Monday, December 13, 2010

christmas at our home , part 1

i have to tell you,
there appears to be a small percentage of inhabitants in my home
who believe i haven't decorated 'enough' for Christmas.

it's ok
i'm trying to not go the passive aggressive
emotional manipulation route
however, as i upload a couple dozen images from around our home
part one, nonetheless
it's hard for me to side with them.

i think they enjoy seeing me get my feathers ruffled a bit
& try to defend myself
with sayings such as
"what's the gigantic twinkling tree then?"
"& the mantel is overflowing with greenery and poinsettias"
& "who has vintage ornaments outside, that must be brought in daily so they won't freeze & shatter"
"where's the little elf on the shelf this morning"
"excuse me while i walk by the nativity scene"
"would one of you please move the ginormous bowl of ornaments so i can serve you the holiday meal i've created"
& the most famous
"i'm not the only one who puts a Christmas tree in a galvanized bucket....
for crying out loud"


seriously...it's all good.
the more they enjoy their comments
the more laughter there is in our home
which
let me tell ya
i'll take some jokes on my behalf
if it means our home echos with belly laughs & giggles

so
i present you
in my defense
part one
of Christmas in our home





























Isaiah 9.6
For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
 and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

71 comments:

Jerri said...

Lovin' that chalkboard!

Biz said...

Your home is beautiful!
And I think you have plenty of Christmas decor to go around!

Jodee Leader said...

Holy cow! Are you kidding me?! Your house looks fabulous! Your girls would really get a good laugh at my house!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Beautiful photos - gorgeous home! Love it all! Especially the vintage ornaments.
-Trish

Amy said...

It is the kind of home Paige, that I would love to visit with you in... Maybe one day :) I love the white church, the twiggy reindeer and, for me, most poignant, the African nativity scene, as it reminds me of home. Loving you xx

Cortney said...

I love those vintage ornaments and especially that white church!

Julianne Hendrickson said...

I love this!!! How did you get your tree stand to sit inside your galvanized bucket?!

Dana said...

elegant and peaceful! Just perfect for the celebration of the "prince of peace".... I am trying so hard this year to NOT have it look as if we are celebrating Chaos!

stacey said...

Oh my, it is just perfect. My favorite was the sweet centerpiece with the ball ornaments. Then I saw the porch tool box {love}. But the chalkboard, well that is the reason for the season!


Merry Christmas!
Stacey

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Paige -- it is picture perfect. I love every bit of it. Especially loved your sweet girl's pic in the glass ornament. :) And, the last shot of the big chalk board with the scripture on it. If that had been the one and only thing you decorated with, with a sprig of greenery on it, it would have been "just enough". :)

Your home is lovely -- a beautiful mix of old and new.

Merry Christmas!!

Ruth

kasey said...

So Pretty.

Val said...

Truly beautiful. I love it all.

Cheryl said...

Dear Paige and darling daughters,
Please come to Rhode Island and spread some of your Christmas Magic. I need you all here for a day or two. I promise you will love it.
PS I have some serious "tool box" envy
~Cheryl

traci said...

oh my gosh paige. your home looks so lovely. i love, love, love the big bowl of vintage ornaments. and the tool box on the porch and.....

i could go on and on. you're right, i think they just like to ruffle your feathers.

Privet and Holly said...

I'd have to
say that you
have hit just
the right note
in my book, Paige!
But with the
kids it's always
more is MORE : )
And laughter IS
the best decor;
your strategy
is working, friend!!
Merry Monday,
xx Suzanne

Jane said...

Gorgeous! So many great ideas here! Merry Christmas!

Finding Home said...

I totally have bottle brush tree envy! The assortment of colors are so beautiful! Love the church in the jar and I have a special affection for old tool boxes. With all of the decorating I have done, I realize I didn't decorate any of them, yours is lovely! Thanks for sharing, Laura

Julie said...

It's all gorgeous. I just bought some vintage ornaments that look exactly like the ones in your bowl! And I love the tree in a galvanized bucket.

Just Ask Beth said...

beautiful, warm and just the right touch of Christmas

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh it's all so beautiful. My favorite is the brush tree village:) Those little trees are just soooooo cute!!

the cape on the corner said...

the defense should rest-it all looks so wonderful and so festive in an understated vintagey way. lovely! those colored trees! stopping by from the nester's party.

www.thecapeonthecorner.blogspot.com

Carrie said...

I love that bowl of - what look to be - very old Christmas ornaments/balls! Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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Kelly said...

I love all your decorations! The trees are so sweet! I'm visiting via Nesting Place.

Vintage Sassy said...

Well I think it's perfect...just beautiful.

LeAnn

Tracey said...

Spectacular Paige!!!!!!!!!!! Every single thing looks so very pretty and full of Christmas love and cheer!!! I adore your big chalkboard...and the scripture you chose to write...

Beautiful!!!

Big hugs ~

:) T

Deb said...

Just beautiful Paige!

Shannon said...

Beautiful Paige! I love that big bowl with all the vintage ornaments the colors are amazing.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

It's like a magical wonderland in there!! And I recognize the galvanized bucket.... I think we scored the same one! You decorated beautifully, and I love it! If you want to show your girls some homes lacking in Christmas spirit/cheer/decorations, look no further than my home this season. For some reason, it's just basic around here. (Not that basic is bad, just very unlike me normally!) Love your huge bowl of ornaments.

3 Peanuts said...

Looks BEAUTIFULLY CHRISTMASY to me. I love it:)

Leslie said...

I love everything Paige!!! So pretty!!!! I am loving the barky looking trees, I have been looking for something like that forever! And who doesn't love the huge bowl of vintage ornaments, I have a weakness for them!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Simply beautiful Paige. I never tire of looking at photos of your home. You have such impeccable taste. I love everything (especially your pretty bling-y lamps. I know they're not Christmas decor, but I've been wanting some.)

xoxo
Wendy

Tammy said...

It's ALL so beautiful! I love your vintage ornaments, the Church in the glass hurricane is one of my favs! I'm loving all the simple, but elegant decorating everyone in blog-land has been doing this year...
You've topped them all dear Paige!
Have a great one!
Tammy :-)
JUNK WILD

Lissa said...

it's really beautiful. you did a wonderful job. Is that santa ornament on the top of your bowl of vintage ornaments new? he's a keeper! I don't remember that one! I love the colors in your home! Very chic

New England Gal said...

Beautiful job with gorgeous vintage decorations! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Between You and Me said...

might just be my favorite christmas pictures from blogland...
the perfect combination of color with whites....
paige...your home is beautiful...love every bit of it...

Jboo said...

Oh my -- that's not much decorating??? Whoa -- it's beautiful!! Send those girls to my house! :)

Janet

Maggie said...

omg they are crazy, everything has a beautiful flow and are very elegant, they remind me of a movie set, that is just how beautiful every thing are.
visit me sometimes at
http://passionatelyartistic.com
Maggie

LouBoo said...

Whhaaaaat? That Christmas tree looks soo elegant in it's galvanised tin! WOW. I love the shots of your house - so tranquil. I find myself wondering - where is all the 'stuff'? My house seems full of it no matter how hard I try to emulate your wonderful whiteness. I love your images Paige - they stay with me after I close the blog post. Like I was choosing photo frames and found myself thinking of your dramatic black-framed detailing in your hall! Freaky! But true. Lou xx

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

l.o.v.e. each detail, Paige - can't wait to see your tree on the hardwood! xoxoxo

Gina said...

You aren't the only one!! Our tree is happily residing in a galvanized tub too!

Jennifer said...

Simply beautiful! I can't wait til I can put my glass ornaments back on my tree...1 1/2 containers full in storage b/c of a rambunctious 5-yo boy!
I love the ornament with your little one's pic inside! Would you mind sharing how did it? Thanks!

Miss G said...

I am going to have to copy that ornament with the photo in the snow! Priceless! I really like your bottlebrush trees and I love that huge bowl of ornaments. You sound like a very fun mom. I like what you wrote at the beginning. Kelly

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Love that chalk board . . what a neat idea . . what a way to spread the word. It's all good isn't it? Sandy:O)

p.s. gotta get one of those volkswagon ornaments . . too cute!

KacieB said...

That chalkboard is wonderful! Love that verse- and you made it look extra beautiful. Your decorations are gorgeous!

Martha said...

beautiful, beautiful...it couldn't get any prettier:)

Rachel said...

LOVE your style and LOVE all your decorations!!

LLH Designs said...

Love that passage in Isaiah! Just read it tonight as part of our Jesse Tree devotional.

And for a mama who wasn't sure if shed get into the decorating thing is year, you sure found your groove! Looks amazing! Love the anthro butter dish! I bought two for gifts but think I want to keep one!

Xo,
Linsey

Whitney Caroline Designs said...

From the ornament dish, to the candle box, to the chalkboard...oh my ♥♥♥!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I'm loving your cheer, Paigey Pants!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful decorations!

Kat said...

Paige!!! It's gorgeous!!! I love your colorful bottlebrush trees! Where did you find all of those? That huge bowl of vintage ornaments is my favorite!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

ohhh I'm in love! I think you've done a fabulous job!! Where is that adorable little stick reindeer from??

beth said...

Oh, my gosh!! It's all so very, very beautiful! Your tree and ornaments are lovely. We have our tree in a galvanized bucket, too. I love it!
Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season.
Beth.

Anonymous said...

Your decorations are lovely! Don't change a thing!

homebody0404 said...

Paige, How beautiful and colorful without looking the xmas threw up in your house! It looks very elegant. I'm sure the girls are just messing with you.

Anonymous said...

love the blog post paigey.
good thing i'm not part of the "small percentage of inhabitants in your home
who believe you haven't decorated 'enough' for Christmas."

i LOVE the gigantic twinkling tree,
the mantel overflowing with greenery and poinsettias,
the vintage ornaments outside that must be brought in daily so they won't freeze & shatter,
the little elf on the shelf,
the nativity scene you walk by,
the ginormous bowl of ornaments to be moved so you can serve the holiday meal,
& the most famous the Christmas tree in a galvanized bucket.


our--- i mean YOUR house is adorable!
merry christmas pags.

CarolinaGirl said...

Well hello stranger! I have not been by in a while. Everything looks amazing. I love it all!!! Merry Christmas!

Pam said...

Everything looks so gorgeous. I love the vintage ornaments and bottle brush trees. And the tool box outside is cute.

hometown girl said...

like everything you do it is just beautiful! i LOVE the chalkboard so sweet! thank you for sharing it with us! xo susan

Sylvia Cook Photography said...

Love your post and your home. Seriously, you have my style! Love all the little bottle brush trees and the bowl full of vintage ornaments....my kind of decor!

Amber said...

I love it all! So beautiful!

KarenB said...

Love the chalkboard!!!! And the bottlebrush trees and well, it's all beautiful.

DanaMc @ Cookin' At Cafe D said...

The ribbing, oh the ribbing. There's not enough Christmas. There's too much Christmasey stuff.

As long as their smiling while they say it, I'll take the ribbing all day long!

Thanks for making ME smile.

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

It's all lovely!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Everything is gorgeous. I love the balance of modern and vintage.

Lisa Cash said...

Hi - I'm visiting from The Nester. Your decorations are wonderful! I really love your bottle brush trees and the bowl of ornaments - gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

Your tree is beautiful!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Love it all - thanks for sharing :)

Jill said...

simply beautiful! I especially love the church in the glass vase!

just me said...

ummm. you forgot to mention that you put a link up over at Nesters place.