Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Home for the Holidays - Part II

In the second part of My Home for the Holidays series, I wanted to highlight some simple table top decorations as well as show how I use continuity - inside and out - to bring my entire house's decorating scheme together.

Although I am quite sure this is not a new idea, I use white ribbons to hang the wreaths on the outside of my house instead of the traditional red. I love the way they look against the gray siding and the red door. They also give everyone who drives by a hint of what lies inside . . .


. . . more white. I use a simple garland with pine cones, white ribbons and hand blown glass ornaments on my banister to continue my simple color palette.
I also hang a wreath on an inside door leading into my "red" room. The stand in the left hand corner is really a tall candle holder that I have filled with pine cones, greenery and a twig wreath. The oak door with glass insert and copper handle is part of a pair that my husband found while we were building our house. We were so pleased that our builder was able to install these instead of the new paned glass doors we had originally planned.
The simple theme continues with table top displays including this white compote filled with pine cones, greenery and a bird's nest. I covered the books underneath the compote with simple brown wrapping paper.
Here I filled an a white ironstone sugar bowl with greenery and a snowman ornament.
Finally, a domed cake stand complete with "snow," snowman ornament, vintage looking glass balls, and flocked miniature Christmas tree. If you look in the background of this picture you will notice several undecorated gingerbread houses - a hint for what is coming up in my next post!

17 comments:

Deborah said...

So pretty and festive! I really like your ideas of using the white ribbons on the wreaths outside and hanging ornaments from the garland on you banister.

Robyn said...

Wow. You have one of those houses I've only seen in the movies and on TV. The kind that don't exist in New Mexico. But, lucky us, we have lots of brown stucco. LOL. I want a million front windows full of wreaths. And molding inside my house.

Che Birba said...

Your decorations are wonderful!

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Wendy said...

Love, love, love the wreaths with white ribbons. Everything looks beautiful.

Lee said...

Your home is beautiful and now I am cold from all the snow.
Loved your white bows.
Lee

Colour me Happy said...

Wow I love your house it's so beautiful!!

CRICKET said...

Your home is so pretty, inspirational!

gina said...

I have never seen white ribbons on wreaths outdoors- but it looks beautiful and it does give a hint of what will be found indoors... your home is gorgeous!

colorchic said...

Love all the special touches around your home. So festive! And the red... Fabulous!

colorchic said...

Love all the special touches around your home. So festive! And the red... Fabulous!

Viera said...

Fabulous. House is fantastic and I envy your white Christmas.
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Lauren said...

oh it's just so beautiful!!!

I love all the white & the glass ornaments on your garland. Your red door is perfection with the wreaths & all the snow!!!

Your mantle is mm mmm mmm and your house is just such a wonderful "Christmas House!!!"

xoxoxo,
lauren

Maria Killam said...

Have I mentioned I love your house!! So beautiful!

Kirsty said...

Everything looks gorgeous! I love your pillows too!

Bethany at 3SonsPlus1 Crew said...

Oh how beautiful! I'll be coming back to visit again for sure!

Merry Christmas!

beautyinallthings said...

The outside is so inviting!!!

awal.ny said...

I know that we are off the Christmas season, however I happened to see the thumbnail picture of the mantel wreath, and I love that. I am also a little extreme when it comes to Christmas decorations. I can't wait to see your home for the Holidays next year.

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