle...just instead of a fireplace below, it's cards.

 Wintry vignette behind the sofa with sweater looking flameless candles.

QVC and i are likethis.

There's no way to show you this without the tv there.  You're stuck.  And i'm stuck decorating the sides only.

Some close up shots with mercury glass owls, ornaments, and books.  And random chinese good luck cat the boyfriend brought back from Asia work trip.

You're tired of seeing the dining room, i know.  Corks, ornaments, silver candles, and pinecones in a thrift store tray for the texturey win. 

Loook!  Sometimes my pictures DO turn out good!

So of course the sunroom got all festive, with some Christmas Cactuses, a green blanket which the cats love since they insist on being out there in the cold weather, and...

this guy from a yard sale way back.  He's as tall as the sofa, stands on his own, and i love him.  In a very non demanding way, he demands you pay him proper winter respects. 

The tree is in the basement because we need to close it off from the kitten.  See that dreidel?  I love adding some Jewishness to the Christmas tree, it cracks me up, and it makes it more "ours." 

And yes, yes, yes, this is basement progress!  Carpet! Paint! TV!  Don't look too closely, because of course i will do a basement only before and after post.

So are you telling me you don't have a vintage fridge and a pile of baseboards gathered round your trees?  Yeah, clearly we're not at the "after" mark yet.

How bout some velvet ropes?  No?
However your home looks, enjoy it!
Celebrating the season at Christmas Hosue Tour @ The Nester,  House Tour @ Inspired Room :Tablescapes @ Stone Gable, Traditions @ Jennifer Rizzo, Vignettes @ Southern Hospitality, Craftomaniac, Motivate Me Mon @ Keeping it Simple, DIY Showoff, Met Monday, Anything Goes, home stories a-z, nifty thrifty @ Coastal Charm, Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, be inspired @ elizabeth and co, tabletop tues, lil luna, get your craft on, sugar bee crafts. sugar and spice @ 733, wow us weds @savvy southern style, wicked awesome weds @ handy man, crafty woman, whatever goes weds @ someday crafts, 52 mantles, fall into fall, Transformation Thurs @ The Shabby Creek Cottage, vintage thingy thurs @ the colorado lady, Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple, hooking up @ house of hepworths, open house @ no minimalist here, share awesomeness @ 36th ave, tutorials and tidbits, simply link @ simply designing, Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring, happy hour @ Craftberry Bush, Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest, feature yourself fri @ Fingerprints on the fridge, Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity now, free for all @ 5days5ways, Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage, frugalicious friday @ finding fabulous, potpourri @ 2805, thrifty things fri @ the thrifty groove, show and tell fri @ my romantic home, overflowing w/ creativity @ it's overflowing, nifty thrifty sundays, under the table and dreaming., shaken together, seasonal sundays @ the tablescaper, tablescape thurs @ between naps on the porch, xmas tablescapes @ stone gable, xmas tour @ nesting place, xmas vignettes @ a thoughtful place


Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

I try to go wintery with my decor too. I too put dreidels on display! I think your stuff looks great, esp. the card display, so cute! and all of your pictures look great to me!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love all your decor! The silver and blue are so pretty! I love your tree and the dreidel's on the tree and in the dish are perfect! Gotta love this time of year. Hugs, Linda

Sandy said...

You intertwined the two faiths perfectly.. love your snowy details and keeping it low key!
My sister also decorates for the two religions and it's perfect for her family..
Happy Holidays

Lisa said...

Gorgeous as usual! LOVE the the card holders until the hall table. It's subtle, but it's not in the way and you can still display them.

The cat is getting so big too. Very cute :) Have you done the sour apple spray on the tree to keep the cat out of the tree? Works very well.

Paula@SweetPea said...

Love that Johnathan Adler bird. It could hold all sorts of neat decorative items.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Very festive! Love the blue. Happy Holidays :) Seasons Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Very festive and beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Happy Holidays and Warm Seasons Greetings from Singapore~Sanghamitra.

Megan {The Brick Bungalow} said...

Love the winter theme. I need more simple things like that in my house. I went lazy this year with Christmas and I'm ok with that. It kind of flew up on me and I'm still super busy with work. So yeah, that's ok. But I could handle a few snow flakes plus our tree. :) And I love the Jewish touches on the tree.

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

Hello there, friendo! I love the aqua-ness you added to your holiday decor. And what a great way to display the holiday cards also! :)

Anonymous said...

I like your sweater candles, your home looks lovely and cute cat too!

Julianne said...

I love the wine corks mixed in with the natural elements, how creative!

Rhondi said...

I love your choice of colors, especially since I'm a blue girl myself. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Hi again, I love the knitted candles too... :)

Re: Shelf with horses... It's an all year around display of my large collection of Swedish Dala horses :)


Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

I adore that bird dish and yes you definately had to put something in it! The blues and whites are such a pretty colour combo. Thanks for sharing :)

Betsy @ Anna Nimmity said...

Nice job decorating! I love the way you displayed the cards. The vintage refrigerator behind the tree is making me smile, too. I want to see more of it! :)

Stephanie said...

Love all those pretty blues!

Craftberry Bush said...

Love the combination of silver and's really fresh and it can last past the holidays...:)

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