Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Home tour

Well hello!  Welcome to our Christmas home tour.  Every year when the plastic bins filled with Christmas decor come in from the garage I think "Jeeze, I thought we had more decorations than this!?" Truth be told, most of the holiday decor in our home are live greens.  I like to keep things fresh and super neutral so live greens like cedar gardland, mini wreaths and pines trees, potted paper whites, fresh mistletoe and of course a fragrant Noble Fur christmas tree work perfectly.  Adding pops of red with velvet stockings, red plaid place mats at the dining table and grosgrain ribbon tied in little bows throughout the house also add a traditional Christmas vibe.  Come on in and take a look!


Friday, December 12, 2014

The tree

The tree is up and looking smart and especially twinkly at night.  Do you have your tree up yet?  Only 12 days till Christmas!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

What we've been up to

Hello hello!  December is just flying by, am I right?  And where the heck did November go??  We've been up to lots of good stuff in and around the house these last few weeks trying to get ready for a big family Christmas.  The electrician is here today installing a few extra outlets.  As soon as he's done we'll be able to finish up this project.  Can't wait to share it with you!

We had our holiday card photo shoot earlier this month.  They were dropped off at the post office on Monday.  I'll share the card once everyone receives their's in the mail.  Any clues as to what we did this year?

A time saving holiday tip I learned from my Mom years ago is to make as much as you can ahead of time.  Last weekend I prepped all of our holiday pies and put them in the freezer.  All I have to do the day before Christmas is take them out of the freezer and bake them.  Easy as.... well, pie!

I also bake all the holiday cookies and bars ahead of time and put them in the freezer.  I was supposed to bring these amaretto bars to a cookie bake-off party a couple of weekends ago.  Andy and I drove all the way down to the West Side (all you Californian's know how far that is from Pasadena!) and realized that we had left our dessert on the kitchen counter.  #FAIL!  Well not a total fail... they are in the freezer now and will be a happy addition to our holiday dessert platter.  The only issue is that I have zero will power. It's literally torturing me knowing that these delicious treats are waiting to be devoured in the freezer. 

It will be a full house next week with all my family flying in so I've been busy trying to consolidate and organize as much as possible by cleaning out cabinets and drawers and closets... oh my!

I usually cringe at a beautiful piece of wood furniture painted an obnoxiously bold color.  But the TV stand in the corner of our family room desperately needs a pop of color.  I'm going against everything I believe in and painting this antique piece using Deco Art Americana chalk paint in Romance.  We'll see how it turns out.  I hope I don't regret my decision!

I've been holding off in teasing you with a big announcement.  It will help explain why I've been very infrequent with my blog posts as of late.  This project I'm working on is taking up the majority, if not ALL, of my free time.  I plan to share a big reveal either right before or right after Christmas.  Any guesses??

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