December 21, 2008

Christmas Inside and Out 2008

This will most likely be my last post on Christmas decorating but I wanted to show ya'll a few things I've put outside and then we'll look at our bedroom "tree" and master bathroom.

Just a simple wreath, red bow and red ornaments on the glass door

This is the wall planter that I put some pretty greenery in along with more red ornaments

Here is the gated arbor on the side yard. I wrapped it with a lush garland and lights and hung some of my big Christmas ornaments from the top

I tied red bells on the gate

So pretty at night when it's all lit up

Now let's go back inside to the master bathroom....I know, not a room you would typically "tour" for Christmas but I really wanted to show ya'll how it's come together since we painted the bedroom and bathroom

Looking into the bathroom from our bedroom

The lamp was 'repurposed' started out in a gold finish and since I didn't want to buy a new lamp (have you priced lamps lately?) I just sprayed it with a couple of coats of white paint and used a shade from another lamp

Love my new shutters and we're putting those in the bedroom too! They are "faux" plantation shutters that we got at Lowe's....not nearly as expensive as the real thing and you hang them yourself (with a few choice words from hubby when he was hanging them!)

These were some existing mirrors that were "old world gold" - they also got the white spray paint treatment and then I "aged" them with some tobacco colored glaze....use what ya got, I say!

See that white shelf hanging (upside down)? It might not be the best looking shelf in the world but my precious daughter bought it for me with money from her first job when she was in high school. She ordered it from a catalog and gave it to me for Christmas.....I treasure it to this day!

The architectural piece above was a Hobby Lobby find (1/2 off) that I sprayed white and glazed

I love this frame....the verse from Corinthians is one of my mom's favorites

This little cherub has been through some rough times....can't you tell? Unfortunately, I left him outside for a couple of years and he has not weathered very well but I wanted to save him because he is very old and special to me. My mom gave him to me to use in Shannon's wedding back in 1997. The florist had it decorated so nice and he took a prominent place on one of the tables at her reception.

In the bedroom I just used some branches from an old arrangement, tied on some white ornaments and ribbon and put some artificial snow in the container. The pictures do not do it justice because it turned out so pretty

I know I've been promising to show you our tree but in addition to it's little accident with the topper, now half the lights have gone out! I still may post a picture of the tree (half lit) later this week but right now it looks kinda pitiful!

Well, there you have've seen most of my Christmas decorating this year. Thankfully, I'm FINALLY over my cold and I've been trying to play catch up around the house and all the other things I wasn't able to get to when I was sick.

Have a wonderful and safe Monday!


Nantucket Karen said...

YOU ARE SO INCREDIBLY TALENTED!! I think you're so creative too in what you did to that white shelf.....Hanging it upside down was BRILLIANT/PERFECT!! I ornament you hung over your trellis look beautiful as well; I'd love it see it all lit up :)

Deidre said...

I love everything! Your bathroom looks so great. I love that you treasure that shelf and hanging it upside down is brilliant.

I have been gazing at a picture frame like that for a few months. I want one to go in my hallway.

Stacey said...

Your bathroom is awesome! I love how you are repainting and reusing things. Yes, I've noticed the cost of lamps. I needed a floor lamp for my living room and couldn't find one that I liked...that cost less than $300. I finally bought a cheapy at HL and may paint it because it's a strange color. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Sherri said...

Judy, you decorating is absolutely beautiful! I love it all, but especially love the lights, greenery and red balls hanging from the gate!

Vee said...

Judy, I'm always inspired after a visit to your home. Thank you for sharing what you do to think outside the box and reclaim objects that otherwise would be discarded. Using what you have is working very well for you.

Deb said...

I love it all. I want my bathroom to look like your bathroom. I'm totally showing my husband the pics so that maybe he will take down that big, huge, ugly mirror and I can have two with the pretty picture in the middle instead. Thanks for the inspiration.

Salmagundi said...

I so enjoyed the tour today! Loved the arbor - I bet it does look wonderful at night! Sally

Unknown said...

Great pics! I love the way you did the arbor.

And hanging the shelf upside down is so clever!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

It all looks great, Judy! Love those ornaments you hung outside, that's a great look. I can see I am going to have to do some after Chrismtas shopping. My old garland outside is shedding like an old fur coat so that's a must to replace.

Love your bathroom and that little tree with the ornaments. So cute! Happy and Merry Christmas, friend!

Lady Katherine said...

Love the ornaments on the arbor and bells on the gate! The stick tree is so cute! The bath looks great! Cherub looks right at home.
Merry Christmas.

Nancy Hood said...

love what you've done, girlfriend!!

Home as Hobby said...

Your bathroom looks great! I love the curly willow tree too. How creative! Have a blessed Christmas!

Inspired Kara said...

I love the arbor! How beautiful!!!!

PAT said...

It's all beautiful, Judy!

Merry Christmas!

Rue said...

Hi Judy :)

I just took the whole tour of your gorgeous home and I loved it all! Your bathroom looks wonderful with all the new touches of white too :)

I want to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


Miss Janice said...

Well, I have been looking at all of your Christmas decos...great job! I love the gate treatment and the door wreath. The mantle treatment is awesome! But I really like everything you did in the bathroom. The shutters are nice looking (you know they always get frustrated when they install stuff), and I love what you did with the lamp and the mirror frame...too cute:-)

Unknown said...

I love the bathroom. What is the color on the walls?

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Rattlebridge Farm said...

This was a delight--I love your trellis, and the branches. How gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Jill said...

Everything looks beautiful. And I love the story of the shelf your daughter gave you. I'm a big fan of the archit. pieces at Hobby Lobby. I have them all over my house.

Lori said...

Your Christmas decorations are gorgeous! I follow your blog and I wanted to wish you a happy holiday season and many blessings for the New Year!


Melissa Lester said...

Merry Christmas, Judy! Thanks for showing us your lovely home! What a sanctuary you have created!

société de référencement said...

Your Christmas decorations are gorgeous, Follow your blog,Wish you a happy holiday season And many blessings for the new year.Its all beautiful all picture.

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