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Just a few snapshots of our Christmas decorations this year.  Love the display of mercury glass with fresh greens.



Shell bottles and fresh greens … along with red velvet ornaments purchased at ABC Home in NYC.

DSC01100Didn’t have much time to decorate this year … so kept the family room simple.

DSC01105Snowmen with red berries and Christmas ornaments on the mantel.


Just added red frames, striped ornaments and red mercury glass to existing book shelves.  No time this year to do any more!



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Don’t you love using fresh greenery when decorating your home for Christmas?  I sure do!  Cedar and Douglas Fir pine, holly and boxwood are my favorites …


My “go to” place for fresh greenery has been Trader Joe’s.  But, you must get them early in the season, as they go fast!  Especially the cedar swags and wreathes.

This year, our TJs even had fresh boxwood wreathes.  I bought several to hang from mirrors.


I often buy the $4.95 boughs and break them apart.  I tuck the individual pieces of greenery in the artificial garland on my mantels.  It makes it look more natural … and I love the smell!


And of course, I save small pieces to use in my floral arrangements.


And I combine fresh greenery with fruit (apples, pears & persimmons) to decorate our outdoor patio.


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Christmas Displays

Anthro Display

It’s been a busy few weeks with trips to Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Here are a few snapshots of Christmas “on display” at various retail stores.  (Above:  Anthro)


Santa with an interesting clock display at Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach.


We visited the Christmas shop at Roger’s over Thanksgiving weekend.


Beautiful displays from Rolling Greens, a nursery and home store in Los Angeles.



I’d love to recreate a hanging snowflake vignette in our outdoor patio area.


The Christmas tree in the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel.


The entrance to the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, across from the Fairmont.


A great display of wreathes in the Union Square Banana Republic.

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Here’s a quick tour of some of the holiday decor around our house.  I didn’t go “all out” this year … I was just too busy.  I kept it simple and also repeated some decor from last year.

The living room mantel is similar to last years’.  I added fresh greenery (pine & cedar) as well as eucalyptus branches.

I usually decorate the family room in snowmen.  This year, I added more red and a few more vintage ornaments.

I usually change out the plates and decor in the built-in cabinet for holidays throughout the year, but come December … I still had the summer plates displayed!   I just added some red garland and a few ornaments.

I had planned to use more blue this year, but ended up only decorating a bathroom with blue and silver.  There’s always next year!

Merry Christmas!

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We had our annual Christmas party on Friday night.  This year, I did a simple tablescape of greens and ornaments for our dining room table.  This is where we serve most of our food for the party.

Please ignore the crumbs on the tablecloth, as most of the pictures were taken the day after. 🙂

This year, I purchased the bundled greens (pine, cedar and holly) from Trader Joes along with red and pink roses from Costco.  I placed silver and red mercury glass ornaments in a glass pedestal and used my chandelier candlesticks (from TJMaxx – several years ago).

It’s one of my favorite (and easiest) holiday centerpieces yet!

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Looking for a fun holiday craft project you can do with the kids?

These lollipop yard stakes go together in an afternoon.  And, the kids can do so much of the project themselves (actually all of the project, if they are pre-teen or older).

Natalie and I painted the paperplates in traditional mint candy fashion (plus one with polka dots).  We actually painted them last year, but never got around to finishing them until this year.  The nice thing about this holiday craft is that they are easy to store — and take up very little space if you unassemble them before packing them away.

Here’s what you need:

  • Paperplates – the thicker kind works best (2 needed for each lollipop)
  • Paint – we used the inexpensive acrylic paint from the craft store
  • Brushes
  • Scissors & Hot glue gun
  • Cellophane Wrap
  • Ribbon
  • 1/2 – 3/4 inch wood dowls (in desired length for lollipop sticks)

Here are the steps:

1.  Paint the backs of the paper plates with your desired design.  Remember to paint two plates for each lollipop.  We painted our designs in pairs, so each lollipop would look the same on both sides.

2.  Once the paint has dried, you cut a notch in each paper plate the width of the wood dowl.  When the plates are glued together, this will create a hole for the dowl.

3.  Glue the paperplates together (facing each other, with the painted design on the outside).  Be sure to align the notches to make the hole for the dowl.  Once glue is dry/hardened, insert wood dowl in notched hole.

4.  Cut a sheet of cellophane about 24 by 24 inches.  You may need to adjust the size if your plates are larger or smaller.  Place the cellophane over the two plates that are glued together and gather it together at the bottom so that the end of the dowel sticks out.

5.  Tie the cellophane with a ribbon where it is gathered, making a bow.

Lollipops can be used in your yard, in potted plants, in planters … or like Natalie — she has one in her bedroom.

Happy Crafting!

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Mercury glass can be a nice touch in holiday decorating.  Whether it’s candlestick holders, votives, vases, bowls, ornaments or other items … there are so many different ways to use them throughout your home.

I use my large mercury candlestick holders throughout the year.  I have several from Pottery Barn and others from places like TJMaxx.  They look pretty on mantels, part of tablescapes and other holiday vignettes.  With the popularity of mercury glass, you can find knock offs inexpensively.

I’ve also added a few mercury glass trees in the past couple of years.  I’ve been collecting red and silver mercury glass ornaments for over ten years — along with votive holders.  I use them for Christmas and Valentine’s home decor.  The past couple of years, Target has even sold votive holders in multiple colors.

Happy Holiday Decorating!

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