All is Calm, All is Bright

Hey everyone!  Wow, it has been awhile since I did a blog post!  Did you miss me?  Actually, you really don't need to answer that!  We had very dear friends from Oregon renting a house in our neighborhood for the month of November and were with us for Thanksgiving.  We had such a nice time with them, and blogging just didn't seem very important.  I am happy to be back now with some Christmas decorating around our home.  We aren't having any family celebrations here this year, so I have greatly scaled back my decorating from the norm.  No big tree this year;  I opted for 2 small trees inside and 2 outside.  Today I thought I'd share the foyer and sitting room.

Here in the foyer, as well as the sitting and dining rooms, I used lots of gold and silver 
with splashes of red.

I just love reflections, don't you?

Kris Kringle all ready to work his magic.

It's so peaceful and calm in this space during the day and.......

In the evening. 

I made this crewel stitchery about thirty-five years ago, and still love displaying it.

Many, many mini-me's....again with the reflections!

Always fun to add my seasonal pillow covers.

Just a little sneak-peek at my dining room -- a post for another day!

I hope you enjoyed this little tour.  I always love to share my home with all of you, and I'm definitely looking forward to sharing more spaces over the next couple of weeks.

I sometimes like to party with these lovely bloggers:
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays

Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 

Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Your home looks so pretty all dressed for the Holidays. I love that ruffled skirt! I have a table that I need to cover like that! Glad you had fun with your friends...that takes precedence over blogging. Hope you are feeling a lot better. xo Diana

  2. Oh I love your home and your foyer is especially pretty. That ruffled table is gorgeous.

  3. I was just thinking about you, Carol, and I was so happy to see your post! Your home is so inviting, and I love your decorations. Can't wait to see the rest! :)

  4. Carol, your home looks absolutely beautiful all dressed up for Christmas. I love your entryway. The tree is just perfect. My eye went straight to the pillows on your sofa. Gorgeous!

  5. Carol, I love your warm holiday rooms! The two small trees area brilliant idea. We have two big trees, but I think I could really love the look of a small tree in a few rooms instead...maybe someday!

  6. You always have such pretty decor. I am so behind on everything and now I have a house full coming on Saturday for an early Christmas.....yikes!

  7. Love the Kris Kringle in the foyer and that stitchery is amazing! So neat that you've kept it all these years. :)

  8. I did miss you, glad that you had a wonderful time with your friends though and I can see you've been catching up on your beautiful decorating already!


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