12/8/14

Not a Creature Was Stirring

Hey everyone!  Why oh why does December always seem to fly by way too fast?  My decorating is complete, my shopping is finished, cards are in the mail, packages are wrapped.....but still, I want more time to enjoy the smells and listen to my favorite Christmas carols.  Does anyone else feel this way?  Two areas of my home do bring me such a feeling of calm -- our sitting room and the dining room.  They are actually all one large space, but let's not "quibble."  I shared the sitting area in my last post, and would love to share the dining room now.  Remember, this is me doing a more simplified version of Christmas decorating.....seriously!



I layered a string of battery-powered cool lights under the faux snow, and it gives off such a sweet glow.  The little Putz houses are also illuminated.




Not having our big tree meant that I had lots of Christmas balls to add in here and there.

More reflections......mirrors add a magical touch!



Not too bad for being 10 years old!

Top of my china cabinet.

This nativity is 44 years old!  It's just not Christmas without it.


Just a sneak-peek at my kitchen decor!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Y'all are always welcome here!

I sometimes like to party with these lovely bloggers:

Sunday
Dee at  Meatloaf and Melodrama for Snickerdoodle Sunday
Monday
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

Tuesday
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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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

17 comments:

Poppy said...

Carol, you can probably guess that I, for one, (maybe the only one in blogland), is a big fan of simple: less stuff is more than enough, clean lines and streamlined views are, for me, very pretty. Having said that, your simpler approach to festive decorating this year, coincides with my 'take' on things, (even those that don't have to do with decor!). Your Putz neighbourhood centerpiece shines; what I would give to take a winter stroll in such a magical, snowy place!

Happy Monday!
Poppy

Maria Elena said...

Carol, I love your Christmas decor. Your dinning room looks beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

Carol- Your dining room is just lovely- starting with that tablecloth! Love your little putz houses and the room just feels calm and serene. xo Diana

Oliva Ohlson said...

Gorgeous room and everything looks great! I really love your tablecloth! Did you make it?

Debby Ray said...

Yes, I agree...not enough time to enjoy it...and I'm even leaving town for Christmas although I decorated to "get in the spirit". Your simplified decor is stunning!

Traci said...

You're ahead of me. Most of my shopping is done but nothing is wrapped yet & cards aren't done. Eventually it'll get done.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Wow, you are on a roll! I have only ordered one gift; and the cards are still in the boxes...lol! Guess I need to get busy! Your holiday decor is lovely, as always! Simplification seems to be the theme in blogland this year...and I love it!

Kim said...

I have decided to simplify this year...my decor, my shopping, all in favor of more time spent enjoying the season. Of course, it's still managing to fly by!! Your home looks lovely and so very festive! I just love the way you have decorated, especially those tiny illuminated houses! Merry Christmas, Carol!

Consider It All Joy said...

Hi Carol, Happy to read that you enjoyed your month with friends, what a special treat! I love all of your little decorations! You are very good at keeping them neat and clean for so many years. I guess it's that beautiful closet you have for storage :) Simplicity is a good word for this year and I'm doing some of the same. Working hard at just enjoying instead of over doing! Blessings to you, Cindy

Becca said...

I admire that you are all DONE and can now sit back and enjoy your beautiful Christmas home! Your dining room looks gorgeous ... love how your styled your hutch, and the Nativity is so sweet. You've incorporated tradition and whimsy, and, like you, I wish we could enjoy our holiday spaces much longer! Happy Holidays!

Feral Turtle said...

Love it! That little house display is so pretty. Oh to be so organized Carol! My hero!

Art @ Home said...

:D I love your centerpiece vignette….love the colors!!!

xo,
RJ

The Refeathered Roost said...

Your home looks so festive! I so agree that December always flies by so quickly. Yay for you having everything ready...I still have some shopping and wrapping to complete but I'm trying to not worry and just enjoy the season. Thanks so much for your visit!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Your nativity and I are the same age! Lol! Looks great and I can't wait to see your kitchen decor!

Dee M said...

You did a wonderful job, Carol! I love the ornament balls on display. I did that last year, but this year the kids wanted all of them on the tree. :)

Vel Criste said...

Simply beautiful ! For someone simplifying, your doing a pretty spectacular job Carol! I love the Putz houses and hopefully I can acquire some for my own table and displays!

Richella Parham said...

So pretty! Carol, your house looks festive and merry--so Christmasy and very inviting. I'd like to come visit, that's for sure! :)

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