Friday, November 30, 2012

Ohhhh the Weather Outside is Frightful

Actually it’s fairly nice outside, but since this is a Christmas post I thought it was appropriate to title it with lyrics from a Christmas song.  One of my former co-workers would burst out in song singing “Let it Snow” about 5 times a day during the winter, and probably about twice a day throughout the year.  Now I’m feeling nostalgic and I miss her terrible singing; it always made me smile. 

Anyway, I digress.  I’ve gotten about 85% of the Christmas decorating done inside and I want to share some photos with you guys! 

First up, the all important Christmas tree!  This is the first year we’ve bought a real tree since the apartments didn’t allow it.  I was a little resistant but I have to admit this one looks pretty great and it smells incredible!


Leo destroyed our old tree skirt a couple years ago so we bought a new one at Hobby Lobby on sale for $25.  I really like it, but do you think it might be a little small for the tree?


I decorated our little fake tree from last year and put it on the table in front of the living room window.  Ben and I have a tradition of buying an ornament for each other every year for Christmas so I decorated this tree with our special ornaments.  I don’t have a tree skirt for this one but I did dress it up a little bit by putting it on a snowflake placemat from Pier 1. 


This is also the first year we’ve had a mantle so we had to get some stockings!  From left to right there’s one for Ben, me, Finnley, and Leo.  And that little ball thing in the middle? 


It’s a really pretty light ball I bought on clearance from Pottery Barn.  It looks great lit up on the mantle but unfortunately I couldn’t get a good picture of it. 


I put a pretty gold mosaic glass bowl on the TV stand and filled it with some cheap filler ornaments from Target. 


I wanted an ornament stand because I thought I had so many ornaments, but it turns out I had always just had a small tree.  Since I didn’t have any ornaments left after decorating my big new tree I had to pick up some cheap little ornaments.  Oh, and the ornament stand is actually a jewelry stand from Pier 1 since it was $10 cheaper than their actual Christmas ornament stands.  I have it sitting on my nesting tables in the upstairs hallway with some cute leftover gift boxes from last year. 


And I can’t leave without showing you pictures of the outside of our house.  I know it doesn’t look like much in this photo but since this is our first house Ben was super excited to hang some Christmas lights.  I picked out the little candy cane lights, aren’t they cute?!


I still want to hang some garland lights on the mantle, around the front door, and on the stairs handrail but I really like what we have done so far! 

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!  I will be spending my weekend working on my big Interior Design project, wish me luck! 


  1. are those blue and red lights I see? ;)

    1. On the outside?? No those are white LED lights. I guess they do look kind of blue compared to the other white ones wrapped around the railing. Sorry to disappoint you :)

  2. The ornament stand/bowl are so cute! I'm going to try it in my apt where there is not much room for decoration!

    1. Yeah do it! I like this ornament tree from Target and it's less than my jewelery stand,|pdp|14159385|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1&lnk=Rec|pdp|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1

  3. LOVE the decorations! I love the way you did the ribbon on your tree, I have yet to try it but love the look of it!

    1. Thank you! The ribbon is so easy and a big roll has lasted me years.

  4. What beautiful decorations. The new tree skirt looks great. I hope Leo's stocking won't be penalized...since that did occur last year :). And, I love your ornament stand!

  5. I love your outdoor lights! And your new tree skirt looks perfect!

  6. I love a real tree!! Merry Christmas to you!