Just Life

Around Here.

… it’s beginning to look – and feel* – like Christmas. I took a few photos this afternoon and wanted to share them with y’all (and document for myself so I remember next year).

Here’s the entry hall. Just three poinsettias. There was a fourth, but he went into this week’s trash. maybe because that splash of sunshine didn’t come until just a few days ago. or maybe because I overwatered…

Looking off to the right is the dining room. Those big poinsettias flanking the breakfront and the greens topping it are traditional, but the centerpiece on the table is new this year.
It’s fresh greens, crystal, mercury glass and candles. We’ll be eating Christmas dinner here this year and I wanted something low and bright.
This little arrangement took the place of the bird tree. I do love it, but I miss the twinkle lights. Next year maybe I’ll just put lights on the railings!
Up on the left is the living room. I decorated the mantel with more fresh greens and more mercury glass.
Our Advent Tree sits opposite the mantel. It’s a combination of holiday words and beloved photos.  One more photo to go and it’s full… of memories, good times and family.
This is the view just past that tree, looking to the right.
and this is the view looking back.
It’s all much simpler than in years past and I’m happy with it (well, except for the dead poinsettia). I think next year might see even more simplification…but I haven’t quite figured out where. yet. 
Thank you for walking along with me as I made these notes!
Wishing each of you a warm and joyful weekend. xo, Mary
*until you step outside – and realize you don’t even need a coat. We’re having nearly record warm weather right now. and I’m taking that as a good sign for my mom – who will be moving here from Florida next summer. The last forecast I saw showed 68 degrees and sunshine for Christmas Day. I’m not sure we’ll have the windows open, but we will, for sure, not be wearing coats!

13 Comments

  • Juliann

    Your home is lovely. We simplified this year and it is very good! Now, let's talk about that weather. We got snow today which is quickly turning to iced roads so a bit of warmth would be welcome.

  • Carole Julius

    What a beautiful home tour, Mary. Thank you for taking photos and sharing them with us. How exciting that your mom is moving there! It's warmer than usual here and going to be in the upper 40s today, last year we had highs in the 60s on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and I got to take the Mustang out for a ride with the top down.

  • Bonny

    Your home and decorations are really lovely! Despite the dead one, the poinsettias are quite impressive. When we lived in Florida there was a huge one growing outside our apartment; it never failed to amaze this northener. Wishing you and your family a joyful and wonderful Christmas!

  • margene

    Thank you for showing us around your beautifully decorated home. I love mantels with bows and decorations. They're SO Christmas! Enjoy your warm Christmas. We expect snow tonight, a very traditional day is expected! Merry Christmas, Mary!

  • Penny

    Your home looks very warm and inviting, Mary – so pretty! And those poinsettias are just beautiful. If I knew of a way to keep my cats out of them, my whole house would probably be filled with them. : ) Merry Christmas!

  • Lydia

    The decorations look so pretty. I was real tempted to get some mercury glass at pottery barn this year. Maybe I'll hit an after Christmas sale! Have to say I'm loving these sunny days, took a little tour around town today "topless"! 😉 Merry Christmas!

  • Honoré

    Merry Christmas! Everything looks just lovely and will be even more so when the family gathers. Enjoy dinner and one another!. We have sunshine and 40s today…works for me.
    Til tomorrow,
    Cheers~