Hi!! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. We did, it was so nice to have 5 days off from work and get a chance to recharge, spend some qt with the family. I'm going to have to go on a diet for the next month to counteract everything I ate over the last few days though!!! I guess its back to the real world/daily grind now, but with Christmas less than a month away, there's that spirit in the air that makes everyday feel a bit more special:)
While we were home at my parent's house for Thanksgiving, we helped Mom and Dad put up their Christmas decor. Thought I'd share a few pics with you guys.
Garland on the stair banisters is a must in our house. To this one we added white starfish and red satin bows.
Mom hangs these faux cranberry small wreaths on every other step. Once it gets closer to Christmas, she'll hang our stockings off the alternating steps since the fireplace doesn't have a traditional mantel.
Larger berry wreaths hang on these wreath stand things, the closer one in the main entryway at the bottom of the stairs, the farther one in the corner of the dining room.
Here's a shot looking back at the entryway once you are inside the house and on your way to the main living area. One of the things I love about my parent's house is that they had all the interior doors in the downstairs painted high-gloss black. I love how dramatic the doors are now..to me they make the house feel like its in the middle of a European estate or something.
I've posted about my mom and dad's living room before...check it out here if you want to see it sans holiday decor. Their tree is gigantic...there are full 2 story ceilings in here, so they make the most of the vertical space. When we were growing up, we would go and dig up a real tree (root ball and all) and after Christmas my dad would plant it in our yard (amazing to watch them all grow there year after year) but now they have this very tall fake guy. Here he is while we were fluffing out all his smooshed branches and adjusting the lights.
And here he is all finished...we only ended up putting up about half of the ornaments we have this year.
Added a couple of holiday candle rings to Mom's collection of candlesticks and its beginning to look a lot like Christmas:)
So, have you started your holiday decor yet?