Wednesday, December 12, 2012

'Tis the Season



The house is filled with flowers, cedar clippings, and a Christmas tree not yet decorated. 

I draped cedar clippings around the chandelier. I love the contrast between the organic and the crystal. 


I just love this time of year. 


White poinsettias are always a favorite of mine. I could fill the entire house with them but I only put them up high and out of reach of little arms.


These are clippings from a broken plant that toppled over. The cuttings last wonderfully long. 

I always start out with more elaborate plans for the mantle, but in the end left it sparse as usual. I just love the simplicity of evergreens all on their own. 


I made the little wreaths using some floral wire. I saw this in a magazine years ago and I'm just  getting around to doing it this Christmas. 

I didn't get a chance to force paper whites or amaryllis this year.  Perhaps for the New Year? They go on sale soon after Christmas, so perhaps I'll indulge then. 


The little cedar wreaths make the familiar so much more festive. 

The tree is standing with lots of lights (and hopefully freshly watered...why do I always think of checking the water late at night?), but not yet decorated. 

We'll see if we get to that before Christmas! 

We are finding enough time to eat lots of festive foods however. Mike made a pumpkin pie from the garden pumpkins and then there's those Christmas cookies... I just bought some fresh organic apple cider with some mulling spices, and hope that a warm cup of that is going to replace all desire for Christmas sweets. 

I'll let you know how that goes. 

Happy holiday season to you and yours. 

xo


44 comments :

  1. Beautiful. Merry Christmas to you all.
    Hen x

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  2. Your home looks very special, We to love the simplicity of green and white. This year we have added yellow wattyl on top of the garlands that sit on the bannister. Merry Xmas xx (Western Australia)

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  3. Mulled cider sounds delicious! The fresh and simple green is so beautiful... and I can imagine the lovely scent.

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  4. Oh so gorgeous...and restful...and peaceful. (imagine that in a house full of toddling twins!)

    You always do understated so beautifully! It is an art!

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  5. As always beautiful!!! Merry Christmas and enjoy! I'm sure that's not a challenge with the little ones, just enjoy!!! donna :)

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  6. Fresh cedar has always been one of my favourites to have in the house at Christmas time. You do it beautifully, love the tiny wreaths. I am sure this will be a delightful year with the little ones. Enjoy their Merry Christmas . . . and yours!

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  7. Wow Trina everything looks gorgeous I love the wreaths you made . Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season . Hope you post before we have to see your tree when it's done :)

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  8. Trina, your decorations are simple and beautiful, as always. I just bought an amaryllis bulb, on sale for $4.99. I know it won't bloom by Christmas, but that's fine with me. A gorgeous red flower is welcome in this house any time of year. Enjoy the season and Merry Christmas to you and your family,
    Claudia

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  9. Everything looks beautiful with the fresh greenery, but I particularly love the cedar on the chandelier. I think you are right not to decorate with anything else... the natural elements look gorgeous on their own against the bright white.

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  10. perfect styling...fresh and peaceful holiday decor

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  11. Beautiful...as always. And your words brighten my day! Now I am off to make sugared pecans for friends far away. Merry Christmas!

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  12. Simple yet beautiful as always! We had lots of pumpkins leftover too to eat so I made lots of jars of fresh pumpkin purée and froze them. I love just using fresh greenery to decorate with! Merry Christmas!

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  13. I love the cedar Trina. How sweet and romantic it looks against the white. My cedar dies with the heat of the house. I've tried it but it will only last for 2 or 3 days. So sad.
    I love the way the chandelier looks. Your home is so sweet and beautiful and I love the way you decorated. Can't wait to see your tree.
    So lovely, as always.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  14. so fresh and beautiful. love your idea for warm cider to stave off the sweets cravings!

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  15. Oh Trina your home is gorgeous for the Holidays...love all the fresh greenery.
    Merry Christmas to you all!

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  16. things are looking lovely as always trina.

    i know, i always think of watering the tree at bedtime. the mind is too full during the day.

    love your greenery...!

    happy christmas. xo terri

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  17. Beautiful, so simple yet elegant!

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  18. It looks so beautiful and elegant, yet simple to do. Have a blessed Christmas!

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  19. Gorgeous! I love the greenery with the white and sparkling backgrounds.

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  20. Happy Birthday to the Little Ones!

    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas.

    Karla in CA.

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  21. How do you keep your greenery fresh?

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  22. Looks beautiful!! How did you hang the wreath over your mirror?

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  23. Always a treat and inspiration to see your beautiful home!

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  24. I hang the wreath using twine. You can loop it under the nail behind the mirror or just hang the twine from the heaviest part of the topper (I did that this time).

    The greenery gets crisper as the days pass. It's made me think of buying faux greenery in the future but it's just not the same. It will have to come down soon after Christmas but perhaps that's for the better as it makes you enjoy it all the more.

    Trina

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  25. So absolutely beautiful Trina. The contrast amongst the lovely white details of your home and the fresh green boughs are stunning!

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  26. Your decorations are simply beautiful and inspire me to decorate this weekend. Thank you for sharing such loveliness, Cynthia

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  27. Very classic xmas. Green and white. I can feel the yuletide season.

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  28. SO perfect and simple. Gorgeous Trina!
    xoxo

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  29. Charming look you have here.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  30. Lovely and happy home to raise your beautiful children in!!! Merry Christmas! ♥ Tina

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  31. Your house always looks so clean and uncluttered. Mine, on the other hand, is quite a mess, just like me! I do appreciate simplicity, but can never seem to achieve it for myself. Perhaps, that is why your lovely farmhouse is so appealing to me. Blessings on you and yours this Christmas!

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  32. You have certainly created a beautiful Christmas look.

    Have a wonderful happy time ! Barbara

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  33. My dear,
    I found your blog by chance, while peeking others and I decided to check it out! I’m glad I did it, because I am really delighted with yours. It's beautiful, well structured, interesting… and it has completely got me hooked. I think we're going to get along just fine! ;) I'd like to invite you to meet my space as well and I hope you'll have as much fun as I am having in yours!
    I wish you lots of success
    kisses
    http://cottoncandy-peaches@blogspot.com

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  34. Beautiful! I love all the greenery, and your white pointsettas. I bought my first one this year, in red...white would get lost in my colourful house ;-)

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  35. I don't know if it's the new camera you got, but the whites are SO gorgeous. The light is really beautiful.

    Em

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  36. The evergreens and the white are such a pretty contrast - like trees in the snow. So organic.

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