Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gathering Christmas Photos

Are you gathering your Christmas photos from the past to give you an idea of what direction you will be going this year?  May I just go ahead and tell you that I want to pull my hair out of both sides of my head, at the same time, and run screaming into the woods beside my house?!   Maybe I can hide out there until January, then go inside my home and take a long awaited bath. (It would only be a month and a half, geez!)  and ask you all if you had a good Christmas and we can all pretend I am normal.  No?  That won't work?  I figured as such.

Aesthetic ~ Concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.  Giving or designed to give pleasure through beauty; of pleasing appearance.
Obsessed ~ Preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent.
Yes, that would be me right now!  So today I want to share with you some of my Christmas photos from the past.
I haven't bought anything new so you just act surprised when I show this again in December and say Oh you did a great job!
Christmas in my bedroom.  Remember that picture on the wall?  It was last seen in my living room but it's upstairs again.  That was my grandmother's little ceramic green box with the rose on the lid.  The perfume bottle was a gift many years ago by a dear friend.
The mantel last Christmas.  I feel myself being swayed back to this look but I have a new to me mirror that deserves the spotlight this year.
 That deer has been with us for many years.
 My mister's violin.
 Family painting centered over vintage mirror.  Garland over mantel holding a Christmas horn.
 You can see the age of the mirror here.
 Especially here!  I didn't know I would love the look of the old vintage mirrors as much as I do.  It pairs so well with vintage Christmas decorations.
 Same mirror but you can't quite see the age as well.
 I had moved the Christmas tree across the room, you can see the reflection in the mirror.  My mister thought I had lost my mind because it was blocking the front door.  I told him everybody comes through the kitchen so it doesn't matter.  I got quite a look from him. : )
Red berries from the yard.



  1. Of all the blogs I follow, yours is the best. I love your style, and the rich colors you use. I am so tired of white or gray walls, and white furnishings. I look forward to great pleasure every post you do. Merry Christmas to your family. I am sorry to post as Unknown Google, but I have not figured out how to post as myself, I do not have a website of my own.

    1. That is so kind of you to say, Shari! Wow! You made my day! I was able to 'find' you and I love your German Shepard. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Maybe between the two of us we can figure out how you can comment as yourself rather than unknown.

    2. Unfortunately, I am Patrice Shannon. I do not have a German Shepard, I have a little toy poodle named Romeo. But that is ok, I appreciate your kind response.

    3. I do apologize for the mix up Patrice. I saw the blogs your are following and my brain got it all scrambled up. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  2. Hi Jan! Well, your last year's Christmasing was just so beautiful and like the above comment, I love our color too! The too white rooms just begin to get on my nerves! Now don't you dare go out into those woods for a month and a half! :) Can't wait to see what you come up with this year.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. Sheila, you always a sweetie! Thanks! Well you know they have those shows now where people live in the woods. Maybe I could tape my adventure! ; )

  3. Jan,
    Your Christmas decor is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, dear friend!!!
    I've been to several retail Open Houses and it appears that Red and Green are b i g for this Christmas Season!!!
    I had to chuckle about the Christmas Tree in front of the door!!!
    In my youth we lived in a two~story Victorian Lady!!! My MoMa's Dream Home!!!
    We n e v e r used the front door, because it jammed!!!
    The driveway was to the side and back and we all entered through the kitchen door!!!
    Guess where we placed the Christmas Tree e v e r y year??? Yes, ma'am. . .in front of the front door!!! (wink)
    Thank you for sharing your lovely home!!!

    1. Thank you Pat! Now that's a hoot! So I am not the only one that had that idea! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to share that with my mister!

  4. I love it all! Can't wait to see what you do with it or where! It will be lovely, I'm sure. Love all your colors. And - Yes - for some reason ( must be elves) most of my Christmas decorations made it out of the attic last week. The garage is looking quite festive. Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks Princess! Oh, I would love to see all your Christmas pretties!!

  5. Last year Christmas such a pretty site! Love it all and you know I love color as much as you! I can't take the all white or white an taupe rooms either. it all looks the same and your really have to look to distinguish one thing from another, cant understand why someone want to have their home look like a hospital, white and sterile.

    1. HaHa! Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer, I agree! I did try white slipcovers and neutral pieces with a few teal accents, but once the weather started cooling off, I wanted my nice warm comfortable colors back. It was a fun experiment, but not for day in and day out living. And yes, to me they all start to look alike, no individuality.

    2. Thanks Cathy! I do love color like you but I have noticed for some time now that the decorations really make me want to live in the woods. Haha! It's just with two very red sofas, it can be a little too much! I may have to lean toward a softer color approach.

  6. Yes, I agree with you on the white pieces in the summer, they can be so comfortable but come winter time it is calling for color.

  7. Beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!