We’re back at my place today to see the small touches I add at the holidays around my house. I take a very subtle and humble approach, but I do love experiencing grand and colorful Christmas decorating from others. Case in point: right now, I am in Arizona where my mom, brother, and baby sister have homes in the same neighborhood where we bought a getaway. All of them love fanciful Christmas decor, and their homes are sparkling with personality and color.
My mom’s French Country style home has many Swedish influences and a sophistication in the Christmas decor. One of her Christmas trees is devoted entirely to Sweden, with straw ornaments, red hearts, and traditional Scandinavian symbols of love and cheer. On each of her bedroom doors is a handmade Swedish red wood plaque with the names of the guest occupying the room. She commissioned these from my sister, and they are so happy and charming on the white doors! Her shih tzus wear Christmas bandanas, and the air is filled with the fragrance of cypress, tangerines, and cinnamon. All who enter feel welcome and as if they are experiencing a slice of heaven.
My brother’s ranch looks like a gingerbread house with a giant festive owl in the front yard, a cobblestone path to the front door lit with bright lights, and a starry shower of red and green confetti lights twinkling on the stucco facade. Inside, you’ll find a collection of charming Santas on beautiful built-in plaster shelves and a Christmas tree filled with a collection of sentimental ornaments and topped with a buffalo checked top hat! The crackling fire from a firepit on the patio is visible from the living area and kitchen, and those flames feel as cozy and festive as his hospitable heart.
My sister’s home is a grand Tuscan style villa with a unique rotunda entry where a shimmering white Christmas tree greets you with peacock blue and royal purple ornamentation. A giant candy-like sign with delicious colors is laden with J O Y, and around the corner is a Christmas tree we decorated together with red berries, Snowmen Christmas balls, and beautiful Christmas bells we tied with silky chiffon ribbon. We danced to “All I Want for Christmas is You” with Stella (in a blinged out star sweater) and Luna (a bulldog who loves me and knocks me over every chance she gets) as we decorated this one, and for me, there is no Christmas song that gets better than that for dancing, smiling, and feeling warm all over. In her dance studio, we set up a mini ‘spa michele’ with a comfy massage table, candle, and herbs, so I could give reflexology treatments to weary family. In that room is a glass front cupboard with a twinkling collection of tiaras I have gifted my nieces over the years. So romantic!
Maybe I will get to share some images of their homes with you a little later. I am living in the moment and locking it all up in my memory NOW rather than living for Instagram or perfectly styled moments for public consumption these days, so we shall see.
Back to my place. I’m the conservative, frugal one in my family. I feel comfortable when things are hushed and quiet even though I am not shy nor a shrinking violet. Thanks so much for visiting our home today where I am sharing shots around the house in 2016 and 2015. If you missed Part 1, I hope you’ll take it for a spin here.
You’ll see I favor handmade, simple, Scandinavian-inspired decor (that’s what I grew up with), twinkly lights, and scored-from-the yard holiday greenery for my own home. Each year I change it up a little, and this year was different since I wasn’t home to decorate at Thanksgiving OR at Christmas since we are with family in Arizona. I’ll share pics when I can of holiday 2017.
Thanks for being my friend and supporting this blog in big and small ways. Let’s go inside my home.
Friends, far and near,
and those whom I have yet to meet in the flesh,
I wish you light and love this Christmas.
Though this site speaks very much to
lovely interiors, renovation, and transformation,
I desire for it to evolve and reflect the beauty of peaceful living
we all so desperately need to sustain us as we grow.
My gaze is directed outside the window where a newly planted orange tree
is taking root this very moment, and I’m sending its fresh promise and
this sunshine across the miles to your heart and soul…
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Peace to you right where you are.
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