Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Decorating for Christmas

I love Christmas time.  Our family has a tradition of going up the hill to cut down a fresh tree, and it makes the house smell very Christmas-like.  On a cozy, rainy Saturday a couple of weeks ago, I decorated.  
I have a few boxes of ornaments because my mom has collected them for me and my sisters our whole life.  I have a daughter ornament for every year & now we have ornaments from our wedding, puppies, and our travels!  (Those are my favorite to collect!)
I love pulling out the ornaments and thinking about the meaning behind them or who they are from.

My mom's house & tree always looks amazing (and homey) during the holidays - so it's hard for me to decorate with out her, but I did what I could - I'm definitely no 'Martha Stewart' ;)
The mess!
Remember my favorite vases?  
I filled them with Christmas ornaments, garland, and red pine nuts from Michaels!
 Our table... I am always trying to make it better.  
Christmas trees, pine cones, and candles from Pottery Barn. 
Garland from Michaels.
 Napkins from Home Goods - love that place!
 Our stockings (pottery barn) and poinsettias from Michaels
 The "New Home" ornament my mom got us!
 Of course Maximus & Zeus are the stars of our tree ;)
My MIL got me the weenie tree topper for us.
 My little pups!
The "First Xmas" ornament from last year.
Our tree!
We don't have a lot of stuff yet... but hopefully as the years go by, we'll collect it :)
I have loved seeing all of the pictures of the decor in your home.
Let me know if you do any more posts about it!

27 comments:

bananas. said...

your table set up looks AMAZEBALLS! it's so big and perfect for decorating!!

also adore your white stockings from PB. i never thought to check there for stockings. thanks for the heads up!

Jenni said...

Oh it all looks sooo lovely!!! I LOVE your tablescape! One of these years i'll be doing a beautiful scene like that in my home!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Mess? What mess? You wanna see chaos I will take a picture of our 4th bedroom...aka the room where all the crap goes! Haha!

Looking great! I'm jealous of your stockings, I went to order those and they were sold out...boo!

Michaela said...

This is all so gorgeous. Your table centrepiece is fab as is your tree :)

Bree said...

Wiener dog 'stars'=amazing!

B said...

It looks beautiful!

Kara said...

Looks so great! I have been buying ornaments for my little girl every year too. My family did the same and I love looking at mine.

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

Love your decorations Tracy!! And those stockings! I need to find some for Rich and I!!

Don't be too hard on your decorations..they are awesome, you did a great job!

Holly said...

your stocking are soo my style! love.

i just posted up my decor too!

Jax said...

SO PRETTY! Loving the decor and the tree! My favorite is what you did with the vases, etc... So gorgeous!

Natasha said...

your house looks great my dear!! and i do believe i recognize that dining room table--do you not LOVE it???

Kristen said...

looks so pretty! i love the idea of collecting ornaments over the years, we do the same thing!

Mama Dew said...

I really like your stockings!!!

Mrs. Wife said...

love everything!!! especially the wiener dog ornaments!

Brittany said...

Your decor looks beautiful! The mess is always worth the outcome!

{av} said...

everything looks stunning--I especially love the table! The wrought iron is perfect :) xo

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness...I looooove your tree topper!! So cute! Your whole tree is pretty!

Nicole Marie said...

hahah oh my goodness of course that's your "star" of the tree!

Morgan said...

Love it all!!

Anonymous said...

TRACY! Please post more pictures of you beautiful new home! I've been dying to see it!

OceanDreams said...

Everything is looking beautiful, love your tree and cute pictures of the pups! Also love your wedding pic ornament too lady!

Jessica said...

I LOVE the vases - I think your whole house looks wonderfully festive!

Islandia Lane said...

awww I used to love taking out each ornament and remember where it was from or how long we had it. It's been years since I've put up a christmas tree...

oooh and I love those vases!

Annie said...

your decor is so pretty!! love how you did your table! and your tree looks beautiful :)

Jen said...

Your house looks beautiful! Lovely decorations girly :)

Micaela said...

I LOVE your decor!!! (esp against your yellow walls!)

i love even more that you're dog parents ;) ha can't get enough of the ornaments!

cait said...

Such pretty decorations! :) Love that tree topper...our pup has quite a few ornaments on our tree, too. I'm all about the role of puppy-mom. You can join the link-up at my place if you'd like. We're linking up our decor today! :) So glad to find your blog!