Are You Ready For Christmas?

Me neither.  Although I think all the really necessary shopping is done.  Also, there are enough decorations up, inside and out, to look festive.  Cookies have already been packaged for the mailman as well as the lawn, trash and recycling guys, along with tips in cards.   More cookies will be made tomorrow.  Wrapping tomorrow, too.  So I'm getting there.  Wouldn't it be great to finish early?  That's not going to happen.

Saw this in front of Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Raleigh. Made me laugh right out loud!

Saw this in front of Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Raleigh. Made me laugh right out loud!

I went to a Christmas Home Tour 2 weekends ago.  Here are a couple of pics from that fun afternoon:


What a welcoming back porch this is!  It's not very wide, but they did a great job with the scale of the furniture, so it seats plenty and still looks restful.  That fireplace is spectacular.


I love an interior door with style and this one has it!  The siding/shiplap craze is driving me a little crazy, but this looks SO great.  Notice the shelves over there on the left side.  They're holding all kinds of artwork.  This house on the tour was loaded with great details.


How about these drop dead gorgeous bookshelves?  I had to laugh when I saw them because I'm currently doing something similar in a design project and my client is a little worried about having blue bookshelves.  I took this picture to prove to her that I'm not crazy and they're going to look great.  We're going to use stained wood on the shelves themselves though.  Can't wait to show you when they're done!


Now we're over at my house.  A precious friend made this wreath and I hung it on my black shelves in the Music Room.


Here's a close-up of the wreath.  I wanted you to see how sparkly it is.  I just love it!


These are my new velvet party flats with big bows.  They're as pretty as any decoration!  


No Christmas decorating would be complete without putting the choir boys on the mantel, flanking the white feather wreath that I made many years ago out of a styrofoam wreath form and a white boa.  Took about 5 minutes.  It's a dreamy combination, isn't it?

For those who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a merry one.  For absolutely everyone, I hope you find peaceful moments in the coming days.  May we all resolve to be kinder to each other and gentle on our planet.