December 15, 2008

Den at Christmas 2008

This year you might say that I "KISS-ED" my Christmas decorating - or Kept It Simple (I won't use the other "S" word). We have had so much going on, I've had a cold for almost 3 weeks now, and I just have not been up to doing my usual all around the house decorating (which I think suits my hubby), plus we are not entertaining this year so no one will see that I "under-decorated" - at least compared to most years!



I always dress the mantle and sideboard in the den plus our tree. You'll see the tree later this week cause it had a little accident earlier and it's topper is crooked so we'll have to fix that!



Here we go.....



I think a lot of us have been smitten by the mercury glass bug. I've picked up several candlesticks here and there during the year




A simple lighted garland with extra ornaments left over from the tree, the mercury glass candlesticks and Santa - that's all!






































Now let's move to the sideboard on the opposite end of the room...



I used a big wrought iron and glass hurricane thingy, filled it with more ornaments, another garland across the back, candy cane candles and another Santa




There are lots of uses for those extra ornaments - just look around and fill in where needed








Candy cane candles for the grandbabies























I will post pictures of the tree later this week - it's so pretty. We always put it in an urn on top of a mahogany chest. I have vaulted ceilings and this gives it the height it needs as it is only a 6 foot tree. Next year I want to have a big, big tree next to the fireplace as all the grandchildren will be old enough to not knock it over.



24 comments:

Lady of the Mote said...

it is beautiful!

Inspired Kara said...

Your "simple" decorating sure does look stunning!!!

PAT said...

It's all beautiful Judy!!

Mom on the Run said...

That's really pretty!

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Judy! So so pretty! I love your Santas and swear I'm going to collect more of them!lol Hope you are feeling better; We are not entertaining either so I didn't decorate much (not even the big tree) I managed to put a few lights outside because the neighbors were thinking I was sick because I wasn't decorating!!lol Well sometimes Simple is Better; you're right and yours still looks gorgeous! Have a great week - Sincerely, Jeannette

Lynne said...

Everything looks beautiful girl. Sure hope you get to feeling better.. I like you "love" the vintage mercury glass. I'll be back to see the tree..hugs ~lynne~

Stacey said...

Well it's simply beautiful! I'm keeping it pretty simple too. Feel like a chicken with my head missing trying to get everything accomplished.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Judy, I'm loving your mantle decorations! I love mercury glass too! From a fellow Southern girl, Vicki

Diane said...

Judy, This is stunning! Your santa's are beautiful. I'm on a mercury glass kick this year too. I meant to pick up some candlesticks but waited to long to find the shapes I wanted. Yours are perfect. ♥ Diane

"Blossom" said...

Judy, I know my husband has been really sick with this cold and tonite the doctor gave him a second z-pack. I hope this takes care of it. It just seems to not let go and keeps hanging on. Your mantle and sideboard is so christmasey............ and I love the ornaments. I did the mercury last year and just switched out this year. But they are beautiful; can't wait to see the tree.
Blossom, glad you are feeling better.

Mary said...

Oh Judy, it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!
xoxo,
Mary

JudyBug said...

From one Southern girl to another...stunningly beautiful!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Judy,
All of it in this post and the one below is so pretty! You don't look underdecorated at all!

Diane

The Graves' House said...

wow! how beautiful is your home.
~nicole

Gollum said...

It's gorgeous. Your mercury glass is so elegant. And inspiring! I packed mine away during the move, but after seeing yours, I'm going to find those boxes and unpack my pretties.
Hope you feel better soon.

Robin said...

In this case, simple is stunning! I would like to come back to see your tree...I want to put mine in an urn next year, but don't know how to secure it...can you give me any pointers?! Blessings...may God heal that cold quickly!

Nantucket Karen said...

SOOOOO INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!! I'm in "awe" every time I look at your decorations! The beautiful deep colors of the wall, the candlestick lamps, EVERYTHING is done with such grace!! LOVE IT!!!
Nantucket Karen

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

It is all absolutely gorgeous Miss Judy! I want to be a southern gal too. I'd settle for my house looking just as lovely as your home.
I surely hope you feel better - I'm fighting off a cold as I hate them with a passion. I will pray that your cold symptoms go away and you feel better quickly.
Merry Christmas

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Hi Judy!
Your mantle is stunning! I have an award for you over at my blog! Come by and get it when you get a spare moment.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Everything looks so elegant and lush. Wonderful use of silver and gold, two of my all-time Christmas favorites.

duchess said...

Very pretty & I'm all for keeping it simple. Let's just enjoy the season & not stress so much.

beth at aunties said...

Your home is lovely and looked beautiful. I liked the candy cane candles and shade.

You simple is pretty inspiring. I do hope you feel better soon:)

Merry Christmas!

Lylah said...

What a delightful visit! Love what you've done! Simple elegance!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Those candy cane candles are terrific! Your mantel is gorgeous - love the mercury glass!

Manuela

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