Enhancing Your Holiday Home With Fresh Greenery and A Giveaway!

My hubby walked into the house and stated,

“Wow it smells like Christmas in here!!”

Yes, it does! . . . Oh the wonderful scent of Cedar!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my home.

Enhancing your home with fresh greenery will give it that most special feel and look. 

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A Southern Christmas Mantel of Magnolia Leaves

Love Magnolia leaves to decorate the house  for  Christmas, as it is so very Southern.

My Southern Christmas mantel of Magnolia leaves

was the first thing on the agenda for creating my Christmas decor this year.

It seems like styling the mantel is always the first thing that I do,

setting the tone for the room’s decor.

I really kept it very simple this year. Truly, I did. I even surprised myself!

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The Year’s Past Christmas Tour

When I begin to decorate my home for Christmas,

I look back on the year’s past Christmas tour to see how I can use my current Christmas

decor in a different way that I had in the past.

While referencing last year’s Christmas tour, I thought that I would present it again

to you and for those who are new to my blog, a chance to see what I did last year.

Decorations once used in the kitchen has landed in my great room this year.

I am dancing to the Christmas Shuffle.

Welcome to my 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

Welcome to my home!

Christmas 2015 Front Porch - Housepitality Designs

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A Personal Valentine’s Story

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching

and one of my very favorite personal Valentine’s Day stories

could be one that you may have already read,

if you have been a follower of mine for some time.

However, if you are fairly new to my blog, I would love to tell you

about my very favorite personal Valentine’s Day story.

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No Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

I wish I can say that there are

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

and Jack Frost nipping at our noses.

No, not this year!

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My Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my home!

Christmas 2015 Front Porch - Housepitality Designs

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The Christmas Tree at Sunset

I finally decorated the tree that day

and placed the packages and baskets around the tree.

It was getting late.

The sun was setting.

I grabbed my camera to take a few “first” pictures of the tree this year.

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Gold Deer and Tablescapes

Today is Day Two of the Christmas Ideas Tour.

You will find a tremendous amount of Christmas and Holiday ideas for your table.

This year I will be working on a table that is a bit different

from the past years.

However, there seems to be a constant in my Christmas tablescape

and that is my gold deer.

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Our Great Room Christmas Mantel

Our Great Room Christmas mantel this year 

is probably the most simplistic mantel that I have created.

I promised myself this year

that I am really going to downsize my Christmas decorations.

I did give many boxes of Christmas ornaments, florals and decorations

along with a couple of trees to Habitat last year.

However, I did keep these little trees!

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Christmas Inspiration – Remembering Christmas Past – Home Tour

When I looked at my calendar yesterday, I realized that I only have a few weeks

to decorate my home for Christmas. Where has the time gone?

When I start to plan my decorating, I search through many sources,

such as lots of Christmas themed magazines both past and present.

I do have to do one other thing too.

I have to browse my photos to look and see what I had done that past year.

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I thought it would be great to go down memory lane today

and give you another tour of my home dressed for Christmas last year.

I even forgot how I decorated it!!

Welcome to my home!

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