I love styling & interior decor. I do not love an abundance of seasonal accessories. Lots of people do home tours for the fall & Christmas. I enjoy looking at them but I would never be asked to participate in one. There are no fresh boughs of greenery draped over the doorways, we don't have a mantle to hang our stockings from. We keep it simple, our home already has a lot of art & pattern going on. Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays & ever since our daughters were born it has become a magical time. They get so excited when our elf "Jingle Bells" arrives from the North Pole. They love baking & doing crafts. I'm not much of a baker...but I can think of some creative ornament ideas. Every year I unpack our tree (it's artificial folks I've never had a real one) & get excited to see my collection of vintage ornaments & all of the things my husband & I have accumulated over our 12 yrs of marriage. We gift our girls an ornament every year and hopefully they will have similar memories when they are older.
These photos are of Jingle Bells' first Christmas at our home. I photographed him every morning & sent the images to our sisters & parents so they could share in the fun. Three years later, our girls are 4 & 6, them running around the house looking for him is excitement enough.
I made the garland out of artwork my older daughter made as a toddler & I get excited to see it up every year. My husband has a variety of felt ornaments his Aunt made for him as a child, this colourful parrot is one of them. One year we made Pearler Bead animals for relatives; this bear was a gift for my husband. If you do this keep in mind that your home will smell like melted plastic for the day!
My mom loves to thrift & go to Flea Markets just like me. One year she surprised me with this vintage white vase that we had seen while shopping one day. The retro design reminds of work by Jonathan Adler.
I'm almost done my shopping, baking is next on my list. I wish you & your loved ones a wonderful holiday!