Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas 2014

Being new to this blogging thing, I have been studying other blogs to get an idea of how firstandmaple.com needs to be constructed. I have been so impressed by the talent and creativity of these fellow bloggers, and how they have managed to so clearly and concisely make each post a work of art. The photographs are so beautiful and the lighting is so perfect that I know I will need some practice to be in the same blogosphere as these authors.

While perusing the interwebs for inspiration, I have come across some of the most gorgeous Holiday decorating I have ever seen. I will share with you just a few of my favorites, and hopefully you will visit these blogs to get a better sense of their creations.


1. Craftberry Bush


Craftberry Bush is a beautiful, creative blog by Lucy Akins. This year, Lucy derived the inspiration for her Living Room from a Frozen Tundra. The flocked tree is stunning.


Lucy is so talented. I could look at her photographs one hundred times, and each time I would see something new and amazing. 


Lucy's dog, Brody, is waiting to take us on a tour of the Den.


In the Den, the theme is A Woodland Christmas. The fresh greenery and neutral wrappings give the room an outdoor feel. 



Lucy gives a tutorial on the miniature boxwood wreaths on her blog. 

2. Thoughts From Alice


Thoughts from Alice is a Lifestyle blog with a twist. Alice W. also has 2 Etsy shops linked to it, and Alice's style is much more eclectic than the traditional that I have seen used  most commonly in Lifestyle blogs. Here, Alice has decked her porch with rustic decor.



It's all in the details.


Alice showcases her creativity and her flair for Boho Chic design in her Christmas decorations this year. Her mix of antiques and handmade goods creates a lovely display of Christmas Glam. 




My favorite thing about Thoughts from Alice is that she uses a variety of items to create her gorgeous eclectic designs. She shows us that we don't have to be all "matchy-matchy" to be stylish.






Along with the bejeweled chandelier, Alice added some bling to the napkin rings via vintage brooches. 




The halls are decked, the kitchen is decked, and thoughtsfromalice.com is ready for you to visit.  

3. Stonegable


Yvonne, who is the awesome creator and blogger behind StoneGable, is one of those women who I always strived to be. A little Martha, a little Mama, and a little Ellen, she has a beautiful home and a great sense of humor. 


Yvonne has an eye for detail. Every inch of her home is a design masterpiece.



Yvonne's kitchen is a Farmhouse kitchen, so when Christmas comes around, it is so much fun to decorate! She uses live greenery and gingham ribbon to add to the kitchen's existing charm. 


Gingham bows and berries.


Yvonne even decorated her canisters! Cute!


Click on over to StoneGable and see for yourself all of Yvonne's posts, recipes, and photographs. stonegableblog.com. One of my favorites. 

4. French Country Cottage


French Country Cottage is a beautiful blog filled with Shabby Chic, Cottage, and French Country decor. Courtney's fabulous romantic style is journaled in her blog that is centered around her home and guest cottage and is truly an inspiration. 


Courtney, a photographer, and a stylist, shows different uses for the same space in her blog,  which allows you, the reader, to pull from it what inspires you.


Here, she showcases her Cottage style, while in the photo above, she shows her French Country style in the same space.


Every room is decorated to perfection, including the bedroom.



Cedar clippings, boxwoods, and assorted greenery that Courtney has on the grounds create the varied wreaths and garlands that deck the home. 


For a Romantic Christmas, go to frenchcountrycottage.net to be inspired by Courtney's amazing talent and gorgeous photographs. You'll be glad you did. 

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