Friday, December 4, 2009

Today it is a real holiday snow storm! We had a wonderful time in Calgary, but are happy to be back home and not on the road on a day like today. But it sure does make it feel like a white Christmas, and "since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"~

We did some holiday decorating last night and actually did the tree, but you will have to wait until I finish all the garland to see it (sorry if it feels like I am teasing you!).

In the rest of the house we like to use our favorite colors (white, silver, turquoise and blue) to make it feel more festive.

Here is the coffee table in the family room, with a little extra sparkle from a reindeer I glittered a few years ago as well as some vintage ornaments piled in milk glass compotes.


The mantle is always my favorite place to decorate! So much space and levels to add holiday cheer to.

I am SOOOO thankful that I followed an inkling I had 3 years back to buy 1 extra glitter glass stocking holder. They are by the wonderful artist Wendy Addison (link to her theater of dreams on the left in my blog roll) and as all her pieces are, they were limited editions so I worried that I would not be able to track down another in the future (Wren's DREAM garland is also one of her creations). I finally brought it out of it's box so it hasn't aged to silver like Sean and mine's have, and I love how it stands out for her first year hanging a stocking.

To make sure Santa knows whos stocking is whos we used these little glittered monogram Pottery Barn ornaments on our stockings instead of the tree.

The garlands on the mantle are my favorite addition this year because I had so much fun making them with Rebecca and her sister Jessica. To make them simply attach different ribbons together with hot glue in any colors you like!

These paper mache letters were only $2 each at Michael's and with a little glitter they can make any room more festive with any word you like!




These feather wreaths are all over and usually at really great prices! I scooped up a few last year for only $5 each after the holidays and have them around the house.

I just love how fluffy it looks at night with the lights focused on it!


Now if you'll excuse me, Wren and I are off to wrap a few presents to put under the tree!

37 comments:

Kari --- said...

GORGEOUS! I always thought a nice light muted turquoise would look amazing in your place....
I have the same milk glass compotes, too...

You've gone and gotten me inspired now!!!! I wish we had a Michaels here in the south Okanagan. I miss Edmonton sometimes.. LOL

Vintage Junky said...

I love it all... especially your glittery NOEL letters... I have a vintage candleholder set that spells out NOEL and I may just glitter them now!

Have a great weekend!
Michelle

nameisgrace said...

Ok, I've seen a lot of christmas decorating going on in blogland, but your's is by far my favorite!!!! Great job:) Love the stockings too:)

J and Company said...

Is that a chalkboard on your mantle? If so, is your handwriting naturally that good? Share your secrets because I also used a chalkboard in my holiday decorating but it's not nearly as neat looking as that! Love it!

Annie said...

As always your home is stunning for the holidays! Can't wait to see the tree!

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...love Maegan said...

I LOVE IT.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very pretty! I especially like all the touches of blues.

Mary said...

Oh, we sooooo need to get you featured in a magazine! You simply cannot keep all this beauty to yourself! Simply stunning...I love it all! And now I can't wait to get to Michaels tomorrow to buy some letters and more glitter! ;o) ~mary~

Anna said...

very inspiring pictures, I really love the mantle and the garlands, ribbons and other accessories you used

Josh said...

LOVE IT!!!! I love the monogram ornaments on the stockings the most. Lovely.

Annie said...

So pretty! WHERE oh WHERE did you find those stockings?? I have been looking for some just like that for FOREVER!

The Weathered Cottage said...

Wow! this is gorgeous! I love the colors, it is exactly what i am going for this year, as well! love your blog.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Lovely photos! We had our first 'real' snow in WI, too.

mzerr said...

Holly - beautiful as always! I also would love to know where you found those amazing cable knit stockings, the way you dressed them up is stunning!

God Bless, Melissa

C. Hooks said...

Beautiful!! So inspiring, I love going to your blog! .... and yes please tell us where you found those stockings!! :)

Love Being a Nonny said...

Your mantle might be one of my favorite ones...ever. Thanks!

Mrs. Dew said...

Holly you have the BEST decorations!!

Kristin said...

I LOVE the glitter letters, mantle and your adorable sweater stockings!!! Makes me want to spend the day crafting!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Blessings,
Kristin
www.domesticease.com

Meghan Hein said...

Your pictures give me so much inspiration! I love the simplicity of it all. It's gorgeous!

Erica said...

Please tell me where to find those cable knit stockings! I have been looking for stockings for two years and still haven't found the right ones. You have such a talent for home decor. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Molly said...

So beautiful. This post makes me hate ALL of my Christmas decorations. My tree never ends up looking as pretty as I want it to. But you would be happy to know that it's a white tree with white lights! My favorite.

Denise said...

Wow, you are clever. I love it all!

Holly and Sean said...

Thank you so much everyone! The stockings are actually from Fabric Land and were 70% off for a total of $6 per stocking! I bought them about 2 years ago, but have seen them there since then.
Good luck in your searches!!

thedoodlegirl said...

Okay, you are SO. AMAZINGLY. TALENTED. HOW do you do it?? Your spaces are divine! Truly wonderful. I so enjoy looking at what your creative mind dreams up next!

Michelle said...

LOVE the decorations. Beautiful as always. Oh and I was wondering, I'm in southern BC and we are seriously lacking in the snow department, would you mind sending som down here? Thanks ;)

Amber said...

wow I love it all!!! Simply gorgeous!

Pretty Little Things for Home & Life said...

Looks great!! Can't wait to see the tree! I have a lot of the same stuff at our place lol. We have the same color palette!

Can you believe all the snow? I was snowed in my house yesterday, as we're in a new neighbourhood with no houses or trees to block the drifts!!

Rebecca said...

I'm just going to say...if I was santa coming down your chimney I probably wouldn't leave because your house is decorated so beautifully!!! I LOVE your whole fireplace area!! You had me searching home depot for an electric fireplace tonight lol!

Amanda said...

Hello Holly, and friends. Just thought I'd mention that I found a cram cable knit stocking at home goods for $12.99 but just today saw almost exact replicas of the beauties Holly found and they were at JoAnn fabrics on sale for $9.99 down from $24.99. I passed because I intended to make stocking for my hubby and son but I may just have to go back for them! Happy Holiday bargain hunting everyone.

Holly and Sean said...

Oooh thanks for sharing Amanda!!! I can't wait to see your homemade stockings!

C. Hooks said...

When do we get to see your Christmas tree??? Can't wait!!

nayrzil said...

Holly, LOVE your house, it's always so beautiful...When did you get the glitter monogrammed ornaments for the stockings? I LOVE them!!!! THANKS!!

J said...

I love the mantle - those stockings are so cute! I have been looking for some that are similar but no luck. I also love the feather wreaths!

Jessica said...

Your house looks amazing! You are so talented. I love the feather garland in the picture frame and your mantle. Your house makes me want to move in with you hehe. That day we made the garlands was super fun. And a thank you to you and Rebecca for getting my creative juices going.. my boyfriend and I just made china tea cup candles for all my girlfriends and our families for Christmas!

Kristin said...

One word. GORGEOUS!!!
This is fabulous. Really.

Fancy said...

I love the colors you used! The mantle is my favorite. I always wanted a feather wreath! Maybe I will find a spot for one next year, Love your blog :)
Sarah

 
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