January 6, 2010

a few photos from our holidays

For my Christmas decorating this year I focused on just a few things and actually kept most of my decorations tucked away in their boxes. This year it was all about a "natural" Christmas. We had a live fir in the living room decorated with my favorite ornaments - lots of glittery glass balls and vintage handmade ornaments -, our stockings were hung at the fireplace and fresh flowers and pointsettias bloomed in vases and pots around the house all season. It was refreshing to keep things simple. And the vibrant greenery really brightened things up on gray days.

A view of our sparkly tree from the kitchen. On the lockers, I hung some hand-stamped doilies.



Our tree. Before we put the angel on top and added the white quilted skirt below. I forgot to get pictures of the "after"!



A vignette of fresh greenery - pine boughs, mums and winter berries - with a favorite ironware urn and retro silver candlesticks.



White mums and pine branches. I painted the edges of the pine cones in gold to add a little shimmer.



A new addition to the fireplace this year!



New addition #2!



Our chalkboard door with a merry message.



A simple fruit centerpiece. Stacked tangerines and sparkling beaded apples and pears on cake stands add a festive touch.



A floral centerpiece. Fresh flowers - mums, lilies and carnations - in an assortment of old jam jars and recycled glass jars.



I love the bright pop of red in an otherwise white and green bouquet.



I just love flowers. ;)

That's all for now.

Thanks for letting me share.

14 comments:

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Beautiful Christmas decors oh I just wish its Christmas once again.

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The flowers are so beautiful. I love the flower arrangement very fancy.

mary said...

I loved this post! Your home is beautiful and your vignettes and flowers looked great! I especially love the view of your tree from the kitchen -- so lovely! :)

nifer said...

Simply beautiful! I love your tree (I wish we could have done a potted tree, but they are so expensive, and we have no where to plant it in the spring). And I really like the pine/mum arrangements. Wintery but pretty.

Aimee said...

Gorgeous...welcome back...I am still MIA...someday, maybe.

Joslyn said...

stunning! i hope christmas with the new babes was perfection!
happy new year.

Megara said...

your decorations are lovely! they are absolutely festive but definitely not over the top glitzy. i love it. and congratulations on the two new stockings, i bet it was a much different christmas than last year :)

Kristin @ Contented Me said...

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments. Makes me smile from ear to ear! And yes, it was a very special Christmas this year with our two new additions! ;)

karey m. said...

love love love! it looks like such a romantic space...

funny how flowers and gorgeous floors are really all you need, yes?

plus h and a! xoxo.

The Cherry Blog said...

oooh - chalkboard door and stacked tangerines - i love!! xx

Minnie said...

So glad you're back. I missed your stylish posts but totally imagined you were busy with your adorable babies. I love your home. It has such a nice blend of modern and vintage. I'm dying to see those lockers in full view!

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flowers do more for a room than anything else does

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

Love the idea of the chalkboard door! I may need to replicate this in my apartment.

Megan said...

Glad to see you're back, Kristin! What a nice post! The house looks amazing. You're a super mom for sure!