"Decorate Your Home" By, Nancy Alexander
With Nancy of Ladybug Wreaths…
A week or so ago, I posted some pictures of our home at Christmas since many of you have been asking to see how it looked all decorated. I didn't have time to post many that day, so I will put up a few more today. Okay… I know already what you are going to ask. The answer is: "No, I still have not had time to decorate this year — I am working on things for others!" Well, that is the life of a designer… 🙂 Steve and I will get it done soon!
We have been blessed with many wonderful Christmas decorations that I just had to bring home from my shop each year. Many are unique and one-of-a-kind. There is only one problem! As special and unique as they all are, it is a MAJOR ordeal to bring them down from upstairs each year. I have so many, that we never put them all out, but we still have to bring them down anyway as we decide which to display, and which to pack back up. Okay dear children of ours…lol…now is a very good time to take a few of these special "treasures" off our hands!
"Sebastian Greystone Piece de Resistance" is no longer with us, but this is still one of my FAVORITE pictures!
I LOVE a mantle decorated with fruit such as pineapples, apples, pomegranates, pears, as well as many types of greens and berries!
An antique kerosene lamp (now electric) looks great stacked on my old gardening books and displayed with an antique (and very valuable) Tom's peanut jar from my Grandfather's old country store. It is filled with treats for our Christmas guests! And our grandchildren just 'need' a bowl of M&Ms sitting around for them to eat and eat and eat… lol
Started not to use this picture of our Christmas Tree! My hair is way too short, and this was before I lost much more weight — but… oh well! We have a very full 9 foot Christmas tree and that will still not hold all of our ornaments, berries, flowers, and ribbons. We just stop when it looks full enough!
Do you spend much time on your Christmas packages? Well, we do. That is very important at our house. I save many ribbons on the ends of rolls throughout the year. I pick out about 3 to 4 patterns of wrapping paper which look good together and use those along with our left over ribbons. I then use left over berries from my shop. But the rest — the greens — are picked out in my yard. They look very pretty with their stems tucked underneath a bow and smell great on our packages. Our guests get so excited about the way their gift looks that they really don't want to open it…
We go UP with our Christmas decorating too! If we didn't do that, then everything certainly would not fit. I love one of my favorite Santas sitting on the top of my china hutch. This hutch is filled with my red and white Johnson Brothers "Old Mill Stream" China. This china has been discontinued for years, but a dear friend found most of it for me at flea markets in Switzerland. She was an International airline attendant, which gave her access room on each plane to stash filled suitcases for the trips home. She never broke a single piece! And… this red and white looks so beautiful for Christmas!
Next week, we'll go outside with out Christmas Decorating! That is always SO much fun…
Have fun decorating! Be creative! Use things you have never used before!