My decorations have grace a small California 1940's bungalow, a Dallas and a Houston Neo-Eclectic style house, with elegant crown moulding and tile work.
Now a mountain side 50's style ranch house: This house called for some entirely new thinking!
Especially since for the last 10 years I have been decorating with gold and white old world motif, with cranberry and dark green accents. That was perfect for then...but that was then and this is now, or shall I say, now is 1954 all over again!
How to decorate a 1950's pink bathroom at Christmas time (or Save the Pink Bathrooms Christmas Edition)
A wooden angel candle holder that I've had since childhood fits in nicely in the pink bathroom.
I added glass pebbles atop the pot's soil to dress up the Aunt Lu begonia that has travelled from humid Houston patio to snowy SLC bathroom.
The kitchen wall where I usually display Alaskan prints now has small quilts and a wooden piece that my mom painted for me. Twist Rudolph's nose and his theme song jingles out via a small music box.
Yes...the kids loved doing that when they were young.
We've used the same Advent calendar for years, as it has the Bible verses in each window. I'm noticing more and more "Advent" calendars out there that have nothing to do with the Savior's birth at all. That makes bothers me a bit.
Throw in a bit of construction paper and glitter art created by a very young son many years ago, and the wall is done!
I've switched out my spring/summer dishes (save a few serving bowls) for Christmas/winter dishes. My husband's grandfather used to give our family of four $20 for Christmas gifts. Since I really couldn't figure out what to buy each of us for $5 a piece, I got the idea to instead buy a place setting of Christmas dishes. Every year I added to the collection, and now instead of wondering what we got from Grandpa K., we look at our dishes and remember.
I set my kitchen and dining tables with the dishes as well, as I find it makes it easier to dish up meals when the places are already set AND I've learned that clutter doesn't pile up on the tables that are set.
This is the first year I have used the Avon Cape Cod ruby red bowls and two tiered tray that was handed down to me from a cousin's mother. I never cared for the deep red glass before, but this year the light plays through the pieces and the bright green is a better foil for the color than the typical Christmas colors.
Funny how tastes change...apple green and ruby red work for me this year!
The dining room table...
With a red votive candles surrounding a centerpiece that changes weekly.
The table runner has garnet and lime motif. I've had it for several years...and now the colors really work well whereas before I was not too into it.
During the day the light from the patio door makes the goblets glow.
I've had the ruby goblets since the kids were little and I loved the old fashioned feeling that they gave to every Christmas table.
I also have had plenty of laughs when seeing the goblets in antique stores. No...they were brand new back in the 1980's...
Placing them with the large apple green goblets with the modern swirl design: Another "never
would have" mix that I like very much today!
The greens around the doorway are mixed with white lights and shiny red ornaments. At night it is a magical place to sit as the lights both inside and out all reflect off the glass doors.
Also in the dining area: The Christmas Mice that play beneath a ceramic tree that was an engagement gift from a stranger!
A new mouse was to be found in my childhood Christmas stocking each year...and more mice were given to me on Anniversaries to celebrate events after I was married.
The bride and groom mouse...the graduate mouse...Swedish mouse...each has a reason for being there in the collection.
Another "this would not make sense" kind of idea that I would have given a thumbs downs to in elegant swanky Houston. Living in the mountains and snow has loosened my sensibilities up for more casual and eclectic arrangements!
The next peek is in the Master Bedroom...
Atop Bernie's dresser: The Crystal Nativity set glowing beneath an antique converted oil lamp.
The hand blown tree was a wedding shower gift, the other pieces have been gathered over the years.
On to the guest room...
The orange pieces that were accents in the living room now work in the guest room, and keep the bowl of riping persimmons happy.