Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Little Bit of Christmas 2012

‘Tis the season once again, time to decorate our homes in the spirit of the holidays.  I’m attempting to keep things simple this year.  I’m using natural elements, more in keeping with the warm colors in my home, and adding a few bright spots of color here and there.

Today, I’m joining in the Holiday House Walk over at and The Christmas House Link Party at The Inspired Room.  Much appreciation to all the gals hosting holiday home parties this season, thank you for the opportunity to share in the holiday fun. The talent, time spent and attention to detail of each participant is evident at every stop.  Each and every one is very unique, special and inspiring, and my hat’s off to so many of you who create magic in your homes, not just for the holidays and not just for sharing here, but who create warmth, comfort and security all year around for those you care so much about. Every home is beautiful - - as long as that kind of love is evident.

Welcome to my home for the holidays.  Please take a moment to let me know if you enjoy your visit.


Mercury glass vases hold my mini evergreen trees.  A package wrapped in craft paper and tied with a brown satin ribbon adds to this sofa-table vignette.  The framed First Noel and Silent Night I downloaded last year from Jennifer at Dear Lillie.  As always, Jennifer’s home is impeccably decorated for the holidays again this season.  You can visit Jennifer’s lovely holiday home here.


The opposite living room side table.



I’m displaying my Pottery Barn bronze NOEL sign on the mantle again this season.  It’s very rustic and it just makes such a statement.  I’m so pleased that many of you have “pinned” photos of my mantle and this sign onto Pinterest.  It’s a unique and timeless piece.


I ordered new stockings from Pottery Barn this year, green velvet with brown monograms.  We welcomed our first grandbaby in October and I wanted her to have a brand new stocking of her very own.  She’s such a precious little thing and we can’t wait to celebrate Christmas this year with her in our arms.



My dining room gets a splash of holiday red.  I have so many beautiful holiday books, I decided to include some in my decorating.  It’s so relaxing, taking them off the shelf at this time of year, and enjoying the gorgeous photos of holiday decor and all the yummy treats of the season.





I love my one little white snowman and I find a place for him every year.  I’ve paired him with my white candle trees from Pottery Barn and this seasonal print that I ordered from Sasha at Lemonade Makin' Mama.  If you haven’t visited her blog, I highly recommend it.  Not only is she very talented and offers some wonderful items in her Etsy store, she always writes from the heart and her posts are so honest and often easy to relate to.


For my dining room table, I filled this black wooden box with greenery, mercury glass ornaments from PB and two small burlap pillows I ordered recently from a wonderful little shop on Etsy, Ramona Owen Designs.  If you like these, you’ll find more holiday pillows and other seasonal and everyday pillows at  They’re very well made and came packaged so cute.  A very simple arrangement and I love the red.



I laid some garland and a Pottery Barn mercury ball on my entry table just inside the kitchen door.



In this corner of our den, I simply filled a basket with lighted greens and pinecones.  A birch candle adds a touch of the season.



Traditionally, we put our Christmas tree in the living room near the fireplace, but this year, since we spend so much time in our den, I set it up in there near a front window.  Now, we can see the white lights twinkling from the outside of the house.  I chose warm copper ornaments, shiny and matte copper glass balls, copper acorns and pinecones and some crystal icicles for sparkle.  I tucked a few miniature gift boxes tied with sheer copper ribbon here and there.  I think I like the tree in this new spot.


And the true reason of the season.  My Willow Tree Nativity always has a special place on the entry table in the living room, so that each time we pass by we’re reminded what Christmas is all about.


 photo (12)(Instagram pic of our first measureable snowfall)

The outside lights are up on the house, we just need more white stuff on the ground to make it seem like Christmas really is just around the corner!  

Oh, before I go, you must visit the holiday home of Laura at Finding Home. She has a special knack for decorating, not just during the holidays but in any season and her home reflects her wonderful taste and unique talent. She is always so gracious and I know you’ll enjoy your visit.  Tell her “Just B” sent you!  :)

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Stop by and visit me here anytime.

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P.S.  Here’s our little peanut - - she’s so special and we adore her already.  She and my family are the only Christmas gifts I need. 


Linking to:

Savvy Southern Style

The Lettered Cottage


Jennifer Rizzo Holiday House Walk


Southern Hospitality


Christmas House Tours at The Inspired Room


Holiday Home Tour at Cottage Magpie


  1. I love your big Noel. My husband is an artist so we have paintings everywhere. I'm not complaining, but I sure love that Noel and would like something like it on my mantel.

  2. ooooh, i'd like to curl up in a cozy corner and crack open those books!

    if you haven't already stopped by, it would be a pleasure to have you take a peek at my giveaway:

    i hope you win!


  3. Oh my goodness what a precious child.....And as you say that's the true meaning of Christmas....A Precious Child given to us! Your home is beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas

  4. B - it looks lovely and so warm and welcoming. I hope you are well! Take care, Laura

  5. Such a beautiful home. I love the vignette of the Christmas books with the mini boxwood wreath--Just lovely!

  6. Joining you at Jennifer Rizzo's Party! What a lovely decorated Christmas home you have.

  7. i love the basket with the christmas books! makes me want to curl up with one in your cozy home! hopping in from jen rizzo's. :)

  8. Wow, everything looks absolutely beautiful and so inviting! I truly enjoyed my tour of your lovely home and holiday decorations.

  9. Gorgeous Christmas Home tour. Looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Your Christmas decor is so pretty! LOVE those stockings!

  11. Oh, I love your little peanut! Babies are just so precious ... is there anything better in this world than a sweet, innocent newborn? Thanks for sharing your Christmas decor. I love that big NOEL sign!!

  12. you have a beautiful home and I love the curtain rod idea with the stockings! May just have to share that idea!

  13. Your home is so warm and welcoming for the holidays!

  14. I love, love your noel sign above the mantel. What a beautiful little peanut you have there indeed.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh your home is so pretty. Thank your for letting us take a peek!! :)

  16. Just wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  17. Very pretty. I especially like your Nativity and the arrangements with greenery.

  18. Your home is beautiful and everything is so neat and classic! I love the warmth it exudes, but most precious is that sweet little baby!! Coming over from Jen Rizzo's party and new follower, Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  19. B,
    found your blog at Jen's Christmas tour, your Christmas decorations are lovely, simple and classic! The Noel over the mantle is my favorite, just bought pare mache letters to make the same word in medium size. I'm your newest follower and would love for you to visit me!

  20. B,
    forgot to say that your "little nugget" is adorable! Just had my first grandbaby, a girl, in July, she's 5 mos old and I love her to death!

  21. Beautiful! I love how subtle everything is. Right now, I'm forced to have very bold holiday décor because that's what my kids love. Someday I hope to do something a bit more subtle and neutral. Thanks for the inspiration! Visiting for the Inspired Room.


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