Hello! Guess what I got for Christmas? Sick! My husband was very ill last week and I did everything I could think of to try and not get sick too, but it finally got me. I'm not quite as sick as he was, but I'm still sick. Merry Christmas to me. Oh well. I suppose a lot worse could happen. There are many people who will have a lot more to deal with this Christmas than just having a cold. I will try and not have a pity party here. But getting sick is never fun, especially when it happens on the biggest holiday of the year. So enough, onto today's post (when all the pictures were taken while I was still healthy!)
Because BlogLand is very slow this time of year, I decided to post pone my weekly travel and fashion posts and show you my house decorated for Christmas.
Look at that healthy, radiant smile! Oh, if only you could all see me now. I look nothing like that happy woman in the picture, I assure you.
I really down scaled my Christmas decorations this year. I normally decorate every room of the house; there isn't a door frame anywhere that isn't dripping with garland! However, this year I got off to a late start due to our fall vacation and my work schedule, so I did minimal decorating. And you know what? I like it better. I might do this every year. Less really can be more. I put just a 'touch' of Christmas in every room. Some rooms you barely know it's there. But I do. It was a lot less work, less stress, and a lot less cluttered. It's still elegant and at times flamboyant, like the arrangement on top of t.v. stand below, but because it's more contained, it seems more relaxed.
Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffeemaker (The BEST coffeemaker on the planet! How did I ever drink coffee before I don't know) from my husband and a designer brand tunic from my daughter and son-in-law.
Here is the pretty silver buckle on the sleeve tab. I really love the subtle, interesting touch to the sleeve.
Here are some little snibbits of how I decorated the rest of my home. The first collage shows the master bedroom. I draped both dressers in garland, and added some embroidered Christmas pillows to my bed.
This set of pictures shows the upstairs hallway and bath.
Most of these pictures are of my entry way and family room. The top two on the right are what I did for son's bedroom. I simply draped some garland on his head board.
This is the formal living room and dining room.
And finally, here's a little bit on how I wrapped my presents this year. Since my tree is brown and gold, I simply wrapped all my presents in Kraft paper and tied them with a combination of gold and brown ribbon. For tags, I cut two tag shapes out using a Spellbinder's Nestability. On one of the tags I wrote the recipients name and the giver's name. I then covered it with a second tag on top made of glitter paper. I don't like my handwriting, and I find this gives a more polished look.
If you'd like to see more pictures of my home completely decorated for Christmas, start HERE. I did a series of posts of how my house was decorated for Christmas when it was featured in a local Christmas Walk in 2011.
I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Christmas! Amy