Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Decorating Home Tour Through The Years

boxwood wreath white tree with ornaments

I was up late last night perusing the blogosphere, when  I came across "Centsational Girl", a blog after my own heart. It is written by Kate Riley, who lives in Northern California's Wine Country. Of course, THAT caught my attention. I went on to read that Kate loves many of the same things I do, such as: DIY, power tools, home improvement, and thrift stores. After looking at Kate's work, I knew that she was one of my new favorites. I hope you enjoy her decorating journal of Christmases past. She is awesome.

Memory Lane: Christmas Decorating
DECEMBER 9, 2014
This year’s Christmas decorating in our home is the definition of minimalist: there is an evergreen wreath hanging indoors for the scent, a faux tree, glitter confetti strung here and there, and a few white branches, and it’s just enough. We will get our real Christmas tree when we arrive in Las Vegas for the family reunion and we’re bringing our box of treasured ornaments so we do have that to look forward to.
We’re also taking this year off from hosting our annual Christmas party which feels somewhat strange, but all those hours not spent baking or decorating has freed up time to attend local plays, go out to dinner with friends, or take long drives just to enjoy the twinkle lights and outdoor decorations around town. It’s different, quiet, and nice.
I’m in correspondence every evening as the two Elves on the Shelf that my children adore… answering questions like “Who is your favorite reindeer?” (Comet, he is the fastest) and “What is your favorite movie?” (theirs of course) and “Are you on Instagram?” (Why yes). Forming letters in an Elf’s handwriting like y and g requires multiple swirls and it’s so hard to disguise my own writing! I can’t believe they haven’t figured it out yet so I’ll treasure their belief while it lasts. :)
This year I have no house tour to share, although I’ve been enjoying so many of my fellow bloggers lovely homes this season! I was looking through some old images from Christmases past, years when I have decorated the house for the holidays and it looked so festive all dolled up. Here’s a stroll down memory lane with trees and favorite vignettes from the past, a “recycled Christmas” if you will. :) 


poinsettias on porch

poinsettias and wreath kitchen window

flocked red and white tree



kate holiday entry

branches and bowl of ornaments

mirrored apothecary with stockings

blue and white christmas tree

gold bowl filled with ornaments
silver gold place setting

ornament garland on christmas mantel

white deer and colorful garland

boxwood wreath white tree with ornaments


decorated tree and piano

tufted sofa sheepskin rug poinsettia in crate

ornaments in tureen in window

evergreen clippings on dining table

console with trees

mixed metallics christmas mantel

wonderful time pillow on chair

I hope you all are savoring the holiday season in your own way too! Cheers friends.

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