If you follow my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista Pinterest board, you’ll note a fascination with antiques and vintage porcelain. A vintage porcelain soup tureen doubles beautifully as a vase for fresh flowers, becoming a new traditional part of traditional holiday decorating.
Unique finds make the best stocking stuffers. This vintage glass desk prism is not only an excellent conversation piece, but an on-trend color of the year 2017 gift for the lover of all things vintage on your holiday gift list.
Care for a spot of holiday high tea in high greenery style?
Season’s Greetings! I love that traditional greeting, and it seems a most befitting introduction to these Christmas images in seasonal splendor post. Andy Williams serenades “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as I live and holiday, and by gosh, by golly it most certainly is.
The sight and sound of traditional holiday colors, songs, decorations and displays delight, and these images of Christmas rich in traditional trimmings are a few of my favorite things.
As the holiday pace picks up, I remind myself it will come and go like the blink of an eye. I make sure to fill the house with Christmas music, the slow cooker with scents of the season, and Dave the Builder’s Christmas cookie jar full of whatever cake mix cookie combination I come up with this week. Most of all, I am making sure not to lose sight of the true beauty of and reason for the season. That definitely brings to mind and eye images of Christmas in seasonal splendor.
Merry Christmas 2015! From our hearts and home to yours, Dave the Builder and I wish each of you the merriest of Christmases. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and may it be one spent in the presence of love of family and friends who are like family, extraordinary joy, bountiful blessings, delicious delights and precious memories new and old. We consider it an honor that you choose to spend time at our house.
Happy Holidays friends! We are T-3 to Christmas 2015, and the joy of the season is electric by way of white Christmas lights and treasured traditions. Welcome to our Home for the Holidays where the theme of comfort and simplicity is well represented.
Our tour is of the dining room and the part of the foyer decked for the holidays. The dining room, a forever work in progress, has seen several design and decor changes in 2015, and will continue to see more in 2016. The walls are devoid of artwork (the piece you see in this photo is part of the kitchen gallery wall) and the style jury is unable to reach a unanimous decision on accent rug vs. hardwood floors. The dining room isn’t the only space getting a makeover. My Mother’s Day gift from our son was paying for the new wallpaper I fell in love with at first sight but took several months to decide if I really had to have it. Turns out I did. Dave the Builder began the project, but real life obligations and unexpected circumstances stepped in and halted the foyer beautification project. Patience is not only a virtue it is a necessary tool of the trade in design and decorating.
On the Monday before Christmas, my true love gave to me. A single Santa leopard-ing
and a Christmas goose in the foyer displayed in front of the new zebra wallpaper sitting pretty (pronounce it prit-tee and it rhymes with tree. Get it? Partridge. Pear Tree).
A holiday table centerpiece of magnolia leaves and holly is indeed so Southern, so holiday, so easy and so beautiful.
Bob’s Sweet Stripes as swizzle sticks and crystal finial ornaments as wine charms? You bet!
I purchased these vintage mini framed Madonna prints for my kitchen gallery wall.
Inspiration is everywhere.
The subject matter is holiday appropriate, and the petite size of the framed prints sealed the DIY deal. Napkin rings it is!
I have collected Victorian inspired Santa Claus figurines for years. Due to the epic move aka the gift that keeps on giving, combining two households into one and the renovation of my childhood home into our new to us home, most of my Santa collection now resides in climate controlled storage. These inexpensive stand-in Santas have no great provenance or famous artist signature assigned to them, but I do love the colors and facial features of these old world replicas.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and this perfectly imperfect image serves as a visual reminder of my personal design and decorating philosophy. Perfection, style and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more gorgeous than a home that beautifully illustrates personal style lives here. Design and decorate it with a sense of you!
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is pegging the Christmas tree needle on the it’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas meter. Christmas at Places In The Home will be quite different this year due to the recent passing of my dad. Our Christmas celebration and holiday revelry will be rooted in Christmas simplicity. I am finding the smaller, quieter and simpler way of doing things a comfortable addition to our traditional holiday decorating and festivities format. “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
As it goes in the excitement of the season and in all their young and innocent glory, children can be noisy. In 1670 a choirmaster from the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany called upon of a local candy maker to create candy cane sugar sticks as a treat for the children of the congregation. The intention and hope of the candy treats was to quieten the children of the congregation during the Christmas Eve Living Crèche. The choirmaster asked the candy maker to make the candy in the form of a shepherds hooks in order to evoke thoughts of the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus. These candies were originally all white in color symbolizing the sinless life of Jesus. It was not until around the turn of the century that the traditional red stripes as well as the peppermint flavor was introduced. Peppermint remains the number one selling flavor among non-chocolate, hard candies. The United States produces 70% of the Worlds peppermint supply.
For the making a list and checking it twice crowd, those of us who aren’t exactly finished with our holiday shopping and may just need a tad of inspiration in the gift giving department (and you know who you are), holiday help is here. With the shopping days left until Christmas growing ever closer, The Places In The Home Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide is updated and ready to lend inspiration for your deck the halls gift giving needs. We’ve got a wide range of gift ideas for the halls, foyers, kitchens, powder, bed and dining rooms, dens and places and spaces that make a house a home. For stylish measure I have also included accessories of the sparkle, glitter and catch the eye kind for our first cousin of style, the fashionista. To view the complete Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide Pinterest board, click on the image below.
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These gift suggestions are just a preview of the bigger holiday gift giving (or anytime of year) ideas picture. Pop on over to Pinterest to see the other goodies on my Gifts for the Deck the Halls Decorista holiday gift guide. Happy Holiday Shopping!
Dave the Builder and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas filled with love of season and family, remembrance, joy, blessings, delicious delights and safe travels as you yuletide celebrate where your heart is home for the holidays.
A few years back, I accidentally began a Christmas Eve tradition of wrapping Christmas gifts, sipping eggnog and listening to Christmas music. Born out of part procrastination, part conflicting holiday schedules and part this isn’t such a bad way to spend an evening with Dave the Builder, the ritual stuck. Christmas gift wrapping ideas and inspiration has always intrigued and amazed the holiday part of my brain. I fondly remember standing in line at a local department store at holiday time with gift in hand staring at the particular paper pattern and ribbon color chosen to accent the present presentation. Nothing said holidays like the gold oval Weiss and Goldring embossed gold sticker placed in the lower right hand corner of the wrapped package. I haven’t seen one of those stickers in years, but I do my best at Christmas gift wrapping time to channel the art of Christmas present presentation.
For the large part of you who probably have your gift wrapping all wrapped up these ideas will have to be entered in the maybe for next year column. For the others like myself who have yet to wrap it up, may I present that’s a wrap holiday gift wrapping ideas and inspiration for your Christmas presents wrapping consideration.
This year Places In The Home is giving as holiday gifts to our neighbors butcher cut pork tenders seasoned with Southern Living’s recipe for Smoky-Sweet BBQ rub. I’m wrapping the finished product up in Cavallini & Co. The Butcher’s Guide Poster wrapping paper, adding a printable cuts of pork diagram on top as the to/from card and tying it all together with red and white butcher twine and cedar twigs.
A repurposed clear glass seasoning jar comes in handy for the BBQ rub, and Southern Living gifts the printable recipe instruction tag.
Postcards of travel times past, landscape art reproductions, seasonal images, family photos, vintage fashion jewelry pieces, fabric samples, painted pine cones in gold or silver, embellished dollar store finds, vintage lace handkerchiefs and napkins, burlap sand bags – the creative possibilities tease the imagination.
Nature retains its title as the best arts and crafts store. The inspiration derived from it is beautifully wrapped up and places under a Smoky Mountain Christmas tree at the incomparable Blackberry Farm.
Remember the excitement of a fully holiday stocked Western Auto showroom? It almost measured up to the thrill of the sight of the local department stores window displays up and down the downtown streets decorated with overhead greenery swags decked to the holiday max in traditional red and green. Almost!
Hard candy, the shiny aluminum Christmas tree, color wheel and glass ornaments, and an extensive collection of inexpensive dime store decorations adorned my grandmother’s den and living room in holiday wonder as only a grandmothers den and living room could.
The local television station gifted our community a version of must see holiday TV each weekday afternoon between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, complete with letters from Santa and his magic telescope made for watching good boys and girls.
Being a true believer, I was totally convinced he could see every move my brother and I made. Our late November to late December behavior reflected that theory much to the delight of our parents.
Weekly visits to the local shopping center to visit with Santa ranked high on my lists of priorities. An Easy Bake Oven was in my sights, and as you can see in the picture below my Christmas wishlist dreams came true.