Since everyone is running laps around me in the blogging world with their Christmas tours, I thought it might be time to share a few pictures of our home. Be warned, the pictures were taken late afternoon on a cloudy day (with my i-phone) and the colors might look a little off.
Let's start with the outside. Our window boxes received a few branches from the cypress and magnolia trees just to fluff things up and make the exterior more festive. I also placed wreaths on each of our front windows and used gold ribbon to hang them. Would you believe I did not make a single wreath or garland this year? Even though they are both super easy to make, I decided to make it even easier on myself, so I bought them.
Welcome to the home of the nosiest dog on the planet! She's up there with that "who's here" look on her face, haha.
The jars and lanterns were already on the mantel and I just added the cypress garland and votive candles. I took this picture the other morning before I added the magnolia.
Here it is with the magnolia and all of the candles lit. I love to light all the candles at night and turn on the Christmas lights! Do you?
I picked up the snow for the lanterns at Pottery Barn. Last year I added black and white striped ribbon and evergreens to the lanterns.
Here's a picture of our Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I swear it wasn't this small at the tree lot. We keep laughing about it, but have decided that less really is more. Maybe one day we will get around to adding the ornaments. At least the lights are on - my favorite part anyway ;).
I also added this tree topper, haha! Last year's ribbon is making a reappearance after all.
A few leftover lemons from the wreath and boxwood...
The rest of the living room is pretty simple. A cypress garland on the banister, and a few festive cuttings in a vase, and my little deer from a few years ago are the only changes.
I'm not a fan of fake stuff during Christmas, but I do like this faux garland with lights that I picked up a few years ago. This year I put it on our china cabinet for added light in that dark corner.
It wouldn't be Christmas without paperwhites! I forgot to give them a shot of vodka to keep them from getting leggy, oops!
That's about it friends. Thanks for letting me ramble! Hope you enjoyed the mini tour!