Thursday, December 7, 2017

Readying Our Home for the Holidays

Decorating for our first holiday season in our new home has been very enjoyable. I purchased a few new items, brought out some of the old, and created some things too.

One of my new finds is this Santa bag from the Home Goods store. It was difficult to choose a design as there was a fabulous assortment of them there.

The Home Goods store proved to be a great place to shop for the holidays. I was hoping to find two matching red elongated pillows for our great room chairs to add a little pop to the room. I was delighted to find them there!

Dan and I love the comfy chairs in our new great room and the layout of the space.

I also found a pillow for the sofa that has fabric fringe on the front. It adds texture to the room.

A solid red throw came from JCPenney. Since my favorite color is green, it doesn't take much to complete a holiday look in our home. 

Some of the pieces we've treasured for years include these Lenox pieces from Dan's parents (an ivory Santa and music box tree), and the large sequined ornament that sits behind the lamp base.

The pinocchio we've had since our children were babies, the glittery Christmas card we received one year from my brother and sister-in-law that I framed, and a reproduction photo of my parents holding my two older brothers and me posing in front of our 1956 Christmas tree have been family favorites for many holiday seasons.

And these pieces have brought joy too: the Santa fairy from a friend of our son's; Mrs. Claus, a gift from my Mother; and the Bambi I found at my first Atlanta Country Living shopping experience.

One of my favorite Christmas decorations that I made in the past is this "Jingle all the way" Pinterest inspired shadowbox. 

Some of my creations this year included these white ornaments with words comprised of "skinny" font. They seem to be popular Pinterest items this year. The black vinyl words were cut via my electronic cutting machine.

Since our new home is much smaller than the previous one, we bought a 9-foot tall skinny tree from Home Depot. (I have a "skinny" tree with ornaments that have a "skinny" font on them. Hah!)

I was delighted to find a Christmas edition of Daphne's Diary at Barnes & Noble. In the photo below, you can see how inviting it looks. Another one of my creations, a December Daily journal, that is specifically used for holiday memories.

While reading Daphne's Diary, I was inspired to make an advent themed project. I printed and cut out 24 holiday shaped pieces from ivory cardstock, embellished them with one of my favorite stamps in red ink, and tied them to the dining area chandelier with vintage string. I typed Daphne's ideas for each of the pieces with the "skinny" font I had used for the ornaments.

And finally, here is one more thing I'd like to share with you. Every year, I wrap little inexpensive gifts to hand out to those we come in contact with during this time of the year. I downloaded a vintage Santa image, typed our holiday sentiment on it, and printed and cut them to embellish the little gifts. 

I'm truly enjoying our new holiday decorated home. How about you - is your home ready for the holidays?


  1. I love seeing you share your First Christmas in the new home. A mix of the old sentimental Christmas mixed with new and exciting finds. It looks like it will be a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Your home looks festive and pretty Patty. Love all cute positive sayings on the tags hanging on your chandelier. How sweet to have little gifts by the door to give out. Have fun as we head on down to the big day.

  3. Don't you just love Daphne's Diary? The advent project is so cute. I also love your gift wrap, tags, and jungle bells shadow box project. Everything looks festive and fun!

  4. Oh, Patty...everything looks amazing...such beautiful decorations making your home warm and friendly. and HomeGoods is my favorite store on the planet....


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