Monday, December 22, 2014

Decorating for Christmas

Oh, I'm so thoroughly enjoying this Christmas season! After six years of too many difficulties to share, we are having a wonderful, wonderful holiday season. Last week we attended the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra's Bach Brandenburg Concerto Marathon. The music was divine. And last night we went to see the "Nutcracker Suite." It was a feast for the eyes and ears. We loved just loved it, and my husband can't wait to see Prokofiev's "Cinderella" in the spring. I never knew he would like ballet -- he didn't either. Now he wants to compose a ballet... Well, after the money-making work is done, I told him! lol!

I'm taking off from work for a few weeks, and I'm just loving all the decorating. I haven't really decked the halls in many years. What a joy it is for me now!  This 1800s pine hutch is a thrift shop find from six weeks ago. This corner of my kitchen has waited years for this piece!

It's filled with santas that my dear mother and I collected through 
the years. I celebrated her with each piece I unboxed and placed. 

These great vintage lights and boxes were a surprising find from 
weekend thrifting with my friends Christel and Heidi. 

The centerpiece for my kitchen table with vintage  ornaments and 
beaded garland and  Tom and Jerry cups.

A display of my cards and decorations I put together with thrift shop finds:

 A few years ago I discovered Tom and Jerry punch bowls, and 
it has been a love thing ever since:
You might say that I'm quite addicted. Christel found this chocolate brown
 set for me at the the thrift shop last weekend.  I LOVE it, especially against 
the light oak of my mother's favorite piece of furniture. (I have 
more Tom and Jerry pieces, but that will have to be for another day, lol!)

Here's a creche that I created from a TJ Maxx find and an image from an 
angel calendar. The figures are hand-carved from Austria--a gift throughout 
many years from my dear sister-in-law:

 I did my Christmas tree in red and gold with a few House of Hatten ornaments:

 House of Hatten was around 15 or more years ago. My mom and I 
collected these together--another reminder of the fun we used to 
have with our after Christmas shopping.

Not House of Hatten, but I just love these snowballs!
Another view of the tree:

 Christmas in the City. What haven't I collected? Lol!

One of the sideboards in my family room. I have a lot of these! lol! 
The decorations are minimal as the hand carving and stained 
glass stand on their own as a testament to the artistry and 
craftsmenship of the past. My paternal grandmother's clock is a focal point:

I guess I should have started with the entry first,but I spend 
most of my time in the kitchen!

The chalkboard door hides a closet that used to house our furnace, 
which now resides in the attic.  This little closet makes a nice pantry. 
I really do have to improve my chalkboard lettering!

These vintage silverplate pieces are thrift shop finds that I painted with 
chalkboard paint. I am still getting up my nerve or the patience to 
trace lettering and go over it with a chalk pen.

 The tree in my craft/tutoring room full of vintage ornaments and 
some of my handmade things. 

What a great way to celebrate a good and busy year! 
Wishing you peace and joy throughout the holidays and all through the new year!


Debby Ray said...

Laura...I haven't seen you around for a while! Your decorations are beyond gorgeous and I really love all of the vintage collectables too! So glad you got to deck your halls this year...what a treat to the eyes! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Sandy McClay said...

Your home is stunning and filled with memories that are so have some beautiful pieces of history in your furniture....and I love you and your Mom's Santa collection.....I am so glad that is is a yous time for you and your family...Merry Christmas!

Jann Olson said...

I am so glad that you are having a wonderful Christmas! The hutch is just perfect and I love your Santa collection. I have a dear friend that has lots of the House of Hatten ornaments. They really are wonderful! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Susan Clayton said...

Loved seeing all your decorating. I'm glad that this is an especially good Christmas and that you have some time to enjoy decorating. Angels to you my friend! Merry Christmas.

Marci said...

Your home is beautiful. All that gorgeous furniture! Great find on that awesome corner hutch! I can't believe the stuff people donate to the thrift store. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your home looks just beautiful, Laura! I love your new corner hutch and that buffet piece shown after it. Gorgeous furniture you have!

Love your tree with red and gold, and your little white one in your craft room. I wish I had just a little more room in my craft/sewing room to put a little tree in.