Monday, November 28, 2011

Decking the Halls

Happy Monday, friends. How was your Thanksgiving? And your weekend--have you started decorating for Christmas yet? After celebrating the holiday with my family, Mr. H. and I took off for Whidbey Island--it's just a short ferry ride from Seattle, but feels like a world away.


We've made it a post-Thanksgiving tradition to tuck ourselves away at the Inn at Langley to rest up a bit before the festive whirl and twirl of December. 

 Images from The Inn at Langley

The lapping of Puget Sound out the window, a long walk on the beach, hiding from the rain in front of a fire makes it pretty easy to put off the holiday to-do list, at least for a couple days.

 British Homes & Gardens
 
But now that we're home, I'm ready to dig in and deck the halls... I've said goodbye to the white pumpkins and I'm letting the sugar plums of inspiration dance in my head! 

Here's what I'm thinking will make our home merry and bright this year:

 Southern Living

Mercury Glass is always a favorite - I love how it reflects candlelight.

Traditional Home

White Flowers look crisp and clean-- a White Christmas is a Seattle rarity, so a few white blossoms stand in for snowflakes.

Country Living 
 
White Ironstone--Instead of buying things specifically for Christmas decoration and then packing them away for the rest of the year, I like to use the things I love every day to create holiday magic. Our collection of White Ironstone is makes the perfect containers for white flowers...

 Traditional Home

..and of course, I can't decorate for Christmas without bringing the Blue and White into the show.

Country Living

Vintage Ornaments-- I love adding new ornaments to the tree every year, but my favorites speak of Christmas Past. I've already scooped a few treasures from the local antique mall to sprinkle on the tree and around the house.

 Southern Accents

Windows make a lovely frame for Wreaths and I can't wait to hang one in our newly decorated breakfast nook -- I'll be able to smell the greens when I sip my morning coffee.

 Southern Living

And speaking of perfect frames for wreaths, I think our Vintage Mirrors want to get in on the act this year, too. 

Canadian House and Home 
 
Deck the Stairs -- every year I tell Mr. H that I want to adorn our staircase by winding a garland around the banister, but our "elves" haven't come through yet. This is the year, I've already sent him the link to this post from Eddie Ross that explains how to hang the greens without scratching the handrail.

Country Living

Pomanders--Christmas is a celebration for all the senses and I especially love the scent that a few homemade pomanders bring to a room, plus they add a pretty pop of color to table or counter.

And that's my inspiration list so far -- I'll share some photos as it all comes together.

Have you decked the halls yet? Or are you just making your list and checking it twice? What's the first bit of holiday cheer in your home each year?

14 comments:

  1. I'm thinking of a white Christmas, too - something about silver and white is so magical and fairy-like! May have to steal some of your pretty inspirations...
    xxoo

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  2. It's funny I just read this post because I just started drafting a post about white decor for Christmas! I love your ideas here and I'm with you on the mercury glass... I have always wanted to stay at the Inn at Langley - lucky you to have such a nice pre-Christmas season tradition! Beautiful post...

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  3. The Inn at the Langley looks divine!! What a perfect break before the excitement of the holidays. Love all your beautiful inspiration - I love using what we have as well and sprucing it up!!

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  4. The image of the wreath on the widow is stunning!

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  5. I love that you have a cozy getaway before the chaos begins...gorgeous images!!

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  6. I think your Christmas will be beautiful... love the mercury and the white.... I am thinking that too with a touch or red and maybe violet... Who knows! xv

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  7. It looks like you and I both had a wonderful weekend enjoying the great Pacific Northwest! ;-) Love the Inn at Langley. A peaceful and scenic place indeed. We often visit in the spring and summer when we dock our boat at the Langley marina. You inspired me to start "decking the halls" too. Need to go up in the attic! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  8. pretty inspiration Jeanie. I'm enjoying the final days of my Thanksgiving bouquets, and, like you the sugarplums are dancing in my head.

    Your getaway sounds ideal!

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  9. That is the best idea. I am going to do that next year. A trip alone with my hubby before the season takes off. You are brilliant!

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  10. mercury glass and wreaths will be a great decor!:D

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  11. This is getting me in the spirit! I love mercury glass and have some of that set out with amaryllis. Since we are "half a house" this year with the renovation, I'm scaling back. No garlands around the fireplace and staircase, but little bunches of greenery and boxwood in sweet white containers on the mantle. Pop in a glittered pinecone and it says "Holiday on a smaller scale"!! :)

    I guess my motto this year is Less is More!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  12. love your pie illustration... and i ate alot of my mother's pies... we should have a thrown down with bobby...
    our mom's + bobby... our mom's would win!

    and glad you had fun over the weekend... and onto decking the halls... so fun!! rudolph on tonight... xo

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  13. We have not been to the Inn at Langley for....forever! Is their food still fabulous? We enjoyed sitting at the community table and visiting with other guests. Your idea for decor is much like mine - I will also add some 6" burlap ribbon and pine cone garland with eucalyptus. Cheers!

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  14. Linda, YES! The food at Inn at Langley keeps getting better every year. Chef Matt Costello still focuses on the local bounty of Whidbey and seasonal ingredients, but has gotten more inventive over the years. Every year is something deliciously new!

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