Here’s a little tour of some of the Christmas decor in my home during the holidays this year. Better late than never, right?
My dining room this year is decked in whites with gold and silver.
I had it painted in the fall, Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White. It basically matches the rest of the open areas of my house. All walls, trim, ceiling are the same color. I love how fresh and simple it looks.
This year I used my suzani piece that I had framed a few years ago, as my color influence for flowers, this Christmas.
I happened to find these gorgeous, colorful peonies at my local grocery store. Paired with the dusty miller, it brings some of that color to the table.
I used the gold and silver miscellaneous ornaments, candlesticks, vintage and new, that I have collected over the years, on top of an heirloom white linen tablecloth inherited from my husband’s grandmother.
The pewter chargers and candlesticks came from our time in Norway. The brass and wood flatware is from Thailand and was inherited through my husband’s family as well.
I have Christmas items and decor that I’ve collected from years past, when living in Norway and Australia. Those are really special, and help us recall some memories of those years.
These little “nisse”, kind of like Santas but more elvish, are from Norway. Yes, two of them are a little scary!
We all had a hat, my husband’s was “Bah Humbug”. If you knew him you’d say, “Of course!” That hall tree/hat rack was purchased when we lived in Australia, and it is over 100 years old. It’s made out of Tasmanian Blackwood.
When I was living overseas, I wanted any purchases that I made to be unique to that locale.
At the bottom of my stairs I set up more glass ornaments on some faux moss branches. (I have so many ornaments that I have to spread them throughout the house. Many of these would just get lost on my tree!)
My mantel this year is simple, with some small flower bunches that I used to decorate some tables with at a luncheon this year. Those carnations lasted two weeks!
Love my new ottomans I had custom made this year.
I add pine cones and greenery to just about anything to add a touch of Christmas.
I have a few snowglobes and Christmas books I like to display. This little wooden puzzle tree came from Australia and has all their indigenous animals playing on it.
More ornaments on some branches over by the kitchen. These are Norwegian pewter, all from a small “tinsmith” maker that I found in Norway when I lived there.
My kitchen breakfast area gets a bit of a touch, adding in those ceramic gingerbread look cookies, also from Norway, and then some more of those carnations.
Lastly, my tree is encrusted with ornaments. I thought I couldn’t find another place to hang anything, then I received some red cardinals from my MIL this year as she downsized.
Lo and behold, I found a few spots for those red birds. :-)
Christmas ornament gift tradition
When my son was about two, my husband’s grandmother started a tradition of getting my kids a Christmas ornament every year. She did Santa ornaments for my son and then angels for my daughter. It was so sweet and we kept it up after she passed.
They both have a nice collection now that they will eventually take to their own trees. I have a feeling my son and his wife will get the Santa bunch next year. :-/
He is in Ghana this year with his work, and won’t be home till after Christmas. :-( We did Facetime with him last night though and it was so good to see his face!
My daughter is home visiting with us this year. My little California girl. :-)
She is helping me a bit with photos and videos, as this is her full time work gig out there. She does social media and photography content creation in a company for some pretty big time celebs. I am really happy to have her help, even if only for a few days!
What’s next for 2019!
I’ve got a big post coming on Jan 1st that I’ve been planning for awhile that I think you will LOVE. Although I hate it when people mention something and then don’t spill it….I’m doing that here. I want to make sure it gets completed before sharing the goods. :-)
Hope you are having a lovely holiday season!