Christmas At Our House

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Even though Christmas is only a week away (only 7 more days, people!!), I'd normally still be decorating and whipping out seasonal projects. But now I have a sudden urge to nest, to hunker down with my family and hold them close. Instead of running around, I want to be still and savor all this season has to offer.

Our house is a safe haven, and my most joyful place...especially this time of year! I kept the decor minimal, but the colors bright....here are some of my favorite spots.

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The boys are allergic to real trees, so I get my tree-smell fix with live wreaths tied with glittered tulle on the front doors.

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The Living Room houses our tree this year, with doses of bright jewel-tones splashed around.

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The Mantel and Sequin Trees are just waiting for Santa's arrival.

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I think the Glittery Snowflake Wreath will stay up past the holiday...I have a feeling I won't be ready to pack it away.

Glitter Snowflake Wreath

I've collected quite a few nativity sets, but this year I let my daughter choose her favorites, and arrange them to her liking in the bookshelves.

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I eavesdrop on her imaginary games with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus....nothing sweeter to hear!

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Last year's Snowy Pinecones held up great, and look so pretty with the light reflecting off them.

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The No-Sew Pom Pom Tree Skirt is the perfect backdrop for the presents.

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And our tree now holds even more memories with all the new ornaments we made this year.

DIY Christmas Ornaments

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We spend most evenings in the Family Room, so I wanted to give it splash of Christmas, too.

Mini Christmas Trees

Mini Christmas Trees

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I took these pics Saturday morning, so of course the TV was on!
And we added just a few small touches to the Breakfast Room and Kitchen...like this furry runner (more on that tomorrow!), and last year's Scented Pine Cone Wreath used as a centerpiece.

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The kids love this year's Advent Calendar, and only a few tins remain unopened!

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And finally, the Dining Room table has a display of mini-trees running down the center. I'd show you more, but I'm trying to finish the drapes first!
 
Mini Christmas Trees

I was inspired by Megan's photo tutorial post last week, and tried to create one of those bokeh shots that's all the rage. I didn't quite get there, but I thought it was still a pretty picture.

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I'm pretty sure the 50mm lens to take this shot is under the tree. Probably because I ordered it and told Mr. Sugarplum it was my Christmas present. I'll still win an Oscar with my surprised expression Christmas morning, though.

So that's the tour of Christmas at our house. I'm sharing it with Courtney today, for the Christmas Cheer link party...and I hope you'll come check out all the other gorgeous spaces!



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  1. i love all your fun colors! beautiful and cheerful!

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  2. Merry and bright! And, I agree about just wanting to be home with my kids. I can't wait for this week to be over so they'll be on break.

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  3. Everything looks SO beautiful Cassie! You are such a talented decorator and blogger! I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog this year! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy 2013! Angie xo

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  4. Love all of your Christmas decor! Just beautiful and I love the pops of color. Merry Christmas!!

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  5. Yes. . .keep hibernating over here. Such a beautiful tour, Cassie. I love the night shot. Thanks for coming to the party!

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  6. Everything looks so pretty.

    Anna

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  7. Such fun decor! My favorite is your colorful mantel with the shiny trees. (I'm digging the Christmas bling!)

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  8. LOVE all the bright and happy colors! I really want to go this direction next year! It's so so pretty!

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  9. Love the magnetic tin Advent calendar - what a great idea! Popping over from the Nester's party to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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  10. I love all of your decorations! Especially the nativities! Absolutely beautiful! :)

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  11. I love your colorful Christmas decorating!

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  12. Cassie- Your home is so beautiful and cheerful. I love it. You're so smart to be your own Santa this year. :-)
    Hugs,
    Abby

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  13. I'm with you...LOVE eavesdropping on the nativity scene play. Last year Carter was super concerned that baby Jesus didn't have a bahpo (paci). This year the wisemen want to ride dinosaurs! Love your house at Christmas. It looks SO festive!

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  14. It IS a perfect time to hunker down and savor. I loved the Nativity scenes around the house. Lovely and homey and colorful and restful all at the same time.

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  15. My daughter used to love playing with the nativity scene too! And I have the exact same bowl that your pinecones are in :) Your house looks beautiful!!

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  16. I absolutely LOVE all your colors and decor! It is so fun and festive. I did a little giggle however at the big red elephant next to the nativity - he looks like he is thinking about trampling the baby Jesus and his family. Hee! Your home is gorgeous!

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  17. What a fun, festive and cheerful home! Your red front doors are so pretty and welcoming! Have a wonderful Christmas Cassie!

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  18. Everything is gorgeous Cassie! I love the colors! I'd written up a post yesterday about jewel-tone Christmas decor and scheduled it for tomorrow. Then last night I was reading your blog and saw your pretty decor so I added a picture and a link to you in my post. It goes up tomorrow morning at 9. Love your house all year round, and it's so especially pretty at Christmas time!

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  19. Love your fun vibrant colors and lively decor Cassie! I could give you a run for your money for the Oscar! :)

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  20. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    I am a gift to the world from Ryoma TOMODATI Japan.
    Mariah Carey - All I want for Christmas is you (traduzione)

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  21. Love your Christmas decor! Great job! Inspiring me to do a little more decor today!

    Simply Sophie

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  23. For the bokeh: 1. put more distance in between you and the lights (stand farther away) and 2. Focus on something close to you (not the tree/lights) Sometimes I'll stick my hand out, focus on that, pull my hand away (while the focus is still locked by pressing the button half way), and then shoot.

    You can also make bokeh into shapes :) http://adaywithlilmama.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-to-change-shape-of-bokeh.html

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  24. Your house looks so beautiful! Love the tree there in front of that wall of windows - just gorgeous! You are going to LOVE your new lens!!! Merry Christmas friend! Enjoy your sweet family!

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  25. Your house looks amazing! Have a Merry Christmas!

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